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by SteveM
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Push Drill Bit Compatibility
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: Push Drill Bit Compatibility

I love my Yankee push drill. I can drill a hole faster than I can either run an extension cord or find the Makita and get it out of its case.

I also occasionally use the old time hand crank drills.

Steve
by SteveM
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: My Sheldon lathe
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: My Sheldon lathe

This may sound like a brag and really it is. It ain't bragging if you can back it up. I made a comparison chart of most of the popular lathes around 10" plus or minus an inch. This included South Bend, Clausing, Logan and Sheldon. Of all the lathes, the Sheldon 11 stands head and shoulders above al...
by SteveM
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: 11” Logan Lathe for Sale
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: 11” Logan Lathe for Sale

Nice.

Good alternative to a South Bendy heavy 10 - a better lathe, actually, in many respects.

Steve
by SteveM
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Lathe setup device
Replies: 8
Views: 423

Re: Lathe setup device

I think that most of the lasers that we civilians have access to have too wide a beam to be used for something this precise. I use Earlgo's method. It definitely gets me to better than the width of the typical laser I can afford. I once tried to use a carpentry laser to do a wheel alignment and foun...
by SteveM
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Thieves caught on video stealing mini steam train in West Seattle
Replies: 20
Views: 4958

Re: Thieves caught on video stealing mini steam train in West Seattle

it never ceases to amaze me how much surveilance video, is always, blurry, shaky, grainy, out of focus, at the wrong angle, to light , to dark, and being just generally useless One problem is that many people mount the cameras up high so that nobody will steal the cameras. A friend did that and all...
by SteveM
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: gunsmithing tools
Replies: 6
Views: 315

Re: gunsmithing tools

Mr Ron wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:38 am
A local gun show might be a good venue if you can determine what the tools are worth.
Unfortunately, while there used to be many gun shows in Connecticut, I don't think there's been one here for decades.

Steve
by SteveM
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: gunsmithing tools
Replies: 6
Views: 315

gunsmithing tools

I have a bunch of high-end gunsmithing tools my dad left. Some of this stuff is very expensive, so I'm looking for the best avenue through which to sell to get the best price. Ebay is so anti-gun, I'm not sure it that's the best place to sell - people looking for this stuff probably won't be there. ...
by SteveM
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 82
Views: 4610

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Self centering 4 jaw chucks work the same as 3 jaw . Much rarer than an independent jaw 4-jaw, but nice for holding square things. My dad had his on a spigot that he would mount in his set-tru 6-jaw. Then he would chuck up the work and dial the 6-jaw in. That way, for that one size, he could work o...
by SteveM
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 82
Views: 4610

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

A collet is a tube with a taper on the outside and a precision hole in the center that draws into a taper in the spindle. Unless the spindle taper, the collet taper or the hole are worn or damaged, they will center work on the spindle very well and repeatably. Even cheap collets will repeat close to...
by SteveM
Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: Unfortunate Downsizing - Need to Sell Shop ****SOLD****
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: Unfortunate Downsizing - Need to Sell Shop

I'm sorry you had to sell your shop, but glad you were able to get it done in a reasonable time.

We're still selling off my dad's shop two years after we started, although we got most of the machines done in a year.

Steve
by SteveM
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?

I forgot to mention, just as a reminder, that this drill press is like most consumer presses in that era, and does not have a cranking system to raise and lower the table, just a clamp to loosen, then gravity and muscles take over. Usable, but not nearly as handy as newer machines, and the potentia...
by SteveM
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: craftsman 15-1/2" drill press - buy or not?

My dad had one of those. It was a workhorse. It's not a Walker Turner or South Bend, but it's solidly built and heavy. We sold it for $200-$250, but we included a Palmgren drill press vise and three sets of drill bits. It still had the original belt on it. Considering what $200 buys you new, it coul...