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by Downwindtracker2
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Willard lathe tool
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Willard lathe tool

Some shaper tools have a dog leg .
by Downwindtracker2
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Torque and it's relation to tramming a mill head
Replies: 14
Views: 1224

Re: Torque and it's relation to tramming a mill head

A simple rule, if you are tightening with a 3/8" ratchet, Don't Use the Handle, put your palm over the head and use your wrist. Even then, you'll probably over do it.
by Downwindtracker2
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: socket wrench storage
Replies: 18
Views: 1282

Re: socket wrench storage

When they gave up making tools in USA, the companies like Blackhawk, Armstrong and Hebrand sold the stock off at scrap iron prices. A local tool store sold the sockets by the bag. So now I need the rails to somewhat organize them. Some clip rails work well, others, they just fall off. 1/2" deep sock...
by Downwindtracker2
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speaking of Shop Realities ...
Replies: 25
Views: 3602

Re: Speaking of Shop Realities ...

Why is it that with three workbenches there no place to work on something. Even if I could use the floor, at my age it's pretty tough, there is no floor space.
by Downwindtracker2
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What tools should I have?
Replies: 49
Views: 3426

Re: What tools should I have?

Thread mike ,Shars has them at an almost affordable price.
by Downwindtracker2
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Getting Older.
Replies: 41
Views: 3883

Re: Getting Older.

Besides, when I was young ,beer kegs lightened up pretty quickly.
by Downwindtracker2
Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Getting Older.
Replies: 41
Views: 3883

Re: Getting Older.

At the first sawmill I worked at, the machinist limped pretty bad. I asked about him, " He got shot with a shotgun climbing out the window." You know machinists do live dangerously.
by Downwindtracker2
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Getting Older.
Replies: 41
Views: 3883

Re: Getting Older.

On a RF-45 it's left handed and heavy ,too. I think a motor is the best way to go. Just think, push a button up it goes, push the other button down it goes.
by Downwindtracker2
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill Press Recommendation
Replies: 13
Views: 1751

Re: Drill Press Recommendation

The imported drill press we see everywhere ,I think is a Japanese design. The quill slides in a broached?? cast iron head. I was really surprised at the low price when I first saw one.There is no adjustment for wear, older American made ones had a clamp, either to lock or take up wear. DPs were once...
by Downwindtracker2
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Getting Older.
Replies: 41
Views: 3883

Re: Getting Older.

The thing with a back injury, it's permanent . All you can really do, is improve the muscles around it to compensate. Once ruptured, a disc never heals. Then there are the joints , they simply wear out. This getting old is for masochists .
by Downwindtracker2
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Getting Older.
Replies: 41
Views: 3883

Re: Getting Older.

I'm lazier than you,I'm looking at mounting a motor for my square column mill/drill. I had a surplus gearmotor but when I tested it ,it barely moved, then tripped. It should have done about 600 rpm. I'll plan on using the gear part and a reversible 1/4 hp. I figured about 30 or 40 rpm should do it.
by Downwindtracker2
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tempering
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Tempering

First there is a piece of clean steel, then you never know where it will end. I think a thrift store might have good deal on a toaster oven.