Getting Older.

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Getting Older.

Post by armscor 1 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:16 pm

Not as strong as I used to be. Cranking the handle to lift head on my roundhead mill was a chore. Not anymore.
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by NP317 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:13 pm

Smart.
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Post by spro » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:34 pm

I have an older round tube head type column mill. Your design is right, beyond the ease of raising the head. The original design required alternately pulling and pushing on the crank handle with left hand. The head section is heavy and it would still shift around and require re location. So much better to drive elevation from a central point, closer to the axis.

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Post by liveaboard » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:33 am

I like it too; my big old drill press is similar. The big fixed crank that lifts the table swings out behind and to make it usable, the machine has to stand forward of the wall.
So aside from the considerable effort, it takes up space.
I'll be hunting around for some sprockets + chain now.

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Post by Mr Ron » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:02 pm

I found it hard to raise my drill press table, so I rigged up a counterweight system with a window sash weight inside the column connected to the table with aircraft wire rope running over a sheave; works fine. I find in my old age, more ways to lessen the effort needed to perform once easy tasks.
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by Downwindtracker2 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:45 pm

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.
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by SteveHGraham » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:49 pm

Old people should lift weights. That is the horrible truth.
Every hard-fried egg began life sunny-side up.

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Re: Getting Older.

Post by warmstrong1955 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 1:25 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Old people should lift weights. That is the horrible truth.
Small weights......
Today's solutions are tomorrow's problems.

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Re: Getting Older.

Post by SteveHGraham » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:40 pm

Start with a small can of prune juice.
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by warmstrong1955 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:49 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:40 pm
Start with a small can of prune juice.
No thanks. Can't run.
When I work out with some sort a drink....I pick pumpin' aluminum containers of barley-pop, thank-you! (AKA, group tightener)
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by BigDumbDinosaur » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:00 pm

SteveHGraham wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:49 pm
Old people should lift weights. That is the horrible truth.
For me, the mere act of getting out of bed is weight-lifting. :D

More to the point, old people are better served with a reasonable amount of aerobic exercise. Pumping iron builds muscle fiber but does little for one's cardiopulmonary health. The latter is helped by at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to five times per week. For me, that entails about a mile of walking.
Mr Ron wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:02 pm
I find in my old age, more ways to lessen the effort needed to perform once easy tasks.
Following a spinal injury in the early 1980s, I adopted the "brains, not brawn" approach to handling heavy objects. Although I can still put some muscle into it, I no longer act like a human forklift. 8)
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Re: Getting Older.

Post by SteveHGraham » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:17 pm

Cardiovascular health is fine, but it won't help you pick up your rotary table.
Every hard-fried egg began life sunny-side up.

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