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by liveaboard
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6' rotary cutter blade broke off
Replies: 7
Views: 137

Re: 6' rotary cutter blade broke off

I have a dual axis one; 9' wide. when I bought it one blade was missing, broken off near the hub. One time, I hit a heavy root and the hub broke right off; the whole blade assembly spun out from under and stopped near the ankles of the guy I was working for. Now I've added an extra bar to each axis,...
by liveaboard
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Drilling Hard Rock With Carbide
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Drilling Hard Rock With Carbide

or use chain; that's what I do for heavy pulling.
If it breaks loose it doesn't snap back much and it stays near the ground.
by liveaboard
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: casting in the third world
Replies: 6
Views: 170

casting in the third world

Someone shared this on another forum; I thought it needs to be seen here too.

Just imagine, OSHA inspector goes on vacation to Vietnam, sees this on the roadside;

by liveaboard
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?
Replies: 15
Views: 397

Re: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?

For me it's mostly about money; I'm happy to buy low priced things but my meager budget means that whatever I buy means something else I can't.
Time I have a lot of, and no one will pay me more than peanuts for it where I live.

Down the road, they're farming them; literally working for peanuts!
by liveaboard
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?
Replies: 15
Views: 397

Re: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?

mihit wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:22 pm
"Don't make what you can buy" -
Exactly the opposite of how I do things.

My lathe has an mt2 tailstock; it's a small lathe so this is ok.
I use larger drill bits by using an adapter.
Ok, I bought the adapter, didn't make it myself.
by liveaboard
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:01 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Home made steady
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Home made steady

Very true, but I have no machine to make keyslots.
Also, I rarely need the steady; so time spent with the finicky adjustments has to be weighed against time spent working on the tool. If I spend 10 hours improving it, will it save me 10 hours?
by liveaboard
Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?
Replies: 15
Views: 397

Re: Enlarging Taper in Tailstock Quill--Pros? Cons?

Wouldn't it be better to make a completely new quill?
It seems to me it would only be a little more work than cutting the original one.
by liveaboard
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New here - Hello!
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: New here - Hello!

cute machines you have there.
by liveaboard
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Home made steady
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Home made steady

First use today; it's finicky to get it adjusted right, and when the work heats up it gets too tight. But it works ok, I'm boring to fit bearings. I have to make a wrench to get at the nuts, and it would be handy to have flats cut into the ends of the threaded rods so they can be held / adjusted whi...
by liveaboard
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Home made steady
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Home made steady

Thanks guys;
I know the factory made ones have the opening, but for now I'll keep it as it is.
I don't want to compromise the rigidity. The factory ones I've seen are made from much thicker section.

My material choice was carefully considered after scrutinizing my scrap pile...
by liveaboard
Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Home made steady
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Home made steady

Ok, it's not pretty...
I have a job that just really needs a steady rest, so after 10 years of doing without, I finally put in a few hours and made one.
There are NO parts of any kind for my lathe; it's an orphan.
home made steady rest for Valenda.jpg
I haven't used it yet.
by liveaboard
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vise, Vise, Baby
Replies: 54
Views: 2158

Re: Vise, Vise, Baby

That's a nice thing for sure.
I have a set of pipe dies I bought at a flea market in the Netherlands, made in USA by Reed manufacturing; some of them have carbide teeth set in (I noticed while threading SS pipe).
I wonder what other good stuff they made?