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    Re: Another Firewood Processor

    Man oh Man, I love reading about all the mistakes. Not wishing anything bad for anyone that made those mistakes, but more looking at it as a lesson I can learn from on my own processor build. I am...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    The part about stalling and equipment damage is what would worry me. Not being a trail trimming kind of person, I see limbs in the 3-4-5in range I might be cutting. Buying a piece of equipment that...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    That makes sense about the pressure build up. I would like to see one work, but I just dont have the need for such and attachement
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    It will be snowing up your way before long, a trip south might be in your near future.
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    Like you, I think a circle saw would make the best setup. While a gang saw with multiple circle blades works very well, I have seen those run, they are kind of expensive for someone just wanting...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    I did a little looking at the Samuri. Looks like it uses a stator rotor type motor. 3cuin size with 3 gpm oil and only 500psi. Thats only about 20ftlbs of torque and less than 1hp. Not sure how the...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    From what I have read on this thread, I thought the OP was wanting something to cut low hanging branches off tree, not cutting under brush at ground level.
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    Well, grabbed a few pics of boom and blade, plus what remaining parts I knew I still had.439098 saw blade is 24in, 70 tooth, carbide tipped, 1 1/2in bore, with probably half the carbide missing. Hit...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    Well, after watching that vid, you couldnt give me one of those mowers. With that said, I do happen to have the boom setup for a alamo frail mower for free if someone wants to come and get it. I took...
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    Re: Any hydraulic eng. designer's out there?

    I know this isnt what your looking at spending, but here it is anyways. Performance Features | Hydraulic Tree Trimmer | Jarraff Industries, Inc.. While there are many sizes, typical saw blade is 24in...
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    Re: Another Firewood Processor

    Ill throw up a pic of my cyl mounts.438915. Of course my mounts are for 2 cyl instead of one, but my pusher block is the same 20in tall as yours. Past experiences on a few other splitter builds and I...
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    Re: Another Firewood Processor

    I am interested in how your hbeam plating works out. I am building a processor and have planned a similar design for boxing my hbeam. I am using a 8x hbeam and twin 4.5in bore cyl so I know the...
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    Re: Shopping for quality plasma cutter.

    You aint fooling us hillbillies. we all know those first couple of pics are of a worm. Just what is it your brewing??
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    Re: motorhome convert to pickup

    What i cant understand is, if your getting a 90's model truck from your buddy, why take a perfectly good truck apart as a parts truck to build a motor home into a truck. It would be much simpler to...
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    Re: motorhome convert to pickup

    I have seen a ford camper to flatbed conversion before. I dont know who did the actual conversion, but they did a really good job of closeing in the back of the cab. What they did was found a old...
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    Re: Cheap Northern tool cylinders=junk

    Dave, when I built the splitter, it had a much smaller pump on it than it does now. The cyl was also smaller, 4in versus the 5in one it has now. The hyd tank only holds about 7 gals. I usually just...
  17. Re: Build it yourself? How about "Machine it yourself"?

    For the asking price of that grizzly conversion, you can buy a good used bridgeport. Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machine Series 1 B1 1150 9" x 32" Table | eBay
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    Re: Cheap Northern tool cylinders=junk

    I dont know who made the cyl. Pretty sure its chinese. I bought it on sale for less than $300. I knew opening the ports would let more oil flow. I couldnt tell any difference in pressure, but I...
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    Cheap Northern tool cylinders=junk

    Well, today I decided to do a little maintenance to my splitter. The big thing I really wanted to take care of was opening up the ports to the cylinder. I had bought a 5in bore cyl from Northerntool...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I did a little reading on those high low valves. It seems they work similar to pressure reducing valves in that they do switch flow to tank without running the fluid over reliefs. I still dont...
  21. Re: Build it yourself? How about "Machine it yourself"?

    My Floor model craftsman uses a M2 taper and not the smaller Jacobs taper. Its a little more robust and have used it to mill some slotted bolt holes. You can also buy taper attachments that accept...
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    Re: Another Firewood Processor

    Looking at your log trough, I too think you will have problems feeding the log. What is the reason the sides of the trough where made so high? It looks pretty narrow at the bottom as well. Normally...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    A little more figuring is needed if you plan to set one relief at 1200psi and the other at 2800psi. For one thing, you still need hp to make the 1200psi with one pump, and then you are going to have...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I thought you where going to try and plumb the 30gpm splitter pumps into your saw motor. I think with your current saw motor and oil flows, its going to be hard to get a lot of chain speed and still...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I dont know if he ever posted the cuin size of the pumps, maybe. He did say the posted flows are @1500rpms.
    I dont think he will ever get to the level of automation he seems to be shooting for with...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Currently, only 4 cords per year, but I am fixing to retire from my current job and want the ability to process 100cd+ per year I will also add, My current splitter has a 25hp engine, 28gpm 2 stage...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Oregon recommends between 50-75lbs of down force on their saw bars. You could hang a bag of horse feed off the end of the bar and make it cut. This usually means some sort of pressure reducing valve...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    433487 My hydraulic saw. Using a 1.3 cuin axial piston motor/ with case drain and bearings on shaft, and 13 tooth sprocket and .404 chain.433491 30gpm@ 5331 rpm (motor rated for 4600rpm) chain speed...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I wouldnt shy away from using a hydraulic chainsaw because of engine hp. The saw simply doesnt need a lot of hydraulic pressure to work. If you read one of my last post about the saw, running 30gpm...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    JJ, I think he is saying he is only making 30gpm @ 1000psi, which is the high flow, low pressure of his twin pump setup. He can only make 3000psi @12. 5 gpm, when his pumps kick into low flow, high...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    If I am doing the math right, if you put 30gpm (using the low pressure pump of your 2 stage setup), @1000psi, to your .62cuin motor, it should turn 11117rpms. Doing more math your torque is going to...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I missed that diagram completely. I kept wondering where stuff like the 6in cylinder measurements came from, as I never read it in any of his other post. I now can guess why the 6in cyl didnt split...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Did he say somewhere that his electric motor only turns 1470rpms. I remember he said it was 3 phase and some of those motors do turn 3200rpms.
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Let me add something that will cost a little money but might save your build. A 28gpm 2 stage pump only takes 16hp. It flows 28gpm at around 900psi. It is possible that you can run your saw off the...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    I didnot say lower pressure will slow down motor. what I said is that using the same oil flow and doubling the size of the motor will slow down motor speed. Using pullies to get the chain speed back...
  36. Re: What is in your hydraulics first aid kit?

    I like to keep an assortment of plugs and any oddball fittings that I cant source locally. I also try to keep at least one spare hose. If I have several hoses of the same size, but different lengths,...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    good point, doubling the size of the motor with same oil flow and pressure will slow the motor down to half speed, but increase torque. Adding pullies to increase speed will reduce torque and then...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Heres a online calculator to help you with the math.Surplus Center your numbers appear close. Another way you can increase your chain seed is by going to a 13tooth sprocket. Since you are currently...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    Your figureing your chain speed wrong. Chain speed in fpm= chain pitchx2xnumber of teeth on sprocketxrpms/12, or .404x2=.808X12=9.696X5000rpms=48480ipm /12=4040fpm. Your chain speed is still to slow...
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    Re: Firewood processor help

    All I can say after reading this and watching the video is what a mess. To many things wrong here to even start. First off, your 25hp electric motor isnt big enough to pump 30gpm of combined oil flow...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I actually checked about selling power back to the power company. I have a large stream on my property and about 75ft of head I can turn into hydroelectric. Much better than solar as the creek runs...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I dont see me ever needing 18hp for anything. The most I would run at the same time might be my lathe, which is already single phase, but I am looking for a newer one, and then possibly a mill....
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    Re: Farmi winch

    I want to point out something about my dads logging winch. The incidnet I described happed about 40 years ago with a very old at the time winch. That winch didnt have any of the modern type of safety...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Been away for a fw days and lots of good info posted. I have sort of talked myself out of getting the old mill. A mill without tooling is sort of like a car without gas, Looks good sitting there, but...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    :thumbsup:
  46. Re: Thoughts on King Kutter XB Mini Spreader?

    I use a seed easy drop spreader for putting out lime, fertilize and grass seed. Its a tow behind spreader and I bought it because it would spread pulverized lime, which is about half the cost of...
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    Re: Mowing Ditch Banks

    Back when I used to do hydroseeding and erosion control, I used to run into a lot of ugly ditch situations. Seems everytime some developer would start a new development, they had to fight water run...
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    Re: Farmi winch

    We used to have a old 3 point winch setup on a Ford Dexter tractor. Winch had a lever and it was either engaged or not. I can remember Dad hooking to a very large whitepine and winching the whole...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Pretty sure I am not mixing up the starter/pony motor with using another motor to clean up the power. If I am reading right, a pony motor is just a motor used to get the bigger 3phase motor to...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I dont know the speed either. I know it has a dial for speed control. I would guess the dial should tell the speeds. Something I hadnt thought about though. Glad you brought that up.
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    If I understand it correctly, a static converter just converts your machines 3phase motor to run off single phase and at 2/3 power, where as a rotary provides the third leg needed to run your machine...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Right now I really need to make the trip to look the machine over and try and make the deal. I have seen the machine many times, but never looked at it as a potential buyer. He's asking $700 and it...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I suspect you are right about the table and coolant pump not being 3phase, which makes me wonder how those motors will react if I hook the machine up to a rotary converter. I am now thinking that...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I have never used and dont know anything about how a VFD works so I did the google thing to find out a little more about it. Just reading and with no experience with a VFD at all, here is what I have...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I just wish I had 5000sqft. My shop is only 900sqft and its full. Lathe and bandsaw take up a lot of space. One drill press sets in the middle of the floor and the other sets on a bench and chop saw...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Well, I dot know what a pc oven is supposed to cook, but 35hp is pretty big.

    In the past i have not even considered a lot of relativity cheap equipment simply because it was 3 phase. Building or...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Yea, I thought it sounded a little to good to be true. Rob, you didnt pick that thing up at night did you??JK.

    Kyle, I know I can get by with around 7.5hp. The mill is rated for 5hp and according...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Static converters are actually cheaper than $250, but that was not what I was talking about. I called a company that builds static converters and they flat out told me not to hook one to that old...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I dont know if I need any encouragement:laughing: Leaning that way already, but if I can get a ready made converter for $250, I'm not sure I can build one for that amount, even with a freebee donor...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    Well, the $250 price, if thats for a complete rotary converter, beats what I have been seeing, and I have to pay shipping no matter who I buy it from. Give me the guys contact info, PM if you dont...
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    Re: Roatary Phase converter ??

    I looked at the store bought units and thought about just buying one, but hard heads being what they are, I thought I would just build one using old parts. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but...
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    Roatary Phase converter ??

    I have the opportunity to purchase a 1947 brown and Sharpe Vertical mill at a extremely good price. Problem is it needs 3phase power and of course I dont have that and couldnt even afford to have it...
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    Re: Water for the garden

    I dont need as much water as you folks are carrying, but I took a 15gal plastic barrel and rigged my 12 air pump up to it to build pressure. I just plumbed in a spicket and garden hose in the 3/4...
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    Re: Cutting Mixed Metals

    be careful with those $90 phase converters. I assume since it was $90 is was a static phase converter and not a rotary phase converter. The static phase converter will only allow a 3 phase motor to...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    just a pic of the chips,428625
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    So M42 is cobalt. Never had a cobalt drill bit, I guess thats supposed to be a good grade?.
    Hadnt thought about just trying to spray coolant up in the hole. I have been just backing the bit out and...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    Well, I received the drill bits I won on ebay. The 2inch bit does have the m4 taper , the same as my tail stock on the lathe. With drill in hand, I decided to give this one more try. I have been...
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    Re: Rock picker

    I own a ventrac power rake and have used it to remove tons of small rocks from lawns and such. It does take multiple passes to get the ground clean, and it works best if you just roll the rocks to...
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    Re: bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    Off the top of my head, no, but at the base where the back bearing rides i would guess at least 1/2in. I am 250miles from there now, I will try to get a more accurate measurement when I get home
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    Re: Drill Bits - Need some help and advice

    For any thing over 1/2 inch, I usually drill a pilot hole first. I usually just try to match the pilot bit with the width of where the drill flutes come together on the bigger bit. I dont get carried...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    I can believe that, I have spent the whole week watching ebay
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    Re: Need advice on welding machine purchase

    I know all the charts say 105 amps is to low for 1/8 7018, but that old Lincoln ac/dc machine would start producing undercuts at 110-115 amps and would turn the rod cherry red at 125 amps. May have...
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    Re: Drill Bits - Need some help and advice

    I'll agree with that
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    Re: Drill Bits - Need some help and advice

    I tried windex, well it was the cheaper blue cleaner off brand, didnt like it. Just saying.
    Have been doing a little reading about Lard. I had never heard of using animal fat before.
    Dont know...
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    Re: Drill Bits - Need some help and advice

    Wasnt directed at anybody in particular. I just saw it several times, and I dont think it was just in this thread, that the small machines wont drill big holes because of speed and HP. Admittedly,...
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    Re: Drill Bits - Need some help and advice

    I dont know about the comment that you cant run big bits in a cheap drill press. I have a Crapsman floor model. I think it will go down to 240rpms. I regularly run the cheap Northerntool 1 inch drill...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    No doubt about it, buying a lathe is the cheapest part of this hobby. Tooling is where the money is. What I found really interesting is just what little amount of tooling is needed for some of the...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    Talk about getting interested in machining video's. Fell asleep last night in my chair watching all kind of vid's of running a lathe. Woke up at 5am with a broke neck. Learned a bunch, altho I have...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    OK, after seeing a picture, I understand a little better. Dont have the clamps to make this work, but now I see how it works. Going to go watch a few youtube videos now and see what other tricks I...
  80. Re: Electrolysis Tank For Restoring Some VERY Sentimental Antique Traps

    If you cant find the washing soda, you can use the arm&Hammer baking soda. The washing soap contains sodium carbonate and the baking soda is bicarbonate. The difference in one water molecule, baking...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    I would have to see that done to know what your talking about. I suppose I could clamp the stock in the cross slide and mount the boring bar in my 4jaw and off set the bar off center and line bore it...
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    Re: Need advice on welding machine purchase

    I am just going to assme this is a DC welding machine since it mentions scratch start tig. I couldnt tell much from the brochure. Anyways, I used a 125amp DC machine for years and made many a project...
  83. Re: Building trailer...what size steel do I need?

    I am going to disagree with Franklin on tank placement. Yes you will get sloshing of water from forward to back, but placing the trailer forward of axle is not the proper way to get tongue weight. If...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    Tim, I tried to PM you, but for some reason every time I click send message, or preview message, I get redirected to a comcast site trying to sell me something. Maybe you can PM me and we'll see if...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    2 ft of 2.5in od x 2in id =$31.40 +shipping, I wasted more time than that trying to cut it. Should of just ordered it to start with:banghead:
  86. Re: Building trailer...what size steel do I need?

    First off, a 500gal poly tank needs a saddle to set on, or it subject to bust from the weight of the water sloshing around. The saddle can be nothing more than some 14guage metal formed to the shape...
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    Re: bolt grading question

    Bolt shear strength is measured at least 2 different ways, according to how the bolt is used. Single shear would be like bolting 2 pieces together with stress pulling opposite directions on each...
  88. Re: Electrolysis Tank For Restoring Some VERY Sentimental Antique Traps

    I did the inside of a 1000 gal hydroseeder tank once using this method, except I used my dc welder instead of a battery charger. I attached my ground lead to the outside of the tank and suspended all...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    What I have is a piece of 2 1/2in solid round bar and I want a 2in hole all the way thru it. My lathe is a 1948 monarch that when I bought it didnt come with a lot of tooling. I bought the lathe...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    Well, failure. I managed to drill all the way thru it with a pilot bit. drilled it about 4inches deep from each end with a 1 in drill bit, largest I own. Then decided to try using different size hole...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    I was able to predrill the full 12 inches with a 1/4in aircraft bit. Took a while, but it just barely reached thru. I have drilled one end out with a 1in drill bit filpped it and am now drilling the...
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    Re: drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    I thought about the tubing, but steel supplier didnt have any correct size in stock. As for the annular cutter, I've never seen one that could drill 12in deep. And I dont have one anyways. I did...
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    drilling a hole 12inches deep???

    been trying to figure out how to drill a 2in hole, 12inches deep in some round stock. I have a lathe, but no drill bit that size. Dont have a drill bit that will reach that far except for some...
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    Re: Need advice on welding machine purchase

    I am not 100% sure on this, but I believe Kemppi is a leader in welding machines overseas. On par with Miller and Lincoln. They have been making welding machines since right after WW2. Not saying its...
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    Re: Homemade Cultipacker Build

    I built a cultipacker out of 12in piling pipe once. I cut a cap out of 1/4in plate for each end and mounted a solid shaft all the way thru it, attached to frame with pillow block bearing. I then took...
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    Re: bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    Well, I think I am going to goahead and get the 5x5x1/4 tube and ust shoot from the hip since I cant determine for certian if anything heavier is really warranted. Once built and with some testing,...
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    Re: bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    SA,I dont know if that will help. what is the goal , or what would i hope to achieve by bowing the tube. I suspect you are meaning bowing it upward, but how is that going to improve bending capacity?...
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    Re: Firewood processor build thread

    If you decide to go for the smaller steel tank and it has rust in it, its an easy fix. remove the screen at the filler neck and insert a steel round bar, but dont let the bar touch the sides. Attach...
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    Re: bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    I decided to go ahead and get the measurements. Got grease on my shirt, now catching heck from the wife. Oh well. First pic is the spindle. Its 3 1/4in dia at outer bearing and 3 3/4in dia at inner...
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    Re: bending 4x4x.250 sqtube

    Been a little activity while I was a way. Good ideals coming.

    Right now I am kind of committed to using what I have. As I said before, My base mount isnt big enough to get the correct boom and cyl...
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