View Full Version : Die filer
03-15-2003, 10:20 PM
After having little luck finding a good used one I have elected to built my own.I intend to use a right angle speed reducer for the base of the machine along with a ballbearing eccentric.My question is how fast do the commercial rigs run as far as strokes per minute?I want to make mine variable speed but don't know what to use as a base spm.
03-15-2003, 11:15 PM
My old plain vanilla Oliver runs about 150 RPM.
03-16-2003, 08:14 AM
Recently there was a plan for one in HSM or MW, not sure which as my back issues are out in the barn and I am not. I have been thinking about making one for my son-in-law to use in piano restorations.
Andy Lofquist of Metal Lathe Accessories has a die filing kit for sale.
In my experience, his kits are top quality.
03-16-2003, 09:59 AM
I have machined one of Lofquist's die filers and it is a very smooth running machine. I am running it at about 400 RPM.
03-16-2003, 02:36 PM
Hey guys! Do any of you have a supplier for files for these machines.I haven't had much luck finding files.Do you make your own? Jim
03-16-2003, 02:53 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by jbucko:
Hey guys! Do any of you have a supplier for files for these machines.I haven't had much luck finding files.Do you make your own? Jim </font>
03-16-2003, 02:57 PM
Federal File, 3354 Winbrook Dr., Memphis, Tenn, 38116. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not cheap,about $15 a copy. I've often wondered if you could make a clamp to grab the non-handle end of a conventional file and attach the clamp to the machine. Knock the tang off for safety.
03-16-2003, 07:26 PM
The instructions that come with the Lofquist die filer include instructions for making your own from less expensive files. Easy and effective.
03-16-2003, 10:48 PM
McMaster-Carr and MSC has them look for parallel machine files
03-17-2003, 02:11 AM
This site might be of some interest to you.