View Full Version : Automatic filer

11-07-2009, 12:37 PM
Hi. Iv heard about 'automated' filers, Sorta like a spindle sander in that the file goes up and down mounted to a table and you feed the word into it.

Anyone here ever made one? or have any plans/tips/Gotchas on building one? Or even used one and comment on how they are?

Amoung verious other fileing jobs, I thought it might be usful with my diamond coated files for fine HSS toolbit work.

Do they have any kinda 'clapper' box like a shaper to prevent the file from rubbing into the work on the return stroke?

Any kinda fancy features like file height or angle?

Bill Pace
11-07-2009, 12:52 PM
They are called Die Filers, sorta like a shaper in that that they have kinda fallen out of favor in this computerized world. Can be very handy in a home shop still.

Heres a nice one on ebay - and there are/were many other mfgrs similar....


Alistair Hosie
11-07-2009, 01:23 PM
I have a nice italian one mark Jones also pointed out to me very kindly that they can also be used as hacksaws .You simply exchange the file for a hacksaw blade.I haven't tried this yet but see absolutely no reason why this wouldn't work they come with firm hold downs a very necessary feature.Alistair

here it is,during renovation sprayed to my favourite colour:D.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0903/tybachdai/Opus%20filing%20machine%20after%20renovation/filing_machine_OPUS_MADE_IN_ITALY_after_work_done_ 007.jpg

11-07-2009, 01:41 PM
Cool little machines. On my list.

Frank Ford made one from a kit:


That looks like a fun project.



PS Alistair, you gotta wear the welding goggles to use that thing--it's bright man!

11-07-2009, 02:09 PM
So its got a top and bottom support but no kinda retract for the reverse stroke?

What are they yellow things on yours Alistair Hosie?

It looks like some have a passive slideing 2nd support while others have the 2nd support 'driven'?

Bill McLeod
11-07-2009, 02:41 PM
Martin Model and Pattern is worth a look they have a kit/ plans

Mark Hockett
11-07-2009, 03:17 PM
Metal Lathe Accessories has a casting kit,

J Tiers
11-07-2009, 08:45 PM
You can generally buy them pretty cheap. And they are the cat's pyjamas in certain cases of work to be done, a waste of shop space in others where they are not useful.

One type I used to own, but sold.


Another type I still have and like lots


I think the first one might have cost $50, the second was in great shape, and I paid closer to $100. It's an Oliver.