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Steelmaster
11-15-2009, 12:15 AM
Too hot to do anything too strenuous in the shed today, 6th consecutive day over 35 and we're still in spring:eek:

I seem to be always looking for either a spanner or a mallet when I have to do up or undo the drawbar on both my 9x20 metal lathe and my X2 Mini Mill.

As luck would have it, they both take the same spanner, 18mm, so I came up with the idea of incorporating the 18mm socket in the mallet.

Used a cut off handle from a ratchet wrench that no longer works (cheap cr*p!) and a bit of 30mm 360 brass.

Works like a charm, now I can only lose one toll, not 2!:)

Edit Jan 18 2011: Recently bought a DM45 mill and as luck would have it this tool also fits the 7/16 drawbar on it.

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt145/peregrinefred/IMG_1296.jpg

http://i606.photobucket.com/albums/tt145/peregrinefred/IMG_1297.jpg

danlb
11-15-2009, 01:18 AM
Really slick and a great idea.

Thanks, now I need to make one.


Dan

tumutbound
11-15-2009, 01:23 AM
Nice one!
I should make one of these, I have no end of cheap broken socket sets lying around.
Now if I can just find some brass....

Black_Moons
11-15-2009, 04:39 AM
how did you get the socket in there?

oldtiffie
11-15-2009, 04:53 AM
Nice one!
I should make one of these, I have no end of cheap broken socket sets lying around.
Now if I can just find some brass....

Tried the Navy?

Black_Moons
11-15-2009, 05:13 AM
Nah he wants solid brass, Not brass with massive pockets throughout of hot air.

oldtiffie
11-15-2009, 05:41 AM
Which I meant (sort of) the balls (mainly iron - sometimes brass) on the (always/mostly) "brass monkey" - but not when its cold!!!

Your Old Dog
11-15-2009, 08:15 AM
Nicely done. I'll either have to break down and make one myself or break the legs off the wrench I use for the same purpose as I can never find it :D

Lew Hartswick
11-15-2009, 09:51 AM
All you folks that use a socket on mill draw bars are either 7 ft tall
or have short mills. I'm 5' 8" and on a Bridgeport I have to stand
on tip toes to use an open end on the draw bar.
...lew...

datsun280zxt
11-15-2009, 10:15 AM
All you folks that use a socket on mill draw bars are either 7 ft tall
or have short mills. I'm 5' 8" and on a Bridgeport I have to stand
on tip toes to use an open end on the draw bar.
...lew...

I know exactly how you feel, I have a mighty comet and I'm 5'7" and it's tippy toes every time. I have a buddy that comes over from time to time that uses the mill as well and he's right at an inch shorter than me. He swears that every time I tell him to loosen the draw bar I'm cracking some sort of "short joke" lol. One of these days I'll break down and get a power draw bar setup.

Lew Hartswick
11-15-2009, 10:25 AM
We have a (on loan) 2 step "ladder" :-) but I daresent leave it out in
the shop or some student would wreck it. Maybe I'll build a short
wooden step. What OSHA troubles might I run into though if some
kid falls of it. :-)
...lew...