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Arbo
12-10-2004, 12:03 PM
I have a project which requires a round with a 1" hex hole through length-wise. I was thinking of using a 1" deep well 6 point socket and parting it off to the length that I need and then drilling and tapping through the side for a set screw. Can I do it with HSS, or will it be too hard to machine? Thanks in advance.

G.A. Ewen
12-10-2004, 12:41 PM
You can drill them with HHS and even thread them.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/8c8c03a4.jpg

[This message has been edited by G.A. Ewen (edited 12-10-2004).]

JRouche
12-10-2004, 12:55 PM
G.A.E., is that a shaper tool? Internal gear cutting? I like. JRouche

billr
12-10-2004, 01:06 PM
snap on sockets are pretty hard.

peace.
bill

BillH
12-10-2004, 01:47 PM
OOOHH, I see, that is a spacer right? Rotate the nut in the socket, you get your steps. Neat.

G.A. Ewen
12-10-2004, 02:02 PM
It's for cutting square holes.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/66648dc9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/GAEWEN/b7720325.jpg

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andypullen
12-10-2004, 02:09 PM
Damn, G.A.Ewen,

That's a good idea! Can you post a side view? And the innards? What size socket is that?

VERY COOL!

Andy Pullen

jstinem
12-10-2004, 02:13 PM
Get a cheap impact socket. It should be soft so it break under the impact of the air wrench.

G.A. Ewen
12-10-2004, 02:50 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by andypullen:
Damn, G.A.Ewen,

That's a good idea! Can you post a side view? And the innards? What size socket is that?

VERY COOL!

Andy Pullen</font>


I'll try to take a couple of better photos tonight. It's a 3/8" drive 3/4" scoket. There is a nut welded in the back so that I can use a bolt as an adjustable back stop.

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andypullen
12-10-2004, 03:13 PM
Thanks....

Herb W
12-10-2004, 05:01 PM
I guess it depends on the brand of socket.
I modified a 'westward' socket a while ago. Couldn't cut it with hss - had to use carbide cutting tools.

ibewgypsie
12-10-2004, 05:15 PM
I cut a deep well socket, I needed a extra deep well socket to tighten the pulley nut on a harley (late model).

THE socket squealed like a pig. I was using hss cutters and got to practise sharpening them.

The one I cut was HARD.. it took about a hour and four or five resharpens. The parting tool just died within seconds each time. I used threading inserts.

I welded a piece of pipe in the middle and now have a $75 speciality socket. It would not have been worth it if my time cost anything to someone else. I'd have charged more.

wierdscience
12-10-2004, 07:19 PM
The impact sockets are usually softer than the chrome.If it is hard just anneal it.

CCWKen
12-11-2004, 12:35 AM
Oh yea man! Sockets make all kinds of useful tools. I usually pick up a couple of the loose impact sockets at HF while I'm there. They make great press tooling. (Bearings, sleeves, u-joints, gasket punches/cutters, spacers, etc.)

Thrud
12-11-2004, 01:55 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by wierdscience:
The impact sockets are usually softer than the chrome.If it is hard just anneal it.</font>


Impact sockets are often made of 41xx hardened and double tempered to take the blows the same as air chisels.

CCWKen
12-11-2004, 02:13 AM
I was wondering about that too Thrud. I've blown out a few regular sockets because I was too lazy to crawl out from under the car for an impact socket. I've only broken one impact socket but that was probably because I had a 6' breaker bar on it. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

wierdscience
12-11-2004, 09:01 AM
Them 3/8 and 1/2 drive deep socket sets make great press tools,a good variety of O.D.s in each set and they don't shatter or deform under tremendous pressure.