View Full Version : slotters anyone?

01-30-2005, 02:45 AM
morning all.
anyone out there own a slotter?

other than keyseating and splining,
what else can these things be used for?


Forrest Addy
01-30-2005, 05:41 AM
A vertical shaper (slotter) can do lots of stuff particularly contour cutting around an edge, making cams, gear cutting with form tools, etc. It's a slow but versatle machine tool like any single point reciprocating motion machine tool

I'd LOVE to have a 12" P/W slotter in my shop.

01-30-2005, 09:02 AM
We have a 12" P/W slotter with a rotary table and riser block at work. It looks like a neat machine. They probably want waaaay to much for it...

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

kap pullen
01-30-2005, 09:09 AM

I have this P & W job that is a 6" stroke patented around 1915 that runs on flat belts. It has a 3 hp motor retrofitted to it.


I've done some keyways and other slotting.

It would be great for machining cylinder saddles and squaring up cylinder castings

It could also do some of the jobs now done on the wire cut edms at my work.

The machine won't do much hogging with the flat belts.

There isn't a clapper box either so the tool drags back across the job.

It is now disassembled, but should be running by summer.

Mounted is a fixture for slotting laminated stainless shim stock.


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01-30-2005, 09:39 AM
Our brother J.Stevenson has a fine one,bugger won't share either http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

01-30-2005, 10:50 AM
I have a 4" Bridgeport slotter on my Lagun FT-1 and, although I won't use it every day, it is a handy accessory. Used in conjunction with a rotary table there are many profiles I can make that would be really difficult to generate using other processes.

As Forrest said it can be pretty slow but then I am a lot slower than I used to be!

01-30-2005, 12:18 PM
I've got a 7" Rhodes shaper and most or all of the parts to convert it into a slotter.

The slotter conversion is low on the priority list though, so I've no experience with it.


John Stevenson
01-30-2005, 04:11 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by wierdscience:
Our brother J.Stevenson has a fine one,bugger won't share either http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif</font>

This one ??


Done a couple of internal motor splines on it and it works out great.

John S.

Alistair Hosie
01-30-2005, 04:24 PM
And it's greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen well done John makes it even more valuable.
Seriously it's a nice machine john well done. Alistair

01-30-2005, 04:47 PM
Been looking for one for some time, so if you know of one Please let me know.
John offered me his old one, but it would not "fit" in the mail!!
ps: Does anyone have or know of plans to build one?

Allan Waterfall
01-30-2005, 05:46 PM
That slotters got more paint on it than any other machine in his shop. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif He got that the day he found some floor he lost,he put it there to stop the floor getting away. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


01-30-2005, 05:55 PM
I have the optional slotting head on my Index Mill. It is not something that gets used everyday, but when you need it it really is sweet.

Thanks Keith

01-30-2005, 05:55 PM
There is someone thats going to get one for my bridgeport...he wont tell me the price.
I said to him it better be good and below £150......thats all I will pay for one of these.......Bridgeport slotters are another thing that gets people going nuts on uk ebay.


I will keep my fingers crossed and hope he turns up with the goods and I will stick at £150......theres no way im paying silly money like them ebay retards.
ALL THE BEST............MARK

01-30-2005, 06:01 PM
YES...I remember Johns slotter ....he got it for it's scrap value ...well done John......and keep it shiny or Alistair will be down-there as quick as a shot with his best brush and a bucket of green paint.
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
all the best..mark

01-30-2005, 06:05 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by John Stevenson:
This one ??

Done a couple of internal motor splines on it and it works out great.

John S.</font>

Yup,thats the one.Tell me John,did you paint Alistair's surface grinder to match? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I would hate for it to clash with the decor http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif