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    Today, 08:59 AM
    You've got it backwards. Any big hammer will do but you should use a brass drift pin to prevent damaging the end of the motor shaft...
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    Today, 03:42 AM
    I've never seen one in a donut shape but that could be very useful configuration for removing a pulley where clearance was a major part of the...
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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    That pulley couldn't have been that tight. I've seen those little bladder units and there's no way they could possibly exert the kind of pressure...
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    09-15-2019, 12:50 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    Yes, if you specify 1018 cold-rolled then you're correct. It's just that, to a lot of people, 1018 has become synonymous with cold-rolled which can...
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    09-14-2019, 01:44 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    Are you confusing 1018 with cold-rolled material? As an alloy 1018 should not have changed over the years. Cold-rolled material, on the other...
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    09-14-2019, 09:27 AM
    LKeithR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    One can speculate but it's impossible to determine the alloy content of a piece of metal by appearance alone. The only way to be certain is to do a...
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    09-13-2019, 10:39 PM
    Pilot drill--not too large, drill 1/64 undersize and ream. If you need anything better than that you need to use a boring tool...
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    09-13-2019, 01:46 AM
    Having removed many, many bearings over the years I can tell you that just heating a bearing won't do the job. Any time you deposit a bead of weld...
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    09-12-2019, 10:46 PM
    Knowing ALL the dimensions would help. Length, major dia., minor diam. and the inside taper if you know what it is. I suspect it's an adapter for...
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    09-06-2019, 12:52 PM
    You might want to try Anchorlube. It works pretty good for a lot of things...
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    09-05-2019, 12:05 AM
    LKeithR replied to a thread Restoring 13x40 Lathe. in General
    Steel wool will remove some of the staining and polish up the ways. If the discolouration is "just" a stain I wouldn't worry about it; it won't...
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    09-05-2019, 12:01 AM
    Exactly! Far faster than messing around with a bunch of small cuts. Using a 1/2" endmill to finish a slot that is .516" is fine; if you were...
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    09-01-2019, 06:07 PM
    The fact of the matter is--and I pointed this out in my previous post--that, in the world of working machinists, "perfect" is seldom, if ever,...
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    09-01-2019, 12:34 AM
    Yup. OP is way overthinking this. I've used a coax indicator for years and the only thing that matters is that you tweak the dials till you have...
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    08-26-2019, 05:37 AM
    Anchorlube?
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    08-25-2019, 11:55 PM
    Yeah, with a "good" die and some decent cutting fluid cutting a few threads on SS shouldn't be an issue...
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    08-16-2019, 12:59 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread The Holy Relic of Flat in General
    To be as accurate as possible a surface plate should be supported on its airy points. Lots of info on the web. For a home shop it doesn't matter...
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    08-16-2019, 12:48 PM
    All the CO2 extinguishers I've seen can used for momentary bursts of activity. The gas only flows as long as you hold the trigger open. We have a...
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    08-14-2019, 12:27 PM
    What kind of bearings are they? Roller bearings? Tapered rollers? Plain bronze? Having more info would be a big help...
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    08-13-2019, 11:50 AM
    Probably not a good idea. Even a (relatively) low pressure washer will exceed the burst rating of most tanks by a significant amount. Hydro...
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    08-05-2019, 01:43 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread Some Awesome Inserts in General
    Depends on the lathe. A "light" 14x40 (in the 2000 lb. range with a 2 HP motor) would likely struggle but a heavier machine (mine is only a 13x40...
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    08-05-2019, 10:15 AM
    LKeithR replied to a thread Some Awesome Inserts in General
    I've got a beefy Chinese 13 x 40 lathe that runs about 3-1/2 HP in the low range. It would handle a cut like that OK--in steel anyway, depending on...
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    08-04-2019, 05:35 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread steel MUSICAL gong in General
    The point of having a bulge in the gong is that you introduce some stress or tension into the metal. A flat, unstressed piece of metal will make a...
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    07-28-2019, 12:51 AM
    Mid-sized for sure. A lot of the smaller watchmaker's lathes are single pedestal; this one has two. Elgin, Cataract, Rivett, Schaublin, Hardinge...
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    07-24-2019, 02:46 PM
    Just to set the record straight; it's rare to find a boring head with an integrated head. The arbours are sold separately and thread on. Smaller...
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    07-23-2019, 01:28 PM
    I dunno, Dale. When I was at your place there was a lot of empty space in your shop. And if you tossed out some that pesky farm machinery and you...
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    07-20-2019, 07:01 PM
    LKeithR replied to a thread Posting Photos in General
    That's for sure. On other sites--like ShopFloortalk or Practical Machinist--you upload pics directly to the site and link them to your post. Easy...
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    07-19-2019, 11:40 AM
    LKeithR replied to a thread Solid Aluminum Bar? in General
    There are thousands and thousands of custom extrusions out there. Your piece could have been designed for many things including a sign post but...
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    07-19-2019, 03:45 AM
    While argon as a shielding gas works fine with mig it's not the gas that most welding suppliers would recommend. I'd say that the vast majority of...
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    07-17-2019, 09:29 AM
    I agree---there's no substitute for experience and practice when it comes to running endmills, especially smaller ones. Most of the charts and...
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