Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Federal 0.0001 Indicator

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bloomington, IN
    Posts
    4,622

    Default Federal 0.0001 Indicator

    Hey guys

    I stumbled upon a treasure trove of goodies for sale near Chicago. I paid $180 for about 600 lbs of scrap iron, drill bits (some brand new), endmills (some also brand new), reamers, an arbor press, a really old Anderson scraper, misc parts, a chunk of cast iron perfect for making a dovetail master () and lots of scrap iron (some of it is labelled O1 and W1 tool steel).

    In the stash was an old 1-2" B&S mic and a Federal 0.0001 indicator. It's all gummy so I'm planning on taking it apart and cleaning it up (won't be the first DI I've been inside) but the crystal is so yellowed I can barely see anything.


    Is it worth sending to Long Island Indicator for a new crystal? I think they want $22 to replace the crystal, which seemed pretty reasonably ... ?

    I know the new Federal DIs are not very good. In fact, Long Island Indicator Service says they've yet to see a Federal DI that they like, but how about these old ones? Worth repairing or should it go in the junk bin?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Canada, Bc
    Posts
    7,515

    Default

    Gloat pics, we need gloat pics!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bloomington, IN
    Posts
    4,622

    Default

    lol - I'll try to get some pics posted later. It's not too much of a gloat. Most of what I bought was junk - but not the throw away kind of junk - the kind of junk you might find at a scrap yard. I paid a lot less than I would have if I bought it from the scrap yard but the seller got more than he would have if he sold it to the scrap yard so I think it worked out well for both of us.

    He was a heck of a nice guy, though. Several times I told him what I thought something was worth and he refused the price and let it go for something less! That doesn't happen with most people - if you offer them 20 bucks for something, even if they think it's only worth 10, they'll keep their mouths closed and take the 20

    He's selling an old flat-belt 16" Hendey lathe, too. He had to disassemble it to get it out of the basement, but all the pieces were there. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll pass on his contact info. It looked like a real nice lathe - it's a good thing I didn't have a trailer with me or I might have had ANOTHER machine to add to my collection!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    webster, ma
    Posts
    822

    Default

    I have a Federal indicator with the Heald Machine label on it. It is probably at least 20 years old. If it was good enough for Heald, it sure is good enough for me.
    gvasale

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Oak Ridge Tenessee
    Posts
    245

    Default old federal

    My dad gave me one of these back in the late 70's it's going strong. He said he got it in a pawn shop when I was a small kid. I am now 52 so I am guessing it's around 40 years old but it being a .0001 I don't use it like I do my .001 Starrett
    I would go for the rebuild if I were you.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Toledo, Ohio
    Posts
    9,030

    Default

    There is nothing wrong with Federal products, whether dial indicators or DTI's they are high quality instruments. Federal is not familiar to many HSM's as they primarily were used in industrial applications.
    Jim H.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    15,651

    Default

    Tom, are you talking about one of these (Mahr-Federal)? Left one is graduated in microns, right in 50 microinches: I use them on my plywood workbench. My concrete is really hard

    Last edited by lazlo; 12-22-2009 at 09:27 AM.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Taylorsville Ky
    Posts
    5,882

    Default

    Federal DI's are good, have the lens replaced. You may or may not ever use it but it's there when you need it. I have a Federal .0001" indicator and have only used it a few times but I have it when I need it.

    Congratulations on the stuff, have fun sorting and using it.
    It's only ink and paper

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Posts
    365

    Default

    I have a Federal 3" .0001 indicator. Very hard to use. It is heavy and it is difficult to get a support to hold it in an unmoveable position. If anyone has any ideas on how to better hold this indicator, I'm all ears.
    Thanks
    John Burchett
    in Byng OK

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Taylorsville Ky
    Posts
    5,882

    Default

    That is precisely the reason I seldom use mine. It is so sensitive that it has to be mounted very solidly and that is not always possible.
    It's only ink and paper

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •