I have had my 8x12 import lathe since 2007. It replaced my Atlas 6Ē lathe and I think I made the right choice on which lathe to keep. There were some much better things about the Atlas though. Itís mostly been a bushing maker / bolt shortener, etc.
I want to start using it more and leaning more skill with it. I have two import bump style knurlers and they worked OK until I tried steel instead of aluminum a few weeks ago. Itís a good thing all I wanted was to roughen up a tube to use as a handle because itís ugly!
I read past posts here and know I know that I need to upgrade to a scissor knurler. I was all ready to buy the Sensitive Knurling Tool kit HK 1115 from Hemingway a few weeks ago for $60 until I got shocked with the $74 shipping charge! I inquired to Hemingway to see it this was correct or to see if I could just buy the plans (no use shipping chucks of metal across the world when a metal supply yard is 15 minutes away)Öafter a few weeks and no response I can safely say than my inquiry was ignored!
So it might be time for plan B. I could buy a knurler, but I would rather build one and learn at the same time.
My questions are
1) For those that have built the better Hemingway kit, was it good enough to warrant the $130 including shipping to get just metal and a paper plan? I donít mind spending money but Iím not wealthy so I donít want to throw it away either!
2) Whatís the lever on the top arm do? The better knurler Hemingway offers is a copy of an older English design, but I tried searching to see if I could see pictures of one disassembled to better understand what its purpose was.
I also looked at the basic knurler and it seems to use a very small knurl wheel, not the 3/4-3/8-1/4 that's most common here.
3) I could just use a different plan. I have found several free plans online to look at and some look very nice, but they donít incorporate the slider or whatever it is in the top arm. If that's important to results then I would like to see if I could incorporate that.