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  • Volstro Rotary Head - Directions?

    I just bought a Volstro Rotary Head. Very good condition with all the parts, but no paperwork and I have no idea how to use it beyond the obvious. Any pointers or web resources? I’m told it’s much like the Bridgeport Cherrying Head, just smaller...

    Looks just like this, though I didn't pay near that for it. Trying to decide if I should keep it, or ebay it to get some cash for other tools.
    Russ
    Master Floor Sweeper

  • #2
    BD, that depends on how often you would be using. A lot of those attachments might only be used for special jobs and then sit in the box for several yrs.. Personally, I would invest in cutters instead. You know, a man can never have enough cutter toys.

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    • #3
      That's why I'm thinking of ebaying it. I got a lot less than the typical ebay prices in this thing, and it's very clean and complete, sans instructions. I picked it up along with a nice Troyke ~14" V/H rotary and a Wilton 3 axis vise. I expect if I sell the Volstro, I'll have the other 2 for free with some change in my pockets to boot. Just trying to decide what to do, and I need to know what it WILL do to make a decision.

      I also looked at the cherrying head again, no way this thing will match a "T" head. Those things look very interesting, but I think I would like the shaper head better and use it more... Or maybe a horizontal attachment?
      Russ
      Master Floor Sweeper

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      • #4
        I'd be interested in buying it...!!
        I bury my work

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        • #5
          Never Seen Instructions to one

          A machinist is suppose to know how to use it . an mam is it nice when you need it . Use mine all the time . more handy than the rotary table lots of times.
          Every Mans Work Is A Portrait of Him Self
          http://sites.google.com/site/machinistsite/TWO-BUDDIES
          http://s178.photobucket.com/user/lan...?sort=3&page=1

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lane
            A machinist is suppose to know how to use it.
            Hmm, to my knowledge I've never claimed to be a machinist. In fact, I barely rate a "beginner" status.

            So, how is it that you find it so useful? Is it just because you don't have to hoist a 150lb rotary onto the table, then having to "dial in" every time you want to go back square to the table travel? If that's it, I've got an 8" Manex Horiz rotary along with a very nice 12" Troyke V/H rotary, so I could sell this and probably never miss it. I can see it as a rare convenience, but being so rarely needed (in my ignorant estimation) I don't see it as worth my capital investment and space alocation...

            But is there more?
            Russ
            Master Floor Sweeper

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            • #7
              Could the advantage be that the work doesn't need to rotate? May be handy if you want to work on a long piece that's better off clamped to the table than having it swinging in an arc on a rotary table and maybe fouling the column.

              Or for machining radii around multiple centres, which would require constantly resetting on a rotab. Rounding corners on a rectangle, for instance.

              Maybe I need one after all...

              Ian
              All of the gear, no idea...

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              • #8
                Hey Baddog. Anyway you can contact the seller of the other one to find out the email address of the buyer and contact him to offer to buy a copy of the instructions from his? It may be a long shot but it might be worth a try. By the way, a shaper attachment in my opinion would be more useful but if you had the room and didn't mind to spend the money on something that will just be used occasionally then I'd keep it. It does look handy. Good luck.
                Jonathan P.

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                • #9
                  Personally I have to admit I would prefer to have a Kearney & Trecker Rotary Head Mill for doing this stuff but then I wuld like to have something like a Hass MIni Mill too.

                  http://cgi.ebay.com/ROTARY-HEAD-TOOL...QQcmdZViewItem

                  Nice heavy duty mill compared to a BP but it also has draw backs in terms of cutter to table, ease of drilling etc.
                  Forty plus years and I still have ten toes, ten fingers and both eyes. I must be doing something right.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BadDog
                    I just bought a Volstro Rotary Head. Very good condition with all the parts, but no paperwork.
                    It's basically an rotating quill used for cutting circular t-slots, or circular cuts with a die sinker.

                    I'd be interesting in buying it if you decide not to keep it.

                    Robert
                    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Spin Doctor
                      Personally I have to admit I would prefer to have a Kearney & Trecker Rotary Head Mill for doing this stuff.
                      Yeah, VersaMill Brian has one of those K&T rotaries, and it's gorgeous.

                      "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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