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    After having little luck finding a good used one I have elected to built my own.I intend to use a right angle speed reducer for the base of the machine along with a ballbearing eccentric.My question is how fast do the commercial rigs run as far as strokes per minute?I want to make mine variable speed but don't know what to use as a base spm.
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    My old plain vanilla Oliver runs about 150 RPM.

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    • #3
      Recently there was a plan for one in HSM or MW, not sure which as my back issues are out in the barn and I am not. I have been thinking about making one for my son-in-law to use in piano restorations.

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      Paul G.
      Paul G.

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      • #4
        Andy Lofquist of Metal Lathe Accessories has a die filing kit for sale.

        http://www.statecollegecentral.com/m...he/MLA-18.html

        In my experience, his kits are top quality.
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        • #5
          I have machined one of Lofquist's die filers and it is a very smooth running machine. I am running it at about 400 RPM.

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          • #6
            Hey guys! Do any of you have a supplier for files for these machines.I haven't had much luck finding files.Do you make your own? Jim

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            • #7
              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by jbucko:
              Hey guys! Do any of you have a supplier for files for these machines.I haven't had much luck finding files.Do you make your own? Jim </font>

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              • #8
                Federal File, 3354 Winbrook Dr., Memphis, Tenn, 38116. [email protected].

                Not cheap,about $15 a copy. I've often wondered if you could make a clamp to grab the non-handle end of a conventional file and attach the clamp to the machine. Knock the tang off for safety.
                George

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                • #9
                  The instructions that come with the Lofquist die filer include instructions for making your own from less expensive files. Easy and effective.

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                  • #10
                    McMaster-Carr and MSC has them look for parallel machine files
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      wierdscience,

                      This site might be of some interest to you.

                      http://www.practicalmachinist.com/ub...ML/000183.html

                      Joe

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