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    The old reciprocating air compressors running 600-900 SCFM at 250 psi. used disk type valves. Regular Valve maintance was an ongoing task. The valve body had to be honed flat and needed a little texture to the surface like the honed cylinder when reseating rings on an engine rebuild. The compressor shops all had homemade valve lapping machines to accomplish this. I had them hone my valves and they did a workable but mediocre job in most cases. The worst problem was the time and inconvenience. If a valve was in decent shape I could hone it by hand but that also took time. A local guy started a small machine shop and came up with a factory made vibratory hone. The first and only one I have ever seen. He ran my valves until he closed the shop. I was able to buy the hone when he sold things. I still have the hone but compressors have moved into the screws and the original need has dissipated. What other uses for this type service are out there?
    Byron Boucher
    Burnet, TX

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    Hone the cutting blades of meat grinders.

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    • #3
      Hydraulic pump rebuilders.
      I just need one more tool,just one!

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