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  • Originally posted by brian Rupnow View Post
    I personally am not doing very well, as I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists and very bad arthritis in my knees. I'm off to see the doctor in about an hour.---Brian
    Are you seeing an Orthopedist instead of just a G.P.? Perhaps find a knee specialist.

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    • Just got home from having both knees x-rayed and another blood test.
      Brian Rupnow
      Design engineer
      Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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      • An update on what is happening with the mill. I went over to BusyBee sales outlet today in Barrie and picked up the power head for my mill. (Toronto BusyBee ships it up to my local BusyBee with no charge to me.) They refunded $67 to me because the filter board they had originally sent me was not the problem. They put a new power cord on the mill and a new fuse holder. They charged me $15 for the new power cord and nothing for the new fuse holder. Two hours labour cost $100.00 I'm okay with this. It is a good milling machine and I am very happy with it. I used my cherry-picker engine hoist to unload it from my truck and onto my two wheel pallet truck, then maneuvered it from my garage into my office. It is extremely heavy. I may enlist the help of my younger son to get it off the pallet truck and back into position on the mill. My hands are bad with carpal tunnel syndrome right now, so I'm in no great rush.
        Brian Rupnow
        Design engineer
        Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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        • Yay Brian! Glad to hear things are starting to turn around for you --
          I've had family members that retired to Florida permanently due to the cold up here
          They say that Florida is God's waiting room.
          25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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          • Together again---All my tears have stopped falling---Okay, well, maybe we're not all country music fans. This morning, with the help of my cherry picker engine hoist and armed with absolute faith in myself, I put the head back on my mill.---And yes, I did actually plug it into power and turn it on just to make damned sure that it really did run before I put it back on the machine. I was going to get my younger son to come over and help me, but I'd really rather work alone, and he is out and about with his job every day and I am still concerned about catching Covid. I consider it rather miraculous that the mill quit working on almost the same day that my carpal tunnel syndrome rendered both hands rather useless. I've taken good advantage of the "downtime" that resulted from the mill breaking down, and my hands are doing much better now. I still have to tram the mill and fix a few wires in place, but it will be back in production by the end of today. In terms of money, it's cost me about $125 and a trip to Toronto, but neither is a big deal for me.---Brian Rupnow
            Brian Rupnow
            Design engineer
            Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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            • Good to hear you're up and running again - both machine wise and health wise. Best wishes for future endeavors going forward.
              Kansas City area

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              • Yay Brian! up and running again, that has to be a big stress relief.
                25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                • Today I am replacing the sheared off nylon gear in the head of my CX601 milling machine. This has taken me three hours to get from beginning to end of disassembly. I am going slow like the turtle, because I've only done this once before and I don't want to break something. Thank goodness I made some notes on how this was done two or three years ago, because I only remember about half of what I done. In this picture you can see the jack shaft this gear lives on, the old gear, the new gear, and the shifter fork. There is a real trick involved with this jackshaft. It has three snap rings associated with it. One is on the bottom, in the same cavity that the bolts are which hold the head in place and let you tram the mill. Take it off first. That shaft passes thru a bearing in the top plate and then thru another gear. The second snap ring holds the gear in place on the shaft and has to be removed to let the gear be removed from the shaft. Then a third snap ring holds the bearing in the top plate and it must be removed last of all. Then the shaft with bearing in place is driven out from the bottom side with a brass drift punch.
                  Brian Rupnow
                  Design engineer
                  Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                  • I can see why you're determined to prevent that from stripping again.
                    Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                    • While you in there have a look at my post #33 on you nylon gears thread if you have not already done it. there are some things there you can do to tighten up the detent an make sure the gears are fully meshed in low range.
                      Larry - west coast of Canada

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                      • , Is it time to simply give up on this machine and buy something strong enough and reliable enough that you can actually enjoy using it without the worry of what and when will it break next? Regards David Powell.

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                        • David Powell--I wish you would quit raining on my parade. These are the tools I can afford. I live on a pension, and although it's a good pension it doesn't run to buying new heavier machinery to use on a hobby that doesn't pay very damn much. If you have any more remarks to make about my cheap, second rate, underpowered machinery, let me know when you are about to do it, and I'll send you my home address so you can send me up some money to buy better machines with.---Brian
                          Brian Rupnow
                          Design engineer
                          Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                          • Originally posted by brian Rupnow View Post
                            David Powell--I wish you would quit raining on my parade. These are the tools I can afford. I live on a pension, and although it's a good pension it doesn't run to buying new heavier machinery to use on a hobby that doesn't pay very damn much. If you have any more remarks to make about my cheap, second rate, underpowered machinery, let me know when you are about to do it, and I'll send you my home address so you can send me up some money to buy better machines with.---Brian
                            Lol, you need to get some thicker skin. Not everyone is out to get you. Machining hobby costs money, get over it. I think I’ve seen about as many posts complaining about money as I do machining.

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                            • We're old... We complain. Everything hurts. Nothing moves right.

                              Then there's our machines.

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                              • Brian, it is very interesting that Mr Powell like to brag about stuff that he has repaired but looks down his nose when you are repairing something.
                                John b. SW Chicago burbs.

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