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    I have a project which requires a round with a 1" hex hole through length-wise. I was thinking of using a 1" deep well 6 point socket and parting it off to the length that I need and then drilling and tapping through the side for a set screw. Can I do it with HSS, or will it be too hard to machine? Thanks in advance.
    Arbo & Thor (The Junkyard Dog)

  • #2
    You can drill them with HHS and even thread them.



    [This message has been edited by G.A. Ewen (edited 12-10-2004).]
    To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

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    • #3
      G.A.E., is that a shaper tool? Internal gear cutting? I like. JRouche
      My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

      https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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      • #4
        snap on sockets are pretty hard.

        peace.
        bill
        ........i dremel. therefore i am..........................

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        • #5
          OOOHH, I see, that is a spacer right? Rotate the nut in the socket, you get your steps. Neat.

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          • #6
            It's for cutting square holes.






            To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

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            • #7
              Damn, G.A.Ewen,

              That's a good idea! Can you post a side view? And the innards? What size socket is that?

              VERY COOL!

              Andy Pullen
              Clausing 10x24, Sheldon 12" shaper, Clausing 8520 mill, Diacro 24" shear, Reed Prentice 14" x 34"

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              • #8
                Get a cheap impact socket. It should be soft so it break under the impact of the air wrench.

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                • #9
                  <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by andypullen:
                  Damn, G.A.Ewen,

                  That's a good idea! Can you post a side view? And the innards? What size socket is that?

                  VERY COOL!

                  Andy Pullen
                  </font>

                  I'll try to take a couple of better photos tonight. It's a 3/8" drive 3/4" scoket. There is a nut welded in the back so that I can use a bolt as an adjustable back stop.

                  [This message has been edited by G.A. Ewen (edited 12-10-2004).]
                  To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

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                  • #10
                    Thanks....
                    Clausing 10x24, Sheldon 12" shaper, Clausing 8520 mill, Diacro 24" shear, Reed Prentice 14" x 34"

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                    • #11
                      I guess it depends on the brand of socket.
                      I modified a 'westward' socket a while ago. Couldn't cut it with hss - had to use carbide cutting tools.

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                      • #12
                        I cut a deep well socket, I needed a extra deep well socket to tighten the pulley nut on a harley (late model).

                        THE socket squealed like a pig. I was using hss cutters and got to practise sharpening them.

                        The one I cut was HARD.. it took about a hour and four or five resharpens. The parting tool just died within seconds each time. I used threading inserts.

                        I welded a piece of pipe in the middle and now have a $75 speciality socket. It would not have been worth it if my time cost anything to someone else. I'd have charged more.

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                        • #13
                          The impact sockets are usually softer than the chrome.If it is hard just anneal it.
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            Oh yea man! Sockets make all kinds of useful tools. I usually pick up a couple of the loose impact sockets at HF while I'm there. They make great press tooling. (Bearings, sleeves, u-joints, gasket punches/cutters, spacers, etc.)

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                            • #15
                              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by wierdscience:
                              The impact sockets are usually softer than the chrome.If it is hard just anneal it.</font>

                              Impact sockets are often made of 41xx hardened and double tempered to take the blows the same as air chisels.

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