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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:50 pm

I was thinking about a dimmer switch. I have nothing for my foundary. I am going to get a 5 gallon pail very soon and I am going to use the sand from my bacement for the refactory and green sand. I can't get any fireclay or bentonite from any where close and I havent made a bal mill yet. I have no problem with aluminum because my family owns a shop infront of a scrap yard (yay :D ) I wonder if there is a subtitute for the clay. The flask wood is no problem too the shop gets free palets that we cut up and burn.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudStuff » Fri Apr 07, 2006 10:04 pm

dont use a light dimmer it will melt because the motor draws too much current try to find a 120 volt variack or power supply
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:07 am

I think I am going to just use a wasing machine motor. If atlantis or pimpmann22 will sell me one it will save lots of trouble. I don't need one right now but in a month or two I will. just getting a ahead of my self :D
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:11 am

but they have absolutley no torque at all.any pressure,it stops.you can stop it from turning by puting your hand on it.It's a saftey feature
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:51 pm

This guy is amking one and he used a 1/2 hp 1725 rpm motor and it worked fine. http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/lathe4.html 1/2 hp is most likly easyer to find.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:19 pm

The guy making the lathe in the link dragon finder posted is doing a fine job! You can see the cone pully set up he's useing for the different speeds he's looking for, just do the exact oppiset for the other end of the drive belt, and he's got it! I don't think he's going to do any heavy cutting because the lathe bed is made from aluminum. Good job though, some one should invite him to join Spudfiles. Could be a real good source of information.
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:12 pm

He isn't finishing the lathe though he said he dousn't need one but he was so close to finish :( :cry: :( . I think he isn't into spud gunning but it would be cool to have him with us :D .
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Unread postAuthor: CS » Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:01 pm

DF, the lowest HP I remeber a motor my uncle having was 1/2 HP. He does runs to Vegas Air Force Base thing every week. So I could have him swing by are house and drop one of. [He lives a hour North of me] Let me talk to him and see what I can do...
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:02 am

Wow thanks but like I said I wont need it for a while but thanks much. Don't put time in to it now because my family works right next to a junk yard so if I need one but can't get one there I will ask you. once again thanks so much for your kindness.
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Unread postAuthor: schmanman » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:57 am

that must be nice being so clost to a scrap yard. My grandpa has 2 acres of scrap steel,stainless steel,brass,aluninim,ect.he has every thing from hydraulic to air fittings, from motors to 1' diameter ball and butterfly valves. he says I can have any of it. He lives 5 minutes from my house. I'm thinking punkin chunkin with that butterfly valve. You need somthing,you pay for shipping,I'll get it to you :D

EDIT: he's also got a 1 1/2' diameter ,3 1/2' tall solid nylon cillender. with his lathe,imagine all the piston valves I could make
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:31 am

wow everbody is being so nice. *sniff* *sniff* this website is awsome :D :D thanks
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Unread postAuthor: Clandest1n3 » Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:29 pm

what kind of stuff are you looking to turn on the lathe??
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sat May 06, 2006 2:24 pm

aluminum....the author of the book uses aluminum all the time.....when he was alive.
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Unread postAuthor: spudshot » Sat May 06, 2006 4:42 pm

you could probably turn some steel too, and definatley plastics.
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Unread postAuthor: dragon finder » Sun May 07, 2006 1:24 pm

I was thinking of plastics but not steel I think it is too hard for the lathe.
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