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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. FiddyFour
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    x2... needs to be slower, but if it was a horizontal, chances are it was MADE for metals?
     
  2. saltflats
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    It is a metal saw it just cuts slow but not having any experience with a vertical saw not sure what to expect out of it. The blade does not move very fast.
     
  3. FiddyFour
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    if you intend to use it for metals, you're all set! :cool:
     
  4. saltflats
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    Cool guess I just need to solw down
     
  5. tooljunkie
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    different thickness needs different speeds.as well as teeth per inch.
    by googling blade speed i found somewhere in the area of 300 feet per minute.if you mark blade and count how many times it goes by in a minute,that should tell you.
    sheet metal needs quite a fine blade.

    nice idea on the table,methinks.
    contemplating something like that myself.
     
  6. vividlyvintage
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    Wasnt there some sort of tool on this thread where they modified a bow flex machine? I can't remember what it was used for though. I thought it was on this thread, I may be mistaken.. anyone else see it on here?

    I searched for it and came up with nothing.
     
  7. txturbo
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    I modified a 1945 14" Delta wood band saw for cutting metal. I added an intermediate shaft between the motor and bottom blade pulley to slow it down.
     
  8. vividlyvintage
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    How did u do that??? I want one!

    thanks,
    Douglas Johnson
    "Skrach"
    www.VividlyVintage.com
     
  9. lawman
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    Neat little vise !!! Great work.
     
  10. vividlyvintage
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    What could a bow flex be made into? Any ideas? I have access to one..

    It is similar to this: [​IMG]
     
  11. Gearhead Graphics
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    So im not the only one who owns a bowflex and doesnt use it. Mine makes a nice laundry rack. And I used to have this girlfriend.... but shes gone now sadly
     
  12. GearheadsQCE
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    Sounds like you need to find another use for yours, too. Must not have been as good for her as it was for you. I vaguely remember a thread with something made froma Bowflex, or was that a treadmill?
     

  13. Muscles ?
    Painting/hanging rack
    Heavy bag stand
    BDSM equipment
    Under hood bench + tool stand for big vehicles or when you need them on stands and under hood.
     
  14. vividlyvintage
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    See I thought I seen it on here.. I am glad I wasn't the only one.. it could have been a treadmill. I still can't find it and I went through all the pages...


    thanks,
    Douglas Johnson
    "Skrach"
    www.VividlyVintage.com
     
  15. This is pretty "caveman"; but it worked for me.

    I wanted to put three bends in a piece of 1/4"X4" flat bar. I had picked up an old press last summer; but hadn't got around to making any tooling. Wasn't finding anything in the steel rack to fabricate a lower die; but then I noticed a section of a '40 axle, used that with a short piece of DOM and made quick work if bending the 1/4"X4" bar.
     

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  16. My cousin built this machine. My buddy bought it from him and left it at our shop. Two english wheels,press,planishing hammer and a sheet metal break. You can make just about anything with it....
     

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  17. rottenleonard
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    Wow we need a lot more pictures of that^^^^^^^^
     
  18. Treadmills make great sources for power.
    DC motors are great for drill press, band saw, mills, lathes, hammers, bead rollers.
    Most of them can be had cheap or even cheaper FREE
     
  19. Johnnyolds98
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    Motors of washing machines make a great drive with lots of power for almost anything - and they're for free at junk yards... :)
     
  20. txturbo
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    man......that would be a cool platform to mount equipment on....with a light on the overhead part.....and the bows would make good hood springs :)
    Could even use it for a rack to hang parts while painting them.
     
  21. BuiltFerComfort
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    Reassemble the Bowflex into a giant crossbow and amuse yourself shooting big arrows around.
     
  22. lawman
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    That is a work of art !!!!
     
  23. Zed
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    that mig/maglite idea is pure genious ! sounds so obvious, but i've never think of it ! :D a great thanks
     
  24. gatz
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    Here's a Wood Lathe that my brother built for his son to make up to 36" diameter "bowls" or other wood turning. It will swing up to 36" diameter. There's a modified chain sprocket on the front end of the spindle to mount various work-holding plates.

    He used the motor and controls from a treadmill. In the one picture, you can see a Delrin disc with magnets epoxied in place for feedback to the controller. Some experimenting was done to find the right number of magnets. The motor/spindle ramps up and down smoothly. Pulleys are for ranges of speeds.

    The wooden "spool" on the shaft is for a leather-strap brake.

    The square tubing assembly on the lower shelf provides in/out adjustment for the tool support or rest. It was made from a semi-trailer jack. There are set-bolts to tighten it up. Very stable........and heavy !

    I've got some time on it too....doing the lathe work for the spindle and mill work for the tool rest support & some welding.

    The bowl being turned in the last pic was a glued-up assembly. The funnel-shaped thing in front is for vacuum - not a light.

    Gatz
     

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  25. jbon64
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    i'll second this. i'm putting a new floor pan in my car and doing the under the car welding was so much easier seeing where i was putting a bead before pulling the trigger
     
  26. encorecustoms.com
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    I KNEW I smelled something burning. Guess I should clean out my sander more often.
     

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  27. TurboX2
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    I have seen a few HF bead rollers that have been modified to run a gear reduction motor. Does anyone have a ratio and HP for the gearbox and motor? I am building the frame now preparing it for a drive. Thanks.
     
  28. Blue One
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  29. Jim Stabe
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    I used a HF 12v winch motor and geared it with a 15 tooth sprocket on the cable reel (1 1/4" bore) and a 48 tooth on the roller shaft. It turns at 6-7 rpm which is perfect for me. The cable reel can be disconnected from the motor so you can turn it by hand for delicate work. The controller can be made into a foot pedal with forward and reverse. I run it off of a HF jump starter pack.

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  30. mgermca
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