Tools!

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patelldp
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Tools!

Postby patelldp » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:14 pm

Here's a few tools I have and the stories behind them!

First up is my South Bend 13" X 6' Bed.

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I managed to find this lathe for $700. I picked it up (it weighs ~2000 lbs) and brought it home and it has been my work horse ever since! Grabbed a 1 HP motor and a 3-jaw for $150, added a few bits here and there and now it can do cases up to 42" long and bulkheads and nozzles over 6" in diameter!

For scale, the piece in it in the picture is 3" diameter by 29" long, being turned into some 3" bulkheads!
Dan Patell
TRA 10904 L3

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Re: Tools!

Postby patelldp » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:16 pm

Next up is my 4x6 horizontal band saw!

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This saw was $10! Needed a new pivot rod, a new blade, and a new belt. All in I have $50 and 2 hours invested. Saves my arm when cutting large diameter stock!
Dan Patell
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Re: Tools!

Postby patelldp » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:18 pm

Next up is my Sprunger 14" bandsaw!

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This saw is a significant upgrade over my previous 12" Craftsman. Ready to go after buying it for $60...
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Re: Tools!

Postby patelldp » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:20 pm

How about a drill press?

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Found this drill press for $25 with a broken motor. Took the motor off my old Craftsman band saw and put it on this drill...voila! I plan to add a counterweight for the table that goes down the pole so that the table can be moved with one hand and will never slam down after loosening the bolt.
Dan Patell
TRA 10904 L3

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Re: Tools!

Postby PGagnon » Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:42 pm

Old tools,
Can last forever. -----Nice.

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Re: Tools!

Postby patelldp » Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:06 pm

Everyone else should share! I'm weird because I buy tools to fix my tools...
Dan Patell
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Re: Tools!

Postby dixontj » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:10 am

Wow, Dan you must have tons of room for that big iron!

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Re: Tools!

Postby wefly2 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:58 am

tools are a lot less money back there. Even ones that need repair


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