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  1. My shop (approximately 23'x43)'only has a 20 amp circuit currently. I'm looking for suggestions on how to go about upgrading the power in there. I spoke with an electrician and he can either use the current 3/4 conduit buried underground and run either a 60-70 AMP service to and install a panel inside or dig up and replace larger conduit and upgrade size for 100 amp service with a panel inside the shop for considerably more money. He wanted me to figure out a) My power requirements I have a very old large Canedy Otto camel back drill press (I have to look for the
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    Burners 101

    I was going to suggest jewels for watchmaking may have the potential to be gas orifices, you know those synthetic rubies that are the bearing surfaces for pivots. They ain't cheap though and heaven forbid you loose it! I was thinking they could be flush or gypsy set by a jeweler. The extruder nozzles sound a lot more straight forward to use if you can get em to work.
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    Amal Burner

    How did you fit your fuel line to the gas inlet since it's a BSPF threaded port? Also, what did you use to for the pipe nipple since the outlet is probably also BSPF threads?
  4. Oh nice! Mikey helped me with a 3/8" canister mount torch conversion, which connected to a universal torch extension hose, however those hoses go directly into the regulator and it seems like the needle valve or something somewhere is regulated. What size EDM tube did you use for yours and what CU IN size forge you plan to put these in? Will send you a PM on who you bought those couplings from, I may want to play.
  5. Nice build! Is the recommendation to use EDM tubes instead of mig tips now, or is it because you went down to 1/4" burner size? Also, it looks like you have a conical nozzle is the first photo but did not use it? Where did you find your stainless coupling?
  6. Oh, I believe there actually can be a problem of too much stock, I can attest to that. The smith that used to forge here that passed away held onto every last drop and it was everywhere. It can become a non-functional shop and walking hazard by having too much stock. Here’s some 20’ bars I cut in half the other day, and I still have tubing, angle iron, sucker rod, tool steel, ornamental iron from Kings, and much more to go. I will post another picture of a vertical stock rack I added this year, either on this thread or a new one. I have held on to so many short pieces and sorted th
  7. Thanks for the photos, Arkie. On the larger pieces when i cut it in half the other day with a diamond blade chop saw, I did see carbon sparks-I was also thinking potentially wrought. Maybe the smaller rods are, I will check them out.
  8. The motor is integral to the grinder. I have an older version of this one.
  9. I’m in the process of making a stock rack and came across some 10’ bars that I can’t identify. Does this look like old paint? I think I’m gonna recycle them instead of risk heating them up as I have a ton of new stock 3/8” and 1/2”.
  10. Good points, Stash. It was a great deal I got and he has been super helpful in many ways, even lending me an acetylene tank ( he has many) when the one I exchanged had bad threads and leaked. Embarrassed to say how little I paid for the grinder along with a diacro 3 bender, which cost me 3 times as much at the auction, but was still a smoking deal.
  11. Unfortunately three phase is currently not available and I’m hard pressed to get more power into the shop. I imagine in Alaska it would be especially expensive to have 3 phase service hooked up. I have a 1 x 42 but it is a dog of a grinder. Good ideas, Frosty.
  12. I purchased a 3 phase Hammond double belt grinder from an industrial auction at the beginning of this year. Unbeknownst when I bought it, I can’t add a more powerful circuit in my blacksmith shop at this time. Yes, I’m familiar with VFD’s but my shop only has a 20amp circuit and it can’t be changed right now. I’d prefer not to go into the details of why I’m unable to get more power right now. A welder, who works a block away from my shop, who does trailer work and has a forklift, has helped me out on numerous occasions by helping unload heavy equipment in my shop. I told him my si
  13. Slag, Yeah, I keep trying to remember I’ve been lucky this long, why risk it?
  14. Thomas, good point and yes- I use mostly the Sewell vein variety. It makes me really appreciate it and without an analysis of heavy metals, I think I will pass on this extra stinky stuff.
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