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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 tag on the motor-it's currently at a friends garage. It has a very large motor to turn flat belts. I'm guessing it's probably at least 1 HP single phase). I'm looking to get a 100 lb Little Giant power hammer, which I understand runs best with 5HP motor so I'll probably need a 220 outlet here. My blower is about 3.1Amp 60HZ with over 500CFM, probably overkill for a single forge but it works well and what I got. Would like to upgrade the lights to LED, the Shop is only 20'x40'. I want task lighting and general lighting. I have an industrial Belt grinder that is 3 phase. It is currently 460 Volts, 2.8 Amps running a 2 HP motor. From My research I have two choices, 1. A rotary converter and 2. A VFD Kbac 27d if 1.5-2hp I would like either a horizontal band saw or power hack saw Radiant Heaters for winter My welder is a Miller 211 that can be used with: 230 V, 25 A, 60 Hz, Single-Phase (I would prefer to utilize 230 V) 120 V, 20 A, 60 Hz, Single-Phase Granted I won't be running everything all at once so I'm thinking the 60-70 amp service would be okay. Adding more tools down the road? Anything I am missing? Not really interested in adding a hydraulic forging press. b) a map of the openings (where I want the outlets) Any suggestions for layout or any additional advice? Thanks in advance
  2. ede

    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.
  3. ede

    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 them in buckets. In the end I feel like it’s kinda a false economy because precious space is lost. For the stock rack I think I’m going to use tubing as it’s more rigid and will be holding lots of weight!
  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 situation and asked him if he was interested in using my grinder, but I wasn’t ready to sell as I still have hopes to have power for it someday. He is interested and has 3 phase in his shop. I also have a 211 Miller welder that I can’t use in my shop for the previous mentioned reason. I think we came to a verbal agreement or understanding that he is willing to let me use one of his welders-or maybe my welder-and he can hookup my grinder, kind of like a resource exchange. I told him I wouldn’t be running a fabrication shop in his building but it would be nice to fabricate or weld something when I needed to. My questions is this: Do we do this on a handshake or do I write something up that the grinder is on loan to him? I don’t want to insult him as he has been super helpful. By same token, I have seen where tradesman die with their tools in other locations, and they get assumed possession by the landlords, heirs, or business owners. He has 3 employees and I think he wants to help me out because his great grandfather was a blacksmith.
  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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