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Les L

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    Livonia, Louisiana
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    Fabrication, welding, Hunting, Fishing, and working on things that are old or broke

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  1. Alex, you never cease to amaze or inspire me with your work
  2. The newer ones have the lever. When I got mine it only had the belt on for high speed and the knurled knob, to change the speed, had been pushed up against the pulley preventing it from switching to the gear box. I downloaded a copy of the manual, figured out how the machine had "previously been fixed" undid all that, got the proper size belts and set everything up properly
  3. The one in the checkered shirt is Mark Ling, thelittleblacksmith, that started this thread in 2017.
  4. Being able to change from 3000 fpm to 85 fpm just pulling one knob is nice. I can set the slow speed from 40-115 fpm by moving the belt to different pulleys
  5. What I like about this bandsaw is I can change from high speed wood cutting to slow speed metal just by pulling or pushing this lovejoy clutch. You adjust the metal cut speed with the lower set of pulleys
  6. Frosty, I have to agree with you on that one. I’ll head to the shop with big plans of what I’m going to do, then go inside several hours later and when the wife asks what I did I say “nothing”
  7. Jenn, Danny Arnold, (Old n Rusty), used a threading machine, a lot smaller than yours, to twist square bar cold. He mounted a chain link pipe vise on a post in the center of his shop at the proper height and would twist 20 ft sections at a time. I don’t know how big he could work, but here’s a piece of 5/8 he did.
  8. JHCC, This was Mark’s 3rd visit to our meetings this year , he took a roundabout way way through Tennessee and Kentucky visiting shops on his way to us this time. I asked about his next road trip and he said Quad State and will be looking for all of you. We didn’t have a lot of time to talk, because around 40 others had questions, but he looking forward to meeting everyone on here that shows up.
  9. We had our club meeting yesterday and our demonstrator was "The Little Blacksmith" and one of his friends. The made a trivet, among other items. We were also doing an iron smelt at the meeting and they helped process the bloom. Great guys, we enjoyed having them at our meeting. I asked why he hasn't been on here lately and he said he just haven't taken the time.
  10. I picked up a Rockwell 6x48 grinder and a Delta 28-303-14 inch band saw last week. Both were not working properly. Paid $100 plus a small 1.5 hr welding job, $48 in parts and both are now operating properly. We had our club meeting and I purchased a diagonal peen, made by "The Little Blacksmith" and won a bending fork in our iron in hat.
  11. You will not see the silver pencil at heat above dull red. I have been told that a white charcoal pencil is visible at heat, but I have not tried one yet. I usually punch, or notch, and feel for it it at heat
  12. I have been “unfortunate” enough to spend the last 45 years of my life depending on a welding machine and grinders to support my family. I will only go to a welding supply store and purchase high quality grinding wheels, this includes al types(grinding, flap, pipeliner, cutting, etc) for two reasons. #1: Safety, you will get a much better quality product that has less chance of blowing up on you. If you haven’t seen this, just believe that you don’t want to be a witness! #2: the quality Of the wheel will out perform the “inexpensive “ wheel in amount of work and time using it every time saving you more money and time than you tried to save with the inexpensive brand
  13. JHCC, No, I haven’t been following that thread, but I will look for it. I use both types of brazing tips on a regular basis, for heating metal and silver soldering, I prefer the a/o tips because I have a much wider range of adjustment with each size tip. I can use my #4 a/o to do the same work of having to swap between #2-#4 propane tips. I would not try to braze thick metal using the a/o tip with propane, but it’s fine for brazing thin metal and heating for twists and bends.
  14. JHCC, I use a #4 brazing tip to spot heat items like that, you can concentrate your heat in a smaller area and it uses a lot less gas and oxygen than the rose bud, a little slower heating the metal, but I find it works better for me.
  15. I would use part of them to make a couple of striking anvils.
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