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    Smithing, gardening, poetry, sewing, weaving, collecting and restoring antiques

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  1. Ive referenced that site many times lol. Im not wild about the frankly extremely condescending disclaimer at the bottom of the page since while theres definitely quite a few tools I wouldnt want a rank novice to touch, post drills are simple enough that Id say fixing one is a good way to cut ones teeth on the skills for more advanced repair jobs and almost feels a rite of passage, but then im sure theres always that one whose first notion to loosen cast iron is to beat it with as heavy a hammer as they can find. \ Also unfortunately, while that sites got some great info about smaller post
  2. I would have thought the "mission critical" part in the system is the part that actually links to the cam via pitman that controls exactly how far it travels. On this one, the pitman goes around the cam on the shaft with the flat belts pulleys, and theres about a four inch slot that the connecting bolt up top can slide in, depending on where its tightened it determines how far back and forth the lever is able to move. then the little pawl tooth slides back along the top of the feed advance wheel and pushes it along. I was hoping that it being such a simple gravity fed mechanism that it wouldnt
  3. So, Ive gotten the whole thing taken apart, and spent yesterday and today degreasing the gears and painting them. the machined areas and teeth are bare metal and the rough cast areas are a nice red just so they stand out (Translation: they remind the idiot who almost got her fingertip eaten by them during disassembly that they gladly will bite people) But during cleanup, I found marked on one of the feed advance wheel's spokes the number 93. Did buffalo ever make a model 93 that might look like this? i figured it might be an inventory mark so someone grabbing castings from a bin during origina
  4. 1, I was afraid of that. Looks like its kerosene for me (not that its somehow healthy but at least I know what it is, and can use it to get a campfire going if it needs some persuasion after its done cleaning. 2, generally Id agree but this part in question I dont think it would make much difference. its just a coupler that holds the spindle in one side with a steel stirrup, has two plates filled with ball bearings inside, and then the feed screw threads in on top. also a small flange on the back to align it in a groove. since the surface the spindle rotates against inside is steel alread
  5. Just a minor update, I worked on it yesterday and today, and a can of brake cleaner and PBlaster later, I got the whole thing disassembled down to the last screw. the small bits are degreased and tumbling right now to clean them up, but im going to need a WHOLE lot of degreaser to get the various shafts clean and polished, and even more patience to get the castings clean. Taking it apart though showed me that the gear system is definitely that of a 90, the spindle runs through a collar and a key links the spindle, collar, and the two gear assembly that rides on the outside in alignment. the co
  6. the gears are too much of a match for the 90 for me to think its been kerjiggered. The gears are made in such a way on mine that theres not a way one could add a third gear on without messing with the clearances of other parts and you couldnt slip one over top of the one there as it would cover up the set screw, making it impossible to lock the gear stack down on the shaft and being a moot point. Also theres still the question of the lever mount, or what looks like the spot for it, not present on the 320. Its possible its the frame casting for the 90, but essentially used as a solely automatic
  7. Its enormously heavy. I had to take the table, table post, and belt pulleys off leaving just the head to get down off the wall when I got it and it still was all two reasobly fit adults could handle. The table is square like on that ad, and the chuck on mine looks like whats left of the one in that ad after someone tore it up to pin a keyed chuck into it. The point where the spindle connects to the feed screw also looks similar. However, the gears are quite different, the gears on mine perfectly match whats shown for their model 90. Also the thing which really puzzles me: Theres a
  8. It says Buffalo Forge co, Buffalo, NY. So neither of those. My issue isnt the make but the model so to speak. And from all my research of similar-ish Buffalo drills, the model 90 being the closest to this that ive found, this sort wouldnt have a spoked wheel on the side but rather a stirrup or wishbone shaped lever located front and center. And yeah know where the table goes lol. I just had to take the pipe it mounts on off of the rest of the machine in the process of taking it off the angle iron stand it was bolted to when i found it in a junkyard, and took the table itsel
  9. Hi yall, meet my new project (actually its about 3rd or 4th on the waiting list but I might move her up if I cant resist!) Shes huge, give or take 65 inches from top to bottom. Its a buffalo forge co post drill, and thats about where the trail runs cold. From what I can infer and what similar drills have shown, it was made to run off a line shaft from the factory, with the option for a hand crank on the other side of the pulley shaft (Mine is missing the handle and the nut that holds it to the shaft). It would have had a large flywheel at the top of the assembly, its got both
  10. Had a real time hauling this lot out of various bushes and unbolting off various rusty stands today with my dad, and in case anyone ever wondered how much rusty iron will fit into the back of a Subaru Forester: Im not sure, but at least this much. Four jackshafts off of old circular saws, babbit bearings, with the pulleys. One flat belt driven grinder, in great shape (cleverly hidden under years of rust and grime) and the real jewel: The biggest (and heaviest) post drill Ive ever seen. Expect it to have its own post as I need to pick some brains on here as to the type but suffice to
  11. i can get a roll of carbon fiber reinforced nylon filament for around $50 usd and would maybe use 1/3rd of that volume for the gear. as long as youre not using anything that would eat nylon as a lubricant I dont see that as being an issue, and likewise doubt it would be capable of noticeable wear to the worm drive which is the only other part this gear interacts with aside from the shaft its mounted on. Ive repaired sewing machines as a hobby for years and have seen numerous cases of a nylon gear contacting a worm drive similarly to the arrangement in this blower and short of some freak cases
  12. Hi folks! about a year ago i posted about a recently acquired champion 400 blower i got thats got all the parts in great shape...minus the bronze gear which has been worn so hard the teeth are like razor blades. At the time there wasn't much i could do as the gear was well and truly stuck to the shaft and i couldn't get it out of the housing to try and do anything to it and there it stayed as I was living in las vegas and the blower was on my parents farm in North Carolina. Ive since moved back east and due to the current state of the world have had plenty of time to work on my projects backlo
  13. ironically as soon as i mention a left handed model someone posts a thread about one, lol. The blades turn either way but the handle protrudes from the opposite side of the gearbox to be cranked with the right hand
  14. This is odd to see a thread like this as i had just mentioned a left handed 400 in my thread last night. The shaft can be swapped around and unless requested otherwise would typically be shipped right handed and im not sure if left handed blowers were a different casting or just had the shaft turned around as you can easily do that. The reason I wonder if it was a different dedicated casting was the right handed models have an extra standoff where the shaft protrudes for the handle to be able to clear the other bearing caps, but if it turns just fine regardless I may reassemble mine left hande
  15. Unfortunately its on its last tip-toe and the edges of the gear are thin sharp and feathery, but i have a tiger blower in good shape to work until i either find a donor gear/gearbox or can figure how to fix this one. Fingers crossed i can find one of the fabled “left handed” gearboxes while im at it, i realky like the look and performance of the 400 blowers
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