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    My American Rotary panel arrived yesterday, and...

    My American Rotary panel arrived yesterday, and I'm impressed with the build quality. I'm going to install it right next to my 1ph panel, with a 50A breaker and #6 wire connecting it. For now, I'm...
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    Breaker size for 10 hp RPC?

    I recently picked up a 10 hp motor to make an RPC. It runs smoothly on 1 ph if I spin it up, and works on a 40A 240V breaker. I plan to buy a control panel for it so it will start and run reasonably...
  3. I prefer parting line locks that aren't tapered....

    I prefer parting line locks that aren't tapered. There are locks that mount on the side in a pocket, and they have a tapered lead-in, but then they are straight, so everything is held in alignment...
  4. Thread: motor rpm

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    I'll write to WNY and ask them. Their website...

    I'll write to WNY and ask them. Their website specifies 4 or 2 pole motors. An 11XX is a 6 pole. I did find another panel maker that told me to send the specs on the motor when I order, and that an...
  5. Thread: motor rpm

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    Do the lower (1200 RPM) motors require different...

    Do the lower (1200 RPM) motors require different run caps to balance them? Most of the converter plans and kits specify a 17XX or 35XX motor. I just bought an 1160 RPM 10 hp to use as an idler.
  6. Part of my problem was finding a job in a new...

    Part of my problem was finding a job in a new state at age 60. I had to take what I could get, despite a huge resume of experience. I thought about trying to find another job, but no one would even...
  7. Every state taxes you; just in different ways....

    Every state taxes you; just in different ways. Our property taxes are very low, as are gasoline taxes. But there is income tax. No income tax on SS, though. Sales tax is a rather average 6%. There's...
  8. I used to live in that area. Pay in my trade...

    I used to live in that area. Pay in my trade (mold maker) has essentially been flat for many years. I just retired from a job making only a little more than I did 20 years ago. The most I ever made...
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    I need to get a motor pretty cheap to make it...

    I need to get a motor pretty cheap to make it worth my while. I'd rather spend $800 on a brand new purpose-built RPC than piece one together for $600. If I can't get a motor for less than about $200,...
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    False alarm. All of the motors went for way more...

    False alarm. All of the motors went for way more than I was willing to spend on a used, untested motor. Then there's the exorbitant 'buyer's premium' that have become the norm at auctions. This place...
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    How do you power tap with a VFD? Mine takes a...

    How do you power tap with a VFD? Mine takes a while to stop and reverse; true three phase power is instantaneous. That, and I'd have to buy a VFD for each piece of equipment. Right now, I have three...
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    RPC- Ready made, panel, or kit?

    I've decided to get an RPC to run my home shop. Right now, I just have a 1 hp mill and a 1 hp surface grinder, but I might get a bigger lathe some day, so I want a 10 hp RPC to handle up to 5 hp. My...
  13. Just curious- Have you looked to see if you can...

    Just curious- Have you looked to see if you can simple buy a piece of Acme threaded rod the right size? McMaster-Carr sells a variety of different sizes and pitches. I bought a piece to make a new...
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    I mostly work tool steel, so files barely last...

    I mostly work tool steel, so files barely last long enough to bother cleaning. A single pass on D2 leaves visible wear, at least on what passes for files these days. I use a file card or sometimes a...
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    I've sharpened them using a spin fixture, a sine...

    I've sharpened them using a spin fixture, a sine plate, and using the side of the wheel. It takes some playing around to get it right, and using the side of the wheel will tend to burn more.
  16. Does anyone know what kind of filler they used on...

    Does anyone know what kind of filler they used on old machines to smooth up the castings? I've seen that stuff pretty thick on old machines, but I don't know what it is. Looks kinda like Bondo, but I...
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    I've moved a number of them with an engine hoist...

    I've moved a number of them with an engine hoist (cherry picker). In fact, I just moved mine from one end of the shop to the other this week. Although my hoist will (barely) lift the whole machine, I...
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    I've worked in two places with CVT (Commercial...

    I've worked in two places with CVT (Commercial Vinyl Tile), and it worked pretty well. We ran forklifts all over it, and it held up for many years. One feature is that it has enough 'give' so that if...
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    I've done a poor man's repair on lathes with a...

    I've done a poor man's repair on lathes with a lathe screw worn badly in one spot, which is typically the case. I flipped it end-for-end, making an adapter or machining what is necessary to fit on...
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    I gave up trying to find normal-looking safety...

    I gave up trying to find normal-looking safety glasses with 'cheaters' for close work. They all look like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie; not a good look for someone in their 60's. The...
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    I have an old Summit lathe, and the chuck was...

    I have an old Summit lathe, and the chuck was stuck but good. I knew it was right hand thread, though, because I had other chucks that came with it. I tried everything to no avail, so I finally...
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    I used to work for a manufacturer of electrical...

    I used to work for a manufacturer of electrical connectors, and back in the '80's we made a series of dies with .0002 clearance. Alas, I didn't work on the whole die, just individual components, so I...
  23. Both my 5" sine plate and my 3" sine dresser are...

    Both my 5" sine plate and my 3" sine dresser are off set .200" so the gage block stack for small angles doesn't get ridiculously small. For example, the stack-up for 1/4 degree for my 3" sine dresser...
  24. They're approximately the same, but not exactly....

    They're approximately the same, but not exactly. On a 5" sine, the difference is .00159. In my world, a thou-and-a-half is way too much.
  25. I made 'standards' for my 5" sine plate and 3"...

    I made 'standards' for my 5" sine plate and 3" sine dresser. Basically made my own gage blocks for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, etc. up to 45 degrees. Saves a lot of time, and you still can stack up gage...
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