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    I bought my Gerstner 042 ca 1979-80. I believe...

    I bought my Gerstner 042 ca 1979-80. I believe the price was right around $200-250. It was a lot of money in those days, but I was single and working a lot overseas. I figured it was a "now or never"...
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    Marco: Regarding the bearings in your lathe:...

    Marco:

    Regarding the bearings in your lathe: We refer to this type of bearing as a "plain bearing" (meaning a bearing having no 'rolling elements') such as a bearing lined with bronze, white metal...
  3. I second what Mr Stretch had to say. The Rouse...

    I second what Mr Stretch had to say. The Rouse hand milling machine is hardly that. It is a milling spindle mounted on a vertical slide of limited travel. No table, no provision for an overarm,...
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    In line with this thread: I wore my wedding...

    In line with this thread:

    I wore my wedding band for 22 years of marriage, taking it off when doing shop work. Since I wear a pocket watch and use the watch pocket on my jeans for that, I used to...
  5. studelvr: Something to bear in mind about...

    studelvr:

    Something to bear in mind about running the Prentice lathe is the matter of dynamic balance. If you run an old 14" swing lathe with cone pulley & a chuck on its spindle at any kind of...
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    Hello Clyde: LeBlond produced a number of...

    Hello Clyde:

    LeBlond produced a number of Regal lathes and other engine lathes with large thru holes in what would be mid-size range. I would call about 18"-24" the midsized range, but that's...
  7. I've spent a major portion of my career as an...

    I've spent a major portion of my career as an engineer working in and on hydroelectric generating plants of a wide variety of types/sizes. I've also been around a few waterwheels over the years.

    A...
  8. I am well familiar with the Kingsbury tilting pad...

    I am well familiar with the Kingsbury tilting pad thrust bearings as used on large hydroelectric units. In the plant I retired from, the rotating assembly (generator rotor, main shaft, and turbine...
  9. Look up the "Fitz" water wheels for the last of...

    Look up the "Fitz" water wheels for the last of the high efficiency water wheels. Fitz wheels were used for driving both line shafting and electric generators.

    Woodward Governor, one of the...
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    I've worked on both steam locomotives & diesels....

    I've worked on both steam locomotives & diesels. I agree with Mr. Goldstein. It seemed like I got dirtier and it took a lot more work/scrubbing and time to get clean after working on diesels. Coal...
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    I've done that same alignment check many times...

    I've done that same alignment check many times with a Starrett 696 crankshaft strain gauge. It is amazing to me how much a crankshaft can flex. On some larger diesel engines, there is a cold and hot...
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    Hossfeld Bender or equivalent. These benders were...

    Hossfeld Bender or equivalent. These benders were offered with a basic handlever (Armstrong) drive. Hydraulic drive was offered as an option, consisting of a doubleacting cylinder, pump unit and...
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    I can't resist throwing this comment into the...

    I can't resist throwing this comment into the mix, given tdmidget's comment:

    The OP's English & spelling are on point, but his sentence structure and the compound gear train on his LeBlond lathe...
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    Dr. Holland: Thank you for posting this...

    Dr. Holland:

    Thank you for posting this thread. As I watched the youtube I read some of the comments posted below and "Attica, NY" caught my attention. I then clicked on the newspaper clippings...
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    JST: Well said ! I learned about using the...

    JST:

    Well said ! I learned about using the Megohm meter (Megger) on generator jobs, and we used to refer to faults or weak-spots in winding insulation as "leaks". Whether they were a "leak to...
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    I took a look on eBay at Meggers. A wide range of...

    I took a look on eBay at Meggers. A wide range of ages, manufacturers and types is for sale, both new & used. I was quite surprised at the low prices on some of the older/used hand cranked Meggers. I...
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    Kevin: I believe the 'phone magneto is a...

    Kevin:

    I believe the 'phone magneto is a relatively low voltage, nowhere near what a 500 volt Megger will produce. I would not be too quick to buy some really old antique Megger, not knowing the...
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    What you posted is a check with an Ohm-meter. It...

    What you posted is a check with an Ohm-meter. It is a good basic check of the windings. However, it really does not measure the "insulating value" or check the condition of the insulation on the...
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    A few points to consider: The motor's stator...

    A few points to consider:

    The motor's stator windings are what is known as "mush wound"- i.e., formed bundles of round copper wire in a kind of "obround" shape which fit into the slots in the...
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    Lester & all the good folks who participate in...

    Lester & all the good folks who participate in the 'board:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR !! I was watching Lester's youtube of the "Baugh" steam engine and boiler as 2019 ebbed away. Earlier today, I had done...
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    Kevin: What you have is known as a "gibbed...

    Kevin:

    What you have is known as a "gibbed key", a shaft key with a head on it. I would suggest you try using a steel wedge between the face of the sheave and the projecting head of the key....
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    JHolland: Thank you for the post about R....

    JHolland:

    Thank you for the post about R. Yancey and the mention of my name in his shop. Robert Yancey was what I call "an unlettered genius", someone blessed with the mind and vision to create....
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    Ohio Mike: Thanks for the heads-up as to the...

    Ohio Mike:

    Thanks for the heads-up as to the distinction between Louis-Allis and Allis-Chalmers. I stand corrected. We did buy the big LeBlond lathe out of the Louis Allis shop, which we were told...
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    alum100k: I do not mean any disrespect, but...

    alum100k:

    I do not mean any disrespect, but what you are seeing in the film is not a tractor with tracks on one side and a huge wheel on the other. Rather, it is a "cable plow". The plow is being...
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    Kevin T: seeing your post about Louis-Allis...

    Kevin T:

    seeing your post about Louis-Allis reminds me of a job we had some years ago at the NY Power Authority. We were needing to set up a heavy machining facility to do one specific job on...
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