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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

anyone have a tubing bender? not like brake lines but 1 inch up round bar?

HF strikes again with lovely products that might cause you to loose a finger or put out an eye...

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=32888

can give me reasons not to buy it?

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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

there was a shop that I used to hang around in that had a really badly broken up asphalt and concrete floor, it was opened sometime in the late 30s and closed in 2005-6 - its since been turned in to a non automotive paint store which I actually use when I need to get house paint - after the auto shop closed they poured a new concrete floor in there and whenever I've been there, they keep "caution wet" signs over all the places that the cars once sat because the years upon years of oil are seeping up thru the floor.

about ratcheting wrenches, I was feeling frisky a few years back and bought full size and stubby sets in SAE from harbor freight. They aren't total garbage - they seem to work ok and I use them often. My biggest complaints are that i often find myself getting the end on to a tough to reach bolt then realizing i have to take it off and flip it over which is kinda a pain in the rear end. also, the HF sets do not come with 11/16 which is a very common size that I use - this frustrates me more than anything. I also have a set of early gearwrench ones with the tilty heads, I don't use those as often because they are very bulky, they aren't even in the drawer with the other wrenches .

is it kinda crazy that I have like 4 full-ish sets of box wrenches?

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

I recently did a horn install on the firewall of my roadster, I was pissed the gently caress off, as I have been since I got them, with my harbor freight step bits.

so thanks to a youtube channel that I'm obsessed with as a guilty pleasure, project farm, I picked up these baddies:

https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWA17...11637352&sr=8-1

holy... poo poo... they straight up vaporized the metal that I tried them out on.. probably the fastest step bits ive ever used - early fords have some of the beefiest sheet steel ever used in cars, and these bits cut thru it like it was butter. highly recommended.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

I went the Makita route long ago and haven't looked back - but some of the dewalt peripherals are really good stuff.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

exactly - I really want one of those Milfucky ratchets - the m12 variant with the flush mount pistol magazine style battery, but I just cant pull the trigger on it knowing full well it would be the only non Makita, that being said, their offering for powered ratchets sucks!

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Elviscat posted:

I could almost justify going with a full M12 line of tools, just for the stubby 3/8 impact and the compact ratchet, then it wouldn't compete with my buy-in to DeWalt's 20V line.

exactly - those are the only ones that I really want - one of my favorite drills i ever had was the makita small one... 12v i think, the white one - it was perfect for little precise stuff, it got stolen when I was on location a long time ago and I just never replaced it - but the M12 stuff looks similar

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

I have this bamboo wall covering stuff in our bedroom - its basically a woven, pressed wood panel, too thick to cut with any sort of sheers or knife and too thin to be cut with a circ saw or sawzall I used a osculating tool to cut the holes in it for switch boxes and windows - I set up some fences for it out of aluminum stock I had and went to town - I got a bi-metal blade for it and I actually used it to demo a fence by plunging it in to the wood and thru the head of a screw - I havent used it in a year, but I know I have it, and I know its capabilities.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

HIIIOOOOOOOO





got my new gut tickler out back behind the shed- she needs a new belt and a good rewire job, but she works just fine - another one ticked off the list of my 40s craftsman collection - may not look like it, but this hernia heavy.

do I.....

https://www.harborfreight.com/vibration-free-link-belt-43771.html



or do I.....

https://www.amazon.com/Power-Twist-Plus-Link-V-Belt/dp/B08D8ZL9PM/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=link+v+belt&qid=1612852432&sr=8-3

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Elviscat posted:

Whichever is more convenient.

Of course it's heavy, it's basically solid cast iron.

Does that have a riving knife? If not fabricate one ASAP or be REALLY careful not to smash yourself in the face with wood, also make sure you always use push-blocks.

no knife, we die like real men... lol... i kid - I learned how to use a table saw on a model just like this one, in fact, this very well might be the one I learned on. (long story) - I took a few cuts on it in its diminished state and man, this thing really needs to be dialed in, in many ways. I don't know if you could even put a knife on this thing as it sits, I don't plan on using it for lots, I've gotten away thus far with a circ saw, altho I wish I had had this thing for a number of projects.

Table saws always need to be treated with respect - I began using one at a very early age and I have never ever lost respect of become complacent while operating one, I've had kickbacks, but luckily always been able to know they were coming and avoid the big hurt. also safety glasses.

honestly what's the most important is dialing your fence in square to avoid any binds, its got a few adjustments you can make on them, but this thing really just needs a good cleaning and oiling - I may even go so far as to get some UHMW pieces cut to line the fence with, as is the norm on modern fences.



Cat Hatter posted:

How do you access the blade on that thing?

its a lovely night shot picture, but it has a removable flush mounted plate around the blade like any other saw - just hard to see because the thing is coated in a nice, even layer of dust and grime

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.


Thats a fantastic tutorial - I used to make zero clearance inserts for tools at the shop I'd moonlight at - we also had a cnc router so it was super easy to just draw it and cut one. never thought about making a splitter like that but that's drat cool - I wonder if you could use an piece of aluminum rather than the wood for a bit more of a strong surface - hmmm I'll be thinking about this

I've been using table saws like this one pretty much my whole life, as a matter of fact, this very saw may have been my grandfathers, but there's no substantiating that - this belonged to a friends dad who passed away in 2015, he was an avid junk hunter and garage sale'r - He lived just a block from my grandparents house, and after my grandfather passed in 97, my grandmother took it in her own hands to decimate his garage and sell off all his tools - I begged my mom not to let this happen, but I was just a kid and I really had no say in it. My friend remembers his dad getting this saw in the same time period so it very well may have been my grandfathers - there is obviously no way to prove it but stranger things have happened between our families - our kids are now the 4th generation of friendship.

slidebite posted:

I sell all that poo poo to some clients. The Jason is OK, fenner and Gates are probably the best... but for table saw I can't imagine it's a problem either way.

Why don't you want to use a regular V-belt? What kind of shape are the sheaves in?
e: Me speak english good

The whole thing is in "as is, set up condition 50 years ago - I have quite a bit of cleanup to do on the thing, one of my OCD things is that the tables on these old craftsmans are as close as I can get them to being true flat - I spent a long time getting my bandsaw pretty good and I assume this will probably be a long process - its a shame because I don't have room for it indoors, only in my outdoor shop thats covered from the elements, but open air on a slab.

I'd get a regular v belt, but this one is cooked, stretched and coming apart so I don't think I'd get an accurate measurement from the remaining - the link belts have always intrigued me and I'd love to give them a try. the sheaves are very nice - this thing hasn't had a lot of use, its problems come from lack of cleaning rather than wear

I haven't really torn in to this thing yet as wood projects are pretty low on my priority list, however I can see myself getting this up and going before the end of the year.

EDIT:

just doing some poking around for vintage craftsmans with mods came across this interesting piece:



Seems legit...




I must say, I'm really impressed with all the recommendations regarding safety and these old tools - I've been so accustomed to being so cautious with these machines that upgrading them with some simple safety features has literally never entered my mind.

another dangerous tool that I own is this beast:



mine is a 1954 DeWalt Power Shop radial arm saw, if those last 3 words dont strike fear in to you, then just take a look at this lovely brochure on the operation of this incredible tool



Super portable at only 130 lbs!



but the absolute best... is this



yes they advise you walking a 4x8 sheet in to a blade spinning directly at gut level...

so, i did the wise thing:



but believe it or not, I actually like using the old dewalt too.

LobsterboyX fucked around with this message at 05:00 on Feb 10, 2021

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Elviscat posted:

OH NO, OH JESUS gently caress NO! Pushing towards the saw too, so if the plywood breaks or you stumble you go straight into the machine.

my thought was trying to juggle the two sides if you managed to somehow make it across the gauntlet of death and fumbling right in to that blade.

I'd known about these awesome machines for a long time, one came up on a facebook group along with a few other tools for basically free - I'm completely obsessed with the finish on these dewalts is this awesome chartreuse green with black and gray speckles - I started collecting the cool print materials on these, as well as some attachments, including a reciprocating saw head that fits on the motor, and I picked up this brochure at a flea market and my jaw hit the loving floor when I saw this photo - there are some other gems in there too, but this one was the worst

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Took some more pics of the finger taker 5000









its just really.. dirty, its been outdoors for a long time - if I get some time I'm going to give it a real good cleaning and see where we can start.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

why do they insist on bright color plastic handles? based on looks alone that looks like a lovely tool, but a very cool concept, however I seem to recall seeing a very old version of this with a nice knurled handle at a tool swapmeet -

in other news - I feel like I made an adult decision today, I need a nice set of snap ring pliers, instead of going to buy another set of HF ones (the previous ones I've had from them last exactly 1 job before they bend and become launched in to the can) I did some looking and bought the channel lock ones with the replaceable tips.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

I've had Makita for years - I love it, however the only tool I lust for that is a bit lacking in the Makita universe is the Mil(fuckey) M12 3/8 ratchet. -

yeah, I know... https://www.amazon.com/Makita-XLT02...13430826&sr=8-4

but the form factor of this is pretty weak compared to the red one.

Pre Edit: I actually just found this one that looks wayyyyyy more appealing to me... may or may not have made it in to my shopping cart:
https://www.amazon.com/Makita-RW01R...13431116&sr=8-2

I have:

drill (just replaced my 10 year old white one with the bad rear end new teal one) its a fuckin monster - the old white ones are kids toys compared to the new gen of brushless, but hey, the white ones really held their own

impact driver - the white one still functions fine for driving screws and with the 3/8 square drive adapter its good for quite a bit

1/2" impact gun for lug nuts - total game changer, but I don't use as much as the others because I'm not always doing lug nuts - kinda a frivolous purchase, I was ballin at the time, but every time I use it I'm glad I have it

angle grinder - I havent touched my corded since I got it - and I find myself using a grinder more for things that I would have tried to work around - its a really well engineered tool and its fantastic even with the goofy form factor of the battery

sawzall - also an awesome tool, use it frequently and it actually out preforms my old craftsman corded one.

hand held circ saw - totally an awesome tool - struggles a bit on dense hardwoods, but there hasn't been one task it hasn't been able to handle.

the absolute most useful tool I've bought last year is 100% the leaf blower - I didn't know I needed it as much as I did until I got it. I use it daily and I love it.

I have a few more I'd really like to get - namely jigsaw, orbital sander, die grinder and that ratchet - and im sure there's more that I'd like but don't know it yet.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

been thinking about a parts washer too - done some quick investigation - basically every parts washer available is from china - the consensus is that the pumps really suck and fail pretty quickly, if you do some looking, guys cobble together replacements that are pretty stout. Back when, parts washers used all kinds of nasty solvents that eat pretty much anything and are very dangerous to you. There are much cleaner alternatives, but a lot of folks swear by diesel fuel.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Cat Hatter posted:

Do you live in a 50's safety PSA? Look around and see if anything is in color.

I do and no, things aren't in color yet.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

ah.. say it aint so, I really enjoy that guy's vids.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

started working on this adorable little belt driven grinder today - I have a motor for it and this was fully functional up until the home made wooden stand for it succumbed age and termites

this thing was crusty - I still have a lot of cleaning to do, but my hands just cant take any more abuse for a few days.





planning on hitting it with the color that all vintage tools should be;



this stuff is RARE - i went to a local mom and pop hardware store and scored these 3 cans of it - I guess Hammerite stopped making this color a few years back and guys in vintage tool and radio communities have been paying up to $40-50 for a can of it - these cans have a date stamp of 08/2012 so... lets hope they work.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

I've had like 3 instances this week where I wish I had a power ratchet. I think I'm just going to pull the trigger on the makita - you fuckers are really making me want to spend some bucks.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

Bouton's forever!

https://www.amazon.com/Bouton-249-5...396&s=hi&sr=1-1

I had a professor in college that swore by these, I bought some, loved them, then they got lost or someone walked off with them within the year - forgot about them - watched the project farm safety glasses video about a year ago and was taken back very quick - ordered all 3 types, clear, sunglasses and the IR version for using the laser cutter/plasma - I love them, wear the clear ones almost daily - my wife actually appropriated the sunglasses and wears them as her daily shades, once I figured out she took them, i took the side guards off for her and they actually look pretty stylish on her.

LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

So I'm an idiot and didn't realize that the makita ratchet that's so popular right now is actually 12v and not the 18v that is the universe I am currently in. Makita has a 18v ratchet and I'm not in to it, so I did the right thing and bought the Mil(fuckey) M12 stubby 3/8 - my OCD is pretty upset about this, but the form factor of the red one is so much better, its cheaper, magazine style battery, compact - WHATEVER! then i saw more M12 stuff... I'm hosed.

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LobsterboyX
Jun 27, 2003
I want to eat my chicken.

StormDrain posted:

You picked up the Stubby impact and not the ratchet? Interesting turn. You know what happens next right?

No, I got the stubby ratchet

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HSX1TTK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

- I really didn't want to change brands, I really love my makita stuff, but the fact that their comparable also takes a different battery and charger as well kinda made up my mind to just buy the one I want -

this is the comparable:

https://www.amazon.com/Makita-RW01R...951&s=hi&sr=1-1

round tool, square, backwards battery - it just looks kinda hokey - Once again Project Farm kinda made up my mind for me

I see myself packing this thing when going racing or just on a longer trip with an old car -

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