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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 06:27 PM

In fairness, I also needed my radial arm saw, drill press, and angle grinder.  


Some of you may remember that I spent $240 to have an axle made for the Supremacy 45 I accidentally started to restore when I found the crankcase full of water.  Lauber1 suggested I should get some access to machine tools, so when I decided to replace the axle on my Waterloo 15 (bad groove at the oil seal) I started looking around.  I figured I would need a milling machine, but they look like my drill press.  That got me thinking that my radial arm saw looks like a surface grinder.  I have used the table saw to make dadoes in wood projects.  Metal is just really hard wood, right?  Both are carbon based.  


So, anyway, I called around & found 1" cold rolled 1018 round rod for $4 a foot.  They have a $15 minimum, and I needed 26.5 inches.  Quick math & I bought 9 feet (4 sections, no waste, gotta have a spare anyway).  It came as 2 pieces, each 4 1/2 feet long, so I used the radial arm saw to cut one of them into two pieces 26.5 inches long.




I made a jig out of some wood, not the best choice, but it is what I had. 




I secured one piece in the jig and drilled the hole for the drive gear setscrew.  I then flipped the drill guide over & locked the axle into the jig with a 1/4" bolt through a nut I had welded onto it. 




From there it was off to the radial arm saw with a 3/4" fine grinding wheel.  That made the flat spots on the ends of the axles where the locking bolts ride. 




Then it was off to the table saw to cut the key way groove for the clicker hub key.  I used two 1/8" cut off wheels to make the 1/4" key way. They left a small ridge down the centre, which I cleaned up with an end mill in my drill press.  My angle grinder cleaned up the run-out portion of the keyway. 




That's where the easy part ended.  The keyway for the drive gear is directly below the bolt I had installed to lock the axle in place & maintain the alignment of all of the grooves & flats.  To spin the axle 180* and keep the alignments spot on, I drilled a hole through the drilling guide & out the bottom of the jig.  When I rotated the axle, I slipped a 1/4" pin into the hole from the bottom and into the drive gear setscrew hole.  While I was turning the axle I marked the location for the drive gear keyway.  Then it was back to the drill press and the end mill to make the keyway.  The original axle used a woodruff key, but I went with 1/4" square stock rounded on the ends.  I dimpled the lip of the set screw to keep it from loosening off.




While I had it apart, I figured I might as well make some new clicker springs for the ratchet hubs.




It is all back together and runs like new.  Time will tell if the oil leak is fixed.  Now I can get back to the oil leak on my Allis HB112.








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Posted November 14, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Clever approach, using what's on hand keeps money in your pocket.

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:07 PM

Difference in a mechanic and a parts changer!

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:09 PM

Nice approach to making the axle!

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:14 PM

I would have tried an angle grinder.

Nice job on the keyway!!!

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:21 PM

Nice job with using tools what you had on hand to get the job done.It's amazing what we can do with the tools that we have. Goodwork.

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:28 PM

Very clever! Great job on the axle.

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:35 PM

Great Job !! What away to use the tools you hand on hand  !

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 07:59 PM

That's using the old noodle Mark. :thumbs:

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:01 PM

good use of the brain power to think it through

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Just a side note. BE VERY careful when putting cut off wheels on saws that might have higher rpm's then blade rated. Could be really  bad outcome.

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Very nice work with what ya got.  I figure it'll seal fine, as there's no reason it shouldn't.  :thumbs:

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Wow mark, that is clever as all heck, I love the saw idea !

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 09:21 PM

Nice work!

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 09:26 PM

I knew you could make one your self, it just takes some out of the box thinking sometimes.

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