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Blog series by jeffl updated 08-07-2011 01:16 PM 4 parts 5399 reads 18 comments total

Part 1: moving inside

07-26-2011 01:58 PM by jeffl | 3 comments »

The blacksmith I bought the saw from loaded it on my trailer with a jib crane. He asked me how I was going to unload when I got home and I told him the truth, I’ll figure it out when I get home. I got lucky the trailer was the same level as my shop floor. , and the saw would fit through a 36” by 84” doorway if I took off some parts and the door with no room to spare. I put a 6” by6” across the opposite end of my shop squirted dawn soap on the trailer and floor a...

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Part 2: cleaning up

07-26-2011 08:51 PM by jeffl | 9 comments »

I didn’t know where to start but I really wanted a more appropriate color than John Deere green. Some of the paint practically fell off and I got out an old gallon of paint stripper, I’m not positive but I think 20 years old since my daughter is turning 20 soon and I think I bought it to strip a crib for her. I took some pics of the can since the front said instructions on the side then I took a pic of the side. I don’t know the original color but ...

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Part 3: bearings

08-07-2011 04:38 AM by jeffl | 4 comments »

I’m trying something new, to insert a picture and comment on them in order so we’ll all know if it works.The first picture is the bearings as I found them and it appears someone tried to ” shim ” by dripping blobs of Babbitt. The next picture shows me melting the old Babbitt out with a propane torch, lead Babbitt has a low melting point. The next picture is 5lbs of Stonewall Babbitt, $50. +$25 shipping. The size of half a girls softball. Now...

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Part 4: pouring babbitt

08-07-2011 01:16 PM by jeffl | 2 comments »

One picture here shows where I poured half the bearing at a time. The excess is fairly easily filed away. You could use a grinder to get close but at $10 a pound I wanted to save every shaving. The next picture is after my 1 St attempt, it turned out pretty good. You need 80% contact so I read and this is well over that. The picture of the shield show some spatter that occurred when pouring the top half of the bearing. I don’t know what caused it, probably sweat inside I coul...

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