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Post  happydad on Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:50 pm

aspeed wrote:$300 is a great deal for the Harbor Freight lathe.  I think the mill is better for cutting the slots though. That lathe has a lot of followers that like it after a good cleaning and adjusting mods.

I also have some wood working plans on my bucket list.

   So many projects and so little time.

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Harbor Freight Tools doesn’t carry the cheap $300 version anymore. They have a beefier version for $600 and up now. I will look around.
   1 lathe or 6 cox .010 engines. Hmmm.   Huh...  Huh...

Found a nice one for $475 plus $29 shipping. Verifying shipping. Comparable to HFT $600, but green???

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Post  aspeed on Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:44 am

There are a few brand names that are the same machine coming from the same factory.  Look carefully to see that it is the same one.  There are forums on that lathe with a big following. http://www.mini-lathe.com/  Sometimes you can get a used one for half price too.  My Taig was used and a deal that I could not pass up.  I bought a few accessories at full price though.  For metalworking machines, I always consider them to be a usable investment.  Normally you get the money back if you bought it used.
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Post  happydad on Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:08 am

aspeed wrote:There are a few brand names that are the same machine coming from the same factory.  Look carefully to see that it is the same one.  There are forums on that lathe with a big following. http://www.mini-lathe.com/   Sometimes you can get a used one for half price too.  My Taig was used and a deal that I could not pass up.  I bought a few accessories at full price though.  For metalworking machines, I always consider them to be a usable investment.  Normally you get the money back if you bought it used.

Aspped: the company I just looked at for $474 for a mini lathe was Grizzly.com . waiting for more info. I have seen the link you posted before and will review again. Thanks.

I have been "talking" with Coxaddict about how to remove the bar between the dual slit cylinders and was inspired to try it. some of the pictures focus switched from the subject to the background. I only have 2 hands, but you will get the idea.

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basic dual slit cylinder

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first try to remove bar, notice some mistakes. different lighting.

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typical setup using magnifying light as spark protection, hard to see cylinder and rotating blade. notice GLOVES.

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2nd cylinder, damage in lower corner. Tried to add SPI, but cut into edge of exhaust port. OOPS.

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2nd side of 2nd cylinder, note damage. the Dremel tool was getting really hot. garage was in the 100's.

thanks for the advice Coxaddict.

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Post  aspeed on Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:34 am

The 100s? You wouldn't catch me out there. The cylinder looks pretty good. I don't see a burr inside the port. I would use a mill, but your method is fine. I do similar stuff. I even have a magnifier just like that with a round flourescent bulb. I use dollar store 2.5 x glasses on top of the magnifier. I am getting old.
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Post  happydad on Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:58 am

aspeed wrote:The 100s?  You wouldn't catch me out there.  The cylinder looks pretty good.  I don't see a burr inside the port.  I would use a mill, but your method is fine.  I do similar stuff.  I even have a magnifier just like that with a round flourescent bulb.  I use dollar store 2.5 x glasses on top of the magnifier.  I am getting old.

The good side is the house is in the low 80’s. And I can get some of my fun work done out there.
   The cylinder(s) were a first time test. If I do it again I will try to jig everything so I can fine tune movement, like with the micro lathe I looked at. It has a table with X-Y movement I could use for the cylinder movement and jig the dremel tool with blade to the lathe somewhere.
   Besides it’s only money. Money Toss   I taught computer basics to seniors at a senior living facility for 5 years and all the money I made, $30 a day, one day a week, I saved for toys. Along the way several of the days were cancelled for holidays or at the last moment due to “meetings”, so I eventually quit because of the dishonesty of the management at the facility.
  That $475 lathe is looking better every second. I wish now I had purchased the lathe when I retired back in 2007. Then I still had access to other metal working tools like bending brake, shear cutting table, etc. I wanted to buy the tools when the company went bankrupt a few years later, but the dummy manager so it by the pound. 🤯
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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:09 am

Cutting exhaust ports

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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:21 am

Finished cylinder

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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:24 am

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Dual port, single booster on each. Sure start cylinder with center piece removed and bottom of port lowered for SPI
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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:57 am

happydad,  use the damaged cylinder in a vise by grinding off the fins. Then you can screw your work cylinder into the cylinder in the vise to free up your hands.  If you use a thicker cutting wheel you can make a smoother cut. I ruined a couple of cylinders trying to cut the slits on my mill! Shocked My first jig wasn't solid enough. You can use the same setup to cut the intake ports. The male or female threads can be used to hold the work cylinder depending on which end of the cylinder needs to be facing you.


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Post  happydad on Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:58 am

coxaddict wrote:Finished cylinder

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Ok. Ok. Yours looks better than mine. Now what do I do oh bee one?
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Post  happydad on Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:04 am

coxaddict wrote:happydad,  use the damaged cylinder in a vise by grinding off the fins. Then you can screw your work cylinder into the cylinder in the vise to free up your hands.  If you use a thicker cutting wheel you can make a smoother cut. I ruined a couple of cylinders trying to cut the slits on my mill! Shocked My first jig wasn't solid enough.

I heard that from my old friend in New Zealand about 6 or 7 years ago, but never thought I would even consider a lathe at that age, 67. What a padawan.

P.S. can’t seem to find the right blades for the dremel multi rotary tool yet. Just the thin ones. If I buy the $25 adapter kit I can use many more cutting blades. I am learning.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:24 am

coxaddict wrote:Cylinder Porting - Page 2 Dscf1422
Dual port, single booster on each. Sure start cylinder with center piece removed and bottom of port lowered for SPI

Pretty much exactly as Bernie sells as a Tee Dee Cylinder.  Very good performer.
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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:23 pm

happydad,  the Dremel  541 grinding wheel is .125" thick.  Check out their website for other bits especially the tungsten carbide ones.

Oldenginerod, since I have mostly slit exhaust cylinders I thought I'd give it a try. Real happy with the results.
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Post  aspeed on Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:17 pm

Do you have a before and after tach reading? I have a slitted cylinder, and thought it went pretty good considering.
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Post  coxaddict on Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:29 pm

aspeed, I didn't think of doing a before and after rpm comparison, maybe I will the next time I do a Bench run. The SPI definitely made a difference. The Killer Bee runs high rpms with a slit exhaust and SPI. If I can find the right slitting saw maybe I can replicate a Killer Bee cylinder.
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