Author Topic: Power feed  (Read 12057 times)

Carpenter84

Power feed
« on: July 20, 2018, 03:42:22 PM »
Just picked this up for $150. Never used. Pristine condition. Doesn't have the bevel gear or any hardware. So, I'll have to look up some info and either make some of the items or find them online. Pretty damn happy to fiiiiinaly at least have a power unit in my possession. Jeez, can't beat the price. When I showed up the guy said I was the first person, but said almost 100 people emailed and called within 24 hours. He realized he listed it too cheap.

Around here power feeds don't come up often, very seldom, and when they do they're $500 used, even heavily.
Pretty happy.
Shawn

4GSR

Re: Power feed
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 03:55:14 PM »
Without the bevel gear, that is about the right price in my book.  When you find that gear, probably looking at at least $75 Canadian dollars for it, plus any other missing parts.
Ken

pep

Re: Power feed
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 04:33:20 PM »
You can actually find and buy the parts fairly easily.

http://www.bestlinepro.com/power-feed-parts.asp

Pep

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 04:36:29 PM »
That's exactly where the seller told me to look.
Shawn

dlane

Re: Power feed
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 05:16:21 PM »
Your going to need the adaptor for your mill and a selection of shims and the bolts , did you plug it in and run it ? . Did seller say why it wasnít used , what kind of mill u putting it on ? . I know to many questions .
Derrick

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 05:46:46 PM »
Not too many questions! Ask! That's the only way I figure things out.

Yes it runs, very well.
He bought it for a busy bee mill it didn't fit on a decade ago, been sitting since.
It's in perfect shape for something sitting on a shelf or in a drawer.
I have a Bridgeport clone, it's a perfect fit on the stock 4 bolt end plate on the table (I already had the left hand wheel off for a long time cause it interferes with my work bench).
Just need spacers, nuts, gear, etc.
Shawn

Ulma Doctor

Re: Power feed
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 07:54:48 PM »
Nice Score Shawn!
they have plastic/delrin gears and bronze ones as well
the same drive set up is present and came with my BP.
if you need pictures, i can pull mine apart and show you anything you need to see!  :)
8 Lathes, 5 Milling Machines, 6 Welders, 2 Surface Grinders, Shop Smith & woodworking stuff too !!!

MIKE WALTON

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2018, 09:29:08 PM »
I will remember that. Eventually, when I get to it. I should be able to figure it out, but we will see.

At first glance I cannot see what stops the drive from twisting around. There doesn't seem to be any stock-ish mounting holes in the table bracket, but several holes in the drive to put bolts through.
Shawn

pep

Re: Power feed
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2018, 06:24:05 AM »
I believe you will find the mod not all that complicated.. Power feeds are relatively standard, having a BP clone is a plus.

Pep
 

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2018, 06:51:02 AM »
Having a bp clone has made a lot of things a lot easier.

Shawn

Bill Gruby

Re: Power feed
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2018, 07:43:02 AM »
 Plugging it in and running it with no load on it tells you nothing other than it turns. You will probably need an adapter plate for the table end to mount it.

 "Billy G"
I'm pretty sure that my last words will be, OH SHIT,THAT DIDN'T WORK.

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2018, 07:52:10 AM »
Hey bill, it does fit the stock table end. Itís sits inside the flange/shoulder perfectly. The face of the drive sits flat against the inner face of the table end bracket. As far as I saw when I quickly fit it (I already had the hand crank removed because it interferes with my work bench beside the mill) Iíll need a spacer between two washers, the bevel gear, and whatever on the other side to hold the drive in the shaft, I assume most of the stock collars would go here as the drive only takes up about as much room as the graduated dial did. The only modification it seems ol have to do is drill and tap a couple holes to keep the drive from wanting to spin when running.
But Iím going to look into it a bit further today and see if I bought myself a can of worms or not.
Shawn

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2018, 08:17:10 AM »
I shot some photos.
The retaining systems are different from the left and right side of the table. These drives seem to generally be designed to go on the right. Which is a shame because the left side has just a nut holding the lead screw in, where the right is a bearing, retaining collar, and everything held on with the hand crank nut. It would be easier to fab something up to hold it on the left side. On the right I'd have to make a thrust collar/spacer fiasco. Which is fine, but means I'll have to find appropriate thrust bearings/rings. On the left I could simply bolt the drive on, make a gear, some easy spacers, the stock end washers and nut, and bobs your uncle... But the controls would face the wrong way. There's a nub on the top of the drive that seems to prevent it from fitting into the shoulder of the table end bracket.
I'll play with this more eventually.

Hell, even the colour is a match!
Shawn

pep

Re: Power feed
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2018, 12:27:57 PM »
 Yup ......just like I said easy mod .......  The link I posted sells all the parts you could need

Pep

Hey bill, it does fit the stock table end. Itís sits inside the flange/shoulder perfectly. The face of the drive sits flat against the inner face of the table end bracket. As far as I saw when I quickly fit it (I already had the hand crank removed because it interferes with my work bench beside the mill) Iíll need a spacer between two washers, the bevel gear, and whatever on the other side to hold the drive in the shaft, I assume most of the stock collars would go here as the drive only takes up about as much room as the graduated dial did. The only modification it seems ol have to do is drill and tap a couple holes to keep the drive from wanting to spin when running.
But Iím going to look into it a bit further today and see if I bought myself a can of worms or not.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2018, 12:41:23 PM by pep »

Carpenter84

Re: Power feed
« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2018, 12:31:21 PM »
Yep. It should be fairly easy.
What's not easy, is finding the time to do it... It's a project in of itself and if I'm busy on a project already, devoting the time away from that is tricky if I'm producing something.
Usually I'm able to come out to the shop at night after the wife and boy are asleep. But he's been pushing his luck last few months and going to bed at 10:30-11. By the time I can leave without the wife harping on me, I'm pretty tired. Soon tho... Soon...
Shawn