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Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 8th, 2018 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got it. I’ll be doing wood carving but pretty detailed.

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Jan 8th, 2018 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If need be, I can revise my hanger so it clamps to my work table. That may be the way for me to go.

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 8th, 2018 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use my Foredom for all kinds of things -- but rarely more than 10-15 minutes at a time. Mine hangs overhead in a corner of the shop at the end of a workbench where I do most of my repair work and where I build my plugs for surf fishing -- so it's directly to my right -- I'm right handed. That works for pretty my everything I do, but to be honest, I wouldn't mind if I had an extra foot of length on the flex shaft.

I'm already finding that my new TX motor is much more versatile than my old machine. I may be moving it and setting up a dedicated area for it.

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Jan 8th, 2018 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A pal of mine owns a jewelry store in Annapolis, and he does custom work and repairs. He has three Foredoms on his bench; the oldest one is from the late 50s/early 60s, and it looks like it. Other than occasionally having to replace the flex shaft, the only maintenance he's done on the motor is to replace the brushes every few years.

That's an important part of using these flex-shaft tools: maintenance.

If you're running it every day, you should pull the drive cable out of the sleeve and clean and lube it at least once every six months or so.
It greatly extends the life of the shaft. If you're occasionally using it, maybe once every two years will do. Same goes for the handpieces. Keep 'em clean and lubed.

Ryder
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Jan 10th, 2018 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got my TX kit today. Very cool! I do have a question of course.
What is the little chain for.? Has a hook on either end.

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Jan 10th, 2018 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No idea. Was it in with the accessories? Or the motor? Post a pic.

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Jan 10th, 2018 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's to keep the tools for your handpiece together. You should have a wrench and straight pin with a loop at the end -- depending on which handpiece you bought.

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Jan 10th, 2018 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well there ya go!

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Jan 10th, 2018 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep! Thank you!
Mine is the 44T. Had a black metal band around the base bot no way to hook it that I can tell.

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Jan 10th, 2018 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The chain doesn't attach to the handpiece. It just keeps the two tools together.

Like this

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Jan 10th, 2018 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never got a little bead chain for my collet wrench and pin. I feel so cheated :o(

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Jan 11th, 2018 09:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, that's what I did with mine.

Peegoo, you better get one before you lose those pieces.

I need to fashion something to hold my handpiece.

I'm revising my hanger stand which may again hang from the ceiling.

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Jan 11th, 2018 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can make a very nice handpiece holder by drilling a stepped hole in a piece of 1" thick wood.

Cut a slot in the side to allow the cable to slip in. The handpiece hangs in it with the collet pointed up.

Like this.

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Jan 11th, 2018 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo. I need to go to Lowes for some items, but it sleeted and snowed this morning so I won't be going anywhere.



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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 11th, 2018 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you guys think of this setup for the motor hanging?

The motor would hang from a round bar that was connected to a bracket at the each end. That way the motor could travel along the bar as you moved from one side of the piece your working on, to the other.

A shower curtain rod for example if it was hanging from the ceiling.

Or maybe a heavy guage wire to slide on.


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Jan 11th, 2018 02:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't think a wire would be the best choice, but I don't see why a rigid bar or tube set as you have illustrated wouldn't work.

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Jan 11th, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The bar is a better choice than a wire or thin cable.

If you plan on doing any precision work, the motor has to remain stationary. If it moves around under torque loads, that moves the flex shaft, which translates to movement of the handpiece.

A cable would allow the motor to move quite a bit--even if stretched tightly. A pole or rod, not so much.

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Jan 11th, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I get you.

With a bar the motor could only move so far, and I could possibly make it so it wouldn’t move very much at all.

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Jan 11th, 2018 10:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could easily make a clamp that allows you to slide it on the bar and lock it down with the twist of a wingnut.

Something similar to how a PAR can locks onto a stage lighting bar. This would work great for a vertical bar mounting too. It allows adjustable height of the motor.

The bolt goes through the little hole in the middle of the motor's yoke, and the round clamp goes around the bar.

Like this. Not expensive, either.

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Jan 12th, 2018 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That’s a cool idea! I’m going looking at Lowe’s today.

I’m also looking at shower rod brackets to hold the horizontal pole or rod.

I think I can do this inexpensively.

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