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Offline HaroldCR - AKA Fla.-Deadheader

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Hand.cutting.keyways
« on: January 19, 2019, 07:45:38 AM »
Need.2.different.sizes.in.a.steel.single.3".long.X.1".ID.coupler
Ideas?

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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 08:50:35 AM »
Without access to a machine shop the only thing I can come up with is the edge of a bastard file.  It'll take a long time but the price is right.
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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 01:26:08 PM »
If you have a lathe, you can drag cut them. The lathe chuck holds the part and lock the spindle, and then crank the carriage back and forth with a sized took in a boring bar holder.
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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 02:15:06 PM »
I believe the piece of steel is too hard to cut the keyway. A file just barely makes a mark.  ::)

It wasn't all that hard to turn in my home built lathe. I have thought about milling a spot on the side and then drilling across to make a groove in the shafts to act as a key with a capscrew. Poor old drill press chuck is nearly ruined by using a milling cutter in it for other projects.

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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 05:52:28 PM »
You could use whats called a Dutchman if the pieces are flush drill a hole half in the shaft drive in a round pin. Also an angle grinder and cut 0ff wheel and a shitload of patience. I have done it with a good file. Frank C.

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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 06:19:58 PM »
I have cut several keyways on shafts and a couple in pulleys, etc. I have mini file set and a very small coldchisel. Metal is not easily obtained, out here in the jungle, hence, the harder than normal piece of 2" I have at hand. Coupler is 1" ID.

The end drilling and round pin sounds interesting. I need to harness up to 30 HP, cutting hard wood, at times.


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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2019, 08:43:43 AM »
How about grinding a small flat spot on the shaft and driving a gib key in between the shaft and pully/sprocket/coupler/whatever to lock it on the shaft?  The gib key will swage itself some and provide pretty good holding power I reckon.
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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2019, 01:52:25 PM »
Thinking about something very similar, doing 2 flat spots on the gearbox shaft. Real problem is inside the coupler. Even thinking about drilling through and doing a hard bolt.

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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2019, 05:23:32 PM »
Could just do a square shaft instead of attempting a keyway.

Grind it square then drill a hole and square it out with a file.

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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2019, 09:41:14 AM »
Weld it.  8)
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Re: Hand.cutting.keyways
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2019, 04:52:18 PM »
Naah, Ox. Drilled and tapped the stub shaft/coupler for 5/16 hard bolt. Need to recess the bolt head. Probably do that to the gearbox when I remove it, for more drilling, adding features to the arm that gear box bolts up to.