for Star tools (previously Enlon?), the Mfg. of my 8" jointer with Copernic
Agent, but they seem to have disappeared.
I'm in need of the chipbreakers and bolts that retain the blades (too much
muscle stripped some threads).
Any ideas on how to locate parts or similar parts that will fit?
The knives are 1"X1/8"X8".
It may be that I have to drill and tap for a larger diameter... I hope not.
can you recommend a supplier of small quantities of helicoils and the
like? I occasionally have a need for these to keep some old equipment
alive and the large industrial suppliers don't want to deal with a guy
who only needs 3...
I can buy them individually, in any local engineering supplier.
But I don't, because they need the magic tap to fit them, and that's
still expensive. So Helicoils, except in a couple of sizes where I've
already acquired the tool, get sent out to a machine shop.
I had these recommended to me lately. I haven't used them personally,
but generally the "tube" inserts are a bit easier to install the the
"wire coil" type.
Most quality auto repair parts houses will sell them in small quanities.
Our local chain-type parts houses like Pep-Boys has them as well.
A local Snap-On or Mac dealer may have them or should be able to direct to a
Most auto parts stores sell "kits" that have the appropriate drill (usually
a numbered bit, not fractional), tap, installation tool, and 5 or so
helicoils for around $20 (per size). They're in a blue package, IIRC.
Then, you buy tubes of refills when necessary.
You really do need the right drill and the installation tool. Don't forget
to Loc-Tite the insert in, either.
I should'a made the connection...
Unfortunately there are none close to Englewood, nearest is Woodcraft in St.
As I progressed farther into this maintenance it became apparent that my
memory isn't what it was... I had cleaned and replaced the carbide tipped
knives all within a thousandth then realized I had to shim the outfeed table
to make it co-planar :>(.
Now I get the joy of re doing all the knives again!
Ah well, better with practice.
Thanks for the suggestions guys.
Maker of Fine sawdust and Thin Shavings
On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 10:52:00 -0400, "Thomas Bunetta"
Star has been gone for some time. I would have guessed ten years, but
that may be a little overstated. It's certainly more than five.
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
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