6" D handwheel w/~3" handle--the elevating crank on an old Powermatic
180 planer. Can find a number with threaded stud; no joy for 1/4"
grooved pin for this drive-in application so far. Anybody know a
source? Original was nylon handle according to parts manual, metal
would be nice replacement... :)
Have you looked at what McMaster has to offer for Hand-wheels?
I've been getting old faucet handles from my local ReStore. Stuff they
had tossed in their recycle bin. Usually brass, a spline, set screw,
too nice to just toss... Give them a donation for the stuff I scrounge.
If it were me I would bore the center out of one (lathe) and slip it
over a stud in the wheel. Maybe a snap ring to hold it on the stud
Yeah, I had--afaict they've got no replacement handles, only the full
monty handwheels -- at almost $200...
No such animuhl here; too small a market...I did an eBay search but
didn't find a match for the present need...but, discovered that PM still
has the pin for not a terrible price; while I don't have a lathe I could
probably manage to turn an acceptable handle on the drill press.
Had a fuggly idea later on while I was out for a run/walk. You could
probably use a bicycle pedal. Cut off at least one of the outer
rubber/cage pieces or both to suit your fancy. Ideally drill/tap the
existing hole to fit the pedal threads. Other wise just grind the
threads down till they get to your press in size needed...
If you don't have any around hit up some bicycle repair joints. They
should be able to find you something suitable to play with :)
It you use the threads, beware that one of each pair is
left-hand threaded. (Or at least, they were back in the 1950s when I
depended on a bicycle for mobility.)
At least for the ones which I had to deal with, the left-hand
threaded ones had the letter 'L' stamped on the flat end of the threaded
And as I remember, they were a rather fine thread for the size,
so you will likely have to go to the bicycle shop (below) to find the
tap you will need.
I made a plastic knob, complete with a bunch of milled in scalloped grips
on a rotary table. It ended up looking pretty close to the original, and
that wasn't even the intention. Unlike the original it's made of plastic
that won't shatter now.
It'd be a lot simpler if I had a lathe, but yes, I noted in an earlier
response wherein somebody else made the same/similar suggestion I could
likely rough one out using the drill press...was hoping to avoid the
No excersize at all, I dropped my old delta miter bar and had to replace
te handle, 2 minutes work.
Drilled it, stuck a bolt in the end and glued with epoxy, then turned
the handle using chisels on the drill press.
Smoothed using files and sand paper. Piece of cake.
well, yes you can freehand, if you keep the chisel at 45 to 60 degree to
the turning. the tip rides above the top and the mid section of the
blade is now shearing vs cutting in, and should not catch unless you
drop the top edge level or below the top. Dangerous if you don't know
how to skew cut.
Safe if you pay attention.
Remember it will fly off to your left if you screw up, just don't have
anyone standing there.
Or you can use some scap of wood clampped vertically, or make a T and
A rasp also can be used instead and will quickly shape the handle.
It's up to you.
It was my only way of turning before I got the lathe.
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