82829RE: [atlas_craftsman] Never Buy A Cheap Reamer!
- Jun 1 3:43 AM
OK Doc J - one of my (very) early experiences with your ‘torch’ was to heat and quench a large centre punch which I had proudly made on the lathe . Only after numerous unsuccessful attempts at heating and quenching did some kind soul explain to me that mild steel doesn’t harden ! !
Live and learn
So what do we call a “torch” – the one that emits light for illuminating bores – in your part of the world ?
Carvel ...he he he ..when i first read your post , ( quickly ) , i thot you meant what does the REAMER look like after you destroyed it w/ an oxy acetylene torch ...i can remember at least one project gone wrong that i took an 8 # sledge to ....but i still keep a 1/2 reamer that looks like a bannana after i dropped it flat to quench it after hardenening ..( way down on the learning curve ). his reamer may still need an o/a torch to maybe harden it ..
.i.forgot the across the pond use of 'torch" for a moment ....
always enjoy your helpful posts
All that should have happened was to remove a burr ( maybe) and "polish" the
taper , which would have been a very small chip - having had a go at it
what does the taper look like with a strong torch ?
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Sent: 31 May 2013 01:54 PM
Subject: [atlas_craftsman] Never Buy A Cheap Reamer!
Well, I had some time yesterday to go out and mess around with my 10F and
see if I could get the tailstock cleaned up a bit with the new MT2 reamer.
After spending more time than should have been necessary, I have
accomplished nothing! I couldn't cut one single chip with the new
I followed tubalcain's (mrpete222 on YouTube) instructions on using reamers
and although he seemed to have no troubles getting at least a small amount
of chips, all I accomplished was to heat the reamer up a very slight amount.
(yes, I was using it by hand, not power reaming) I also never spun the
reamer backwards, I remembered that advice from long ago.
It seems the only luck I am having finding anything other than Chinese
reamers is if I go with Grizzly, and they sell tools from India!!! I don't
know what's worse!
So anyway, moral of the story is, there are some cheap tools that are really
Anyway, I now have a cool paper weight!
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