Re: I learned something today and may be tomorrow
- --- In mill_drill@y..., "jcgerb" <j.c.gerber@t...> wrote:
> Hi Phil,vacuuming while milling ?
> When you say using the shop vac, do you have a particular way of
>Yes, as I milled the piece of aluminum (4" X 13") using the power
feed on the X axis of my mill/drill I held the end of the vacuum hose
in my left hand with the noozle as close to the end mill as I could
get it. And, I hold the oil can with WD-40 in my other hand giving an
occassional squirt on the end mill. It works. Although sometimes the
vacuum hose gets clogged up which results in aluminum chips getting
I have taken to using the vacuum for almost all of the milling work I
do. It keeps me from having to do more cleanup later and at times I
believe it may act to cool the cutter and workpiece. I only wished
that I had a little larger shopvac. The one I have is pretty small
(although that can be handy sometimes) so that I have to empty it out
fairly frequently. I consider a shopvac to be an indispensible tool
in my workshop.
> I made recently a good swap of different items against my formerwood lathe and amongst others took a 20 years old industrial vac
which I have restaured to perfection now. Finished the b.... clogged
vacs hoses; a Ø 3" hose makes wonders too.
> Jean-Claude, Switzerland
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: philteague
> To: mill_drill@y...
> Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 1:39 AM
> Subject: [mill_drill] Re: I learned something today
> I have recently had much the same experience using a 3/4" endmill
> milling off .320" at 1500 rpm. The WD-40 really does make a big
> difference. One problem when doing this is that it sprays chips
> everywhere unless I use a shopvac to suck up all the Al. Isn't it
> great to learn as you go?
> Phil Teague