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Old 02-23-2020, 08:33 PM
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I like it. I need to do something with my 1964 bench-top model Rockwell, no crank and the table is really heavy, I can feel it in my back whenever I have to raise it. I thought about rigging a pulley and dropping a counterweight down inside the column, or make a collar and mount a small bottle jack. What did you use for the collar?
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Old 02-23-2020, 08:45 PM
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I like it. I need to do something with my 1964 bench-top model Rockwell, no crank and the table is really heavy, I can feel it in my back whenever I have to raise it. I thought about rigging a pulley and dropping a counterweight down inside the column, or make a collar and mount a small bottle jack. What did you use for the collar?
I machined the collars from heavy wall pipe with .010" clearance.k The lift on my bench top has 6.250" travel which is plenty. The lift was from a hospital bed.
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Old 02-23-2020, 10:01 PM
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Just messing around with your idea
me too,
What about a bicycle chain and a couple of sprockets?
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:53 PM
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There it was done. I spun the lift around to the back and wired so I can switch from foot pedal or the switch on the press.
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Old 03-02-2020, 09:08 PM
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I made a lot of headway on my solution this weekend. Not nearly as sophisticated as yours but it will take the back strain out of raising the table on my old Rockwell. It involves cable, pulleys and a weight. I just need to drill a 16 lb chunk of stainless and put an eye bolt in it. A lot of experimenting with grocery bags and various weights before settling on 16 lbs. Will post pics when done.
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:19 PM
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Well I finally had time to finish my poor man's lift today. There was no way I could put the counter weight inside the column like some have due to the design of my machine so I put it under the bench. To attach the cable to the table I just used a 3" conduit hanger with an eye bolt. I mounted a floor flange and screwed in a 1/2" pipe with a coupling and a smooth chase nipple on the end and ran the cable thru this to prevent interference on the bench top.
Lifting and lowering is no longer a back wrenching experience but probably the best improvement is that the table stays wherever I place it while still loose, so I no longer have to hold it in place with one hand and tighten the lever with the other.
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Old 03-07-2020, 10:49 PM
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That's usen the ol nogen!!! I like it
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That's usen the ol nogen!!! I like it
Yup. Like I always say... where there's a will... there are relatives.
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