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Old 09-28-2016, 10:49 AM
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Default Milwaukee Rong fu head raising/lowering adapter

I seen an adapter like this one on a website somewhere a long time ago, and thought it would be handy. It has some wobble due to the SIL not noticing the free 1 1/4" steel round he brought home from work, wasn't concentric, before putting it in the lathe, which caused a bigger hole to be bored than was needed, it works though, I'll just shim it.

The original cast handle's set screw fits a 3/8 X 16 thread.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:43 PM
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As I recall Old man used a 90 deg drill in a similar use, but if the handle is down it may hit the table if you get too low.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:41 PM
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As I recall Old man used a 90 deg drill in a similar use, but if the handle is down it may hit the table if you get too low.
Smart thought GWIZ, but in this instance it will clear. I have a 90 degree D handle Milwaukee drill I hardly ever use, I might be able to remain seated if I use it, I'll have to check.


I'm thinking about taking the column and have a laser center line etched into it, if it's possible. I can attach a pointer under the head to locate it.

I'm going to start looking for a laser etching company after the holidays. I have no idea what it would cost, I would be willing to pay a couple hundred dollars to have it done, not so much for me, but the grandson is getting interested in metal work and it would make his learning experience less painful.
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:50 PM
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I Built a power raise /lower for my Enco mill.
Made a spacer drive piece with a 40 tooth chain sprocket on it mounted the milwaukee 1/2 inch drill tight along the base of the knee with a 20 tooth sprocket on it in place of the chuck. put a light dimmer and a reversing switch in a box on the front.
I have power up and down plus I can use the crank for fine adjustment I will get a picture of it later when I go back out to the shop.
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Looks like it sure beats the hand cranking.
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Smart thought GWIZ, but in this instance it will clear. I have a 90 degree D handle Milwaukee drill I hardly ever use, I might be able to remain seated if I use it, I'll have to check.
I do not recall if the older drills have a rev switch.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:14 PM
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I do not recall if the older drills have a rev switch.
I have a couple old aluminum bodied drills that don't have reverse switches, they are pretty old drills. I'm guessing they were manufactured back in the sixties.
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:34 PM
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Those Milwaukee drills scare the crap out of me, wrist and finger breakers, I've had sore wrists for days, after the bit caught. I saw an electrician break a leg, when one of them caught and threw him off the step ladder he was on, 6 foot fall onto a pile of steel pipe on a concrete floor, he did not bounce, when he hit the pile/floor. That said I own about a dozen of them in various sizes and styles.
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Seems a DC motor might make life easier, especially to reverse.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:01 AM
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Most if not all drills are built around high speed brush motors and are ac/dc motors.
They can all be reversed if you know how to do that.
Early drills were not built reversible or variable speed because bits were all run the same direction. Even today left hand drill bits are quite rare
First came variable speed which led to using the drill to drive screws Then came reverse
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