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Since this has degenerated into a Wx post I'll add is been BLIZZARD condx here all day in the whole central part of NM snow high winds and COLD. :-(
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Got to have gear cutters to go with a dividing head.
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Got to have gear cutters to go with a dividing head.
They should clean up easily.
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Many years ago I did some serious research into making gears and it didn't take long to figure out that, with some exceptions, you just can't do it cost-effectively in a one-man home shop environment. Browning and other manufacturers have a wide range of stock gears in their inventories which are hard to beat price-wise. And when it comes to custom gears there are several local places that are fully tooled up to make pretty much anything I'd ever want--hard to compete with a shop that has all the gear cutting and heat treating facilities just waiting to go to work...
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That's true enough, but the odd time you need something and it is a week or two coming from Toronto.
I've done it a couple times and was glad I could. Just my luck that the one gear hob I own was the right pitch.
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Most of my gear work has been with a broken tooth (or a few). Weld it up and mill/grind, even file if need be to match.

Beyond that, the last gears I cut from scratch were in high school.


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I'm well aware that I could easily get a ready made gear now days but I'd still like to learn.
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Yesterday I picked up the dividing head. It's now sitting on a bench in my little shed. Boy is it heavy.
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I'm well aware that I could easily get a ready made gear now days but I'd still like to learn.


+1. Never hurts to learn a new skill, especially the old fashioned way. Even though everything is done in CNC now, if there ever was a EMP ( ?? If correct name) it could wipe out all computers supposedly, so some people with the old knowledge of doing things will be good to have around.


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. In the job shop environment (kind of work I want to do in my shop) I think manual machinery still rules the day.

If it turns into production work I'll get a CNC. 4th axis has taken dividing heads to pasture.

My goal im sticking to is no payments on machinery. Unless of course circumstances dictate getting a CNC...say a VF2. Even then I'd like that to be a used machine and 50% cash down. With cash invested I think it's easier to keep out of bankruptcy and away from repo men should this not go how I want.

At the end of the day I still want to be able to build stuff for myself. In still serious about building a 3/4 or 1/2 scale Avery undermount tractor for example
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