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Old 09-25-2008, 07:46 PM
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Here is something I made recently and have found very useful.
I took a 7000 lb trailer jack in sale for $49, and welded a base onto it to fit an old disk brake rotor.
I built a roller out of 3.5 inch heavy wall pipe and set it up for a 3/4 shaft, but my junkpile only yielded 1/2" flange bearings. So I cut the shaft back to 1/2" on each end. The roller has a 15 inch adjustment range and lets me use it with the drill press, and lower it for the 32" welding table, and crank it up to 35" to support a sheet of steel thats in the plasma cutter, or something on the workbench in the band saw at 39"
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:41 PM
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Nice! that would come in handy in many situations, one could make different attachments for it. I like it
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:55 PM
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I like it
So do I. And I need something like it for the bandsaw but the only spare jack I have on hand is a top crank.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:02 PM
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Great thinking! Thanks.

I've been needing something like this for my horizontal bandsaw and uneven floor. Problem solved, I'm making at least one.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:05 PM
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If a guy could get 4 HF jacks for about 15$ he could use them to adjust or level any number of projects. Great idea.

I could use a couple of them on the table wings of my radial arm saw.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:38 AM
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Great idea. I can think of quite a few different applications where a trailer jack would be perfect for a fine height adjustment. Just what I need, more projects.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:16 PM
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I like it Now I know what to use those left over motorhome rotors for.
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:35 PM
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That's a really cool idea! I can see it in my future.
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