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  • Geronimo
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    Outstanding job building that machine!! You have no doubt caught a lot of attention with that one. Let's see some other machines you guys have created to make your work a little easier!!

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  • HMW
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    Excellant job. Will have to save those pics for future project. Thanks for sharing them

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  • Anti-GMAW
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    Exelent job! You'r pretty tallented, thats for sure.

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  • SNAFU
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    Can you change the roller, at the end, to cut different size tubing?
    Yes, I haven"t made them yet, but it will be a quick change for 4 different size front rollers.

    It looks like you don't have a fixture for holding the tubing, are you holding it by hand and eyeballing it?
    I didn't want a rest for vise. It is much faster to freehand the contour.

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  • dabeldesign
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    Nicely done! It looks like you don't have a fixture for holding the tubing, are you holding it by hand and eyeballing it? (that's what I do!)

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  • HMW
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    Can you change the roller, at the end, to cut different size tubing? I saw a commercial one sorta like yours that all it did was use different rollers to match the tubing size. I like yours, you can use it as a regular belt sander too.

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  • SNAFU
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    ready to rock...

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  • SNAFU
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    Between sketching up a basic plan, rounding up parts and building, probably 20 hours. I had to get a bigger, faster motor. Wound up with a 1 1/2 HP 3600 RPM. The machine is a huge timesaver for us. There are smaller versions available similar to this, but all use a 2" wide belt. This has a 4" belt. Went with a foot switch so both hands are free.

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  • dabar39
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    Snafu

    Great job, just wondering how many hours you got into the machine work involved. We use a tubing notcher on our stock car roll cages but this looks like it may speed things up a bit. Guess I gotta try to build one like it now. Dave

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  • HMW
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    Great job, looks good.

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  • JHCHOPPERS
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    Nice Job.... I gets me thinking...

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  • bob_e95482
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    Yeah, that's cool.

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  • SNAFU
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    did you turn the Aluminum parts, or were they just the right size bar stock
    They were turned with a crown to the middle so the belt would track right. The middle roller is on a spring loaded arm that makes changing belts easy. I get good life out of a belt, really surprised at how well they hold up.
    Thanks for the compliments, I will post some pics after painting.

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  • terry welds
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    snafu

    nice job on tube grinder. i like the way you think!!!!

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  • paulrbrown
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    SNAFU, one heck of a scrap pile you got there, very nice machine....did you turn the Aluminum parts, or were they just the right size bar stock???Thanks for sharing, I may have to break down and fab something like that...Paul

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