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Power Feeder Install

Discussion in 'BRIDGEPORT MACHINES INC. & B'PORT CLONES' started by Rick_B, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Rick_B

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    I have recently rebuilt a Bridgeport 6F-B power feeder. Today I worked on getting the table/ lead screw/power feeder installed. The one thing I couldn't check through this whole process was the length of the lead screw. I went with some internet information and had it cut to 36-1/4" total length. Turns out it is too long. The lead screw bottoms out on the power feeder shaft before the mounting bracket on the power feeder gets to the table. When I tighten the mounting bolts there is bout an 1/8" gap. I guess too long is better than too short :)

    So options - I see two. A spacer between the power feeder mounting bracket and table or (the right thing) pull the lead screw back out and have it machined to length and, likely, recut a woodruff key slot. Unless something has another bright idea I'll probably pull the lead screw. I'm not fond of the spacer idea

    Assuming I fix the lead screw - the one question I have is should the lead screw bump into the power feed output shaft or should there be a little clearance between them? My thought is too take about 1/4" of the length?

    Thanks for your thoughts

    Rick
     
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    Hey Rick, Of course I haven't gotten past the other issues. But I think if you are going to put a spacer the left side is best. It wouldn't be too hard to get a set of threaded transfer pins put those where the socket head screws are... tap on a piece of stock, drill and mostly be done(aside from whatever type of shaping you do to that piece of stock.). Might need longer screws after but maybe not. At least on that end you don't have as much going on as the feed mount side. Now you have my 30 cents worth. lol

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    Good morning Paul - I am definitely leaning towards a spacer but I was thinking about the right side. I have the old bearing bracket to use as a pattern and the power feed just slides onto the lead screw and bolts. I am going to think about your idea though.

    Last I read you were going to send your motor out for evaluatin - have you heard anything back yet?

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    If you aren't planning on doing anything with the bracket you could just modify it to fit as just a spacer? Since its already the proper shape? Of course with all that work you might just take the screw out again and get it machined down to proper size.

    I called on my motor last week and left a message. They didn't call back....I haven't had time to try again. I assume they must be really busy.

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    Paul - I think it would be a lot of work to modify the exising bracket. I already used it to create a 1/4" mdf template and ordered a piece of 1/4" alumnum plate from McMaster. It should be a fairly easy job to shape the aluminumand transfer the bolt pattern. The end result should be a spacer I can use on either side of the table.

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    Rick, Sounds like a plan in progress. Let me know how it goes.

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    had a minor set back Paul - when I ordered the spacer material I inadvetantly clicked on .025" thick instead of .250" so I had to reorder. The sad part is I have a hunk of 1/4" material that is about 1-1/2" too wide. It would likely work but I wanted to make sure I had support under the entire mounting surface of the feeder where it meets the table.

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    Ah well I've done the same a bunch of times. (ordering issues) But only a minor setback for sure, in a few days all will be well again!
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    The spacer material arrived today and I got it made and installed

    MDF Template - the plan was to rough cut the spacer to size and then use a template and router - that worked but it let a pretty ragged edge so I had to do some filing

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    spacer installed

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    I did ge tone of the holes in the spacer a bit out of alignment so I had to enlarge it a bit to get the bolts to line up with the tapped holes in the table. Everything is working as expected - just need to get some oil in the power feeder - not sure what type and how much. I've got some 90 weight gear oil that I am thinking of using and at this point my assumption is that the oil level should be roughly 1/2 way up the oil sight glass. I'm open to any suggestions you may have.

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    Hey Rick looks great. Half way up is right on the oil level and I have been told regular 90 wt gear oil will be fine. That's what I've already bought for mine. Just just waiting for the parts to come back. I also pulled the head off mine yesterday and disassembled it into sections. I am going to break down the belt housing today to see what inserts it has.
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