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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 03:02 am
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Don Tener
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Well you guys know I got a Crocker Wheeler Bipolar damaged in the mail. Well I fixed the commutator today. I made new retaining washers today and put it all back together. There are a few small low spots but I don'y think that will be a problem. I really think it turned out pretty nice. I did all of this with a drill press, an X Y vise and a few small tools. Now I just need to solder it back to the armature. I hope it runs after all this work.



























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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 04:23 pm
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David A Cherry
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 I just wanted you to know that I am not very easily impressed ... with only a drill press and an x and Y vice you impressed me.  this is coming from the retired toolmaker.. hats off to your accomplishment .....:hammer: 

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Pete Moulds
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That work is simply stunning Don. Sincere congratulations.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 07:25 pm
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David A Cherry wrote:  I just wanted you to know that I am not very easily impressed ... with only a drill press and an x and Y vice you impressed me.  this is coming from the retired toolmaker.. hats off to your accomplishment .....:hammer: 
Thanks for the kind words. I need to buy a lathe it would help me a lot. But for small jobs like this the drill press is fine.

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Pete Moulds wrote: That work is simply stunning Don. Sincere congratulations.
Thanks Pete.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 07:40 pm
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Very impressive Don. Keep the pictures coming as you put the CW back together!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 07:42 pm
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Hi Don. I have to admit, when I saw the original pictures of the commutator in "thousands" of pieces.... I had dim hopes for this motor ever being original again. Your repair and reassembly are truly impressive. Thanks for sharing it with us here!

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 Posted: Sun Jul 14th, 2019 10:32 pm
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David Allen wrote: Hi Don. I have to admit, when I saw the original pictures of the commutator in "thousands" of pieces.... I had dim hopes for this motor ever being original again. Your repair and reassembly are truly impressive. Thanks for sharing it with us here!Actually there where only 97 separate pieces (12 copper and the rest mica) in the commutator to put back in place. I had to count them all to separate them evenly between segments. It was actually much easier than it sounds.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 15th, 2019 05:39 pm
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If you want a high-quality small lathe and mill, made in U.S.A., I have owned one of each from this company some years ago.https://taigtools.com/

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 Posted: Mon Jul 15th, 2019 07:38 pm
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Don Tener
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Getting closer. It actually produces DC current at this point. Now I just need to figure out where to hook up the 2 wires that come off of the brushes. They where just hanging when I got it.










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You make it sound a lot easier than it looks. Outstanding.

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That looks awesome! Well done!

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Don Tener
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Well I got it running. It is a bit noisy but I can work on that.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrGvXKkhK8M&feature=youtu.be

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 Posted: Tue Jul 16th, 2019 04:53 am
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 just watched the video. amazing job..  have you balanced it yet?  I purchased a cheap little plastic balancer from eBay for $30 and it's amazing.  it was made to balance RC propellers  but will balance up to 16 inch Fan  blades...amazingly accurate for being such a piece of crap...   I can get you the name if you're interested. I just can't remember...

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 Posted: Tue Jul 16th, 2019 09:21 am
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David A Cherry wrote:  just watched the video. amazing job..  have you balanced it yet?  I purchased a cheap little plastic balancer from eBay for $30 and it's amazing.  it was made to balance RC propellers  but will balance up to 16 inch Fan  blades...amazingly accurate for being such a piece of crap...   I can get you the name if you're interested. I just can't remember...No I have not balanced it yet. I already know about the Dubro prop balancer. I am going to talk to the shop down the road and see if they will turn the commutator on their lathe for me. I think that will help it a lot.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 16th, 2019 12:18 pm
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Very nice save.

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