Monday, April 2, 2018

20 Ton Forging Press Part 2: Pneumatics

More on the 20 Ton Forging Press

I added another page on the forging detailing the controls I used and the couplers to actuate the jack release valve with the pneumatic cylinder.

See the DIY 20 Ton Forging Press: Part 2- Pneumatic Controls page.

I hope to have part 3 on making the dies up soon.


Friday, March 9, 2018

A Note on Comments

Hi everyone and thanks for stopping by. I wanted to let folks know that on some pages (like the BG-272 page) the most recent comments can be accessed by clicking the "Newer" or "Newest" links found after the  comment number 200.  I am still screening comments to keep the spammers out and the comments relevant an on point.

Happy making!


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Update on the DG-9 Disc Grinder

Looking like it's ready to roll. Time to get her out of the kitchen and mounted to the bench.

There are a couple of step-by-steps that I did on wiring the forward/reverse switch and the main power switch on the KBAC-27D.

There will be a few pages on making the frame coming up soon.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Making of the DG-9 9" Disc Grinder (coming soon!)

It's been a long few wintry month and a half and cabin fever seems to be getting the best of me. While staring out the window at the snow, I started day dreaming about making a 9" disc grinder.

Soon parts started to arrive...Hopefully spring will too.

The KBAC-27D is a Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) that can control the speed and rotation of a three phase motor up to 2 horsepower, rated 208/230 VAC. This VFD has an advantage when used in the gritty environment of a belt grinder because it's sealed up and dust isn't allowed to get inside.

The motor is an Ironhorse 1.5 horsepower 4 pole (1725 RPM) three phase unit from Automation Direct. Similar to the one I used in my Sayber OSG but this one runs at half the speed.

The 9" disc is machined from a solid aluminum billet. I ordered this from It is a 9" disc that has a 1° bevel on the face, so really it's a tiny bit like a cone. This bevel is to help prevent the knife that you are grinding from catching the opposite side of the disc and flinging it upwards. 

Along with the basic frame details, I will be putting up some posts on how to wire the KBAC for forward and reverse and installing the main power switch. 

Stay tuned,