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Thread: My models and our workshop
17/05/2017 18:10:50

Very nice miniature models William, Well done !

I don't have game consoles either, never have. If my Dad were still with us today, he would say....... Live a real life, not a virtual one.

Thread: Opus die filer
16/05/2017 22:57:04
Posted by the artfull-codger on 15/05/2017 20:41:09:

Hi MikeE, to adjust the stroke you open the long narrow door at the upper left hand side, inside you'll see a flywheel with a 19mm spanner size nut with a bearing & a tee slot just like a shaping machine which you slide nearer the centre for a shorter stroke & outer for a longer stroke.


H Graham,

When the filer was delivered I noticed the narrow cover on the left side. I popped it open for a look, but couldn't see much as I didn't have a torch at the time; I'll check it out.


Thread: A Filing Machine with motor drive
14/05/2017 15:55:11

If it's of any help, the stroke rates for an old industrial filing machine I have are 70, 110, 150, & 280 strokes per minute.

Thread: Opus die filer
14/05/2017 15:37:02

Hi daveb, The pulley system only controls file speeds, and the hand wheel operates the pulleys by a long vertical screw. I just don't see any adjustment device on the surface of the machine to vary the stroke length. I have a shaper, so I understand what you mean about the sliding block, which makes sense. I now think the adjustment is likely to be inside the main casting, which I'll check it out next time I'm at my storage unit; thanks for the tip.

Edited By Mike E. on 14/05/2017 15:37:40

13/05/2017 20:48:25


Opus 120 Die Filer

The 120 model of the Opus filer is capable of table adjustments of up to a 10 degree angle, but no elevation adjustment like the larger 140 model. According to the information on the site, this filer is supposed to have a stroke adjustment range of  0 > 4 3/4" but I can't see how to do it ?  The only control beside the on/off switch is the hand wheel for pulley tension & selection. Opus 120 Die Filer

Edited By Mike E. on 13/05/2017 20:49:57

Edited By Mike E. on 13/05/2017 21:03:56

Thread: What is it?
13/05/2017 16:42:43

The tailstock seems to be reversed, and by the addition of a belt drive on it, it looks similar to a glass blowing lathe.

Thread: Centec 2 drop arm dimensions or for sale
12/05/2017 09:14:19

Have a look on the used tools site, and scroll down to the very bottom of the page. Currently they show a pallet load of Centec parts which includes an overarm with an arbor support. You might want to give them a call to see if its compatible with your needs.

Thread: Opus die filer
09/05/2017 23:28:32

I learn something every day. Thanks Graham, that's a good trick to know.

09/05/2017 20:19:47

Opus 120 Die Filer

Behind the large pulley in my previous photo, there is a tray which catches waste oil that drips down from the reciprocating mechanism. Attached to the metal tray is a plastic tube which runs down inside the casting to a small reservoir. Its kind of a mickey mouse feature, and would leave a mess on the floor if you don't check it often.

Opus 120 Die Filer

Edited By Mike E. on 09/05/2017 20:25:31

Edited By Mike E. on 09/05/2017 20:32:52

Edited By Mike E. on 09/05/2017 20:34:14

09/05/2017 20:03:19

Opus 120 Die FilerOpus 120 Die Filer

I had a closer look at the filer today and took a few more photos. It has an overall height of 5 feet, and a comfortable table elevation of 44 inches. The hand wheel on top of the casting releases and tensions the belt on the pulley system for changing the stroke rate.

Opus 120 Die Filer

Edited By Mike E. on 09/05/2017 20:04:27

Edited By Mike E. on 09/05/2017 20:05:19

Thread: Unheated garage ok for a lathe?
09/05/2017 08:32:27

Thank you for your reply Martin. I've recently submitted an application to Planning for a new garage/workshop to be built. I'm going to take on board some of your suggestions, but still put in a wood burning stove as it will give a bit of old world ambiance and the comfort that I enjoy; especially when friends come by to visit or see what I am up to.


08/05/2017 22:14:51
Posted by Martin 100 on 08/05/2017 20:28:29:

.......................... Resist the temptation to heat it with a woodburner, in fact resist the temptation to heat it at all with fossil fuels or electric. ...........................

Why ? I'm just an old person trying to understand.

Thread: Opus die filer
08/05/2017 21:02:31

I would have thought metal to metal contact between the file and roller would be an issue, glad it isn't. The idea of attaching metal banding to the back of a file is interesting, using something like liquid steel or J.B. Weld I would presume. One could also carefully grind the back portion of a file smooth.

Here is a photo of the Opus 120 hold down brackets, folded flat for the picture. The ball stud at the top of the bracket on the right side is for mounting the air blower tube, to remove filings as they occur.

Opus 120 Die Filer

07/05/2017 22:44:45

Hello codger,

I look forward to the photos of your engine conversion filer. It would also be interesting to see some photos of your Opus 120 machine.

Thread: What's the most dangerous tool in your workshop
07/05/2017 17:39:16

The most dangerous tool is a brain that is tired. face 17

Thread: Opus die filer
07/05/2017 16:30:48

Hmmm? I seem to be having trouble posting photos correctly. Sorry.

07/05/2017 16:28:44

Opus 120 Die FilerOpus 120 Die Filer

The saw guide consists of two offset arms which attach on the upper and lower end of a dovetail bracket running vertically on the left side of the machine. On the end of the arms, are a type of universal joint which holds a small slotted blade guide; all made from tool steel. Only one pair came with the kit, which are both numbered # 4. Other sizes were obviously made to accommodate saw blades of a different thickness, but will probably as difficult to find as a Polar Bear in the desert; so I guess I'll have to make some.

The saw blade clamps are a simple box shape with set screws to hold the blades. Opus 120 Die Filer

Edited By Mike E. on 07/05/2017 16:38:10

Edited By Mike E. on 07/05/2017 16:39:08

Edited By Mike E. on 07/05/2017 16:39:31

07/05/2017 15:49:29

Opus 120 Die FilerOpus 120 Die FilerI've given a light cleaning to some of the accessories which came with the Opus 120 filer, and have posted some photos of them them in my album. I plan to do a full strip down, service, and repaint when I have the time, but that's after I get the new garage is built.

The filer doesn't appear to be limited to using a specialized type of file to fit its holders, and can use standard hand files of different shapes and lengths; but with an easy modification by grinding the tips slightly to fit the lower arm of the machine.

Opus 120 Die Filer

07/05/2017 15:01:17
Posted by OuBallie on 05/05/2017 10:01:54:

Mike E,

There is a 'roller" at the end of the over arm, that supports the file.

Excel Filing Machine

Geoff - Last modification to sandblasting cabinet done.

Hello OuBallie,

So would it be correct that the back of the file which contacts the roller has to be smooth, with out teeth ?

Thread: Square center
05/05/2017 18:12:40

Posted by Sandgrounder on 05/05/2017 15:54:16:

Posted by John Haine on 05/05/2017 12:43:26:

Ordered Monday, arrived yesterday, used today, job done! Good seller too.

The same for me, a good purchase.

+ 1

Agreed, good product, good seller, arrived quickly.smiley

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