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Plasma Cutter Guide Wheels
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November 15, 2012
2:43 AM
Mtw fdu
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I recently bought a plasma cutter and needed the wheels similar to what you would use with a oxy/acet kit.  So I decided to make 1 instead of buying 1.

 

I started off with a peice of ally shaft 60mm OD and 30mm long.  I machined 15mm down to 30mm and machined a hole to a size of 22mm.

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I then made sure my cutter plastic shroud fitted properly.  A good fit.

 

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I moved the peice to the mill and set it up in the vice so I could machine a groove about 1inch wide using a 1 inch end mill.  This is what I finished up with.

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Happy with what I had done so far, I moved the peice into the rotary table and machined off all 4 sides so they were square.

 

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Then trouble struck!!!  I machined a bit too big a cut and 1 side was ripped off with the end mill.

 

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Now I have to start agian from scratch.  Stay tuned!!!

 

Mtw fdu.

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November 15, 2012
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I had a second go and this is what I ended up with.  I decided to leave 2 sides round because it gave it a better look. 

 

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I decided to put the whole plasma gun in the peice and check for fit and size etc.

 

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There is ample room for the cutter to stick through the bottom side with enough room to see.  Next I will post more pics when I do the holes and also make up the wheels.

 

Mtw fdu.

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November 15, 2012
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Back again guys and I have finished my guide wheels.  Here is a pic machining the wheels.

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Here is a pic of everything made and all layed out on my bench ready for assembly.

 

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Here is a pic of the whole thing along side the oxy/acet wheels.

 

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And this final pic of it on my plasma cutter.

 

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Mtw fdu.

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Good work. I'd prefer a means of keeping the wheels easily aligned, by a flat on the dowels, but with a 'hand' in it would be fine like this of course.

November 24, 2012
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Jerry, Thanks for the reply. 

 

If you look a couple pics up with the exploded parts ready for assembly, those little "axles" are put through the hole and are solid riveted in with a hammer.  They don't actually move at all.  I have left a little room(maybe .5mm) on the width of the wheel so it moves freely without actually turning.  It works really well.  They do not "wonder" at all.

 

Mtw fdu.

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