My First attempt at Casting Aluminum

I have been wanting to cast some aluminum for some time. I used to cast my own bullets a few years ago with a LEE induction furnace, and it was a very satisfying undertaking. Lead has a very low melting point, and easy to work with. Aluminum has a higher melting point, but well within the backyard casters reach. I have been stockpiling Aluminum for some time, planning on building my own furnace, when a buddy of mine mentioned he had one for a very reasonable price. I carted it home, and its been a few weeks till I was able to spend a whole day getting to know it.
My dream furnace would be waste oil fired, and this one is coal powered. I figured; I gotta walk before I can run, and this one fit the bill. Its a well engineered furnace, and the workmanship on the tools is real nice. It came furnished with three 12 pound stainless crucibles, and three smaller crucibles, and all the associated tools to handle them.

It has a new Dayton squirrel cage fan thats whisper quiet to fan the flame.

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Cashing in on Scrap Metal

This one is just for fun, I started off needing to fix my DeWalt miter saw (a dumpster diva that stopped working). The saw was near new, and I figured it had a loose wire or something, so I took it apart to investigate. I’m far from being an expert on electric motors, but I’ve had some luck with bringing the dead back to life lately, so I thought I’d give it a try. The problem was pretty obvious once I got a look at the armature……..

The brushes were worn out and wallowed out the commutator on the armature pretty bad, so I decided to take a page out of the old South Bend Lathe book and turn down the commutator like the old timers did. Worth a try anyway. I located a set of brushes on Ebay for $6 and fired up the lathe……….


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