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Posted: 06/21/22 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grind down, drill insert good sized roll pin. The handle should fit. Lube

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Oh man, that's a good solution, but how could I drill through this threaded rod? I'd rather not take them off to put into a vice, but I assume they wouldn't stay very still.

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TheLostBoy wrote:

Oh man, that's a good solution, but how could I drill through this threaded rod? I'd rather not take them off to put into a vice, but I assume they wouldn't stay very still.


Run it down, or up tight, the drill will not apply enough pressure to rotate. Grind a small flat to reduce chance the center punch will walk.

BTW, need to drill thin metal, afraid center punch will dent? Old time egg-beater type drill with small bit is easy to control, makes same as punch mark

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The best solution is find a place that can weld a nut on the end of it.


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Yeah, I'm going to see if I can find a nut that will fit first (that seems to be the hardest part) and find someone who can weld as I'd much rather have a socket to lift and lower these than the flimsy peg crank I have now, but my second option will be drilling a hole with a pin. Thanks for all the tips!

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The nut only has to be a "close fit", it most likely will not screw on due to different threads and might be better to find a nut that is slightly smaller diameter hole than the shaft and then drill the nut to fit tightly on the screw (slide over screw shaft) then weld in place.

Too large of a nut opening and it will be difficult to center the nut on the shaft for welding and you will end up with a wobbly out of center nut.

Once welded, get some grease or oil on the screw shaft, dry shaft is most likely why the nubs worn out.. Takes more effort to turn the screw without some lubrication and that extra effort wears out the nubs..

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JRScooby, that is a great tip about grinding a flat so the drill won't walk -- I will remember that the next time I have to drill through a rounded piece of metal.


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profdant139 wrote:

JRScooby, that is a great tip about grinding a flat so the drill won't walk -- I will remember that the next time I have to drill through a rounded piece of metal.


Drill will walk on flat, that is why god invented center punch. But center punch is also sometimes a problem on round stuff

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JRscooby wrote:

profdant139 wrote:

JRScooby, that is a great tip about grinding a flat so the drill won't walk -- I will remember that the next time I have to drill through a rounded piece of metal.


Drill will walk on flat, that is why god invented center punch. But center punch is also sometimes a problem on round stuff


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One of my favorite "go to" tools is a automatic spring loaded center punch..

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No hammer needed, just press hard once point is in place and the spring loaded internal hammer drives the point home..

Even with that punch, a small flat spot on anything round makes life much easier [emoticon]

One of the possible problems not addressed with drilling round material is keeping the drill hole centered.. Real easy for a hand held drill to drill off center at an angle..

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Posted: 06/22/22 07:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use center drills for starting a drilled hole in round stock.


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