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Old 02-27-2018, 12:13 PM   #1
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Stabilizer Crank Mod

It's a cold sleeting day so what little mod can I do in my nice dry and warm workshop? One little irritation of using the stabilizer crank is that some sideways force is required to keep it from jumping off the hex nut. The result is that the end of the small diameter shaft is shoved into your palm. Not a particularly pleasant situation.

Now before I go too far, recognizing the proclivity of many forum members to use their impact drills as stabilizer movers, I'll comment on why I don't use mine.

1. the noise, I don't like it and I don't think others around me enjoy it either

2. the lack of bio feedback, if the lead screw is contaminated with grit the impact drill doesn't care. It'll just ram it into position anyway.

3. the lack of bio feedback, I like to tweak the amount of force that the each stabilizer is carrying. You can't really do that with an impact drill.

So, a quick and easy mod for a down and dirty day outside. I had several wood choices for the knob. I used Burma Teak and I know which one Myron would have chosen.

Still on the crude side compared to ones installed on braces designed over a hundred years ago but it should be a lot more comfortable to use.

Ron who loves impact drills, just not for stabilizers.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:34 PM   #2
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It's a cold sleeting day so what little mod can I do in my nice dry and warm workshop? One little irritation of using the stabilizer crank is that some sideways force is required to keep it from jumping off the hex nut. The result is that the end of the small diameter shaft is shoved into your palm. Not a particularly pleasant situation.

Now before I go too far, recognizing the proclivity of many forum members to use their impact drills as stabilizer movers, I'll comment on why I don't use mine.

1. the noise, I don't like it and I don't think others around me enjoy it either

2. the lack of bio feedback, if the lead screw is contaminated with grit the impact drill doesn't care. It'll just ram it into position anyway.

3. the lack of bio feedback, I like to tweak the amount of force that the each stabilizer is carrying. You can't really do that with an impact drill.

So, a quick and easy mod for a down and dirty day outside. I had several wood choices for the knob. I used Burma Teak and I know which one Myron would have chosen.

Still on the crude side compared to ones installed on braces designed over a hundred years ago but it should be a lot more comfortable to use.

Ron who loves impact drills, just not for stabilizers.
Very nice Ron . I do hate that end in my palm ! Pat
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:46 PM   #3
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Wow! That is a great idea. I always use the crank, too. I tried a drill once but it took too much time taking it out of the bag and setting it up. I lower the stabilizers onto plastic bed risers so I don't have to crank too far. And with a 5.0TA I only have two stabilizers to deal with.
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Old 02-27-2018, 01:12 PM   #4
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I remember years ago using the second tool which is called a brace with a bracing bit while hanging off poles. Do not miss that at all.
You would work your self into a position where the head was nestled against your stomach and pull in as you drilled.
Always seemed to be in easements where you had to cart everything in by hand often including the pole.
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Old 02-27-2018, 01:52 PM   #5
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nice! i never like the feel of the end getting hot on my palm this would be great!
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:38 PM   #6
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This is just so obvious that it's genius! It's one of those "why didn't I think of that?", having experienced the the same lack of biofeedback from my cordless drill. I always end up tightening the stabilizers with the hand crank. Now, I won't have to do that.

Is that a bearing race in teak handle?
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Old 02-27-2018, 04:32 PM   #7
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Is that a bearing race in teak handle?
Yes, just a cheap bearing from my assortment of miscellaneous bearings similar to this one but with a smaller i.d. I used it because the i.d. was close to the odd ball o.d. of the handle. The handle is a few thou under 3/8". The i.d. of the bearing is 3/8". So I took a cold chisel and put a few lengthwise grooves in the handle. Made for a nice tight wack on fit. (tech term)

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I know I got a spare wheel bearing tucked away somewhere. Must go search for it, and maybe some nice cherry scraps.
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Old 02-28-2018, 10:03 AM   #10
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nice! i never like the feel of the end getting hot on my palm this would be great!
Maybe my hands lack sensitivity, but the combined 30 seconds it takes to lower the two stabilizers of my 5.0TA has never “burned” my hands. If it did, I would wear work gloves.
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