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  1. Belt Grinder Tracking Issue

    My wheels are already crowned, not sure if that makes a difference. I thought the tracking wheel looked to be a bit crooked, maybe I should straighten it more
  2. Hi, I built a no weld belt grinder, and so far there are no major issue with it. The one issue I do have is that when the belt is just running normal, it runs fine. There is a slight wobble back and forth, but then again I didn't spend a thousand bucks on a KMG. However, to get the belt to run on track I need to adjust the tracking wheel pretty high up. Also, when I put a decent amount of pressure on the object I am grinding, the belt tracks off to the right and almost comes off. Is this a wheel alignment issue? Could the issue be that my tracking wheel isn't perfectly in line with the other wheels, and thatmaybe it goes crooked? Thanks!
  3. Belt Grinder Motor Issue

    Well that stinks. Good thing I got an old compressor we are trashing, I will just take the motor off that and make sure to blow it out after each use. One thing I have a question about is what's the best way to ensure proper tension is put on the drive belt? I know that the motors plate has a slide, but even so is that tight enough? Should I try a hinge set up where the motor weight keeps tension?
  4. Belt Grinder Motor Issue

    Hi, I finished my no weld grinder, and from what I can tell it tracks fine. This was using a motor that I have, but it wasn't going very fast. The motor is a single speed 1 horse Baldour industrial, which seems to be old. I wired it up and the thing runs, but is very loud. I put it on my grinder, but it doesn't move the belt very fast despite it is 1725 rpm. And once I put a piece f wood against the belt the thing bogged down. After a couple minutes of running, the motor started to smoke, and the wire got very hot. Not only did the wire get hot, but so did the pulleys, drive belt, and the shaft. the motor also began to smoke, and that's when I stopped. Do you think this moor is shot? Thanks
  5. Loud Motor Noise

    Yep, thats the only thing i know how to do too lol! My friends dad is an electrician so he might know.
  6. Loud Motor Noise

    Its a 115/230. So I wired it up for 115. I have no idea, maybe my connection of a power cable to the motor isn't tight enough?
  7. Loud Motor Noise

    Hi, I am building a belt grinder, and my buddy gave me an old 1HP Baldar Industrial motor. I wired the thing up with an old plug I had, and it does run what seems to be fine. However, it is very loud. It's a loud hum type of noise that only happens when the motor is plugged in. Once i unplug it, the noise goes away and the shaft continues to spin before it stops. Due to this I know that the noise must be coming from an electrical issue. Any tips on what to do? Thanks
  8. Coal Forge Issues

    Hahaha! Yeah, I need to find something but I am broke! Maybe do you have any cheaper ideas that I can try to propose? I need something where I can be enclosed forging without worrrying about wind and weather!
  9. Coal Forge Issues

    I appreciate the help.So it seems that I should try and find an enclosed area. What would be something good to use for that? It has to be cheap, but it also has to not make my parents yard look all trashy. Thanks
  10. Coal Forge Issues

    I dont regularly clear out a clinker no. I suppose I should start doing that. I tried it without the hood, but I figured that the hood couldn't hurt to at least get some of the exhaust and smoke away, no? I also do have lots of flame. I try to make a little mound, but can't find the correct way to do it with my firepot on the left side of the forge. It is hard to stack coal on the front and left side of the firepot. However, I can push coals in from the back and right side of the pot. What would be the best way to build a fire with this type of pot? Thanks
  11. Coal Forge Issues

  12. Coal Forge Issues

    As you can see, left of the forge is my house. To the right is my neighbors, and behind is my garage. And of course I am at the bottom of a mountain. One thing I do notice is a lot of ash on the forge table by the firepot, which seems like an issue. Maybe I am not wetting the green coal enough. Should I be soaking it with water? Is there something I should fix with my forge? What's the best way to build a fire with the way my fire pit is positioned? Thanks
  13. Coal Forge Issues

    Thanks, pictures will be coming up shortley. I really need an enclosed area, just gotta convince the parents! But the only place I am allowed to forge is my driveway, which is like a valley in a way. It is between my house and my neighbors, and my garage is behind me. My home is at the bottom of a mountain as well. The coal shouldn't be an issue, because I know a professional blacksmith shop that uses the same stuff. I do find however, that a lot of ash gets mixed in with each shovel full.
  14. Coal Forge Issues

    I will get you those photos later today. I get a lot of white smoke, and sometimes some black smoke.
  15. Coal Forge Issues

    Hi, I have been blacksmithing/bladesmithing for a couple years now. I have always used a coal fire, and upgraded past my brake drum forge a little under a year ago. Now I have a larger forge, that has a hand crank blower. I just have a couple questions on how I should properly maintain the fire, as I can't seem to get it straight. I always feel sick and have a headache after forging, and my chest hurts too. I am almost certain it is the smoke, but don't know what to do about it. I wore a N95 disposable respirator to see if that helps, but I am not certain it did. So I forge outdoors, and for some reason my forge produces a lot of smoke. I know it is probably not the forge, but is my maintaining of the fire. I have tried wetting the coal, but still produce a lot of smoke. I leave coal on the outside of the firepot to coke, and gradually push it in by the sides. I am wondering what I could be doing wrong that smoke is still being produced. Do I need to wet the coal so much that all the ash is washed away before entering the forge? Also, I have a chimney that came with the forge. I use it to draw some smoke away, but with all the wind from being outside, it doesn't do much. However, if I were to properly maintain my fire, I suppose that a chimney would even be needed? Lastly, my firepot is all the way on the left side of my forge. Due to this, I can't arrange my fire so that it is the valley type structure. Is there a certain way to arrange a fire with the firepot on the side of the forge like this? I am not sure if maybe there appears to be more smoke because it is winter and the heat is mixing with the cold air, but I really need to find a better way to stop it or atleast get rid of it with a better chimney. I don't want to be doing any unnecessary damage to my body. Thanks