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About ChrisBriggs

  • Birthday 02/07/1981

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    Whitehall, Michigan
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    Firearms (the blacker the better) and coffee (also the blacker the better), blades of all flavors specifically tactical, ancient/vintage edged weapons of war, hunting/fishing (A LOT, like I've lost jobs because I was hunting/fishing too much).

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  1. I recently built my first 2"x72" belt grinder and it runs GREAT!!! Everything tracks dead on straight. It's super strong, super stable and generally bad a$$! HOWEVER- I've got what I believe is a problem with a programming parameter on the VFD. Let me note the tech specs then I'll describe the problem and see if anyone has any input from there. Thanks. 1hp, 3 phase SEW-EURODRIVE motor TEFC 60Hz, Volts: 230YY/460Y Amps: 3.70/1.85 Duty: continuous RPM: CT 300-1800/10-60Hz. Ins Class: F Other pertinent data: I'm running a SOYAN SVD-E phase converter that seems like a pretty decent piece. Everything seems to run well. I don't have the specific technical details in front of me now however I believe it is rated at 3.0kW and it does run my machine. I've got a 4" drive wheel, a bunch of new various types of belts. Nothing else pertinent I can come up with. I'm at work so I don't know what I currently have my parameters set at however I've tried many. Here is my issue. It seems to run with adequate speed but ZERO torque. If I TOUCH a piece of steel (even just mild round bar) to the belt it will grind the metal ever so slowly but will not even throw sparks. If I put basically as little as one finger pressure against the bar on the belt it will be enough to stop the belt from running. If I remove said pressure it returns to running well. I don't have an RPM counter on it but it seems to my perception to be running at about that max of 1800rpms but like I said, it seems to run with NO torque. It is ALMOST impossible to get it to spark. I get that it isn't a 3450rpm motor and I follow that it is only a 4" drive wheel. But am I wrong in assuming that I should be able to do some kind of reasonable grinding with it? If I were to attempt shaping or any kind of stock removal on even the thinnest of a billet I'd be there for DAYS. I did recently acquire a 3hp, 1ph, 220v 3450 motor and a 7" drive wheel as well as most of the other necessary components to craft another even more serious beast.... But I've put a lot of work into my other grinder design, development, fine tuning, parts, labor etc and I would like to get acceptable performance out of it. Any thoughts? Thanks again, Chris from Michigan
  2. My question up front is this: is there a proper way, a proper form, or some other factor used to avoid or minimize the onset, impact, or severity of chronic overuse injuries? What does everyone else out there do to manage things like this? So a little context. I'm a Physician Assistant in an interventional pain clinic; I'm a prior soldier (Army, infantry and PA as well for total of 15 years), and I've been smithing for about 4 years, although more seriously (consistently, usually 3-6 hours/day, at least 3-4 days/week) over the last 2-3 years. I've begun noticing some chronic aches and pains over the last about 12-18 months. Most specifically my left elbow (I hammer with my left hand). I've got "lateral epicondylitis" or "tennis elbow" that WAS a minor annoyance which was initially fairly responsive to the typical self care techniques I preach day in and day out- rest/avoidance of aggravating activity (the hardest of them all ), ice, compression, elevation, NSAID (Ibuprofen or similar) use routinely, Tylenol as needed, etc. Currently using basically all of the above plus a compression sleeve a few hours here and there. The pain does seem to respond and decrease by maybe 30% as long as I don't hammer. That only remains an option for so long!!! LOL Now the pain is becoming less responsive, more intense, and when I do hammer (which has been only minimal over the last ~2 weeks) I can only hammer for a few minutes before I'm unwilling to continue worsening the pain. The pain gets bad enough that I find even holding a hammer to be difficult to the point that I've dropped my hammer or lost control of it. Now like I said, I'm a Pain Service Physician Assistant and I know what I would say to my patients ("like it or not you may have to stop doing the aggravating activity") but let us all be honest- that isn't happening. For real. I would truly appreciate any input anyone might have. Thanks a ton!!!! Respectfully, Chris in Michigan
  3. Response is a bit belated but uh....hectic? What ever do you mean? Nothing EVER gets burned (take that as you will ). Nothing fueled by excessive caffeine. Nothing like that ever happens......never...
  4. Looks like a lot of tools involved in the process. How, ever do you keep track of them in your shop? How do you recommend keeping things organized so you aren't looking for tongs, drifts, or bolsters!? But for real bro, your shit is awesome.
  5. Nope. That’s me, the other guy he rolls with up that direction. His truck is “resting” for now. Jokes aside could you find out prices for me? PM me if you prefer. Thanks! I live up that way.
  6. Yeah, and apparently uh...specialty chickens too. I killed a total of 37 opossum between August and October. I got 12 nasty ass marsupial rats one night. All of them on or in the chicken coop. Popped them all within like 45 seconds. Twenty two's are all good and well but I resorted to more....impressive means after a while just for shits and giggles. Used the 450 Bushmaster a couple times, my 300 Short action ultra mag, 6.5 Creedmoor, AR pistol in 5.56, a 45-70 and uh.....well...a fifty four caliber muzzle stuffer...AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Opossum paste! Probably another 20 raccoons in that same time period. Oh and a porcupine that was trying to eat fertilized eggs. A bear got the neighbors rabbits too. I didn't get a shot at that one but given a chance...it would be a done deal. There's a "graveyard" at an undisclosed location with the bodies of all those opossum and raccoons....it's like some kind of redneck mafia dumping ground.
  7. Well brother, I've got some time this weekend but....I'm also off work from the 14th through the 20th.... I haven't told the wife that I'm off yet. I mean, she knows I'm "off" but not that I don't have to work. I figured that way she can't come up with any emergencies for me to deal with. My plans include getting some serious headway on my power hammer, making some other shit (knives and a couple Tomahawks maybe), perhaps now a press, and if the weather cooperates----maybe some ice fishing for some crappie/perch. So uh, plan on doing some shit son!!!!!
  8. I did quite a bit of searching for replacement parts, spares, broke down units that could be robbed for parts and no luck. There are a few parts out there that allegedly "could" fit. According to some folks out there this piece and several other models of different brands are made at the same Chinese manufacturer, the same plant or imported by the same group etc. It would be a crap shoot is the bottom line. And is it worth it? Probably not. However....I have a TIG welder in line to fix it. Apparently my crazy trust fund land baron slum lord's son is a heck of a TIG welder. And he owes me for some venison I floated him after he didn't tag out this year. Long story, REALLLLLLLLLLLY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG story...
  9. @JeremyBlohm- while on my search for replacement parts on that Task Force press I found this- https://www.protoolreviews.com/news/task-force-log-splitter-recall/3022/ Careful! It's a death trap!!! (In case you aren't aware, don't put your hand between the wedge and ram! Apparently there's no sticker on it stating not to do that so they issued a "recall". When you contact them about the "recall" they issue you a set of stickers telling you not to chop your freaking arm off! Because stickers prevent stupid!!!!
  10. Should have posted this a while back. Picked up from another local smith. He tells me the main structure is, rather was, a railroad switching post. The top was milled flat then a BIG ‘ol chunk of D2 was welded on at the locally well known industrial metal shop he works at. It weights in right around 150#, sings like a Castrato and rebounds faster than a needy twenty something with daddy issues after a breakup.
  11. i'm in- Chris Briggs. My son, my sidekick, and ever present source of inspiration and AMUSEMENT wants to make one also. He's not a separate member here as he's kind of young. Can I add his name also? Nikolai Briggs
  12. Hey Alan, I acquisitioned a couple handles last night that I'll be able to make work for that hammer. You mentioned the desired relatively shorter handle. How short of a handle are you talking about? I've got several handles up to maybe 16" long which I'm sure is way too long. I plan to cut them down a little at a time until I swing it (from the elbow ) and it feels right. But roughly what kind of length are you talking about? Searched around and found a few pics but it's hard to accurately determine just how long they are. Thanks in advance!!!
  13. You need to come out west sometime with me. The mountains of NH were cool. The mountains of Washington, Oregon, Alaska....different story. If I bring you out there Sam is gonna miss you...you won't likely come back. Once your back is healed all the way up and we're both rich and famous FIF Champs with lots of extra expendable dough we should plan an "Out west blade and blacksmith extravaganza and elk hunt" trip!!! Yup, just gotta achieve the whole famous and extra cash part now. The rest of that plan is easy! LOL!!! "I love it when a plan comes together".
  14. Well Jeremy, take your time to heal up so we can make more ridiculously long road trips for anvils, hammers and whatever else strikes us! But maybe we'll stay at sea level next time... LOL!!!!
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