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power feed mounting4/17
moving a power feed from one machine to another and have to decide which side to put it on. Probably going with the left side and just noticed the handle to crank it in and out is facing backwards behind rather than to the front. If I mounted it on the right side the crank handle would face out.
Is it okay to to turn the in and out around so the crank handle faces the front. It changes how the casting sits on the up and down tube. One way there is a longer section on the casting forward one way it is to the back, wonder it makes a difference if this sits with the feeder to the long or short side. Maybe not explaining it well just seems more akward to adjust if the in and out handle is facing backwards
I've always mounted them on the right.
It depends on the application. We have one set up on the far left corner of a table saw to allow for feeding at any rip width. Just be sure to mock it up before drilling any holes. Some orientations can make for awkward adjustments. Of three shapers in our shop, two have mounts on the left and one on the right, with no issues.
The drilling was a bother with ribs and stuff underneath. More so as there were three holes from the past as nothing lined up and interferred with drilling new holes.
Made a template but just wasnt working out too well so re drilled a previous hole in a casting below and tapped that for 1/2" bolt. One hole I pulled with a die grinder to move it over that worked as the new hole was oversize the original.
When mounted the in and out handle faced backwards so I pulled the tube out and reversed it. This was sort of my original concern that is if its okay to change that as the casting is not the same on both sides, it has a long and short side. Looked at lots of photos and some have the turn handle facing behind the machine, I have a wall behind so not so easy and a bother anyway to have to walk behind to move that.
thanks for your comments,