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Robo Rest

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Emiliano Achaval, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. Robert D Evans

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    Wow! I've been putting off buying a roborest for my bench grinder for a while. I just ordered one. Looks like just in time. Thanks for the great innovations and tools Robo Hippy. Enjoy your freed up time and less headaches.
     
  2. Joe Kaufman

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    Received one of the new shipment today. Same dimensions as Chris stated.
     
  3. Lou Jacobs

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    I received mine yesterday. Boy, your shipping department could give lessons to lots of other suppliers! Thanks Robo! I painted it Powermatic yellow (mustard?) today. Looking forward to using it tomorrow. 6ABA36C9-11B9-4153-B9ED-1562F918EFAA.jpeg
     
  4. Tom De Winter

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    Thanks Chris
     
  5. robo hippy

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    My shipping department is me.... Been really busy the last week.... I try to pack them so even I wouldn't be able to damage what is inside...

    robo hippy
     
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  6. Lou Jacobs

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    My comment was tongue-in-cheek. I assumed you were the shipping department. Kudos are well deserved!
     
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  7. Bob Sheppard

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    I just ordered one, too. I usually procrastinate a long time, too, but knowing the grinder rest won't be available much longer put a fire under me.
     
  8. Randall Davis

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    Ordered mine along with the tool rest!
     
  9. Robert D Evans

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    Whooohoo!!! My Robo Rest Wolverine attachment was delivered today. Thanks Robo Hippy.
     
  10. Dean Center

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    Gee, Reed, with all this praise and pent up demand, maybe you'd better up the price to Jimmie for the franchise
     
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  11. Rob Fridenberg

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    Chris - I see you have a Magport box in the background (next time get your bike in the pic!). I'd love to hear your thoughts about them. I emailed them some questions earlier in the year. They never responded so perhaps they closed up shop.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Randall Davis

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    Got mine today, looks like a great quality tool and fast shipping. Thanks Robo!
     
  13. Chris Edwards

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    I have Magports on most of my tools that have 4" ports. I have two drops that terminate in 4" flex hose with Magports on the end. These two drops service about 8 different machines, so I switch between machines quite a lot. Although a little pricey, I absolutely love them. I stretch out the 15ft 4" flex hose quite often, but the magnets are strong and I've yet to have a dust connection come apart while the tool is in use.



    Sorry for the thread hijack
     
  14. Michael Lyle

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    I think I was #13 on the list for a robo rest put in my order on the 7th
    of Oct
    Are they in yet sounded like someone said he got his???????
     
  15. Michael Lyle

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    @robo hippy

    what is the status of the robo rests if I may bug you and ask....
    Am I too late???
     
  16. Michael Lyle

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  17. Michael Lyle

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    never mind!!!!!!!

    I just ordered mine from @robo hippy !!!!!!

    thanks to all

    dont forget to VOTE!!
     
  18. robo hippy

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    I am a day or three behind on getting stuff out the door. Been swamped. Thanks every one!!!

    robo hippy
     
  19. Randy Anderson

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    Maybe do what the local furniture store does - have a going out of business sale once a year.
     
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  20. Steve Tiedman

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    @robo hippy and Robo-users, for a 16" lathe (Vicmarc VL200), will the medium size tool rest do everything that the small tool rest will do, or is it best to have the small tool rest in addition to the medium?

    I don't mind buying both, but if the medium does everything the small rest will do just as effectively, I'd rather just buy one rest.

    Thanks,
    Steve.
     
  21. odie

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    I bought both. I have several inside tool rests from other manufacturers, and I've found that using a longer one when a shorter one will work, means the tool rest must be outside of the bowl, and generally in your way. The answer is "yes", the medium rest will work, but if you have both, you will appreciate having the convenience of using the correct rest for the job.:D

    -----odie-----
     
  22. Steve Tiedman

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    Thank you @odie, both it will be.

    I am tempted to buy the longer post version for 20" lathes and cut the posts. The 16" rest posts will work, but my Vicmarc rests have posts of 4" long, .5" longer than robo's. Have you cut the post on yours yet? Does a 4" grinder cutting wheel make quick work of the cutting? Or is it a hardened steel that will be a pain to cut?

    Edit- I just went and did some careful measuring at my lathe, the small and medium Robo tool rests for 16" lathes will work just fine. @robo hippy I just placed an order for one of each with the 1" post (VL200 uses a 1" post). Looking forward to putting them to work.

    Steve.
     
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  23. odie

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    Hi there, Steve. You'll be glad you have both, I'm sure! :D

    I didn't need to cut the Robo-rest posts. My banjo is a dogleg style that accepts the longer posts. My original plan was to get a larger lathe, but for now, I'm keeping my Woodfast lathe. (I reserve the right to change my mind on that, at any time! ;)) Having the longer posts means that if I ever do purchase another lathe, I wouldn't have to get new tool rests.

    The last time I did cut one of the tool rest posts, I did it the old fashioned way.....hacksaw! :eek:
    If any tool rests have a hardened rod, I'm not aware of it.

    Happy turning!

    -----odie-----
     
  24. robo hippy

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    There are 30 mm posts for the Vicmark lathes. As to which one do you need, well, of course you need both... You can turn bigger bowls with the larger rest, and you can turn smaller ones with it as well. Mostly if you turn a lot of both, then having the smaller rest for smaller bowls means you don't have to adjust the banjo as often. More difficult to turn larger bowls and platters with the smaller rest.

    robo hippy
     
  25. Steve Tiedman

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    It's been a long time since I've stood at a Woodfast. Nice, classic lathe.

    Both my Vicmarc VL200 and my (recently sold) VL300 use a 1" diameter post. The 200 banjo was built for the 1", and the 300 has a sleeve built into the banjo hole bringing it down from 30mm to 1". Both machines came from Craft Supplies in the very early 00's, I'm not sure if the VL300 banjo sleeve was/is a CS exclusive, but I'm guessing here in the USA 1" is far more typical than 30mm.

    Thanks for your help.
    Steve.
     
  26. robo hippy

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    30mm is not common. I had to order it from the east coast. Some day the US will go metric....

    robo hippy
     
  27. Steve Tiedman

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    Ordered Thursday morning, got 'em Monday morning, the fit is perfect (1" post for the USA Vicmarc VL200). Thanks robo!

    Now, what color to paint them...?

    Steve.
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  28. odie

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    You'll be glad you have both! :D

    I didn't bother to paint mine, but I did make a couple notches in the post for height adjustments. ;)

    -----odie-----
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  29. Steve Tiedman

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    Yeah, painting does seem like a chore. I'll probably just put a good carnuba paste wax polishing on them from time to time, just like the lathe bed.

    Steve.
     
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  30. Lars Hansen

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    I would recommend at least some kind of rust protection.
    Instead of Reed's famous "Mambo Pink" I chose a dark blue - more in the line with the rest of my workshop.
     
  31. Gerry Monast

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    Robo Hippy
    As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. Will anyone else be manufacturing your Robo Rest in the future? I’ve been trying to find one used to no avail.
    Thanks.
     
  32. John Hicks

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    No wonder he is going out of business; how can a human even respond to all those questions?
     
  33. robo hippy

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    I have sent all parts, pieces, and schematics to some one. He said 'some time after the first quarter of this year'. This includes both the bowl rests and the platform. I would expect a few changes....

    robo hippy
     
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  34. john lucas

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    That's great Reed. Be sure and keep us abreast because I will highly recommend it to everyone.
     
  35. Doug Freeman

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    I received my small and medium rests a couple of months ago. Fit great on the Nova Galaxi (16” swing), and work great.

    Yes Robo, please keep us in the loop on a new mfr/supplier. I wanted a generic mount platform but they were sold out.
     
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  36. odie

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    That's what I found, too. These are great tool rests. It's great to have exactly the right tool for the specific task, and these have been a wonderful addition to my tool rest corral. :D

    -----odie-----
     

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