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Wrench for the DVR

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Gary Beasley, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Gary Beasley

    Gary Beasley

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    I find quite often after turning a bowl on a chuck or faceplate when I go to unscrew it I cant break it loose without jamming something into the chuck and rapping it. Most lathes Ive worked with a paper spacer keeps this from happening but the shoulders on the DVR shaft are so narrow it just cuts the paper apart and still sticks. My solution was to go to Home Depot and buy a 1 1/2” open end wrench and grind the sides down to 7/16” thickness to allow the wrench in between the head and the chuck. The face plates and the chucks all have 1 1/2” flats, and with the leverage and the index locked all it takes is a gentle push to break the threads loose, much better than beating on a cross pin stuck in a chuck to get a grip.
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  2. Russell Nugent

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    Thanks for reminding me I need to do this. Now if only the nova titan iii chuck had flats for this
     
  3. Dean Center

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    I shopped garage sales for a wrench to do this, looking for one of the large opening stamped wrenches that come with many stationary power tools. I never found one and eventually decided I just had to pay for a Nova wrench. The darn thing is too short for leverage and the shaft/end you have to grab has a bulge/ slot on it that makes it very uncomfortable to use. It's nearly worthless. Your solution is much better, except a 1 1/2" wrench retail is really pricey. Back to the garage sales for me.

    BTW, how the heck does Nova expect us to take their Titan chuck off? There are no flats on the headstock side. Is there a trick?
     
  4. Russell Nugent

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    For the Titan I just have a long chunk of some sort of hardwood from a pallet that I just tighten across the jaws and lock the spindle and pull. Doesn't usually take a ton of force but that's definitely a design flaw.
     
  5. Gary Beasley

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  6. John Torchick

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    Try Harbor Freight. Decent prices and wrenches to repair a bulldozer. I have had good luck with www.ereplacementparts.com for such things. Got "rare" wrenches to change the blade on my Ryobi BT3000 table saw.
     
  7. Gary Beasley

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    Actually Harbor Freight was the first place I looked. They had that size wrench but only in sets, not singly. Thats why I went with HD.
     
  8. Dennis Weiner

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    I bought the adjustable spanner from HFT for less than $$20 to cover that size. That works for me but may be too thick for your DVR. If you don’t mind experimenting and grinding a closed end converting to an open end, then. HBF has a $7 1-1/2” in the trailer area.
     
  9. John Torchick

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    Gary, you can never have too many tools. I have accumulated a lot of tools over the years plus I now have my father's tools. Remember, the guy who dies with the most tools, wins!
     
  10. john lucas

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    I wipe down my spindle with air tool.lubricant. put it on and wipe it off with a rag. The residual.amount seems to stop the chucks and faceplate from locking on..
     
  11. GRJensen

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    I use a plumber's adjustable wrench ... about US$10 at most home centers.
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  12. Russell Nugent

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    I guess a strap wrench around the chuck would work too
     
  13. Ron Vasser

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    After my first stuck chuck, I applied nuclear grade never seize to my spindle and anything that I want to come apart later. I've never had another stuck chuck and you know a beginner may get a catch occasionally!
     
  14. John Torchick

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    Remember the old military saying- Don't force it. Use a bigger hammer.
    I use the Teflon washer between the headstock and the chuck.
     
  15. Mike Adams

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    Thanks! My HD carries that version for about $12. I'm picking up one of those today.
     
  16. Gary Beasley

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    Just remember you may need to thin the end down a bit to fit the gap behind the chuck. That stuff takes a while to grind down.
     
  17. Timothy White

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    Or you could buy one of these and have a chuck wrench with more than one function
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  18. Russell Nugent

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    I just grabbed a 1 1/2 inch wrench at peavey mart the other day. Fits perfect between my supernova and the lathe head. The thing has to be 18 inches long, it's completely effortless to loosen the check now.
     
  19. Mike Adams

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    I have something like that one laying around. But I don't have any idea where it came from.
     
  20. Timothy White

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    The points on the back of the jaws work like spammers or tommy bars. I haven’t found a use for the small end so I put a wood handle on it.
    That”s spanners!
     
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  21. Mike Adams

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    I'm going to need to find mine. My nova chuck gets stuck about every other time I use it. I like it, but it's annoying.
     
  22. Dave Landers

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    That generally means it's some sort of plumbing tool :)
     
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  23. Bill Boehme

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    Nothing is safe from spammers anymore. :D
     
  24. Timothy White

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    Ok I’m a dumbass!
    Bill:
    Thank you so much for exposing me to the world.
     
  25. Virginia Lee

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    Oil Filter wrenches work well to get the chuck loosened.
     
  26. Mike Adams

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    I use a (cheap) rubber strap wrench from Lowes.
     

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