Posted by BillS on August 14, 2006 at 15:22:06:
In Reply to: how automated are B.C. gear hobbers? posted by Bob M on August 14, 2006 at 01:14:14:
6-10 hobs originally came with a mechanical/electrical shutoff linkage that would trip the "off" button. It had an adjustable stop on a rod to stop at the desired location of the hob slide.
The feed is automatic in that you engage it with a lever and, although the shutoff is electrical, the operator shifts the lever when he is ready to return the slide to its starting location. No one has to stand there and cut gears manually.
Speeds and feeds are controlled by change gear sets, so you want to get as many change gears as possible with the machine. Nice thing about the 6-10 is it uses the same change gear inventory for both index and feed. If memory serves, they are 16 Pitch. The speed change gears are a larger pitch.
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