I spent about a half hour looking for my 1/2" wide Vinyl safety tape. After looking in the box where I should have put it for the third time, I turned over a plastic bag (that was on top of the other stuff in the box) and found it. To my credit, the side of the re-purposed bag that was upwards had a manufacturer's label that concealed the contents.
Why did I need the tape, you ask? Well, you may have seen some of my photos that show the use of this tape and plain yellow tape in an attempt to keep me from banging into stuff:
I keep saying that I have a small shop!
This is what I needed the tape for:
Week before last I commented on a post on another Forum, noting that while I had added a Priest Tools
Spindle Brake to my Mini-Mill years ago, I hadn't spent the extra money for the one with an interlock. After thinking about it a bit, I decided to make an investment in my mill's (and my own) safety and got the Deluxe Spindle Brake Kit
(also available in different variations for the LMS Bench Mill and PM mills). The installation is straight forward (you can see the instructions here
), and I now have an electrically-interlocked Spindle Brake.
I did make a couple of modifications to the installation:
- I made a slightly larger hole in the bottom of the Control Box so I could use a grommet to protect the cable from the edges of the box:
This photo also shows where the Nylon set screw goes to secure the cable.
- I did not remove the Bearing Dust Cover when I installed the plain Spindle Brake; I just removed the stock SHCS's and installed the plate with the longer SHCS's that were included, so after removing the old plate I left the Duct Cover in place and installed the new plate. I also added a dab of Vibra-TITE to the screws to keep them from working loose. Also, instead of using the jacking screws to adjust the height of the original plate, I used a 0.030" plastic sheet between the plate and the head:
No shim was needed for the Deluxe plate.
Oh, what about the tape? It's here, visible when the brake is engaged:
And when the brake is dis-engaged:
Green Means Go! I punched 3/8" circles out of a green adhesive label and stuck them over the ends of the magnets (what's the sense of having large-hole punches if you aren't going to use them?).
PM me if you're interested in the non-interlocked spindle brake kit parts; but take a look at the Priest Tools (#Not Sponsored) website and contact Greg Priest with any questions (he mentioned to me that if there was interest he could modify his Power Draw Bar kit to make it suitable for the LMS Hi-Torque Mini-Mills [and probably other SEIG Mini-Mills, I'm guessing]).