Where to buy tools?

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    IanJ

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    I figure this can become a general resource, though I'll start it off with a specific question.

    I am interested in buying some cylindrical rotary files, based on a recent discussion of notching tubing for fuselage work. I have checked what I consider to be the Usual Sources:

    Aircraft-specific stores:



    Industrial suppliers:



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    In compiling this list I did finally find sources for everything I want (a set of about 5 sizes of cylindrical rotary files between 1/4" and 1"), with a few cheap ones at The Yard, and the remainder at McMaster-Carr for dear-lord amounts of money.

    However, I know there are other sources of tools and equipment out there, which I've forgotten, or just don't know about. Where else should I be looking? What little aviation tool supplier do you know about, that you're always recommending to other builders? Let's make this a master list of places to go when you need to find that special tool for building an airplane.
     
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    Grainger is in between Northern Tool and McMaster Carr.
     
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    Oh yeah, forgot about Grainger.
     
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    KBCtools.com (or .ca if in Canada) Great mail order service, huge catalog, I order cutting bits,many other things, and cobalt 135* split point drill bits, the only drill bits worth buying!:)
     
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    Right now KBC is $8.95 shipping up to 50lbs!!!!
     
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    My brother had one and loved it. He used it for building new floors in his model A Ford. Most what he was bending was 16 and 18 ga. steel. I never used it myself but he showed me how strong the magnet held. I was impressed. When he sold it he got about 70% of what he had in it.
     
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    Plans exist (for free) to build a magnetic brake. These plans were released by the inventor of the machine. Just mentioning it for the ambitious types out there.
     
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    I have one and won't part with it! It's great for those oddball situations like you would use a finger break for, but you can also hang a part off one end if you only want a bend to go part way. You can also use custom dies inside a box to do otherwise impossible stuff. Don't have your finger tip under the die when you energize the magnet!:eek:
     
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    I would like to see the plans Bill, the magnet isn't rocket science, but the hinge mechanism on mine is a bit of a mind bender, no pun intended, there are no hinge points in the way at the ends.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I’m a few months from needing a brake. Maybe I’ll come across someone selling a magnetic one in the mean time. Probably wishful thinking, but maybe...
     
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    Morgan,

    I think I remember drawings for construction but on the website there's not a set of drawings for download that I can see. I have a copy of something I downloaded years ago from this website (if memory serves) and I'll take a look for it Monday. Anyway, check the website out, it has a copy of the patent for the hinge among other things;

    http://aaybee.com.au/Magnabend/Magnabend_Homepage.html
     
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    Wow, lots of detail info on that site, electromagnet, circuits, and hinge detail drawings in the patent info. Thanks Bill!
     
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    Kevin and Morgan, the Baileigh manual calls for the brake to be bolted to the floor but on a couple videos I’ve seen they appear to be mobile. If I get one, it would be really helpful if it was easy to move around.

    How were yours set up?
     
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    I have mine on casters, stored out of the way when not in use. I don't put brakes on or lock it in position when I use it. I have used it for 15+ years and see no problem with it being mobile.
     
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    That’s good to know.
     

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