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Stonewoodiron

Stonewoodiron

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Churchville Maryland
Once again, I’m back at it modifying spare & cheap tools to make them work for another purpose. This Villiers I did a full restoration and rebuild on was made in England. It had imperial hardware but nothing I had would fit it.

Turns out I needed 11/32 & 17/32 spanners. I went to loads of shops to no avail. Decided to modify the closest two and made them fit beautifully. Tried my best to keep the faces square and parallel and then filed all the edges to remove the sharp edge too. Took my time using marker pen as a reference.

Now they fit beautifully :) no Picasso or Monet, but it does the job.

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I stupidly put an open end wrench into my bench grinder wheel to “open it up” Must have pushed too hard because the wheel took it from my hand, slammed it into the angle adjustment plate and the whole bench grinder lept from the table, did a 360* spin, and scared the pants off of me. Lesson: don’t push very hard the wrench
 
Wood Doctor

Wood Doctor

Edwin
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Jan 10, 2008
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Omaha, Nebraska
i still use the Stihl cap twister I made for the older saws that come in for servicing and don't have flippy caps. Two guys asked me to make one for them because they had ruined so many caps with screw drivers. It works:
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Wood Doctor

Wood Doctor

Edwin
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Omaha, Nebraska
It's amazing how tight those freakin caps can get, I swear, it feels like somebody put mine on with a 48" pipe wrench sometimes.
Most of the time I never use any tool to tighten a gas cap or a bar oil cap. I am in the vast minority of saw operators. Hand tightening is usually all that is needed. Nevertheless, Stihl put stickers on their saws showing screw drivers tightening the caps.
 
Mad Professor

Mad Professor

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North East USA
Most of the time I never use any tool to tighten a gas cap or a bar oil cap. I am in the vast minority of saw operators. Hand tightening is usually all that is needed. Nevertheless, Stihl put stickers on their saws showing screw drivers tightening the caps.
Agreed!!

But I've forgot to secure one and the saw pizzed all over my leg! Flippy caps just seem to pizz at random.....
 
Bob Hedgecutter

Bob Hedgecutter

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Most of the time I never use any tool to tighten a gas cap or a bar oil cap. I am in the vast minority of saw operators. Hand tightening is usually all that is needed. Nevertheless, Stihl put stickers on their saws showing screw drivers tightening the caps.

I am also in the minority group, maybe we should get tee-shirts...... hand tight caps matter!
Only works well with new caps or new seals. If you get an old saw someone has wrenched the caps down repeatedly, the seals get mushed and will only seal the tanks if screwed back down with mechanical assistance.
 
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