Forums Beginner Questions How to lock into freewheeling?

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    February 3, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Right beside the cheater knob, you’ll see a small hole. Use the 1/16″ brass rod that came with the machine. Insert it into the hole, then depress the index gear lever until the rod slides in to hold it.

  • willowdalecat

    Member
    February 4, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Thanks for the reply, Unfortunately my facet head doesn’t have a hole by the cheater knob, or on the other side (or a brass rod). It seems possible there’s no provision for freewheeling with this Graves Mark 5XL facet head. Hopefully I’ll hear from Graves soon and I’ll report back here if there’s a solution.

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    February 4, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Did you buy this new? Some of the first 5XL heads didn’t have the capability, and the 1/16″ rod is normally supplied. It’s primary purpose is to insert into the corresponding hole in the dop for alignment with the slot in the quill.
    Of course, any 1/16″ rod will work (most any hardware of hobby store), or a drill bit.

  • willowdalecat

    Member
    February 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Sorry, I was wrong, and thanks for your forbearance. I just found the bag that includes the brass rod, and also a blue metal angle and a strip of cotton webbing (wick?). Pic below. Do either of these involve freeing the index wheel? The other accessory baggies were labelled but not these.

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    February 7, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Yep, that’s the brass rod. I’s useful to align the dop in the quill, but won’t help with the free-wheeling if there’s no hole on the head. I have 2 machines, the newer one has it, the older one doesn’t. It doesn’t matter to me, since I never preform that way.
    The blue “girdle aligner” is used to align a girdle facet to the lap after transfer. If you have the “Fundamental Faceting” book, it’s described on page 16, if a newer edition hasn’t changed it.
    The wick is intended to be used to prevent too much splashing when cutting the girdle (page 13, paragraph d). Move the black sliding thing away from the opening in the splash pan, and use it to clamp the wick so that it catches the water. I don’t use this. I cut small pieces of an ordinary kitchen sponge, and use a clip to hold it. I actually cut a separate piece of sponge for each grit, to prevent cross-contamination. The clip is a “snap clip” used for hair, suggested by my wife.

  • willowdalecat

    Member
    February 7, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Great info, thank you! I do have the book, I’ll check it. As for freewheeling, I’ll look for a sturdy little clamp that fits the space and be done.

    But how do you cut a round girdle without freewheeling? Do you always facet the girdle?

  • Alan Balmer

    Administrator
    February 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Yes, I always facet the girdle. Makes it easier to get the crown facets aligned properly.

  • gemmakermz

    Member
    March 15, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    guys don’t know if this will help but they did do diff configurations for free wheeling. i have an old mark 1 and going to remove big motor and install a small high power 110vdc. it has its free wheeler setup on the indexing lever. picture attached. gemmakermz@cs.com

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