Forums Beginner Questions How to lock into freewheeling?

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  • #6168

    willowdalecat
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    @WillowdaleCat

    Hi, I’m figuring out my new Graves Mark 5XL facet head, and I can’t figure out how to lock up the index gear lever to go into freewheeling mode. I did leave a message with Graves as well, don’t know how quick they can get back though. Thank you!

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    #6170

    Alan Balmer
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    @alanbalmer

    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.

    #6171

    willowdalecat
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    @WillowdaleCat

    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.

    #6172

    Alan Balmer
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    @alanbalmer

    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.

    #6176

    willowdalecat
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    @WillowdaleCat

    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.

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    #6189

    Alan Balmer
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    @alanbalmer

    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.

    #6190

    willowdalecat
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    @WillowdaleCat

    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?

    #6198

    Alan Balmer
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    @alanbalmer

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

    #6255

    gemmakermz
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    @gemmakermz

    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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