Repairing a Seed Cleaner Shaft without a Lathe

This homesteader didn't have the tool he needed to repair an old seed cleaner he picked up secondhand, so he improvised a way around the problem.



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To start, a solid base was made by laying a 10-foot section of 14"×14" railroad lumber on top of, and at right angles to, a 2×12 plank.
JOSEPH R. BROWN
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Without a lathe, the author turns to the odds and ends at hand to get the job done.
PHOTO: JOSEPH R. BROWN
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A bearing had turned on the main fan shaft of the old seed cleaner, wearing a neat groove deep into the steel rod. 
JOSEPH R. BROWN
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The final product: neat as any shopwork. 
JOSEPH R. BROWN
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The scored-out groove is filled with enough brass rod to more than pack the worn channel. 
JOSEPH R. BROWN
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The most convenient cutting tool was a worn-out 10" file, modified by grinding its end into a sharp, round-nosed tip and fed very slowly into the built-up fill to keep it from grabbing on the rough spots.
JOSEPH R. BROWN











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