H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Jan 15, 2016
This may be the most obtuse question ever posted, but why does the crank handle on a mill have to weigh 20 pounds or whatever it is, cast from thick section iron like it could serve double duty jacking up the rear end of a Sherman tank? I mean has anyone ever broke a handle raising the knee cranking on a worm gear? I'm not a weakling but it just occurs to me (on my new mill which is a nice step up from my RF-45) that nudging in the last couple thou with that medieval club, seems kind of out of place? I can apply sufficient torque with one hand choked up practically to the shaft. I understand the leverage factor if you have heavy fixtures & parts. Or maybe you are cross training for the Model-T engine cranking Olympics. But since the hub has on/off cog teeth, how about a mini wheel for the fine stuff? Or light weight, short span symmetrical handle more like table handles that doesn't want to flop on one side due to the weight? Or a 1/2 pound carbon fiber handle like a German bike pedal crank? OK, that would cost more than the DRO & the tarrifs would be brutal. Joshing aside, maybe someone can enlighten me.