Steering Wheel-style Quill Feed

schmidty13

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Back when I got my BP I saw someone selling a quill feed handle that resembled a steering wheel. I opted for a Twin-Grip, and while I like it, after using it for awhile I can see many situations where a wheel would be helpful.

It wasn't like a typical feed wheel, it was basically a 10"-12" steering wheel adapted to attach to the mill. Anyone seen this? My Google-fu is usually pretty good, but this thing is eluding me.
 

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I believe Tom Lipton/Oxtools did that to his BP a while back. I think for sensitivity? Sure beats trying to grab the next handle.
 

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Quillwheel.com. They sell em on ebay. A while back they gave em to a number of YT'rs to try.

I don't have a knee mill but personally I think they're too big & awkward & the use of a sport/racing style car steering wheel looks tacky. Good idea though.

Randy Richard used a smaller wheel & looks better IMO. Outsidescrewball used some sort of tractor steering wheel & looks fine to me but what caught my interest is he adapted the use of the original style handle in addition to the wheel.
 

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Thank you, Will! That's it!

Now that I see the price, I remember why I didn't buy it earlier. I had hoped to just buy since time is at such a premium right now, but I guess I will have to add this to the to-do list.

I don't know how, but I had missed Outsidescrewball (now subscribed). I love his idea of keeping both. Thanks for mentioning him. I hope when I push the button on mine three times it calls This Old Tony, also! ;)
 
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I made mine from the foot rest of a bar stool. I'm looking for a picture but might have to brave the -8 F to get out to the shop.
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Actually a simple project. Made mine using an old aftermarket steering wheel I had laying around. A piece of aluminum stock, some minor lathe work and a few bolts is all thats needed.
 

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I use a shortish home made triple tree and sometimes use the original single handle when
clearance is a problem. I guess the "wheel" is good for them that likes it.
 

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I made mine from the foot rest of a bar stool. I'm looking for a picture but might have to brave the -8 F to get out to the shop.
I like the bar stool idea...right up my alley! ;)

And that cold right now...wow. On our way to -18F tonight, supposed to be flirting with -30F later this week. Brrr! To any Canadian members; we found the cold air you lost, please come take it back immediately.
 

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I have a steering wheel from an old tractor, AC if I remember correctly, waiting to be mounted. It is brand ner. I think I got it on flea bay.
 

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Not quite the same thing but I used a 13" Cub Cadet wheel for the draw bar on my RF30, they're about $40 on ebay.


Quill wheel_1.jpg


Not the final version.

Quill wheel_3.jpg


I was thinking about using a few more on the quill & head elevation as well buy those may be "someday" projects.
 
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