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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:21 am 
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I like it!

Tea, you are at the top of my list for the powered cutter award !

I made a post somewhere, and I'll award a trophy to the winner.
(When? Heck, I dunno ! :lol: )

Anyhow, tnx for the write-up and the pics.
I gotta build me one of those :!:

...Might do like them old egyptian chariots and put lances out on the end of the axles to take care of anything near the sides...

Ha! all I've got right now is sling blade mowers... gotta find me a reel mower!
...I'll be cruising craigslist within minutes! :lol:
Awesome !

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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
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..and I'll add, I'm SO tired of shredding baccy!

it's getting reel :) tedious!

...and 'somebody' is getting reel annoyed at me always shredding baccy at the kitchen table. :oops:
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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:04 pm 
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Going to be interesting to see some new builds of the cutter .. i should add that both gear motors should be counter clockwise rotation ... just measured the pullies on the reel motor, is 5 inch and pully on reel is 3 inch with a half inch V-belt..this corrects an earlier post ... my reel motor very similar to this http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?i ... e=electric and feed roll motor needs to be slow enough for fine cut so depending on size of rollers will determine the speed you need for this motor, just timed mine ...15 rpm with 7/8 inch rollers . Small rollers is what i used so i could get them closer to the cutter blades hope this helps Tea


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Best set up I've seen yet. Might have a go at making one. How often do you have to clean the resin off the blades, and how often to sharpen the blades?


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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
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the last time i shapened it was when it was built ...soooo about 15 years ... need to scrape resin off the stationary bar once in awhile but not much if your tobacco is not too wet for cutting ... if the tobacco is ok for smokin.. it's just right


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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:09 am 
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Wow!

15yr trouble free... THAT'S a good machine design!
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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
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I drew some quick sketches last year, planning to build a cutter based on the reel mower concept. I figured a 12" cutting area would be plenty large for home cutting. My idea was to have it hand cranked with the option of attaching a motor if desired. Haven't gotten around to it yet but maybe some day.


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The spiral jointer and planer heads offered now might also do the trick.


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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
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northcountry wrote:
The spiral jointer and planer heads offered now might also do the trick.


I considered that too but with the prices for planer heads it would be cheaper to build a blade assembly (lighter too).
Still collecting components but I have some nice pieces of d2 steel for blades.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:45 am 
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This rig I'm using uses utility knife blades:

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There's more info on it here:

cpg14x/thumbnails.php?album=19

I've found it most satisfactory.


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 Post subject: Re: My Tobacco Cutter
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:32 am 
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I like yours a lot, Jack.

It seems to be the most sensible and effective.

Still, I'd like to see one with a Mopar hemi, or maybe Cummins powered ! :lol:
Trophy to the most outrageous powered baccy Shredder!

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over 50 of those gear motors got sold ..anyone getting close to a build on the tobacco cutter ? if you need any help, feel free to ask ....Tea


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that is one wild looking rig,,,,

allthough it looks very efficiant,,,,

id jus be afraid i'd loose a finger or 5 fingers,lol :D


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Dino wrote:
Dear Bob,

I understand your reservations, but let address your concerns.
1. Writing a book's worth of coherent material - with cutting & pasting from within the forum I think it's all here.

2. Editing a book's worth of material - again, with members permission of course, cut & paste.

3. Creating the typography, graphics and pages of a book - I agree the graphics would be challenging, using "Publisher" time would be the only real problem for the rest.

4.Publishing a book - don't print, go ebook & sell on New Hope, Seedman, etc.

5. Marketing a new book - just put in places where people like you & me will find it. Remember the principle "build it they will come".

6. Breaking even financially, not to mention making a profit, on a new book - To me this would be the perfect rebut to the Tobacco "Nazis" & the Obama taxman. I guess I'd donate anything to that cause. you know reeducation, maybe legal recourse, & to dispel the idea that only big tobacco can produce anything "good".

As I write this I'm thinking if I were retired I'd give it a whorl with help.

Dino


Sorry Dino - but on a completely different note - what are seedman and newhope? I tried googling seedman and it's a plant site and new hope came up as religious? (I'm writing a book (fiction) so my ears always prick up at mention of anything related to writing


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Dino wrote:
Dear Bob,

I understand your reservations, but let address your concerns.
1. Writing a book's worth of coherent material - with cutting & pasting from within the forum I think it's all here.

2. Editing a book's worth of material - again, with members permission of course, cut & paste.

3. Creating the typography, graphics and pages of a book - I agree the graphics would be challenging, using "Publisher" time would be the only real problem for the rest.

4.Publishing a book - don't print, go ebook & sell on New Hope, Seedman, etc.

5. Marketing a new book - just put in places where people like you & me will find it. Remember the principle "build it they will come".

6. Breaking even financially, not to mention making a profit, on a new book - To me this would be the perfect rebut to the Tobacco "Nazis" & the Obama taxman. I guess I'd donate anything to that cause. you know reeducation, maybe legal recourse, & to dispel the idea that only big tobacco can produce anything "good".

As I write this I'm thinking if I were retired I'd give it a whorl with help.

Dino


Sorry Dino - but on a completely different note - what are seedman and newhope? I tried googling seedman and it's a plant site and new hope came up as religious? (I'm writing a book (fiction) so my ears always prick up at mention of anything related to writing


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