Replacing Chain plates cutter rig

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  • May 16, 2015 9:23 AM
    Reply # 3345708 on 3334378
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Link is fixed...


  • May 16, 2015 9:39 AM
    Reply # 3345711 on 3334378

    why would anyone want to unbolt chainplates?

    Take a grinder and grind the heads off the bolts.  be careful and cool the area often, but then you can use a punch and push the remaining bolt through.

    Much easier to reattach and tighten a new nut on a new bolt. 

    less than 1/2 the work of doing it by loosening.


  • June 11, 2015 8:47 PM
    Reply # 3383994 on 3334378
    Deleted user

    Last year I spoke to Aaron Norlund (another W32 owner) who replaced his chainplates with aluminum bronze.

    He said he ordered 3/8" flat rod from, and said the machining and bending was quite easy. The deeper bent chainplate was bent in two places to get around the bending limitations of aluminum bronze.

    At 3/8" the bronze chainplates are stronger than the stainless.

    I'm thinking of going the bronze route, though I'd prefer silicon bronze if I can find it.

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