April 27, 2014 1 Comment
No one else can read it. You won’t know what we’re talking about or where our strange joy and confidence come from. I don’t want you disturbed, so stop before going any further.
(1) Cutting powder coated spokes is no issue. Just brush out the die area more often. No tools required, access is easy.
(2) Use oil regularly. I’m especially pleased with synthetic hypoid gear oil (around 85W) from the auto store. Phil Wood oil is quite similar.
(3) Try turning your cutting guide around. The approach angle is not as perfect but I can’t tell in use. The benefit is faster introduction of spokes to cut. You can always turn it back if you think I’m nuts.
(4) Speed with spoke threading is dependent on picking up spokes quickly: dainty, fast fingers are a big help. Spokes are easily tangled by their elbows, slowing you down. Try a ring of corrugated cardboard around the inside of a jar.
When I set spokes in the jar, I try and get them to quickly fan out in a neat array. Now each spoke end can be grabbed without fumbling. The cardboard is retained by 3 clips made of spoke trimmings. Later, I want to replace the cardboard with the equivalent corrugate in plastic. Try and you’ll see what I mean.
Simple ideas to add speed and convenience.
(5) When inserting spokes to be threaded, the spring loaded guide plate must be pushed down as the spoke enters. I prefer removing the tiny adjuster on its bottom. Don’t use it anyway. In its place I attach a piece of spoke wire with a short, 3mm screw.
At the screwed end, the wire is bent around the screw with plier. At the other end, a loop is bent for my finger to press. This extension acts like a trigger and I can open and let snap closed the guide plate more easily than without. Got a better idea? Please share. [The guide plate now comes with a knob, so this mod is no longer needed!]
(6) Put your machine where it can be seen. A great conversation starter. Customers love demo's and kids should see how stuff is made.
(7) Lastly, if you haven’t already, establish a per spoke cutting fee. Let local home and club builders and nearby shops know about the service. The next best thing to owning a Morizumi is having convenient access to someone who does.
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