Go Back  RCU Forums > RC Airplanes > Tips & Techniques
Need Help with Aluminum Spinner >

Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Notices
Tips & Techniques Want to share a tip or special technique you have either in the workshop or at the flying field or race track? Post it right here!

Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Old 07-19-2002, 01:46 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
My Feedback: (61)
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Middlesex, NJ
Posts: 844
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Hi all,

What do you guys use to cut aluminum spinners . I have a scale Y/A spinner that I need to cut for the prop blades. Would love to hear your technique!

Thanks - Adil

[email protected]
Old 07-19-2002, 02:21 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
My Feedback: (4)
 
MinnFlyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Willmar, MN
Posts: 28,519
Likes: 0
Received 8 Likes on 8 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

A Dremel tool and a lot of patience
Old 07-19-2002, 03:25 PM
  #3  
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 55
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

what attachment do you use in the dremal tool??
Old 07-19-2002, 03:34 PM
  #4  
bgi
Senior Member
My Feedback: (7)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Duluth, GA
Posts: 907
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

sanding drum (small one with coarse sandpaper) followed by a balancing act compliments of DuBro.
Old 07-19-2002, 05:51 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
My Feedback: (4)
 
MinnFlyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Willmar, MN
Posts: 28,519
Likes: 0
Received 8 Likes on 8 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

SAnding drums wear out too quick. Do the bulk cutting with a metal bit. (Watch those fingers!)
Old 07-19-2002, 08:09 PM
  #6  
bgi
Senior Member
My Feedback: (7)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Duluth, GA
Posts: 907
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

True, if you have a lot of material to remove. Good point.
Old 07-19-2002, 08:36 PM
  #7  
Senior Member
My Feedback: (16)
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Locust Grove, GA
Posts: 12,942
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

If I already have the spinner I use a dremel and a polishing stone. If not, I order my spinner and request it to be cut to accept the APC propeller I am using.
Old 07-20-2002, 02:58 AM
  #8  
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Lansing,Ks.
Posts: 58
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Adil, I use a pair of "nibblers" to remove most of the material and finish up this a jewlers file. You can get a pair of nibblers at radio shack.
Old 07-21-2002, 11:45 AM
  #9  
My Feedback: (21)
 
Flyboy Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Pinon Hills, CA
Posts: 13,847
Received 5 Likes on 5 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

I cut 'em with a metal bit dremel, and finish 'em on the one inch sanding belt (med grit). It's about ten times faster than doing it by hand.
Old 07-21-2002, 12:37 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 236
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Yes, the metal Dremel bit will make short work of it.

Russ.
Old 07-23-2002, 11:28 AM
  #11  
Senior Member
My Feedback: (132)
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Findlay, OH
Posts: 247
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Need Help with Aluminum Spinner

Having been in machining most of my life I suggest you get a 1/8" carbide double cut burr with a round end. They are moe expensive than steel but will last many times longer especially on abrasive material such as fiberglass. The round end allows you to drill straight through when needed and also helps in smoothing things out. If you can get some tap magic squirt some inside the spinner and it will keep the burr from loading up with the soft alluminum. Kerosene will also work to stop the loading but is more flamable. You can purchase the carbide burr at many hardware type stores or tool stores. Next to my dremmel drum sanders for wood this is the cutter I use the most.
Old 07-23-2002, 07:12 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
My Feedback: (61)
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Middlesex, NJ
Posts: 844
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Great Advices !

Thanks to all the folks that took the time to give great advice. I have ordered some steel and Carbide burrs and a nibler as suggested and am sure with some patience will get it done. I'll let you know how I make out in the future.

Thanks again,

Adil

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.