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Thread: I think chipmonks have been using my lathe...

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    I think chipmonks have been using my lathe...

    I have a Jet 1442 and had to change a belt the other day... the change went smooth and everything back together and working fine... for a while... then suddenly, with a 12" bowl blank on the faceplate, the lathe went from 450 rpm to somewhere around 1200 rpm... that in and of itself was exciting...suddenly to have an out of balance propeller whirling in your face...

    I opened the headstock to see what was the problem and discovered I had a slipped "C" or something that let the Reeves unit slip and jam against the housing.... since it was near the end of the day, I just left it for the next day, but it turned really cold for this area and I haven't been back to the shop for about 4 or 5 days..

    This morning I went out to take a look.. it's still about 36 or 38 in the shop, but I have a new heater and decided I would try to fix the lathe... when I shined a light inside to take a better look, this is what I found.

    I don't know how they got that grub screw out... gonna have to take away their allen wrenches I guess..

    About 3 weeks ago, I discovered two or three caches of these in my big tool box.. in two different drawers... they probably knew this cold weather was on the way.
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    Last edited by Chuck Ellis; 01-10-2010 at 07:04 PM.
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    Well chuck if ya used the tools more than once a year this wouldn't happen
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    Are you kidding, it's only been idle for 4 days...
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    Hey Chuck thats priceless. You should put up a game camera and catch them in the act. They gonna be in for a shock come time in winter when they expect to come to the pantry for food and find it aint there. They might just decide to eat the electrical cord instead.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Hey Chuck thats priceless. You should put up a game camera and catch them in the act. They gonna be in for a shock come time in winter when they expect to come to the pantry for food and find it aint there. They might just decide to eat the electrical cord instead.
    Very Punney Rob I bet it was Alvine cuase I don't think Theodore or Simon would do that..
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    That is just to cool.

    Now Don that is funny.
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    chuck you told us that you were on a limited budget but having chipmunks as power source and only payun them peanuts is alitte cheap dont you think
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    Ya really gotta' WATCH them dang chipmunks - they may LOOK cute, but they'll TURN on ya!

    You might think they're silly to use your lathe like that... but thanks to the wonders of digital photography we can all see they're nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Hofstetter View Post
    they may LOOK cute, but they'll TURN on ya!
    I now how to turn a wood chuck, but how do you turn a chipmunk?

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