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Offline Brent Taylor

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Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:11 PM »
I hope I'm in the right spot, so here it is. Add a 8 x 1.25 wing nut to the tip screw, it acts as a locknut to the existing nut and aids in tighten, it' simple, cheap and even works with my monkey paw hands. If it's a repeat, sorry. If not, I hope it helps someone. Brent

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Offline Benjamin

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2014, 01:48 AM »
That's a good idea

Thanks

Offline Kevin D.

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2014, 08:59 AM »
OK.  I don't understand.   [blink]  Could you elaborate and/or show us a pic?  [embarassed]

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Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2014, 09:14 AM »
OK.  I don't understand.   [blink]  Could you elaborate and/or show us a pic?  [embarassed]
The adjustable screw that I am talking of is the one with the red cap or swivel work piece hold-down. Will try to get a photo soon. Sorry, but work comes first. Two kids in college. [crying]

Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2014, 10:29 AM »
Sorry about the wait.





The wingnut on the top is what you replace the nut with.

Offline Scorpion

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Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2015, 08:58 AM »
Great idea.  Every time I need to adjust the foot I find myself having to pause, walk to my toolbox, and get a wrench.  It's irritating.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 11:02 AM »
Thanks for the post. Great idea, I'm going to convert the 5 that I use all the time. [big grin]

Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2015, 02:41 PM »
Great, thanks, now I might actually mount mine to a work surface. :)
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Offline rst

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2015, 08:29 PM »
Wing nuts work well but I replaced mine with clamping knobs...easier on arthritic thumbs.

Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2015, 11:41 AM »
Wing nuts work well but I replaced mine with clamping knobs...easier on arthritic thumbs.
Could you tell me the source or manufacturer, I like your idea better than mine. B

Offline rst

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2015, 01:22 PM »
Lee Valley has them, but I actually buy mine from my local hardware store.  They are cheaper from LV.

Offline Brent Taylor

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2015, 02:15 PM »
Lee Valley has them, but I actually buy mine from my local hardware store.  They are cheaper from LV.
Thanks , I know how much fun Uncle  Art can be, with a little nerve damage on the side, makes work so much more fun. . 

Offline Cheese

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2015, 08:43 AM »
@Brent Taylor @rst
I love the knob idea, however when I installed Woodpecker 5/16" knobs, because the bottom of the knob has an additional 1/4" wall of plastic before the pad stud threads engage the nut, I had to shorten the length of the pad stud by 1/4" and now the clamp will not clamp thin stock. Just a thought [huh]

Offline rst

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2015, 08:49 AM »
I ground off the extra plastic depth on my knobs.

Offline rst

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2015, 08:50 AM »
I ground off the extra plastic depth on my knobs so they did not use up more of the screw length.

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2015, 09:15 AM »
another source for Threaded Knobs like Lee Valley is Mc-Master Carr. They have a wide selection usually, although I haven't bought much Metric threaded knobs from them other than some for a set of Thule Rack items that I own.
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Offline Chris Wong

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2015, 10:50 AM »
Sorry about the wait.

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The wingnut on the top is what you replace the nut with.

I like your photography.  The Besseys look very industrial.

Offline vkumar

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2015, 07:36 PM »
Lee Valley has them, but I actually buy mine from my local hardware store.  They are cheaper from LV.

What size is the thread?
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2015, 01:33 PM »
Lee Valley has them, but I actually buy mine from my local hardware store.  They are cheaper from LV.

What size is the thread?
  He listed 8mm x 1.25mm thread in his post.
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Offline vkumar

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2015, 01:48 PM »
Ok thanks. i got confused by the later post that talked about 5/16" knob,
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Offline leakyroof

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Re: Making Bessey's Auto-Adjust easier to use.
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2015, 02:27 PM »
Ok thanks. i got confused by the later post that talked about 5/16" knob,
  Me too- don't feel bad.. [scared]
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