Alec Steele

Alec Steele

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    My name is Alec Steele and I am a 22 year old blacksmith from England, now living in Montana in the USA! With a great team of hardworking folks, we upload videos showcasing the projects we get up to here at the workshop. Lots of sparks, lots of making, lots of fantastic-ness. Great to have you here following along!
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    1. Ryan Bishop

      I'd have build straps for the motor. Can't really fix what's there but you could drive it down and hold it.

    2. K Del

      cool the center not the entire piece

    3. awhtjio

      I'm pretty sure bcbloc02 could fix your motor mounts. He repaired his huge radial arm drill motor mounts after dropping it.

    4. big water tours

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="190">3:10</a> SHAAAAFT

    5. Dan B

      That machine was dropped during transportation. I'd make the freight company pay

    6. Prinz Eugen van Sovoyen

      can you melt brass, steel and cast iron in the paragonm oven? Can you fill the chamber with shielding gas like CO2 or argon so far less or ideally no millscale forms onheat treatment parts

    7. GuiltyMalice

      I’m sorry you’re dealing with something so unfortunate. I can’t imagine your excitement over getting this machine only to realize the unfortunate situation it has left you in hindering that excitement. A plague on all their houses who had wronged you with this deal. Obviously I don’t mean that lol but that’s f*cked up. I wish you the best with getting this situation remedied and hope the previous owners will do the right thing and reimburse what you should have had discounted to begin with in what is needed to fix this beautiful hammer of power. You got this Alec. I look forward to seeing it in use.

    8. Alan Silva

      how much does a new one cost?

    9. Hovak Vartevanian

      Steele v Stelter homemade Darts challenege! You can play a game of darts via video call....

    10. JarAxe

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="519">8:39</a> "Because ADHD" I totally relate to this. Because I could never wait for parts if I can find a way to fix it myself. But also because I have ADHD. xD

    11. epiphonesg007

      Super rough measurement. 8.555 inches... Hmm

    12. gary Fox

      Alec ......mate just go back to metric ................ far easier better to understand more exact and YOU know it too huh :-):-) :-)

    13. Malcolm Coghill

      Do you have some comeback on the company/person that sold you that press ? Surely its not fit for purpose ?

    14. utiplayer

      So, I'm thinking that the motor wasn't a candidate to just rebuild?

    15. Russell Babcock

      Hopefully it was insured. Looks like the shipper dropped it to do that much damage.

    16. Vladimir Popov

      this sentinel is perfect for my pizza :D

    17. Radioactive Goat

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="715">11:55</a> waaat was dat??

    18. Nicholas Slavik

      Who'd have thought that working as a blacksmith would mean also learning to do some millwright work as well :)

    19. Old goat

      Damn, 15hp, that's more than my car.

    20. Braden O'Connor

      What do you do about a purchase like that Alec? Those feet are thick and are the main point of contact for that hammer. And really thick, to the point is there a weld with enough penetration to work for any long period of time. So my question is, can u get your money back, back charge them Or she them for misrepresenting the product?

    21. Adam Wynn

      Dang. And I thought it was complicated when I had to fix my little Grizzly belt grinder when it fell off the table and broke one of the bells. In the words of the great Dr. Bruce Banner, "Oh, this is much worse."

    22. Glaxed

      Hit up this old tony

    23. Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock

      I love fixing and dissecting old workhorse machines for this exact reason. It's just amazing how you can piece together the thought process of the person before you!

    24. Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock

      His hair just keeps getting wilder..... I'm not complaining, just a bit jealous.

    25. TheRjjrjjr

      This is lawsuit time!!!

    26. ClayZ

      I wish I had hair like that.

      1. niduoe stre

        So, you need a kiwi. You can find kiwis in New Zealand. Yup, its just that easy.

    27. Lee McGann

      What is the largest thing you are set up to heat treat?

      1. niduoe stre

        with the NEMA motor and turned the shaft/recut the keyway, but... you got it done. As for that drive gear removal, that helicoil was a rather unpleasant speed bump.

    28. Matteo Mocci

      I love the way you take care of things.. wow

    29. Justin Scott

      How do you guys have all this nice equipment, but yet don't seem to have much of a clue about a lot of mechanical things?

    30. Eric Summers

      Alec should try to make a pirate blunderbuss.

    31. DarthRevan

      Who elese was thinking “just machine the motor shaft down to the size of the gear.”

    32. Proto_Squad

      I have never ever in a million years seen a bearing that big

    33. thefourthtuxzt

      Just use some duct tape to hold it in place... Duct tape fixes everything

    34. 9T2

      I laughed too hard at the alert part 😂

    35. niduoe stre

      Get in touch with Abom on you tube, he’s an extraordinarily talented machinists

    36. Aaron Wolfenbarger

      You literally can MAKE a broach easily!

    37. Aaron Wolfenbarger

      I was going to say why are you so positive seeming about it but I keep seeing the suit in the back ground and I realized he is probably your lawyer! If its not free except for the cost of shipping by the time he is done then he isnt worth the suit he is in!

      1. niduoe stre

        You could make a hell of a fidget spinner with those bearings

    38. Aaron Wolfenbarger

      You got screwed! It CAn be repaired I think you should probably look at it under UV light with magnification to look for micro fractures before attempting to have it fixed though , if its THAT broke ass then its probably worse than that at the small level as well!

    39. Siggy in CR

      Sorry Alec, you got taken for a ride on that hammer if you were told it hadn't been used much and the worn paint was intentionally done to look like patina. You don't need to have the hammer welded and the motor rewound on a lightly used or low hour machine. The cracks on the motor mounts look fairly fresh based on the light orange rust. So most likely they're from moving the machine. Those old machines were built to last and be repaired so odds are that after some initial repairs it'll be good to go for a long time. But yeah, if it was sold to you as a machine that saw little use, my guess is you got conned.

    40. therarmann

      lmfao imperial measurements

    41. Flinch

      That's no simple piece of furniture, and top heavy to boot. Looks like the load rolled over into the lifting slings during moving at some point and the motor got aced. I'd have gone with the NEMA motor and turned the shaft/recut the keyway, but... you got it done. As for that drive gear removal, that helicoil was a rather unpleasant speed bump.

    42. David Weeks

      So, you need a kiwi. You can find kiwis in New Zealand. Yup, its just that easy.

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    44. Isaac Bruner

      i seen that zeroing Technic on that lathe. i was taught by my teacher that you loosen the low and tighten the high. i got pretty good at it with practice and was able to take that practice down to competition and my time went from 5 minutes to 45 seconds haha

    45. Kataclysm113

      wait... did he... did he just make a lathe chuck key at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="900">15:00</a>?

    46. Zach Brenner

      Why not just wait for the motor to arrive and make the shaft smaller?

    47. Richard Schmidtendorff

      Brazing......I keep wondering why it wasn't brazed.

    48. Giacomo m

      Let me get this straigth. You seen a powerhammer that fan cost more than 10000 buks bit nerd to be repaired, and you bus It without check It by yourself and without the guide or a tecnical?

    49. Bryan Gilbert

      You would do better to reduce the shaft by the 1/8 on the at motor.

    50. hen ko

      You know when Alec says a tool is expensive, it's expensive.

    51. Josh Campbell

      the corona alert hahahahah i lost it

    52. kyle_ daden

      You know what, I enjoy these kindsa videos way more than forging now.

    53. Chace Elliott

      You could make a hell of a fidget spinner with those bearings

      1. hen ko

        Or bore that sleeve out .125 with a boring bar on your manual mill. Using a dial indicator to find the center of the hole and have a spindle mounted boring bar. Then trim the ke

    54. ken ezzell

      So... why a new motor?......could the feet not be welded or cast on?

    55. Mathew Edward Nation

      have you ever try making pizza in the heat treeting oven

    56. Charming nowhere to hide

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="716">11:56</a> that's hilarious 😂

    57. Antoine Rougerie

      The gear made of some kind of strange canvas looks like Celeron. It was used on a few old French cars as a timing gear. It wears badly with time, but stays quite strong as far as it's properly lubricated.

    58. Tommy Litchfield

      Why not just bore out the 1 1/2 hole to 1 5/8 hole...?

    59. Raihan Mohammed

      Would those thousands of an inch in centering have any negative effect?

      1. Charming nowhere to hide

        This is whats called a LEMON. Whoever sold it to you probably lied about everything that you mentioned. I'd definitely be looking at getting some of the money back.

    60. Admiral Tymothy's Loot Chest

      Alec: *Drops tens of thousands on a broken old power hammer* Also Alec: *Thinks a 200 boring bar is expensive*

    61. Wayfarer Zen

      Oh my god that corona alert part made me lose it. Props to your editor XD

    62. Pedro Ibañez

      you have a lathe and a mill, you can make your own adaptor, really not big deal, you should ask AvE or this old tony, those guys know a thing or two about industrial machines

    63. Droidman5910

      Did this mans just say 8.8555 inches. *metric system has left the chat*

    64. Steve Shindeldecker

      Abom 79 could make you one in no time

    65. Eddie Martin

      You need to message AvE he would probably know off the top of the head what you need

    66. Jonathon Wisnoski

      Really surprised it is 15 horsepower. I put together a building for feed mixing one time, and when they starting bringing in the machines that were going to inhabit this building it was insane. One machine had like half a dozen 50 HP electric engines installed in parallel. And this was a tiny single room operation.

    67. Jonathon Wisnoski

      How is this only 300lbs? Did you miss a zero? Funnily enough, I just got a shipment of a fridge that claims to be 370lbs, but I would swear it feels more like 120lbs when I pick it up. So maybe I just do not know what things weigh.

      1. Jonathon Wisnoski

        @Timothy S. Thanks Timothy S. that makes sense. I will assume it is 300lbs per square inch of hammer head or something like that as well, because that sounds orders of magnitude weaker than would be useful. If the hammer could not lift the man operating it, it would surprise me.

      2. Timothy S.

        When he says it's a 300lb hammer that doesnt mean it's actually weight but instead the amount of force it strikes with

    68. 3zEkie1

      Could it be that the guys who sold you the thing were screwing you over ?

    69. TheTruthHurts

      Or bore that sleeve out .125 with a boring bar on your manual mill. Using a dial indicator to find the center of the hole and have a spindle mounted boring bar. Then trim the key .0625 to fit the keyway. Because you would have bored the hole out .125 (.0625 each side). Just what I would have done. .0625 isn't much. 🤷

    70. Oliver Zaiser

      Throw the old part out. Make new two part piece to hold the tooth wheel and secure that with a Keyles taper lock bushing. All problems solved and a bit more flexible on shaft seizes

    71. Mr. Chris

      He may look like harry potter but i think he is faking his British accent like fps Russia

      1. Timothy S.

        Pretty sure he's not, been watching for years and it's remained constant

    72. Tony Charlton

      I hit the like for the ADHD comment alone ! <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="519">8:39</a>

    73. CchewWitup

      a british guy saying inches, golden.

    74. Factologist

      This is whats called a LEMON. Whoever sold it to you probably lied about everything that you mentioned. I'd definitely be looking at getting some of the money back.

    75. System Renegade

      Why didn't you just cut the welds out of the end and then drive the center out.

    76. Shane Cheatham

      Just curious, if I received an item that was that expensive, and not as described, I'd be asking for my money back ...not going through the extra cost of fixing it.....just wondering why you didn't do that?

    77. GoontieLips

      1 inch diameter boring bar probably still would not give you the rigidity that you need to go 6 inches deep, as a rule of thumb 4 times your diameter is really as far as you wanna have your tool sticking out.

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    79. Stephani -D

      "Open it now." "Why?" "ADHD."

    80. Drew Shapiro

      Kind of curious why you wouldn't turn a larger shaft down on the lathe instead of modifying the gear. Seems trivial to turn a 1 5/8 shaft down to 1 1/2.