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magicniner
17-10-2017, 06:14 PM
A mishap in the workshop left me with a broken outer gear cover/door and a smashed inner cover/door hinge on my 30.5mm bore long bed Super7 yesterday.
Although a second hand outer cover/door can be had for around 70, the inner is genuinely unobtainable short of buying a lathe and parting it out.

Enter Alutite Aluminium Welding Wire, along with a Mapp gas torch, a stainless pointy tool, stainless wire brush and some welding clamps.

I can't recommend Alutite highly enough, it's brilliant!

Boyan Silyavski
17-10-2017, 08:53 PM
I also use this method. With great result. Only bad thing is if you mess it or mess filling a crack or a hole, later can not be welded the normal way on top of it.

magicniner
17-10-2017, 09:09 PM
I also use this method. With great result. Only bad thing is if you mess it or mess filling a crack or a hole, later can not be welded the normal way on top of it.

Boyan,
I agree with you 100%, TIG or MIG is always 1st choice on suitable material and for structural work, but this is effectively a chip and dust guard for the gear train and rather than find out what happened when I hit it with an arc I went for the guaranteed first time fix.
You can make thin stainless sheet supports to guarantee the results of crack and hole repairs and you can make supports with raised edges for rebuilding corners if you don't have a bit of plate to cut a patch to size :D