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Taurus66
27-02-2013, 08:36 PM
First handle to come out the mould with threaded reinforcing insert untrimmed..

And now trimmed.. Not bad first one to complete..

mogman
27-02-2013, 08:39 PM
Looks very smart Bully;) do you use plastic or is it a two part resin?????

Paul.

Taurus66
27-02-2013, 08:42 PM
Two part resin.. Aluminium Hexagonal machined insert threaded M14, runs about 70% of the way up inside..

mogman
27-02-2013, 08:44 PM
could you make them with buttons in the top........only asking;)

Paul.

Taurus66
27-02-2013, 08:53 PM
Anything could be made.. its only ones ability that holds anything back.. I am not sure if i have that level of skill yet..

mogman
27-02-2013, 08:57 PM
Anything could be made.. its only ones ability that holds anything back.. I am not sure if i have that level of skill yet..

Are your too modest;)

Paul.

komatsu
27-02-2013, 08:59 PM
thats really impressive :cool:

Taurus66
27-02-2013, 09:07 PM
Not modest Paul, just realistic about my skills so far.. and thanks Komatsu.. just a bit of a challenge now achieved..

cps140
27-02-2013, 09:14 PM
I am impressed colin! came out well,..... I also need some 2 or 3 buttons on top.......... when you get that let me know:D

Taurus66
27-02-2013, 09:17 PM
I am impressed colin! came out well,..... I also need some 2 or 3 buttons on top.......... when you get that let me know:D

Frinngin hell.. you aren't asking much are you... i got to walk before i can run... :D

mogman
27-02-2013, 09:17 PM
I am impressed colin! came out well,..... I also need some 2 or 3 buttons on top.......... when you get that let me know:D

I'm sure he could put a zip on top or maybe a bit of velcro instead of buttons ;)

Paul.

Taurus66
27-02-2013, 09:19 PM
To be honest, it is a case of working out how to put the buttons into the finished handle and how to run the wiring.. Its not impossible though.. Damn i thought i was done with this challenge.. now i got to start on another mould...:D

Just thinking i should not have put this under new technology....

AtlasRob
28-02-2013, 12:48 PM
Looks good.

I suggest if your going to take this further you need to source buttons, button / roller groups so you can see how they are mounted.

Mine appear to be in a moulded rubber boot so you need the hole in the stick to accept the rubber boot, and don't forget the twin rollers underneath :D

You won't be getting bored with this project for a long while :D

Local Diggers
28-02-2013, 02:50 PM
Have i missed a thread colin? Whats that for then? Certainly clever stuff, if my memories serves dont you also make small runs of motorbike side panels?

AtlasRob
28-02-2013, 02:55 PM
Have i missed a thread colin? Whats that for then? Certainly clever stuff, if my memories serves dont you also make small runs of motorbike side panels?

Yep light weight, you missed one :D

It's your homework to find it and catch up. :D

Pecall
28-02-2013, 05:46 PM
That's a real tidy job there. Is this the next step to the Taurus line of excavators? I'm looking forward to seeing the finished article. :D

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 07:22 PM
Have i missed a thread colin? Whats that for then? Certainly clever stuff, if my memories serves dont you also make small runs of motorbike side panels?

I do still make replica side covers for a few of the older bikes.. This came about when i responded to someone asking where to get them..

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 07:27 PM
That's a real tidy job there. Is this the next step to the Taurus line of excavators? I'm looking forward to seeing the finished article. :D

Damn, you sussed me out... Thanks.. It is now a challenge for me to see if i can make it with bottons, already sourced the micro switches, as for rollers etc.. that could be a lot more challenging.. Its trying to fit parts into the handle.. My next step is to remake the handle a little larger so i can fit switch modules into the handle with the mind to easy repairs..

strott
28-02-2013, 07:29 PM
Are these going to end up on the Kubota K008-3 you bought?? ;) :D

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 07:32 PM
Are these going to end up on the Kubota K008-3 you bought?? ;) :D

Nope , mine are in great condition.. I am always looking for interesting challenges that can turn into viable earnings.. You may well see the simple handles in pairs on ebay soon... I should imagine there must many older machines that would like to have a new pair of handles fitted to them.. Makes an operators hands life a lot nicer..

Guest1
28-02-2013, 07:33 PM
Digger handles :confused: do you mean levers Col ? and they will be better with buttons :)

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 07:38 PM
Digger handles :confused: do you mean levers Col ? and they will be better with buttons :)

Yeah the handles screw onto the levers... don't they??

Guest1
28-02-2013, 07:51 PM
Yeah the handles screw onto the levers... don't they??

I'm only asking...you no need to get shirty with me :D

Traxcavator.
28-02-2013, 07:53 PM
You could use some old chisel handles and some PVA ....

Guest1
28-02-2013, 08:04 PM
You could use some old chisel handles and some PVA ....

Sounds ok but what would you use for those all important buttons Tim ? Chisel handles and pva is ok but it's the buttons you will struggle with :D

mogman
28-02-2013, 08:08 PM
Sounds ok but what would you use for those all important buttons Tim ? Chisel handles and pva is ok but it's the buttons you will struggle with :D

Could always use pres studs:D


Paul.

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 08:17 PM
I'm only asking...you no need to get shirty with me :D

Would i get shirty with you lordy??? Not ever..

Traxcavator.
28-02-2013, 08:41 PM
Sounds ok but what would you use for those all important buttons Tim ? Chisel handles and pva is ok but it's the buttons you will struggle with :D

chocolate buttons, the large ones if you hold them for too long they will melt thus eliminating over use .... white or milk cocolate available.

Traxcavator.
28-02-2013, 08:43 PM
Colin they look the business. Could you not incorporate the buttons in the mould so they are bonded within the resin. Also how about a roller switch for the tilty brigade .... :)

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 08:49 PM
Colin they look the business. Could you not incorporate the buttons in the mould so they are bonded within the resin. Also how about a roller switch for the tilty brigade .... :)

I did think about that, however the resin when mixed and ready to pour is as thin a single cream and gets into every little air pocket..Hence why i thought if i make the switches into a module that then screws into the handle, it then gives you the option of 1,2,3,4 or 5 buttons and the roller could be a screw in module too that would possibly go into the front of the handle..

komatsu
28-02-2013, 08:55 PM
Also how about a roller switch for the tilty brigade .... :)

like these ;) and theirs rollers under neath with 2 buttons as well:eek:

http://i1161.photobucket.com/albums/q513/pw160/2012-10-14-273_zps8d91646e.jpg

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 09:02 PM
Nice picture there , cheers, i just seen a price for one of those roller switches... 144.00 i am sure its a misprint....

Traxcavator.
28-02-2013, 09:08 PM
RS components would probably be the place to go Colin. Ollie is that still a dash 8 machine you have .... with the TV remotes on the sticks :D

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 09:29 PM
Even theirs are 58.00 each...

AtlasRob
28-02-2013, 10:18 PM
like these ;) and theirs rollers under neath with 2 buttons as well:]

Jeez! It's still got the cardboard packaging on the floor he hasn't even finished unwrapping the bloody machine :D

scoffcruddle
28-02-2013, 11:08 PM
I could do with a slide switch on mine.:)

Taurus66
28-02-2013, 11:22 PM
We could do with a slide on ours.... would make life a lot easier..:D

Local Diggers
01-03-2013, 12:05 AM
Four candles?

komatsu
01-03-2013, 06:34 AM
Ollie is that still a dash 8 machine you have .... with the TV remotes on the sticks :D

morning tim,yeh its a dash 8 machine,well the first dash 8 in the country,so quite chuffed with that.the cab is more or less the same as the dash 7 tracked machines.the dash 7 duck had a seperate screen for the camera.had a look at a dash 10 tracked machine the other week when i was up their and they looked very nice.as for the TV remotes,they come in handy for the freeview and DVD's:D

komatsu
01-03-2013, 06:35 AM
Jeez! It's still got the cardboard packaging on the floor he hasn't even finished unwrapping the bloody machine :D

thats an old pic,carnt see the floor now:D;)

Exc@v8
01-03-2013, 08:40 AM
They look very smart Mr Taurus, I must say! :D Some of the switches/rollers do seem inherently expensive, but they do seem to be the ones that last the longest with tens of thousands of cycles worth of testing. I can only assume that some sticks are intricately more complex that at first appearance and low production numbers will keep the price high. I know we list some joystick configurations that are well over the four figure mark. Each.
Is the resin you are using oil/grease/solvent resistant?

Taurus66
01-03-2013, 07:02 PM
Cheers Excav8, the resin is a polyeurathane resin, so pretty much resistant to almost anything.. There are some pricy lever handles around and some pretty damn complex ones too.. All good fun..

Taurus66
04-03-2013, 09:57 PM
Well i have gotten my micro switches at last, and seem to be having a problem with getting the potentiometer swithes at a reasonable price.. Am now into the next stage or remaking the mould to accommodate the switch module. Also have been working on a larger handle with the potential for 6 buttons on the crown.. and a possible of two potentiomenters on the front and side.. But that is an altogther more complex project..

Will post pictures when i have gotten the next stage ready..

Guest1
04-03-2013, 10:02 PM
Well i have gotten my micro switches at last, and seem to be having a problem with getting the potentiometer swithes at a reasonable price.. Am now into the next stage or remaking the mould to accommodate the switch module. Also have been working on a larger handle with the potential for 6 buttons on the crown.. and a possible of two potentiomenters on the front and side.. But that is an altogther more complex project..

Will post pictures when i have gotten the next stage ready..
Is there much of a demand for these things Col ? if so why ? do they break or is it an up grade thing ?

Taurus66
04-03-2013, 11:04 PM
Just me taking on a bit of a challenge really.. Don't imagine there is any market for them at all.. can't honestly see anyone fitting a new set of handles to an old digger other than with a bit of cut off broom stick or plastic pipe...

scoffcruddle
04-03-2013, 11:17 PM
Just me taking on a bit of a challenge really.. Don't imagine there is any market for them at all.. can't honestly see anyone fitting a new set of handles to an old digger other than with a bit of cut off broom stick or plastic pipe...

I would say there's a market for handles with a slide switch,I converted my loadall to forwards and reverse on the loader control and couldn't find a handle anywhere.

Taurus66
05-03-2013, 07:15 AM
See i have learnt by this mistake, One person says they could not find a part, does not mean there is a ready market.. I often do a google search and come up with what hey are having a problem finding normally within 5-10 minutes maybe a little longer.

Its how i unfortunately got into making replica side covers in the first place..

So now i take what people say with a pinch of salt and if i like the idea i take it on as a challenge and for a personal project..

Exc@v8
20-05-2013, 05:23 PM
Any further prototypes Taurus?

left hooker
21-05-2013, 10:07 PM
is this the female op version i see its got the buttons in it ??? ;) lol

http://www.slashgear.com/gallery/data_files/7/4/Remote_Control_Rabbit_1.jpg

Local Diggers
21-05-2013, 11:04 PM
if those are female digger handles my missis must be stealing 'em from work. shes got loads

mogman
21-05-2013, 11:04 PM
is this the female op version i see its got the buttons in it ??? ;) lol

http://www.slashgear.com/gallery/data_files/7/4/Remote_Control_Rabbit_1.jpg

Think you may get a few funny looks if you turned up on site with your hands gripped around them filthy things:eek::D

Paul.

Mintsauce
22-05-2013, 11:20 PM
Think you may get a few funny looks if you turned up on site with your hands gripped around them filthy things:eek::D

Paul.

Well they didnt look that comfortable anyway. And no buttons on them either:D Oh just a minuet

800CLC
23-05-2013, 12:44 AM
See i have learnt by this mistake, One person says they could not find a part, does not mean there is a ready market.. I often do a google search and come up with what hey are having a problem finding normally within 5-10 minutes maybe a little longer.

Its how i unfortunately got into making replica side covers in the first place..

So now i take what people say with a pinch of salt and if i like the idea i take it on as a challenge and for a personal project..

Are you marketing them on flea-bay? I'm keeping an eye open for an old digger and some I have seen have some pretty ugly looking joysticks on them.

Taurus66
23-05-2013, 07:25 AM
Shelved the project for now..

zx70lc
26-05-2013, 12:23 PM
well done m8