Lotus Elan

Three Eared Spinner Tool

PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Dec 24, 2022 2:52 pm

mbell wrote:Thanks Phil, my memory was Sarto's design was folded metal with leather. So not really machinable on a cnc mill. I might be wrong on that front thou.

So I think the tools would be different design to be milled from Ali round stock. Likely look more like the ones kelvedon list.


The main profile is CNC'd, the center portion turned on a lath:
early tools.jpg and

final tool kit.jpeg and

Anyway, up to you guys, I have one already! :D
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Dec 24, 2022 4:19 pm

pharriso wrote:The main profile is CNC'd,


That's a different kind of cnc machine (cnc just means it's computer controlled). Those are done on some kind of router, laser or water cutter for cutting sheet metal.

That's possibly an option but likely to make them on cnc Mill from billet.
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Sat Dec 24, 2022 5:03 pm

The Kelvedon tool looks exactly the same as my Lionel supplied one so I suspect that he is/was their supplier. If so, I hope they are looking to source from elsewhere.
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Dec 24, 2022 5:08 pm

That was what I thought the situation was. Seems there two tools and both suppliers have stopped supplying the tools.

That's why I contacted my friend as he maybe be able to make these and seems like he wouldn't be stepping on anyone's toes doing so. And good for him as known market/demand for the tool.
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