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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

6/16/18 9:02 PM

What is this tool?

It came in a box of bike stuff.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Canberra, Australia

6/17/18 2:08 AM

I'm reminded of what the Brits are supposed to have done a few times in WWII - create a machine that doesn't actually do anything, shoot it up a bit to damage it, and arrange for the enemy to capture it and waste a lot of time trying to figure out what it does.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

6/17/18 4:51 AM

It appears to be a splined support for something - perhaps a type of hub - that's meant to be clamped to a bench. If nothing else, it's product-specific and may well be for something that's not bike-related, especially since it doesn't look very old or to be of particularly high quality. It would help if you laid a ruler beside it to provide size information. I don't recall any bike parts that use a 6-splined connection. It may be small-engine related.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

6/17/18 7:16 AM

No, but it looks like you can retrofit it easy enough.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

6/17/18 8:11 AM

All my brain could come up with was a bench mountable hub holder? Something use for a process such as honing race seats.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

6/17/18 9:39 AM

Wrong

It is a new tool for working hidden motors.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

6/17/18 1:32 PM

The molded plastic at the top and bottom of the thumb screw indicate to me that this was likely made well after most hubs switched to sealed bearings. With older hubs that use open bearings, You don't typically hone the races, you replace them.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

6/17/18 2:29 PM

Sorry, meant the race seats, not the cones.

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Brian Nystrom
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6/17/18 6:58 PM

It's the same with the seats, you drive them out and replace them. Once they get pitted, there's really no repairing them.

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

6/17/18 9:34 PM

Remind if you would, not all hubs have replaceable seats as I recall??

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Brian Nystrom
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Location: Nashua, NH

6/18/18 5:03 AM

All aluminum hubs have separate steel bearing races. Whether you can find replacement parts for them or not is another issue. I don't recall ever seeing tools for honing bearing races, but perhaps there was such a thing back in the day.

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Craig
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
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6/18/18 2:32 PM

Pretty sure it's not a bike tool. Looks like you clamp it to a work surface/desk. The knob thing probably loosens allowing you to articulate the sticky uppy splined bit. Something will mount onto the spline. Lamp? Fan? Some vague thing that needs to be held in a variety of ways/angles. I think.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

6/19/18 2:20 AM

Post a shot disassembled, maybe with a ruler. This is torture. 😉

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

6/19/18 5:30 AM

I think Craig is onto something...

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Jesus Saves
Joined: 16 Jun 2005
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Location: South of Heaven

6/19/18 5:34 AM

+1 Craig

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lrzipris
Joined: 04 Mar 2004
Posts: 407
Location: Doylestown, PA

6/19/18 5:48 AM

A weedwacker tensioner, of course.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

6/19/18 9:30 AM

"weedwacker tensioner"

I can see that sold with the weedwacker repair stand as a weedwacker/tensioner/spooler/holder.

WWTSH

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Brian Nystrom
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6/19/18 11:43 AM

Has anyone actually seen a weed whacker spool that's splined?

It looks like the splined part has a ball-shaped base that allows it to be angled. Is that the case?

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

6/19/18 2:29 PM

"Is that the case?"

Yes, and the little captains boat steering wheel locks it at said angle.

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Vermont

6/19/18 2:36 PM

It looks as if it has a locking ball head, but it's also pretty clearly not a heavy duty tool. You could not put much torque on it in any direction or the clamp would come off the table it's clamped to.

I'm guessing that the splined top was made to hold some other piece that slipped over it, and that it will turn out to be something specialized for something like fly tying or fletching arrows, or some special purpose light - something that needs a thing to be precisely clamped and positioned, but on which a great deal of force is not then used. It's not terribly old, looking at the plastic parts, but so far nothing I've found has that splined top.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6019
Location: Maine

6/19/18 4:00 PM

Roy is just joking

Based on the weedwhacker stand.

I still think it's related to mechanical doping.

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dddd
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 3221
Location: NorCal

6/21/18 8:31 AM

It's very likely a swivel mount for a camera, but is missing the actual camera attachment piece, which would have been a dead giveaway.

There are very similar mounts for i-Pads, lights and antennae.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16695
Location: Portland, OR

6/21/18 8:34 AM

We have clearly given this whatcamacallit entirely too much attention. ;)

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