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#1 manks

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 05:37 AM

As a pyro, what is your favorite tool / gadget that you could not do without in your tool bag?

#2 seymour

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:28 AM

Ball mill.

Nothing else comes close.
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#3 digger

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:30 AM

arbor press? gotta love it if you are doing a few comets.
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#4 Night Owl

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:55 AM

Well I'd like to say a star plate, if I had one, Anybody??? bout 18mm star size :rolleyes:

#5 Potassium chlorate

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:13 PM

The ball mill. Though spindles for making rockets are also very nice. You can never improvise as good without them.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 03:44 PM

center lathe, milling machine, power hacksaw, ballmill,hydraulic press

#7 Mumbles

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 06:32 PM

I'd say the ball mill. I recently built a gang comet pump, and those things are pretty sweet too. I can pump an entire 5" shell's worth of comets in about 5min vs an hour.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:44 PM

Got to go with the ball mill also! I dont think any of us would get far without one
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#9 starseeker

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:50 PM

How about the humble pestle and morter ,i still find it pretty useful now .

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:57 PM

How about the humble pestle and morter ,i still find it pretty useful now .


Oh, indeed!! I use it for Perc and other oxidizers, I have a mill jar just for KNO3 though.
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Posted 27 July 2010 - 08:25 PM

Yup,ball mill for me also,its got to be the starting line for pyro,i did spoil myself with a 12ton hydraulic shop press a while back and must say the old days when i would press bp pucks in a big bench vice and using three clicks of the elbow as a pressure gauge are thankfully long gone.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:17 PM

Smelting Furnace!

I always wanted an excuse to build one and making Magnalium for people gave me the funds and excuse, being able to cast Ali, brass and iron is really handy for bits I need to make occasionally. AND its so much fun!!!!

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 10:43 PM

Smelting Furnace!

I always wanted an excuse to build one and making Magnalium for people gave me the funds and excuse, being able to cast Ali, brass and iron is really handy for bits I need to make occasionally. AND its so much fun!!!!


Have to agree I love mine too. 10 - 1000 degrees (well more actually) in a few seconds (yes I heat it up slowly when I have not used it for a while).

It will be for sale soon. It is fully mobile on a trolly and will take a 6" by 8" crucible. with a high temperature lining and a propane venturi type burner (sounds like a jet engine on full fire)..... Mark 2 on its way, big bad ass dual waste oil burner upto a 10" diameter crucible.
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#14 CCH Concepts

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 11:00 PM

everyone has missed the one thing no pyro could be with out, digital scales!!!

#15 dr thrust

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:53 PM

i have an old hand powered kitchen mincer( just like "granny" used to have) for charcoal, makes crushing charcoal a breeze ^_^




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