Using Portable Metal Disintegrators With Shop Tools

To use an Electro Arc Portable Disintegrator you’ll need to provide support for the head and figure out how to handle used coolant. You can often use common machine tools with the Arc•er Head to handle one or both functions.

A. In-the-shop supports

The ARC•ER Head has a 1/2″ by
2″ (12.7 mm x 50.8 mm) straight
shank arbor that can be secured
in a 3-point chuck or 1/2″ (12.7
mm) end mill holder or an Electro Arc magnetic-base fixture.

The diagrams below show
several options for both head
support and coolant recovery.

SAFETY CAUTION: Prior
to mounting the head in any
machine tool, completely disable
spindle rotation by unplugging
the machine tool and/or turning
off spindle power.

B. Portable Head Support

When you’re away from your normal shop tools
you may want to use one of our purpose-built
head supports. To use the IQ Head in portable
mode you’ll need our 36″ Magnetic-base
support (shown at right) or something
similar.

C. Coolant handling

Built-in coolant. Most of our AC Portable machines have a built-in coolant tank and filter to facilitate recycling the coolant. Some shop tools have coolant capture troughs or tanks you can adapt as shown.
For others, like a simple drill press, you can capture coolant in a bucket as shown at left. Use a filter with it.
Using Fresh Water as Coolant. The External Valve option allows use of alternative coolant sources instead of coolant in a built-in tank. Coolant must be water soluble or direct fresh water, and cannot be synthetic or oil based. You feed it into  your machine via theoptional External Valve

shown at right.

After each use of fresh
water you’ll need to relubricate the pump by
running machine with watersoluble coolant.

This setup uses the disintegrator’s built-in filter