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How do I make my coolant tanks and stand

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  1. trapshooter689

    trapshooter689 TS Member

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    I need ideas on how to build my stand and my coolant tanks for my littleton shotmaker please email me if you have any ideas
     
  2. Jollytrapshooter

    Jollytrapshooter Member

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    Think it would be best for people to post their ideas on here as I am also looking for ideas for a stand and coolant tank. I, right now, have an idea for a coolant tank which is a large ammo can, but haven't really thought about a stand for the shotmaker yet. I'm sure someone on here has a good idea for a stand...Josh
     
  3. phirel

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    I started with an ammo can. I simply put a small notch in the ammo can and sat it in a larger plastic container to catch the overflow. I used shims between the overflow tank and the ammo can to keep it level. I put the ammo can and the overflow container on the floor and built a sturdy box that I could fasten the shot maker to to elevate the shot maker the correct height. The hinged lid of the box allowed me to tip the shot maker back and stop things quickly if needed. The box also served to store the shot maker when it was not in use. Things on the floor or not very high above the floor will not tip over easily.

    I used a turkey cooker to melt the lead for ingots. I really never got totally comfortable with 30 pounds of molten lead three feet above the ground. Too much of me was below the level of the hot lead.

    Pat Ireland
     
  4. GoldEx

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    A 20mm Ammo can or a 1500 round one from a Mini-gun works great. If you can solder fairly well, you can attach ports for your overflow and fluid recirculating lines. We installed a valve on the bottom of our tank that allows the shot to funnel towards the center and out to a catch container. Keeping your coolant temperature constant is not super critical but always important when trying to establish a stable manufacturing process. You can rig up a simple cooling system by bending up a copper tube that will fit inside your coolant reservoir and circulate cool water through it with a cheap pump when the temp starts to climb.

    Jeff
     
  5. shutupandshoot

    shutupandshoot Member

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    I sent you pictures of mine directly to your e-mail
     
  6. Haskins Bill

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    Do a search for Jim101 he has a nice setup with video running that you can pause to print detailel photos. His is continuous run setup. Coolant goes one way and the shot continues on down to a bucket to then be washed and dried.Bill
     
  7. markdenis

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    We use a big regular plastic cooler that holds about 20+ gallons of water soluble oil. We put a ramp inside the cooler to funnel the shot towards the back of the cooler. We can make about 200 lbs of shot before we have to dip it out. It has been trouble free since we started and requires no maintenance and can make shot for many hours without having to worry about changing tanks or dipping it out because it gets full.
     
  8. Jim101

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    One more time. Jim

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  9. shutupandshoot

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    Here is what I did. Use a 20mm ammo bucket. Purchased 2 plastic outdoor water faucest. Put one on the side and useed to drain the tank when needed. Installed the other so that when the threads come thru the bucket, screw on a 90 degree elbo facing upward and put a pvc repair slip joint in it so that it can be adjusted up or down to adjust level to within millimeters of overflow to achieve the fullest level. Attach a piece of an old water hose to the faucet and stick it in a bucket to catch the overflow. In order to not have to drain the ammo bucket in order to get my shot, I purchased a "mud pan" sheetrock's use and attached handles to it. It just barely fits into the tank. I slide it up to the side of the bucket where the shot maker is. I drilled 5 or six real small holes at one end so as I pull it up out of the ammo can, I tilt it to that side so the transmission fluid will drain out of the bucket.

    For the faucets, I drilled a hole the size of the threaded end and put a large washer on it with silicone on faucet side and on the bucket side. On the inside, I put silicone then a large washer and then screwed on the 90 degree elbo and put a slip joint in the end of it. Adjust the slip joint as needed to obtain proper coolant heigth.
    If you need pictures, sjdrouse@msn.com
     
  10. omahasportingsupply

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    Thanks for the pictures. Omaha
     
  11. ricks1

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    there is a guy on ebay that is selling the 40mm ammo cans that gives a large coolent supply and you have a lid to cover when not in use rick
     
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