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Visually Identifying Your Flex-Hones®

Problem: You have several flex-hones on your bench. They're all about the same size but you know they aren't all the same grit or the same abrasive. How can you tell which one is which?

Solution: Brush Research has made identification of its Flex-Hones quick and easy by color coding the stem to indicate the abrasive formula and the tip to identify the grit. 

Selecting Honing Stones for Your Next Job

Selecting Honing Stones for Your Next Job
Selecting the right honing stone for the material being worked should be relatively easy. Though when you look at the Goodson catalog it can seem a bit overwhelming since we do have over 150 different honing stones listed just for cylinder honing. Add in rod honing, align honing, lifter bore honing and valve guide honing stones and you’ve got quite the assortment to choose from.

Honing Oils 101

Honing Oils 101

The importance of honing oil is often underestimated when calculating the cost of a cylinder honing job. Everyone sees the labor cost and the cost of the abrasive and tooling, but what about the honing oil you use? How does that factor in? 

In terms of dollars and cents honing oil is a tiny fraction of the overall cost of cylinder honing; 1% or less of the total process cost. But when it comes to the quality of the job, the rate of abrasive consumption and the speed of the honing cycle, honing oil is king.

Replacing Ammco 4000 Lead Screw Bushings

You're going to have to replace the lead screws on your brake lathe from time to time or maybe it's time to upgrade it to a larger size. That's what we're going to explain in this article.

A Clean Brake Lathe is a Happy (and Profitable) Brake Lathe

A Clean Brake Lathe is a Happy (and Profitable) Brake Lathe

By Dave Monyhan

Brake lathes are expensive machines and yes, they are heavy duty and durable and are designed to last a long time. They do, however, need some tender loving care and at times some serious maintenance. Whether you have an Ammco, Van Norman, or FMC or any other brand of brake machine they all need some basic attention and spring time is the best time to get that maintenance done before your busy season is upon you.

Brake Lathe Cutting Tip Basics

Brake Lathe Cutting Tip Basics

Did you know that Goodson sells Brake Lathe Cutting Tips? And did you know we offer them in 3 different grades? 

That's right! Goodson offers brake lathe cutting tips in 3 grades - Standard Solid Carbide, Honed Edge Solid Carbide and Titanium Coated Solid Carbide. 

Here's a quick run-down:

Titanium Brake Lathe Tips Are Tested Tough

Titanium Brake Lathe Tips Are Tested Tough
Here in the Tech Department we get a lot of questions about which brake lathe cutting tip to use and why. We tested our most popular brake lathe cutting tips - RT-A and RT-312 to get some concrete answers for you.

Tips for Honing Nicasil

Nicasil is an electro-deposited (electroplated) composite of nickel and silicon carbide. Components are uniformly dispersed throughout the resulting material. Care must be used when honing this material as the plating is normally applies in thicknesses no greater than .003". If you remove too much of the Nicasil, you will need to have the cylinder bores re-plated. The wear ratio on Nicasil is 10:1 so .010" wear in a normal cylinder would be only .001" on Nicasil.

For Best Results...Choose The Right Flywheel Stone From Goodson

For Best Results...Choose The Right Flywheel Stone From Goodson
Goodson stones feature 50% more usable abrasive and much stronger construction, yet sell at prices comparable to ordinary stones. With Goodson stones you'll get longer wheel life and lower-cost flywheel grinding.

Why Are There So Many Honing Oils?

Why Are There So Many Honing Oils?
The HO series of honing oil was designed by the Goodson tech staff, to be clear and is formulated to offer the machinist a more aggressive result when honing various cast iron and steel alloys. Some say it has a drier effect that allows faster stock removal while keeping the honing stones, clean and more free cutting.
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