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I have an american 6 inch crank slitter that has a broken handle.  Can anyone recommend a source for replacement parts for this machine? 

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I hope someone will prove me wrong, but I don't think parts have been available for a long time.  If the shaft is the same size, you may be able to get a handle for a Landis model 30... they are very simular (and use the same blade).

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Which “handle” are you referring to? 

The crank handle on my American was definitely replaced with a home made one.  Just looks like a flat stock of steel with a bolt welded onto one end (to fit on the body) with a set screw and a leather wrapped handle on the other end. 

Many machine shop could make one.  

If you’re taking about the adjustment handle then that’s going to be a tough one. 

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I need the adjustment handle. I have considered a machine shop but was hoping to avoid the hassle and expense. I am aware new parts may be non existent but was hoping to locate someone who deals in this equipment that may have old parts or even a handle for a pattern 

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That piece looks like cast iron. If you don’t have the pieces to braze together then I figure the best/easiest way to recreate this piece would be through a lost wax process.   

Using the piece that you have, you can build upon it with clay or similar, cast in 2 part RTV, make a wax positive,  encase in fine sand and pour molten steel or brass. Refine shape with Dremel or files. 

Definitely a project. 

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I too assumed that it was the crank handle.... the Landis 30 is not the same there.  I have the American model LS440 (the model number is on the lower backside of the body).  If you like, I can take some pictures and a tracing of the adjusting handle.  If you get it machined out of aluminum, the cost shouldn't be overly expensive.  These machines seem to sell for $600 - $1000, so it is likely worth fixing.

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Sorry for the delayed response...pictures wit measurements would be very helpful and much appreciated. Please don't go to any trouble or disassemble your splitter though. 

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