Originally Posted by Zrock
Not sure if you got the brake situation figured.. What i did on one of my machines was try to heat up the brake handle and bend it.. Unfortunately broke it but then just had a friend weld it up in the newer position. Then i drilled and tapped where the handle contacts the brake plunger and put a small screw in so it would start pushing the plunger sooner.. Worked great..
On another forum, people were having luck with heating to 450 deg. and throwing in water to anneal the material (I don't think 450 and water would be enough, but there were a ton of people claiming it worked for them). Anyway, tried it and it did bend about 1/4", but then it snapped. I just went ahead and designed a whole new handle with a better profile, added a 1/2" to the length, and added a bigger "hook" on the end & cut it out with a waterjet. Works great now, he can easily reach and pull it.