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Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
01/01/2020 20:57:18

Walked on the beach and chilled out with about 2000 other people after watching all the brave go in the sea for the lifeboat.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
11/12/2019 19:24:08

Hello Robert, There is a trough in the parts. There is no way its a guard though if its fitted with double sided tape. It would not cover all the moving parts anyway. It would also need cutting to shape as well. No tape supplied.

I have the feeling that mine had been to someone and been returned for some reason. The paint on things was a bit chipped and scuffed?


10/12/2019 20:54:48

A few weeks ago i bought a drive for the traverse on my Warco WM18 milling machine. This evening i got around to fitting it.

Typically Chinese. I tried to follow the sparse instructions which amounts to a rubbish sketch and a few lines of instruction.

The winding handle is removed and the yellow casting at the end of the bed. This allows another supplied casting to be fitted. OOPs we don't mention you will have to drill the casting to be able to mount the new end casting. And just for the jest you can only use two of the four mounting holes as two of them half align with existing holes. There are two new dowel hole to be drilled as well, sorry we do not supply the dowels either! Did i mention there is no way of aligning the new casting while marking out the new holes?

Any how i managed to get it to fitted and working. At first i thought i had miss aligned the gears that mesh together under the unit as it was very noisy, so i removed it ran it on the bench. Not good, the thing sounds terrible. If anything it sounded better back on the machine than off.

I then proceeded to fit the centre switch that stops it when it hits a striker. This fitted ok - no bolts supplied and more tapped holes. The stops, slide in a small groove on the front of the table, this is after you have made them fit. The angles of the slide blocks and the track is different!!

I tested it stops the motor which is does, but only when you press the opposite side to the travel ! DOH. This i can change the wiring on but it look to me like its made to be mounted the wrong way up which would switch the handing but then you would have the switch box protruding up above the bed. Not much cop i think?

I also have some spare bits which are not listed and god knows what there for?

I would also question the CE marking as the gears are exposed underneath the table and a nice finger trap.

Warco would be advised to put together a pamphlet of how to fit one of these units and to look into the CE marking side by supplying a cover for the gears.

I know there sold on a budget, but safety is paramount, is some one looses a finger end in the gears they will end up with a claim.


Nice finger trap


Thread: Long bed lathes affected by the tide
29/11/2019 21:39:03

Can we do a trail? It would either prove or disprove the theory? I am land locked before you ask.


Thread: Those little screws for carbide inserts...
29/11/2019 21:36:45

I change mine over a small tray just in case i drop them. At 61 my fingers do not work as good as they should and my grip has gone. A lot of club members are a lot older than me and they will have the same problems with small items.


Thread: This weeks offer at Lidl
25/11/2019 21:30:11

double post deleted


Edited By Boiler Bri on 25/11/2019 21:30:49

25/11/2019 21:29:46

Its all cheap tackle. It would not enter my head to buy any of it.
Some of there hand tools are just about ok? As my late father called it - jacky knacky snappy in two 😂😂


Thread: Warco WM18 milling head shake ( technically spindle is precessing) when plunge milling a blind slot.
19/10/2019 21:31:20

Don't want to start another thread.

Has anyone fitted the new power drive to their machine? I am thinking of buying one for my wm18.

I would like to know if there ok before parting with my beer credits.

I machined a 291mm length of aluminium today and my arms are dropping off with all the winding.


Thread: Warco wm18
10/10/2019 20:18:11

Mines 2007. No strut. Good idea though. That said I have to apply a bit of nip on the quill for accuracy.


Thread: Warco WM18 milling head shake ( technically spindle is precessing) when plunge milling a blind slot.
10/10/2019 20:09:10

Hi. Just caught up on this. I have this machine also. It has the same problem only when you plunge I have a bit of quill lock on to steady it. Putting the lock on moves the centre of the quill about 15 thou! I mentioned in another thread somewhere that the housing casting has a flaw in it like the casting was incorrect. It does not noticeably open or close when I tighten the quill so I think it's just a poor machined fit in all the parts. So long as I use the same setting I get accurate enough results for what I do. I ain't making watches. I did not notice the flaw for best part of 5 years.

We have to remember these are hobbyist machines made to a price and Warco will only have so much margin in them. Just to be clear I am not knocking Warco. I have had good technical back up when I most needed it.


Thread: BR Standard 9F valve identifcition
30/09/2019 20:52:22

I don't know what they are but Cro fittings probably make them for 5" gauge.



Thread: Sales contact for Sweetpea
16/09/2019 18:38:11

The email i received came from alerts at model engineer. It was a basic enquiry with no signature no email address anything else-in a way of contacting the sender or identifying them.

Why else would i put this post if there had been!!




Edited By Boiler Bri on 16/09/2019 18:39:29

16/09/2019 16:55:54


16/09/2019 06:41:20

Someone from Bradford has replied to my classified add for the sweetpea i have for sale. You have not left any contact details for me to reply to. Would you contact me again please.


Thread: Taper pins
30/08/2019 17:40:33

Right i am slightly confused, do we use a taper drill or not?


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
19/08/2019 20:47:23

Ouch 💨


6e48c5da-05c0-4b92-81ff-be8f5b0fec22.jpegNot today but Saturday was pretty grim. I took my loco to the track and after two laps retired with no water going in the boiler. Frustrating but it happens.

Un hooked the tender and disconnected all pipes and Started to blow the boiler down and clean up. The wind was quite strong and the tender decided to roll of the track onto the concrete floor!! You can imagine my horror


25/07/2019 21:30:06

Nice one Duncan. Good day out at York.

We just driven to Criccieth. Brought some RC modelling stuff with me to fit to my Roundhouse loco.

Looks like a good weekend ahead.


Thread: my work
20/07/2019 12:07:15

Good on yer. Keep it up. It fills the quiet winter evenings and there is satisfaction at the end of it all.

Is there a model engineer club near you, if there is i bet you would receive a warm welcome.


Thread: Wiggler or edge finder?
19/07/2019 22:56:28

Mine is like the second from the left.



19/07/2019 22:54:00

Hello, i have had all sorts of these gadgets. Electric ones which light up, wigglers the ones that come in sets with things you can not work how to use, a simple piece round bar 6mm diameter which i use with a 2 thou feeler gauge, and a wobbler the best of all.

You set the head rotating and move it slowly up to the work piece until it runs true then going a little further makes it run off to one side. Bingo your on the edge by a know distance. I am lucky i do have DRO's on my milling machine which makes things easy.

I hope it helps.


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