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Thread: Lovely old surface gauage on ebay - how to make it!?!
08/01/2019 17:02:41

Looks like an apprentice piece to me. Very well made, probably made back when engineering skills were appreciated by society.

Thread: RDG or Myford ER32 collet set?
07/01/2019 13:57:54

I bought an er32 r8 taper collet chuck from rdg in november. It was marked myford. On inspection it seemed ok apart from the nut was stiff on the body of the chuck. The first time i used it was holding an edge finder. Found the edge and swapped for an end mill, 4 or 5mm in diameter. Took the cut and went to change to a larger tool, the nut slackened off a quarter turn and siezed solid.

I took the whole thing out of the machine and sent it back to myford. After about a week i emailed them and they told me the reason it seized was i did not know how to use it, the collet had sprung in behind the nut, which couldn't be removed, and they were returning it to me at a cost of £13 !.

Despite the myford name, i reckon they are the usual Indian tat, the nut and the body of the chuck were similar in hardness, galled and seized.

I won't be buying anything with the myford name on, and no more from rdg.

Buy a vertex, or a good, european, american or japanese brand, or see if you can find one second hand on ebay or here.

Thread: Pro’s and cons of owning an horizontal milling machine
10/12/2018 21:27:34

My Tom Senior is a universal, i have never had the need to swivel the table, but it is nice to know i have that capability if i need it. I have used the horizontal spindle more than once, and i do like the way that large side and face cutters slog through a lot of metal, without a lot of fuss, very quickly. Cutters are cheap off ebay too.

Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
08/12/2018 15:55:40

Have you looked for original drawings ? Maybe the Imperial war museum or the Tank museum in Bovingdon could help ?

Thread: The demise of the High Street
06/12/2018 22:23:25
Posted by Stephen Follows on 06/12/2018 21:22:16:

Bookmakers and charity shops abound!

Yes, i think charity shops pay no rates or vastly reduced rates. Here in dublin, one street that used to be filled with shops, like electrician's shops, tools shops (good ones), carpenters/cabinet makers suppliers (i remember going as a kid with my father as he had to pick up a roll of veneer for the cabinet maker at work), motor factors, is now populated with ahem "adult" shops, fast food joints of dubious appearance, charity shops, bookies and coffee shops.

Thread: Vickers Bl 8 inch Howitzer cannon of 1917
06/12/2018 22:18:06

Very good, i will watch with interest.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
30/11/2018 19:53:33

Lovely work Bob, for next weeks project, you can whip yourself up a manx norton engine.

30/11/2018 16:48:41

Lovely work Windy, please show and tell us more about it.

Thread: Anyone bought a new Myford
28/11/2018 17:16:48
Posted by thaiguzzi on 28/11/2018 04:21:44:
Posted by ronan walsh on 27/11/2018 15:53:40:
Posted by pa4c pa4c on 26/11/2018 19:29:47:

I have never met anyone who regrets buying a Colchester or a Harrison.

Well you have met me now. I took a colchester home from work, and regret taking it for free ! Another grossly overrated brand, like landrover, barbour etc. Trading on a history of a name, when their products are often middle of the road at best, and downright junk at worst.

WASH YOUR MOUTH out with a bar of soap & water!!!

LOL, show me where i am wrong though ? Its not all bad though, Triumph and norton are making bikes for example, that are better than ever.

Thread: Colchester triumph 2000 driving me crazy
27/11/2018 15:57:00

Is there a base on the tailstock that is removeable from the top ? There is on my colchester, i think shimming maybe the easiest way to get things back in line.

Thread: Anyone bought a new Myford
27/11/2018 15:53:40
Posted by pa4c pa4c on 26/11/2018 19:29:47:

I have never met anyone who regrets buying a Colchester or a Harrison.

Well you have met me now. I took a colchester home from work, and regret taking it for free ! Another grossly overrated brand, like landrover, barbour etc. Trading on a history of a name, when their products are often middle of the road at best, and downright junk at worst.

Thread: Lead Bearing Solder is Banned
24/11/2018 16:07:06
Posted by Mark Rand on 24/11/2018 00:29:25:
Posted by Robin on 21/11/2018 00:48:30:

Hi Robert

I'm not quite sure why but I seem to be collecting blunderbusses, it's probably just a phase I'm going through

It's just a stage in the progression towards punt guns laugh. (spent my childhood in Norfolk).

https://www.mlagb.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/201302_irishtom.pdf

24/11/2018 16:00:46
Posted by Robin on 21/11/2018 00:48:30:

Hi Robert

I'm not quite sure why but I seem to be collecting blunderbusses, it's probably just a phase I'm going through

Lovely, tell us about them please.

Thread: AF socket sets. Are they extinct
11/11/2018 17:07:25

Well the metric is what you said the AF should be to imperial. 6mm threaded fastener, but a 10mm AF spanner.

11/11/2018 16:50:50

I always liked Gordon tools of Sheffield. Someone gave me a few of their spanners and sockets a few years ago, and while they are old, they are excellent.

Thread: bridgeport motor bearing clearance
04/11/2018 16:07:01

Thanks for the replies. The top end of the head was making noise when i was running the machine. I hate noisy machinery. But know for certain the rest of the bearings in the head are fine. The plastic bushes in the pulley's, which are the usual source of noise on vari heads, are perfect, so the motor is the main suspect as far as i can tell. As bearings have a hard life and are relatively cheap to replace, i will replace them.

But knowing to go for cn or c3 is what i was wondering. There are also specific bearings designed for electric motors, so that is another option.

03/11/2018 13:06:07

Does anyone know what the correct clearance is for the bearings in the motor of the bridgeport 2j head. I know the size, but as the bearings do not seem to be original, i just want to check the clearance.

Thread: Small slitting saws
20/10/2018 21:18:15

As an addendum to this thread, i found what i wanted on the site below. The tap and die company in Wood Green London. Has anyone dealt with this company ? Ok to deal with ?

http://www.tapdie.com/html/slitting_saws-_slitting_saws_inch-_slitting_saws_metric.html

Thread: B.F/B.E. collets
18/10/2018 21:52:49

Thanks Phil,

Yes i reckon they are what i have alright.

17/10/2018 21:08:20

I found a small collet chuck in a box of bits someone gave me years ago. Initially i thought it was just a crude bit of bar with the usual cutter held in by an allen screw, but it is not.

Opening the chuck, it has a collet and all i can see on it is either B.E or B.F. Never came across this size before, but if i can get a set of collets reasonably priced, i would buy them.

Anyone know them ? What have i got ?

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