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Thread: Alba Shaper
31/05/2013 02:26:58

Mike, I have an early Alba 1A with clutch, there are 2 levers on the right side (viewed from the front). The horizontal lever selects high/low gear (push/pull), the other lever (raise/lower) operates the clutch via a cam and push rod. I don't have any paperwork for the machine but would be happy to photograph and measure the parts. Strange picture on Tony Griffiths website, can anyone here see how the machine is powered? Dave.

Thread: Off with my Headstock (Super 7)
31/01/2013 01:43:31
Posted by SK3737 Super 7 on 19/11/2012 22:23:25:

I have recently acquired an early Super 7, and am in the process of cleaning and refurbishing where necessary.

I've stripped down everything and am now left with the headstock still attached to the bed, but cannot undo the hex head bolts that hold it on.

I have tried my Bosch GDR which is rated to 105 Nm, but that won't shift them.

Any suggestions on how to remove them? Will heating or freezing help, and has anyone else had this issue? I suspect that the only way to get them out will be drilling, in which case I may leave well alone. I think that they have never been undone, and this lathe (SK3737) is early 50's so they've been in there nearly 60 years. Pretty much everything else has been straightforward to dismantle until now.

Thanks in advance,


Yes, they are very tight indeed.

I used an impact driver, the cheap one you hit with a hammer, with an allen key fitted to a 1/2 inch socket. These are available from car accessory shops for a few pounds. Did the job very easily and without damaging the screws. 2lb club hammer works best.


Thread: Gum Tree
11/12/2012 23:59:04

I responded to a Gumtree ad for a ML7.

I offered to collect and pay cash, seller replied they would deliver at no charge COD, I would be able to examine goods and pay only if satisfied.

Next day received email, apparently from well known carrier saying my goods were ready for delivery, I needed to go to a shop, buy a voucher for the cash amount and send a scan of it to them.

I didn't have a scanner so couldn't oblige.

Watch out for scammers, don't part with cash unless you can put your hands on the goods and the vendor at the same time.


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