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Member postings for Harry Wilkes

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Thread: Value of a non-steaming "Pride of Penrhyn"?
13/10/2014 09:35:35

Also have a look on Station Road Steam web site it will give you some idea of what dealers are selling them on for !


Thread: Myford 3 phase motor upgrade
09/10/2014 13:51:07
Posted by Jon on 09/10/2014 13:26:14:
Posted by chris stephens on 09/10/2014 12:15:01:

Someone is going to say it so it might as well be me, the inverter makers recommend direct connections between VFD and motor, contactors are not recommended between the two.

News to me, whys that?

Just that have been running an inverter for 4 years in an industrial environment through original machine contactors in the way the machine was made.

Chris is quite right in what he states this is taken from the Jag instruction manual see screen shot

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Thread: gas fired engine
04/10/2014 21:33:29

There are a couple of guys in the Black Country Live Steamers who have gas fired engines that perform well the engines in question are 2" Fowler BB1 PE and a 2" Kitson PE the other is a 1.5" Burrell Showmans.

Thread: Suppliers of Inperial Grub screws?
25/09/2014 23:11:10

I've had success in the past with E.C.Pitcher in the West Midland they do have a website for contact details !

Thread: Myford var speed dc motor
18/09/2014 21:24:17
Posted by Robin teslar on 18/09/2014 19:43:15:

Hi Myfordians

I want to warn all of you about the cheap dpdt far east switch offered as a reversing switch. Dont use these, they are nasty, intermittent contacts, detent mechanism fails, wasted a lot of my time

Whilst recovering, I read up posts about VFD drives etc and of course you pay ca £500 for a replacement (1/2hp Crompton), more than my old ml7 cost me. So I was looking at an old but serviceable scooter (rascal built for vietnam vets in the usa). Its tough stuff and the motor can put out 1hp continuous @24vdc - variable speed, but it only cost me £50 and its all working, so I was going to try it out on my ml7. Power supply up to 36vdc 40A = 2HP short bursts (does have a high temp cutout) ut that might bend my bed.

What Im saying is that given the cost and Electrical interference, this should be a worthy opponent

An alternative, while Im musing the scots fiasco, hope they dont believe that deceitful liar, there's also a large amount of e-bike kit that can serve as var speed motive power, these are stepper motor types but i would worry about the minute torque changes affecting turning quality?

Not to be confused with pm motors as above.

You have to speak as you find asuming were are talking about the same switch imported from China via ebay for around £12 well I had mine on my S7 for around 18 months without problems.

Thread: Old cine film
14/09/2014 18:14:07

Interesting bit of video ! When I decided to transfer my cine films to DVD I borrowed a transfer device from a friend but had probs with the focus so in the end I projected to films onto a piece of bright white card a film them with a camcorder the results whilst maybe not as good as they could have been if I had them done professionally I was pleased with the finished results.

Thread: Accolade to suppliers
10/09/2014 17:49:00

Whilst the preceding post are thumbs up for various companies, mine's a thumb's down ! I purchased a item from a well known lathe company from their eBay website the item was a toy steam engine when it arrived it did not have a burner this was not made clear in the items description or photos, so I emailed for their comments after a week I had not received a reply so I posted negative feedback this got their attention and I received a 'winging' email saying they had not seen my email,it had been deleted etc and I was being unfair !!! Now I find that I'm blocked from making any purchases on their ebay site sad

Thread: When does a beginner cease to be a beginner?
09/09/2014 19:03:04

Good question maybe you stop being a beginner why you stop asking questions and start to answer them wink

Thread: How do I delete my account?
26/08/2014 17:43:20

Dunno unless one wants to open another account using a different name ?

Thread: Coolant for occasional use
24/08/2014 21:22:36

Not wishing to highjack the thread but does anyone use spraymist cooling ?

Thread: My fathers Workshop and Projects - New home?
23/08/2014 16:29:41

Again sorry to hear your bad news and cant fault Neil's advise, when a friend of one of my fellow club members passed away myself and fellow club members helped with valuating the content of the workshop and list it on the club website then a few weeks later when the larger items had been sold we held a auction night to sell off the remaining bits and pieces the widow was more than pleased with the sum raised donated half to club funds as a thank you for the clubs help.

Thread: Buzzed by Spitfire!
21/08/2014 17:37:10

Was buzzed by a Spitfire at last years Halfpenny Green Wings & Wheels (photos) hoping it makes a return at this years show 24th/25th Aug.

Thread: Outstanding Service
19/08/2014 21:15:19

Just want to give a thumbs up to Poly Model (link) and Steam Fittings (link) placed an order with both companies just before mid day yesterday and received my parts in the post at 10 am suppose I should also give the Royal Mail a part on the back as well !

Thread: valve grinding suction pads
09/08/2014 16:13:52

Picked up mine from local car spares shop and I'd bet Halfords would stock them as well !

Thread: Soba Vice Problem
08/08/2014 21:25:53

Glad to hear you got it sorted !

Thread: mitutoyo digimatic micrometer
03/08/2014 21:37:18

Thanks everyone for your input as suggested I'll just get on and use it, but still recon a visit to Specsaver is required wink

Cheers H

03/08/2014 17:27:15

Les / Jason

I don't have a 'C' spanner and there doesn't seem anywhere to use one ! if you look where the barrel goers into the body you can just about see three very small Phillips screws what they do at this point I do not know, have checked the end of the jaws and they are fine no light can be seen between them., also as I said earlier if I grip the thimble and apply a little force I can zero the mic but when using the ratchet it stops as shown.

Cheers for replies so far


02/08/2014 21:43:08

Here is a photo of the problem


02/08/2014 21:29:41


Thanks for the link had a look through but couldn't find any thing relevant to my problem

02/08/2014 16:40:46

I have a mitutoyo 293-766-10 micrometer it came with the Myford S7 I purchased some months back, it got a slight problem when closing the mic with the ratchet it stops just short of zero 0.0050 it can be zeroed if you grip the barrel and apply a little pressure ! Is it possible to overcome this problem in anyway ? would appreciate help/advice please.


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