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Thread: What would I use a Plasma Cutter For
10/02/2020 09:53:06

Just posting to point out that the one in Lidl this Thursday is a 30A model not the 40A model that Lidl have offered previously in other parts of Europe, and which is reviewed in the link above.

Thread: Electric welder at Lidl
09/02/2020 01:19:45

Just as a follow up, Lidl now list the plasma cutter as for sale on the 13th Feb for 80squids.

I think this is the first time that one of these cheap Chinese plasmas has been retailed in the UK.

Thread: Making Rings
21/01/2020 01:58:38

There are quite a few .999 silver 1 ounce coin designs issued by the royal mint which could make nice rings. Also the silver £20 coin issued for the queen's 90th birthday with a crown and 9 roses in a circle really suits being made into a ring.

If you want matched reeding on the edges then you'll probably have to make your own knurl to match, or remove the reeded edge and re-do it with a bought knurl. A shop made knurl wouldn't need to be all that hard if only used for forming silver.

Thread: The blind leading the blind
10/01/2020 10:40:46

Danny, I don't really understand why you are complaining to the TAFE, they will obviously ignore you, why not make a complaint to your local H+S regulator, who might even have the actual power to do something???





Or alternatively, Australian ad standards might also have some teeth they could use.


Edited By Cabinet Enforcer on 10/01/2020 10:56:31

Thread: Looking to buy a better toolpost
06/01/2020 11:07:35

There isn't much meat on the topslide to be cutting off, to reduce stack height it is much better to reduce the height of the boss which the topslide bolts to. That's what I did to be able to use the 16 and 20mm toolholders on my boxford size Dickson toolpost.

05/01/2020 19:05:29
Posted by petro1head on 05/01/2020 18:52:28:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 05/01/2020 18:44:56:

From the original post it looks like the toolholders are moving, not the toolpost.

I've found the Arc ones very good but check 'dimension H' suits your machine.


Been reading up on here and watching youtube vids and they seem to be highly regarded and better than piston types

expensive but worth it in my opinion

Edited By petro1head on 05/01/2020 18:52:59

That may well be true, but you already have a Dickson type toolpost which is also a well regarded design, it would seem easier to sort out the problem than splash the cash on a new one.

How well do the holders fit the post, and do they clamp when just slightly "over center"?

05/01/2020 18:27:42

I also have a Dickson toolpost on a wm280, and there was a lack of sufficient clamping force onto the topslide, I fitted a needle roller thrust bearing and suitable washers which helped.

Should I find a round tuit, then I will be fitting a larger diameter post to the topslide, as it is too spindly IMO, I think this will cure the problem.


I don't think changing the toolpost type will help much, it would only assist if it reduces overhang, and sometimes, eg boring, the overhang will be much the same anyway and the problem will resurface.

Edited By Cabinet Enforcer on 05/01/2020 18:28:23

Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
12/11/2019 00:06:19

I have an AMAT45V, I'm fairly sure they aren't 1500quid though, only the geared head ones with the six speed box were ever near that cheap?

I put mine on a (temporaryish) stand made from 100mm fencing posts, it's easily strong enough, but you description of your bench sounds like it would provide differing support across the bottom, I could imagine issues with vibration when cutting, 300kg is a lot and having it all bearing straight down over seems sensible, you do not want anything that big starting to jump about.

Forgetting the stand for a moment, you said it's to go in a shed, is it on a concrete slab? Also, even breaking it down into parts leaves you with bits that still really need lifting equipment, and a normal sized doorway will present challenges.

The amount of space needed shouldn't be underestimated, table length plus movement plus handles plus a bit of room adds up to quite a lot.

I have a DRO as supplied, and couldn't imagine trying to do any sensible work without it, big tables mean an awful lot of cranking handles, this is much more manageable when you don't have to worry about counting turns, the ability to easily do PCDs is also worth the price alone.

I do like the machine, it has a lot of capability for the money, but my machining experience is pretty limited so I'm not too qualified to give an opinion.

Thread: WM 280V lathe with inverter drive advice
23/10/2019 16:03:17
Posted by JasonB on 23/10/2019 12:26:55:

I have a Myford size Dickson on mine as that is what was on my previous lathe an dI had plenty of tool holders. If starting from scratch then the "boxford" size would be better

I have a boxford sized Dickson qctp on my 280, I agree that it is probably the "right" size, but the standard centre height range of that model is too high for the lathe, I had to machine a replacement part for the topslide adjustment stack and shorten the t-bolts.

When I get a round tuit, I am going to change to a "4 bolt clamp" and change parts to lower it further so that the extended 20mm holders can be fully utilized.

Thread: Question from a customer
08/10/2019 15:38:17
Posted by Robert Atkinson 2 on 07/10/2019 12:54:22:

Great Post SOD

Re "Ought to be emphasised that the size of the boiler is all important. It limits their capacity to store energy. "

So true, this is where the 250 Bar/Litre "rule comes from. If the product of pressure and volume is less than 250 many of the regulations don't apply. 250l tank at 1 bar is same energy as a 1l at 250 bar.

Robert G8RPI

It's not Bar/litre if it's the product, also said disapplication specifically says it cannot be used if steam is the relevant fluid.

Thread: Equity release!
31/08/2019 06:20:39

I'm afraid I have no constructive input, but when I saw the title I was expecting a thread on selling a shaper devil

Thread: Upgrading to fibre optic broadband
31/07/2019 17:06:24

Robin, I notice no-one has directly answered your questions and most have just started moaning, seems standard on here at the moment, must be the heat.


If you get 20Mb/s on ADSL, then assuming openreach can connect you to FTTC you should get more, either near 40 or near 80 depending on how much you pay.

You can find out directly what you will get from this bt page:**LINK**

If you are talktalk you may need to use the address check version linked to on that page.

It's not a guarantee, as sometimes you can be connected to a different box, but it gives a good idea.


ETA, I had to go to FTTC just to get up to 20, you lucky blighter.

Edited By Cabinet Enforcer on 31/07/2019 17:08:12

Thread: Engineers blue alternatives
19/07/2019 11:52:21
Posted by Douglas Johnston on 16/07/2019 11:04:46:

I have been trying out some scraping lately and saw on youtube that some people use a roller on the surface plate to spread the blue indicator over the surface. I was thinking about trying that but can't find any reference for the type of roller needed. There seem to be hard rubber rollers and soft rubber ones and probably ones in between. Is there a scraping mastermind out there that can recommend a suitable type of roller?


I think you probably should have started a new thread Doug...

Try looking for the term "brayer" as that's the proper name for an ink roller, as the "ink" is quite thick and the surfaces hard, you will need a pretty firm roller to ensure an even spread.

Thread: Chinese tacho - beware
21/06/2019 15:59:33

Just to keep the thread vaguely on track, I have cheap tacho units on my lathe and mill, they take a second or two to settle, they could certainly be more responsive.

They have not been slow enough to motivate me into picking up the Sharpie and marking out 250rpm intervals around the knob, which would be sufficient I would think?

21/06/2019 15:07:54
Posted by Barrie Lever on 21/06/2019 13:45:48

Sure I have heard of Huawei, it was Xiaomi, Haier and Hisense that I had not heard of.

All available in your local branch of Currys, under their own brand name.

Xiaomi is now the biggest smartphone brand in India, and 4th biggest worldwide, Oppo another Chinese brand you probably don't know is 5th biggest worldwide. You might not have noticed but plenty of people have.

21/06/2019 11:13:18
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 20/06/2019 23:44:06:
Posted by Barrie Lever on 20/06/2019 16:25:59:

You are a wise and learned man, can you name me 5 Chinese brand names in mainstream retail? No meaning or agenda in the question.

Interesting question...

Lenovo and Huawei for a start.


Add Pirelli to that list. Xiaomi are not yet that big in western retail, it won't be long before they are though. Haier sell some own brand stuff, but also own brands including sanyo and candy. Hisense were one of the main world cup sponsors and sell TVs worldwide.

Thread: Chernobyl TV Series
29/05/2019 06:31:33
Posted by Cornish Jack on 29/05/2019 00:30:26:

I am confused! ... not an unusual conditionsad

I remember Chernobyl but NOT any radiation fears in the UK . Given the normal geostrophic wind patterns of generally West to East I wouldn't have expected any major pollution.

Just shows how little attention is paid to your average hill farmer I suppose. Not that long since the last restrictions were lifted:


Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
26/04/2019 10:04:26

It's a driving aid, if you think it doesn't help you, turn it off or ignore it.

These systems are clearly being put in to test viability in the real world, and for now will err strongly on the side of caution where they can, so of course it isn't going to keep telling you something when it has had no recent inputs thinking

Thread: Pendent control box for a VFD
12/04/2019 13:53:42

I used chint actuators and contactors on my vfd install, though for some reason they are currently astronomically priced on eBay, other suppliers on Google look more normal.

About 4gbp per button or so, they have a nice heft to them, and I liked how I could have a guard ring on the start button, but not on the stop control, small details like that adds a nice polish I think.

Thread: What makes your bristle?
08/04/2019 07:25:11

Bill, assuming this is consistent between brush head changes, then it will be temperature and humidity difference. On one brush the residual paste is drying out on the head and shank, to be washed off at next use, on the other it is running all the way down and collecting in the gap before it dries out.

The unpleasant smell bothers me, and I have clearly spent too much time thinking about it 😁

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