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Thread: Recent threads
14/07/2019 10:34:03

It’s the internet Martin.......par for the course im afraid.

And are you aware how disrepectful it is to start a post with ‘Gentleman’ this implies all forum members are a specific gender, this could upset any members of other genders, or those who identify themselves as non gender specific, or as members of the opposite gender, or indeed some Myford owners, who identify themselves as a superior gender smile p

Posted by martin perman on 14/07/2019 10:12:39:


I enjoy reading the various topics that crop up on this forum and learn a lot but recently there seem to be a lot of one upmanship, using acronym's that are difficult to decipher and even swearing, putting people down when they have made an opinion and arguing over sometimes silly points. Why cant we all get along and respect each others views or opinions without reducing it to written abuse.

Martin P

Edited By martin perman on 14/07/2019 10:14:25

Thread: Osborn UK
13/07/2019 21:10:34

Osborn mushet steels, made/make drills etc, based in Sheffield UK


Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 13/07/2019 21:11:56

Thread: Lack of Quill on Milling Machine
08/07/2019 23:11:36

More than one way to skin a cat.......which backs up my statement that a quill is NOT just for drilling wink 2

Posted by not done it yet on 08/07/2019 07:07:37:

Posted by Alan Waddington 2 on 08/07/2019 00:23:39:

To those stating the quill is only for drilling, i would counter it also comes in very handy when boring, especially when power feed is employed.

And how do you think I bore on my mill with knee, but with no quill? Power feed to the knee is just as possible as fitting to the quill. I might even suggest that a powered knee is far more beneficial than powering the quill!

08/07/2019 00:23:39

To those stating the quill is only for drilling, i would counter it also comes in very handy when boring, especially when power feed is employed.

Thread: In need of a steel ring 132mm dia
07/07/2019 09:45:20

Rather than rolling some flat it might be easier to cut off a section of tube, somewhere like metalsupermarket might be able to help. Or ask at your local pipe fitting stockist, they usually hold stock up to 6” dia, you might find a straight coupler that fits the bill, 5” schedule 40 is around the size you need, wall will be around 6mm

Thread: Metal Bandsaw - Chester H80 or Warco CY90
18/06/2019 11:15:07

Have had a few bandsaws over the years including a large industrial Startrite,

All of the hobby ones ive owned, Clarke, Axminster and one i cant remember, have been to put it politely, ‘Somewhat Frustrating and inconsistent’ in operation, with plenty of fettling to be done from new.

Recently bought a Femi, and can’t recommend highly enough, A quality piece of kit, just does what it should, straight out of the box, work perfectly every time, with no faff whatsoever.

Thread: High performance Torx bits
12/06/2019 21:54:19

Another vote for Wera, and if you are doing loads, and the space isn't limited, use a cordless impact driver.

Thread: How to price up and sell a super 7 lathe
12/06/2019 08:57:14

Look in the ‘wanted’ adverts section down the right hand side of the page. Someone is looking for a Myford. Do a deal and save yourself the inevitable hassle of selling via ebay. From what i can see in the photos, start your negotiations around £1200

Thread: Electricity Supply
09/06/2019 09:57:24

Interesting real world experience, however if we are all forced down the EV route, those charging stations you mentioned had better have hundreds of charging points, otherwise the queues will be horrendous. Even with recharge times of 15-20 minutes if they have limited charging points it would potentially take forever to actually get on one in the first place.

Posted by pgk pgk on 09/06/2019 06:56:15:


Back to some figures from experience. Cold wet winter at night using motorways (as opposed to tiny country lanes) and I'd still expect over 200 miles range. As it happens it's short trips in the cold on narrow lanes when you have to keep sowing down that when the car is 'less efficient' - but then probably an ICE is too. Nice warm dry weather and 300 miles is doable at motoreway speeds.

I live in very rural wales and it's 7 miles each way to my nearest petrol station - so unless going that way or ona trip where stops allow a fill on route with an ICE it costs me 1/2 a gallon to refill my innefficient old 200sx. Electric I can top up at home.

Yes, gov will find a way of recovering their lost fuel revenue - lots of tax ways to do that (suggestions include GPS based road usage, higher excise duty, huge tax on insurance premiums and so forth)

Yes some EV's can tow.. model X is rated thus. Yes it affects range.


Paris to Bordeaux. Google tells me it's circa 360 miles with superchargers en route.. It depends on which model and battery size your mate had in his Tesla. If I was doing that run in my 100D I'd start by planning a full 100% top-up overnight (309 theoretical miles range) and then find a supercharger between 200-250 miles away if possible so i can hammer my foot down without worrying about range. I'd then top up to 80% charge which would take between 45-60 mins while I pee, clean the windows of bugs and read the paper. I now have 240 miles range to complete the journey assuming charge facilities at destination. If not I'd do another top-up near that destination.

There are constant improvements. The new Model3 75KW battery on the newest superchargers (still being installed) would be able to go 1st stage similar distance but top-up in 15-20mins.

Either car could do the trip non-stop in perfect weather if it stuck to steady 60mph on motorways with light traffic When chargers are more frequent and one can avoid planning.

I wouldn't be planning if doing that trip in my aged 200sx... I'd just drive until the tank read 1/8th left and expect to find petrol within the next 30 miles. It is a guzzler at motorway speeds and 32mpg if lucky so the whole tank range is under 300 miles. I did a run from london to prague in it once. At autobahn speeds I could see the fuel needle moving and had to refuel inside 2 hrs @120mph (top speed 130)...My reflexes aren't good enough these days to drive like that but I'd feel a lot safer in my tesla at 120 (top speed 150) and even though the leccy drain would be high it'd still be lots less than the recharge rate so driving it fast and stopping more often still works out best time.

Edit: One last point. If using petrol it still takes 5 mins to refuel, another minute or three to walk to kiosk and pay and a few mins to go pee. With an EV you get out and plug-in. The car deals with the fuelling, the charger debits you account automatically. It still takes the same time to pee but you can still argue a few mins off the refuel time differences.

Edited By pgk pgk on 09/06/2019 07:11:03

Thread: Rage Evolution sliding saws
30/05/2019 22:25:31

Bought one when they first came out, god awful things, it’s sat on a shelf somewhere, buy a bandsaw.

Thread: Childhood diseases
23/05/2019 23:05:46

Had measles, mumps and scarlet fever as a kid.........managed to swerve chickenpox until my 40’s, really not a good experience as an adult face 21

Thread: harrison l5 start gear
22/05/2019 21:47:04

Yeah, they are dead easy to do, strip the motor and star point is fairly easy to find....... Well it was on the ones I did anyhow.

22/05/2019 20:48:35

Have a read of this Thomas **LINK**

22/05/2019 20:46:10

I Think it will run, but not properly, probably find it will stall under load, never tried it to be fair.

whip the motor cover off and see how many wires are coming out of the motor, you need six.

22/05/2019 20:32:27

You really need to wire the inverter direct to the motor and not through any of the lathe switchgear.

ive converted a couple of L5’s to run from inverters, and in each case had to dig the star point out of the motor.

so unless yours has had the motor swapped at some time to a star/delta motor, you will need to do the same.

Thread: HSS or CS taps and dies
20/05/2019 13:10:23

Was in the same boat recently, needed to tap some 5/8 20tpi cycle threads and my drawer full of miscellaneous, randomly accquired taps was not forthcoming.

Due to the price of HSS i bought a set of three carbon taps from RDG for the princely sum of £12.46 and so far they have performed faultlessly, im using them in Stainless Steel, which is hard on the best of tooling.

Thread: Harrison L5 thread cutting
18/05/2019 13:44:43

Assuming it has a norton gearbox fitted (some L5’s don’t) You need a 127 tooth wheel to cut metric threads

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 18/05/2019 13:45:54

Thread: Natural gas for TIG welding
17/05/2019 10:18:34
Posted by John Rutzen on 17/05/2019 08:55:12:

Hi, seriously, I've been thinking of a TIG machine for Sifbronze welding of steel. Apparently the process works very well. Has anyone any experience of this using these cheap chinese welders? The Aliexpress one looks quite a good deal. abut £112. You can also get German ones on Amazon for less than £200. The argon can be got by putting a deposit on a bottle of around £60, which is not time limited [ you can keep it for as long as you like] and if you return it you get the deposit back less 20%. The refill costs around £35 for 10cu m.

Can confirm, yes it does work very well, no idea what the cheap chinese tigs perform like though. Oh and the rods will make your eyes water, last pack i bought cost more than the Aliexpress welder you mention !

Thread: DIY Bed Gap
24/04/2019 22:09:44

Did a pair for a mate once as he was skint, foulest shittiest job ever, rust and crap everywhere, took forever to clean up afterwards, lathe, workshop and myself...........never again. face 17

Unless they off something exotic rare or classic, not worth the aggro, modern discs are dirt cheap and consumable

Personally wouldn’t consider butchering a lathe for the purpose.

Thread: Tap and die question
22/04/2019 09:49:41

Have a job to do that requires a 5/8 x 20 tpi CEI thread, material is stainless.

a quick search online shows HSS taps are around £30 each.

RDG sell a set of 3 carbon taps for £12 but not convinced these will perform so well in stainless

The Tap and die company do ‘HQS’ taps for £12 a piece.

Is this just fancy marketing speak for carbon steel, or are they genuinely better than carbon ?

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