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Thread: 3 Phase in a Model Engineers workshop
18/06/2020 22:31:57
LPosted by Anthony Gardner on 18/06/2020 22:01:39:

Hi All,

Well, guess what - I think I have it sorted. It was something a couple of you said about swapping the phases over. Not being confident with 3 phase wiring I was a bit loath to start playing around with it. But I thought I would give it a go and - hey presto! it worked. And as a bonus, the motor is running in the right direction and I haven't killed myself.

Thanks to all who have offered advice. I really appreciate it.

Cheers, Tony

Haha, post ran to three pages and the solution was nailed in the first reply, don’t you love internet forums laugh

Thread: Concrete Garages, Shelving and Catastrophe
16/06/2020 23:10:00

I use my mothers prefab concrete garage as an extra store.

Made some racking from hollow section

legs sit on floor, tops are bolted to roof joists

Reckon there must be going on for 1/2 tonne of steel sat on them with no issues.

Could easily be adapted for sheves, just by adding wood

Thread: 3 Phase in a Model Engineers workshop
12/06/2020 20:13:28

Hi Tony

Guessing the primary coil on the motor contactor is 240v ? if so, make sure it is hooked up to the genuine 240v output leg of the converter rather than a false leg.

Also might be beneficial to start the lathe up first, leave it running and then try to start the mill.



Thread: Interesting video
01/06/2020 07:43:01

Worth a watch, definitely not made on a Myford......


Edited By JasonB on 01/06/2020 08:19:54

Thread: Steam Powered Workshop
01/06/2020 07:29:38

No worrying about programming Chinese VFD’s for this fella.....


Thread: Machine Tool Peripheral Hoists
28/05/2020 21:58:35

Nothing on my lathe that i can’t physically manage at the present time. But that would be a useful addition to the mill.

last time i used the dividing head it was touch and go if i could lift the bugger on to the table, took 3 attempts and nearly did myself a mischief.

Felt stupidly dangerous and reckon it won’t be long before i simply can’t do it.

Thread: Arc welding rods
28/05/2020 18:14:38

Depends on the rods, we used to bake Low Hydrogen rods in a rod oven for a certain period of time, can’t remember the temp, but once lost my eybrows and fringe by opening the door with my face too close. May have been 300 deg C

We used to cook pies, pasties and baked potatoes in it during cold winter shifs.

Rods would then ge transfered to heated quivers on the job.

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 28/05/2020 18:16:43

Thread: The sneering detractors
24/05/2020 00:36:24
Posted by Jon Lawes on 23/05/2020 21:51:53:

At the end of the day this is supposed to be fun....

Say that to myself every time i chuck another lump of metal in the bin..........

Thread: New Steel Boiler for under £200
18/05/2020 09:11:01

Things have probably changed in the 30 years since i was a boiler maker / coded welder but MIG was not accepted for pressure work.

Most of the 4ft diameter and upwards shells and dished ends were done automatically with submerged arc, and all the bosses etc stick welded with low hydrogen rods.

Smaller vessels especially stainless would be TIG root and capped with stick.

Mig was only ever used for non pressure stuff.

Way before my time there, a very small upright vessel approx 18” diameter failed under pressure test. The fella doing the testing failed to get all the air out. The door which would have been probably 4” thick blew off and bent one of the angle iron rafters in the roof, that would have been around 30ft above. Luckily no one was around when it took off for space.

Thread: Tooling for a spline
30/04/2020 17:22:53

Might be cheaper and easier to just farm the job out.

i had a pair of custom shafts made for a bike engined lotus 7 clone, good few years back and i cant recall the company name, something like GB Engineering.  Think i paid in the region of £160 each

However a quick google brought a few companies up who specialize in such work.

Maybe worth a few phone calls.


Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 30/04/2020 17:26:16

Thread: DRO installation
26/04/2020 18:37:42

You see a lot of industrial lathes with them mounted stuck out the back, but you do need plenty of room behind the lathe.

Mounted mine where you are planning to, and it can be a pest at times, just had to remove it for a one off boring job set up as it was in the way.

Thread: J&S 540 way lube question
23/04/2020 10:20:01

Looks pretty much like mine, similar vintage i would guess.

yes table is easy to get off, unbolt ram and it lifts staight off.

did mine without help, but would be much easier with two people.

22/04/2020 22:05:26

Very wet, lift the table off and run the machine, you will see the little oil holes, oil should be coming out and into the channels machined in the ways. I had to poke mine out with a small drill or a bit of tig rod.

Thread: Selecting an Engineer's level
16/04/2020 21:59:51
Posted by GingerLathe on 16/04/2020 17:55:21:
Posted by JasonB on 16/04/2020 17:33:43:

The wear on an 80year old lathe could well throw the readings off anyway, 5microns of wear on one of the ways would be equal to 0.05/m if they are 10mm apart.

Is the lathe not cutting true? if it's OK then save your money.

It isn't cutting true although i haven't measured yet but I can see it isn't.

If it’s bad enough to see by eye, then levelling it is unlikely to cure the issue !

Thread: Correct boring with a steady - advice please :-)
13/04/2020 11:43:42

Why not true the bar up externally first, at least in the area where the steady sits ?

Thread: Tom Senior light X Axis power feed
11/04/2020 23:53:56

Dunno why, but that toothbrush cracks me up cheeky

10/04/2020 11:10:01
Posted by Michael Briggs on 09/04/2020 22:49:54:

The notion that my milling machine and lathe behave exactly the same is ridiculous.

Edited By Michael Briggs on 09/04/2020 22:54:57

Engage power feed, let go of handles.......please explain difference ?

09/04/2020 21:55:51
Posted by Michael Briggs on 09/04/2020 21:27:03:

I have a Senior mill but I have no desire to fit a power feed because for me the mechanical feedback from the machine is invaluable. If I did I would make sure it had a sensitive means of torque limitation.


Curious as to why you need to feel whats going on when you never use the carriage feed or cross slide feed on your lathe which is exactly the same ?



Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 09/04/2020 22:00:42

Thread: Cutting long tapers using homemade top/compound slide
02/04/2020 18:41:24
Posted by Square Peg on 02/04/2020 15:57:26:
Posted by Alan Waddington 2 on 02/04/2020 15:31:36:

Unless im misunderstanding the problem, why not just make a taper turning attachment ?

Cuz I've got no idea how they work!

Google is your to be easier than what your doing now.

Is it a Harrison L5 or L5a ? If so pretty sure iv’e got a genuine Harrison taper turning attachment tucked away somewhere.

02/04/2020 15:31:36

Unless im misunderstanding the problem, why not just make a taper turning attachment ?

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