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Thread: Complicated post
06/03/2020 17:14:50

I'm confused, that Warco Super Major looks bigger than a Tom Senior ?

Reckon until you've had a few, you won't really know what you want.

Nothing against Chinese machinery, (Although the quality of the few iv'e had has been questionable) but resale value is generally low, so if you do find it's not what you want, be prepared to lose money. You can buy a lot of quality used iron for nearly £3K

Find a decent english, (or indeed German, Swiss or many others) machine and you will not lose if you decide to swap it.

Personally not a fan of round column mills, couldn't live without a quill feed, wouldn't want a MT head, find changing belts a PITA and don't have the time or patience to only take light cuts.

Iv'e found all that out from owning a succession of Mill's with some or all those features


Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 06/03/2020 17:35:24

Thread: Small milling machine
24/02/2020 21:25:30


If you have the room grab that Beaver, you only move them once and it will do everything you want with ease, call it ‘Future Proofing’

Surprising how quickly you run out of room if doing bike bits etc, and having to take light cuts is seriously tedious.

Another thing to consider is 40 int tooling is cheap and readily available.

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 24/02/2020 21:28:42

Thread: Wilson Slant Bed Lathe
08/02/2020 21:48:43

What specific info do you need ? Someone on here might be able to help.

Not usually difficult to work out what controls do, so assume it’s some technical info you need.?

If you have a real desire to own the full manual, don’t really think £40 is out of the way, Tony is running a business after all.

Looks like a handy bit of kit.


Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 08/02/2020 21:49:17

Thread: I wish mine was like that!
24/01/2020 22:36:37

If you’re dim enough to believe anything a seller states in an advert, then you deserve all you get.

Thread: Dementia
20/01/2020 13:50:26

Someone in the family was diagnosed a couple of years ago, she’s now in full term care, really shocking decline.

Thread: Gunmetal or brass
17/01/2020 22:27:18

If it helps Brass is yellow, Gunmetal is darker and more orange, looks like brass and copper mixed.

Thread: VFD Question
09/01/2020 12:48:06

Many years ago i helped a mate who lived a few doors away build a wood turning lathe.

We knocked it up in my garage and fitted a used single phase motor, it ran perfectly.

When he plugged it in at home it ran in reverse.......much head scratching.

Eventually brought the motor back to mine and it ran the correct way every time, but at his place it ran the other way.

Never really got to the bottom of it.

Thread: Identifying Light Alloy
08/01/2020 17:34:39

‘Very light’ Are you sure it’s not Dibond composite ally sheet. Very common in the sign industry 👍

Thread: Odd sleeve
04/01/2020 21:20:11

Can’t provide an answer, but iv’e also got one floating about in my drill drawer.

Thread: Harrison Lathes
29/12/2019 23:37:41

laughlaughlaugh Haha, epic thread ressurection......never looked at the date embarrassed

29/12/2019 21:35:34

Have had quite a few harrisons, L5’s L5a’s L6’s, 140’s they were all stamped with a serial number on the bed, tailstock end. There is a list on which will tell you the year of production from the number.

Thread: Harrison L5A 11" - VFD set up & spare parts needed
16/12/2019 17:03:07

Just remembered Bede Tool and Machinery are breaking an L5, not sure if parts are interchangeable but worth an ask. Advert is on Facebook, but probably worth giving them a call to discuss.

16/12/2019 16:14:58

You will need to take the motor apart and dig out the star point to run it from an inverter. I would forget using the original switches and contactors etc. Wire the inverter direct to the motor.

L5a has a clutch, so once the motor is running, just leave it running and use clutch for stop start.

Forward and reverse is handled mechanically.

Harrison serial number/year list .

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 16/12/2019 16:20:20

Thread: Aluminium welding
15/11/2019 21:34:48

Define ‘small’ what are the dimensions of the hole, and what wall thickness ?

Thread: Inverters and stop switches
06/11/2019 19:56:30


Both of my inverters have the E Stop wired into the low voltage ‘Control’ side of the inverter. The lathe has a pendant with Forward, Reverse, Jog and E stop switches, wired to the inverter using alarm type multicore cable.

Thread: diameter calculation
13/10/2019 00:11:48

To quote my old gaffers well used phrase

“Come on lads, we’re not making gold watches here”...........

Thread: Threading on Colchester triumph 7 1/2
10/10/2019 12:57:38

Have a nice Ainjest high speed threading unit to fit that lathe if you are interested ? Makes thread cutting so much easier.

Thread: Why does the micrometer have a second knurled segment
05/09/2019 22:13:53

The second knurled grip is designed to afford the user better purchase when using the micrometer as a hammer during squaring operations and such like.

Thread: Frustration
02/09/2019 12:05:06

Well that’s one less you have to make.......

Thread: Is the price of this model boat at all realistic
01/09/2019 17:10:10

If it sells then its decides what things are worth, not sellers.

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