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Thread: Notre Dame
16/04/2019 09:11:34

Can’t help thinking the money it will take to rebuild could be better spent elsewhere, its just a building when all’s said and done.

Thread: Simple WorkshopTips
05/04/2019 00:38:32

Don’t wear slippers when welding 👍

Thread: 2 pack, enamel...paint advice please!
03/04/2019 22:32:18

.As per David’s post, Dacrylate sprays lovely, Thinner is Xylene, (badged as R5 by Dacrylate.) Just wear a decent filter mask.

Like most xylene based paints, you have to recoat within a couple of hours, or leave for a couple of days between coats, or it crizzles.

i found a quick light tack coat, leave 20 mins ( depends on temp) to dry, followed by a heavier coat, and a final coat thinned down a bit more works a treat.

You can get a decent finish straight from the gun, but i let the paint harden for a week and then flatted with 1500 wet and dry, and polished with a rotary polisher using Farecla G3, much like you would with car paint,

It has good resistance to oils and cutting fluids etc and is pretty tough.

Thread: Cincinnati 207MK restoration
28/03/2019 21:07:48

You do realise it’s probably 10hp or motors for the feeds etc, gonna take one hell of a rotary converter unless you have 3 phase on tap !

28/03/2019 20:32:43

Usually machines end up in the scrap yard for good reason, just because the ways are good, doesn’t mean it’s not paggered. Big old lump though, maybe it got weighed in for the scrap weight......Large Horizontal machines are not generally sought after, so in turn dont fetch much.

Have you seen this thread on PM **LINK**

Guess if you have a burning desire to own a big horizontal, and it’s dirt cheap, then worth a punt.

Thread: Cap head screws
21/03/2019 14:19:36

If you want to buy online, iv’e used Orbital fasteners in the past, found them good quality and reasonably priced.


Thread: J&S 540 Manual PDF
19/03/2019 09:53:33

Recently done a maintenance job on mine.....cleaned out tank, replaced hydraulic oil, took bed off and cleaned out oil feeds, replaced spindle oil etc.

Fairly easy job, found oil grade info online, rest was common sense, so no manual required.

Having never used one, controls were easy enough to figure out without a manual.

Wheel balancing info is available on youtube amongst other places.

So unless you intend delving deeper into the works, reckon a manual is not a must.

Saying all that, a week or so after finishing the job, i found an original manual hiding in the back of the wheel balancing cabinet blush

Thread: Hardinge lathe on fleabay
18/03/2019 22:06:23
Posted by Boiler Bri on 18/03/2019 21:13:28:

Looks to have had a cosmetic job done. Bed looks ok. Wonder what it sounds like 🤔

Yeah it’s definitely been given a lick over, but at that age hardly surprising, don’t think i would buy without seeing first though.

Thread: All things Beaver Mill
11/03/2019 22:10:57
Posted by Mark Rand on 11/03/2019 21:51:13:

Don't know about removal, other than removing the nut from the top of the drawbar and taking it out downwards. The reason is almost certainly that the splined part Beaver spindle isn't really big enough for a 5/8" drawbar. So it's probably 1/2" (same as the NMTB30 spindles) with a larger extension at the lower end where there's more meat on the spindle,

Edited By Mark Rand on 11/03/2019 21:54:04

Yeah i did consider the downward route Mark, top nut is welded on though, so it would be grinder time.......will have to be done. Been considering adapting to a power drawbar anyway, so now might be the the time.

Thanks for the advice yes

11/03/2019 21:25:13

Have had my Beaver for a good while, but up to now never had cause to remove the drawbar. Until today that is..........Tried to fit an INT 40 boring head, only to find it has a 5/8 imperial thread rather than the M16 of the majority of my tooling.

No problem, just remove the the M16 drawbar and make a new imperial one, easy peasy.......except unlike every other mill i’ve owned, the drawbar won’t come out, it withdraws around 150mm and then hits a hard stop.

Manual offers no clues, on the drawings the drawbar is just a long bolt through the quill, which is what i expected ?

Any ideas ?

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 11/03/2019 21:45:11

Thread: Jones and Shipman 540 Dripping
07/03/2019 23:16:50

Managed to lift the bed off and back on without help, so although probably not advisable, it is possible.

Well worth the effort, as a couple of the oilways were blocked solid.

Also drained and cleaned out the oil tank, seriously sh*tty job.

Thread: Workshop - indoors or outdoors
25/02/2019 21:51:06

Bought a bandsaw off a guy in Manchester, fantastic cellar workshop, Hardinge lathe etc. Told me he had a Bridgeport down there at one time. Only access was through the kitchen, and down a flight of steep and narrow stone steps, a mountain goat would have balked at disgust

Thread: Colchester Headstock Sleeve
14/02/2019 23:07:03
Posted by Richard - on 14/02/2019 22:21:12:

Hi Alan, have you still got the bush, my Harrison is reported to be 41/2 MT



Hi Richard, yes still on a shelf, PM me your address and i will send it to you.

Thread: Trends in Radio Ads
07/02/2019 23:54:41
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 07/02/2019 12:50:12

Playlists predate Rock'n'Roll. I know Planet Rock holds monthly meetings to draw up its playlists, but also allows its DJs 'freeplays' as well as listener requests - although only the Hairy Bikers actually highlight these!


The problem with Planet Rock, is the playlists are drawn from a very small barrel of tracks, which never seems to change........if you listen to it for 6 months it’s just an endless repeat of the same records, drawn from a very shallow gene pool that hasn’t changed in years.......For example, how many times a week do they play Hocus Pocus, by Focus smile p, great track once every couple of years, but six times a week becomes seriously tedious 😩

Thread: A gas engine question
03/02/2019 22:48:18
.Posted by not done it yet on 03/02/2019 20:52:48:

The modern petrol engine, with higher than about 9:1 will have knock detectors to alter the timing and fuel to air ratio, so I doubt this one would exceed 8:1 at the most. If designed to run on pre-RON rated fuel - the old 70 octane, or less, I would think 7:1 was likely the target, tops.

My old Kawi ZX900r circa year 2000 had a CR of 12.2:1 and was carburated, fairly basic ignition, just crank sensor and TPS, so no knock detection, ran happily on regular unleaded.....clever fellows those Japanese engineers

03/02/2019 19:45:00
Posted by Tim Stevens on 03/02/2019 17:32:53:

Pump petrol will only stand a max of about 9:1 in full size engines, and then only if the design is good, ignition timing and fuel mixture bang on. With gas it depends more on what gas, exactly. Town gas is very rare in the UK - it was made from coal, and we don't do coal any more.

Hope this helps (but I bet it doesn't)


Not sure about that Tim, most modern Superbikes are around 13:1 and will happily run on pump petrol.

Thread: Get on yer bike
28/01/2019 19:25:42
Posted by Bill Phinn on 28/01/2019 17:31:49:

Ady, assuming you have a road-going bicycle of some kind already, I would opt not to buy an exercise-bike as such, but a turbo trainer.

Turbo trainers take up less space, allow you to use your own bike (that you are used to and comfortable with) on it and generally provide a much smoother ride with more realistic resistance than a lot of the dedicated exercise bikes at the lower end of the food chain.

I own this one:

but less expensive and perfectly competent ones are available, e.g.

In case you're wondering, I used to race competitively in a club, and had done for over thirty years, until an immune disorder (that developed a few years ago) confined me to slightly more sedate riding. But I still use my trainer quite a bit.

Done a fair amount of Road cycling myself, still get out with the local club when time allows, but never got on with the turbo, would rather flaggelate myself with rusty barbed wire, which im sure would be less painful. smile p

Thread: Guidance on selling my late fathers machinery
27/01/2019 20:43:03

Ollie, you have PM

Thread: Colechester help please
17/01/2019 23:32:29

If you can wait until Saturday i will take it off, take better photos, and take some accurate measurements for you.

17/01/2019 23:17:55

Holy crap David.......charades at xmas must be fun with you laugh

Is this the offending article ?

Apologies for the quality, bit awkward to photograph with an ipad and lathe up against a wall.


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