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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.


17/01/2019 22:53:40

Sorry if im being a bit thick David, read your post through a few times, but still not sure what you need.

Is it this bracket you are talking about ? 4cb728de-aefd-4eb2-9e60-1667d88717ee.jpeg

17/01/2019 22:31:25

Not entirely clear what you need a photo of David, but i have a student 1800 and am happy to take any photos that may help.

Thread: New Bandsaw Gloat
17/01/2019 20:50:21

Posted by Stuart Bridger on 17/01/2019 19:50:40:

Great timing, I'm looking to pull the trigger on a Femi bandsaw, just waiting in financial approval . I am am sold on the NG 120, based on capacity. This is on the same reasoning as buying a lathe, getting the biggest one I can afford. Feature creep is coming in though, is it worth the extra for auto downfeed? Also has one got the stand. No room on my bench, so the stand looks interesting.

Great video on youtube comparing the manual v auto. To be fair unless you are using for production work i suppose auto is a luxury, although Femi claim the blades last longer on auto.

I don’t have space for a permanent set up, so bought the Femi Jobby folding stand, it works similar to an ironing board, but is rated at 50kg, i thought it would come in handy for other uses as well as the saw. It will be hung on the wall between duties.

17/01/2019 13:45:14

Posted by J BENNETT 1 on 17/01/2019 13:25:55:


Looking at a suppliers web site (Stakesy's) I notice that Femi produce a wide range of portable bandsaws, starting from £299. Clearly they have less features but are they equally as good at basic cutting as the more expensive models. Given the limited amount of cutting I do I could not justify the more expensive models but might consider one of the basic models.

From the research i did prior to purchase, yes they are all good. When i first came across Femi no one in the UK was selling them, you had to import yourself, so was pleased when Stakesy’s started to stock them. Decent prices too.

I think the only real difference with the cheaper models, aside from the obvious like smaller cut capacity and lack of auto downfeed, is the blade runs the conventional way. Not sure what the advantage of a reverse cutting action is, or if there is indeed any advantage, but the more expensive ones run like that.

One slight disadvantage of the reverse blade direction is you cant fit a vertical table, which is an option on at least one of the cheaper models.


Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 17/01/2019 13:51:54

Thread: Hobby mill
17/01/2019 09:32:19

Posted by Keith Long 1 on 17/01/2019 09:08:31:

Hi I am interested in buying a hobby milling machine. I have only ever used toolroom mills such as Bridgeports etc. I do not have access to 3 phase and only have a workshop with a wooden floorboards so can not get a large machine. Does anyone have any ideas as to the best one to buy. I will be machineing mostly Aluminum and Brass. I am willing to buy secondhand but should be light enough for two people to move or be able to strip it down easily.


People will have differing views on this, It also depends on what you intend to make with it, what your levels of patience are and what your budget is.

3 phase isnt really an issue these days as inverters are cheap, and give the advantage of soft start and infinite speed control etc. Which opens you up to many of the smaller semi industrial mills, Tom Senior, Boxford VM30 etc

Weight wise, something like a Tom Senior will happily sit on wooden floorboards. I once bought an 800kg universal mill from Liverpool, and when we got there , found it was in the front room of a terraced house with 2 steps up to the front door........was an interesting day for sure !

Wabeco are fantastic little mills, but pricey, many on here use seig, Warco etc, and if one f those is big enough you have the advantage of perhaps buying brand new..

So really it’s impossible to tell you what is ‘Best’ for you.

Thread: New Bandsaw Gloat
16/01/2019 21:19:22
Posted by ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:03:05:

Posted by David Standing 1 on 16/01/2019 19:13:59:
Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

A bandsaw? laugh

Fast forward to 2:20 to hear it working:


If it's the same machine as in this video I'd say it's "ok", but I've seen quieter bandsaws.

Does it take cutting oil? I mean are the pulleys rubber coated?

Edited By ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:03:53

Edited By ChrisB on 16/01/2019 21:04:10

Not been inside yet so can’t answer regarding the pulleys, however afaik it’s designed to cut dry, the blade also runs in the opposite direction to every other bandsaw iv’e had.

16/01/2019 20:56:50
Posted by Paul Lousick on 16/01/2019 20:40:06:

I bought a one of the previous designs of the bandsaw about 4 years ago. One of the best workshop acquisitions that I have made. Originaly sold for about $250 but recent prices have escalated. (search the web for best price).

band saw.jpg

Quiet operation and light weight, (carry with one hand). Cuts a piece of 75x8mm steel angle in 2 minutes.

The round tube is filled with bees wax for lubricating the blade prior to cutting. My saw stand is not as sophisticated as yours Alan. (another one of those roundtuit projects to make a better one).

Good to hear you have been pleased with it Paul, and that it’s still going strong. Proper bargain at $250......wish they were still available at that price.

16/01/2019 19:34:30
Posted by Mike Poole on 16/01/2019 19:23:48:

A very nice machine, my old Rapidor is still plodding along but while I should just leave it to get on with the job I find myself just watching it so it probably wastes as much time as it saves.


Ahh the hypnotic throb of a donkey saw, takes me back to being an apprentice........we used to put a full bundle of 1/2 round bar in at a time and tack weld all the ends together.....then have a brew while it chewed through the lot. cheeky

16/01/2019 19:14:35

Posted by Adrian 2 on 16/01/2019 18:51:24:

That looks the business Alan, really compact with a good capacity. How noisy is it? Can you liken the sound to something?

Regards Adrian.

Iv'e only done the one test cut Adrian, a piece of 316 stainless. The speed is variable, and it has a chart with suggested speeds and feeds for different materials. So i had it set at the recommended speed of 3.5 and it was very quiet.

Top speed is 6 and i guess would be a bit noisier if set to that, but it's nothing like the racket my old belt drive Axminster used to make. More of a gentle whine.

16/01/2019 18:24:41

Posted by IanT on 16/01/2019 17:29:56:

Just checked the price - I think I'll "Ummm" and "Ahhhh" for a bit longer Alan. wink


Granted, budget option they are not, but i weighed up the cost against the frustration and wasted time iv'e had faffing about with cheapo's in the past and thought sod it's so compact and lightweight, it won't take up valuable real estate in my already cramped workshop.

16/01/2019 17:16:28

Been umming and aahing over one of these for a year or two, finally decided life was too short and took the plunge.......what a piece of kit !



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