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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.


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.

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