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Thread: New Bandsaw Gloat
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 !



Thread: One for the Steam Officianados
14/01/2019 18:32:44

Chap just posted this on a Facebook photography group i'm a member of.......apparently taken recently in Budapest. Amazing what is still lying around in certain parts of the world.


And another one from presumably the same place 


Photographs by Gaspar Balint

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 14/01/2019 18:38:54

Thread: Hole cutter
12/01/2019 21:12:26
Posted by vintage engineer on 12/01/2019 20:41:22:

I would drill a hole down one side and use a bandsaw to cut out a 3" billet then bore the rest out.

Not saying it couldn’t be done, however i once made a pair of motorcycle fork yokes from 1 -3/4” ally plate and used a bandsaw to rough them out, straight cuts was slow and hard going, tried dry at first, but then used WD40 and eventually paraffin as a lube, but even then the blade clogged constantly, wouldn’t fancy the job through 6” on such a tight radius.

12/01/2019 18:54:23

Forget using a hole saw, no way is it going to work.........don’t beleive me ? Try putting one through a 1/2 “ ally plate and then decide. Ally is nasty to stuff to holesaw, even with parrafin or similar as a lube it clogs the teeth, this in turn generates heat and creates drag, which then puts enormous strain on the motor.

It may waste a lot of material, but reckon your only answer is to bore it out, personally would have bought thick wall tube in the first place. If you cut the bar you have into short lengths and sell it on ebay, you should get your money back and probably make enough profit to buy a length of tube.

Thread: what solvent cleaner to use?
07/01/2019 21:01:37
Posted by norm norton on 07/01/2019 20:53:12:

Its good to warn people if something is a problem, but the Brake Cleaner + TIG link does not sound right.

Brake Cleaner is a mix of methyl acetate, hydrocarbons like petroleum spirit and around 50% acetone. It is formulated to be moderately 'safe' in use and contains no chlorinated solvents.

To make phosgene COCl2 you need a chlorinated solvent and heat.

I use Brake Cleaner a lot.

It is quite an old article 2009, and American, so maybe things have changed or they use different ingredients in their brake cleaner to over here.

He shows the aerosol label in the article and it contains Tetrochloroethylene.

I suppose the message is, whatever you use, read and the label.

07/01/2019 20:38:33


Slightly off topic, but to those using brake cleaner, be careful if welding after cleaning. There is an article online somewhere by a chap that suffered serious health issues. He used brake cleaner to degrease a part then TIG welded it.

Could be the Argon had something to do with it, i cant remember, however Phosgene gas was produced, which is what did the damage.

Edited to include the article :

Edited By Alan Waddington 2 on 07/01/2019 20:47:58

Thread: Welding wrought iron
26/12/2018 18:51:52

If all else fails, braze is usually a safe bet

Thread: Crankshaft repairs
23/12/2018 20:24:06

Thanks for the contribution Will, very informative. It is indeed a K series engine, ‘34 KSS. Progress has stalled slightly due to work commitments, and dragging home a ratty J&S 540 surface grinder which has meant some fettling and re arranging the workshop to fit it in.

I will update the thread as and when any progress is made.

Thread: Tiffany & Co Advert with lathe
22/12/2018 22:25:08

Name that lathe in the latest Tiffany & Co TV advert


Looks like a Hardinge, what do you reckon ?

Turning just got cool laugh

Thread: Bending 8mm stainless rod
20/12/2018 23:54:56

Hot unless you have mechanical assistance

Thread: Warco v Chester.
20/12/2018 22:05:22
Posted by Vic on 20/12/2018 21:54:31:

I’ve had no problems with Warco. On the other hand:



Some sterling first world problems in those links laugh

Thread: Modern efficiency !!!!!!!!!
19/12/2018 21:56:12

Haha, all this moaning about new technology, and extolling the virtues of simpler times....yes old stuff is cool, but new stuff is infinitely better.

For example 20 years ago i could service my van on the drive, but it wouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding, was rattly, uncomfortable, had candles for headlights, did 20 to the gallon on a good day and was generally crap.

In comparison the current van has things under the bonnet which i dont even recognise, but has 204bhp, stops on a sixpence, is quiet and comfortable, with headlights that light the future, does 35 to the gallon and is generally fabulous.

Would i swap for the old one.........err let me think about that for a nanosecond thinking

Thread: Combi Boiler fault finding
18/12/2018 22:06:51
Posted by Samsaranda on 18/12/2018 21:14:45:

Ideal Icos 80.

Dave W

Yeah, system version of the isar, same boiler different dress.....worst boilers ever made !

Good business for us repair men though cheeky

18/12/2018 21:06:29
Posted by Samsaranda on 18/12/2018 20:41:21:

Martin, I don’t blame you wanting to shun modern technology,(condensing boilers); we had a condensing boiler fitted in the year 2000, it lasted 14 days before its first breakdown, a blown circuit board. Repaired under guarantee and over the next ten years it managed to eat a total of eight circuit boards, the boards cost about £170 each but because I was quite persistent in lobbying the manufacturer about their poor quality of components I managed to get all eight replaced fee of charge.

Dave W

Ideal Isar by any chance ?

18/12/2018 18:56:15
Posted by martin perman on 18/12/2018 18:43:34:
I've managed to servive with a boiler and radiator valves and a pump why should I have stuff I've never needed.

Martin P

Yeah My Grandad managed perfectly well with a horse and cart until he got a truck........cheeky

The truth is, since we signed up to the Kyoto agreement, the focus has been on energy efficiency, so the government decides what criteria needs to be met when a new boiler is fitted. Therefore you or i don't have a choice in the matter.

18/12/2018 18:38:04

Posted by Howard Lewis on 18/12/2018 18:27:45:

Very interesting!

Our 1973 cast iron boiler must be approaching end of life. (Its had a few thermocouples and the pump impellor has needed reshimming once or twice, so it's a bit like Trigger's broom!)

Is it possible to buy something similar, still, without the complications of condensing, pressure tanks and the like?

All advice gratefully received


fat fingers again!

Edited By Howard Lewis on 18/12/2018 18:28:33

Sadly not Howard, all gas boilers must now be A rated energy efficient, which means condensing. The latest building reg's also require the fitting of smart controls, with either load compensation or a flue gas recovery system in place

You can still run them on open vent, however i don't know why anyone would want to, it's a rubbish idea......Best thing to do with a 70's system is junk the lot and start from scratch. Benefits would include a much warmer house, and annual heating bills reduced by around 30%

17/12/2018 21:54:27
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/12/2018 21:07:48:

I have found a motor and cartridge set.

I assume that I just have to:

Isolate mains and water.

Drain out using valve on right of boiler + hot taps.

Unscrew the valve cartridge from top of diverter.

Fit new cartridge + motor.

Close drain and refill

Good to go???

Pretty much it.......Make a boiler engineer out of you yet Neil cheeky

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