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Thread: Moore and Wright vintage protractor 994
09/05/2021 16:38:30


At work, we use Edding 8404 - 01 Aerospace Marking Pens, for part marking. Once dry, it seem to be unaffected by any solvent or chemical that we have on site and can only be removed by abrasion.

Might be worth a try.


Thread: Swindon Wheel Castings
07/05/2021 21:14:43

Have a chat with Mark Wood Wheels.

He may be willing to scale the Gauge 1 28XX wheel castings he already does, up to 5" Gauge for your friend.

I had my 5" Gauge Late Castle Driving wheel castings from him, after asking this same question.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 07/05/2021 21:15:36

Thread: Mystery to me, Moore and Wright
26/04/2021 15:52:58

Have a look from page 10 and on of this Pratt and Whitney brochure :- Pratt & Whitney Jig Borers Circular 513

If the link fails, PM me and I'll send you the PDF


Edited By Nick Hughes on 26/04/2021 16:01:40

26/04/2021 15:18:18

They are End Measuring Rods, used on a Jig Boring Machine.

Thread: Mystery 2&1/2" gauge 2-2-2 locomotive rolling chassis
09/03/2021 09:36:58

I thinkt there was a photo of a completed one on the Dust cover of the original LBSC's Shop SHed & Road book:-

screenshot 2021-03-09 093346.jpg

Thread: Lathe steadies
27/02/2021 12:56:37
One method

Edited By Nick Hughes on 27/02/2021 12:58:30

Thread: Running a Myford in Reverse?
11/02/2021 15:32:47

An option I used:-


The ensuing discussion was here:-

Edited By Nick Hughes on 11/02/2021 15:35:07

Thread: Total cost + import for Tormach PCNC 440, and alternatives?
10/01/2021 15:27:53

My X5 has linear rails (The X4 has dovetails), you can see them in the 3rd and 4th photos. The first photo of the saddle, is the edge that aligns X Axis Carriages and therefore controls the X - Y alignment (the other side has the same method for the Y axis Carriages and was fine).

10/01/2021 14:08:55

From personal experience with my Syil X5 Plus, I would suggest staying as far away from Syil as possible.

The X and Y Axis were not perpendicular to each other by approx 0.8mm over the Y axis travel of 160mm.

The cause was abysmal machining of the Saddle, with obviously no QC at the assembly stage:-

Saddle Fault

Then there was the Fore - Aft and Left - Right leaning of the column (Z Axis), again caused by crap machining and the comical scraping, that appeared to be done with a hammer and chisel, to disguise the angle grinding bodging:-

Pad Scraping As Supplied

As the spindle was also not parallel to the Z Axis, again by a considerable amount, i ended up re machining almost everything and in conjunction with a precision Granite Square, managed to get everything geometrically aligned to within 0.01mm.

Machining Pads

Machining Column Base

Machining Head

Not to mention the total lack of support from both Syil UK and Syil China (although to be fair, I think Syil UK suffer from the same problem with Syil China).


Edit:- Because the base casting is so flexible, I had to mount the machine on to a cheapish granite surface plate, before then mounting it back on to the stand, to prevent twisting as it was bolted down:-

Machine On Granite

Just to rub salt into my wounds, it came with an X4 Control panel cover rather than X5, that due to the support issues, took 12 months to get a correct replacement (It took 6 months to get a replacement saddle).

Edited By Nick Hughes on 10/01/2021 14:33:14

Thread: Problem with DRO's memory or with mine?
03/01/2021 15:43:14

Just to back up my previous post, here's the relevant section heading, from my manual:-

sino sleep function.jpg

I've just tested this (to make sure I wasn't mistaken) on my 3 Axis display and the HA Sleep function does work.

This section also has  "In not ALE working state", so to use sleep, the unit must be in INC ( the HA button is disabled in ALE), as suggested in a previous post.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 03/01/2021 15:54:06

02/01/2021 21:43:19

According to my manual, the Sleep function is only available on the 3 Axis version.

Thread: Mach 4 and MB3
02/01/2021 15:18:01

Check out DazTheGaz on YouTube:- **LINK**

You are aware that the MB3 is not a Motion Controller, it's only a Breakout Board for the ESS Motion Controller?

Edited By Nick Hughes on 02/01/2021 15:21:47

Thread: I just added 50 mm of daylight...
22/12/2020 19:51:31

I've seen a spanner made for R8 collets, that has 3 small protruding vertical "Petals", that fit into the end slots of the collet, to hold them and the spindle when tightening.

Possibly a similar, but larger version could be devised for the INT30 collet?

Thread: lost drive to power feed
12/12/2020 12:12:37

If the motor's not running, rather than mechanically not driving and it's fitted with a Limit switch on the bed, then the plunger on this can stick in, if pushed too hard by the stop fitted on the table.



Edited By Nick Hughes on 12/12/2020 12:16:30

Thread: RR Merlin Scale Models
19/11/2020 09:27:26

I did have the link to a better video of it running, but can't find it at the moment, so this will have to do for now:-

Edit:- Found it.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 19/11/2020 09:29:37

Thread: How to be accurate!
08/11/2020 17:22:45

Hi Frank,

You set the compound/top slide at a shallow angle and use that to apply the cut depth:-

screenshot 2020-11-08 171858.jpg


Thread: Tom Senior LV modifications.
06/11/2020 10:46:46

You do not have to fit the feed unit hanging vertically, it can be fitted rotated clockwise, to regain the lost travel.

It's quite common to see them fitted off vertical, to clear the Y axis feed unit fitted on some machines.


z power feed.jpg


Edit:- Worth noting, that the dedicated Z feed units come with a different feed direction lever, to that fitted on the X axis units.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 06/11/2020 10:55:59

Thread: Changes to Fusion 360 Terms
17/10/2020 09:58:10
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 19/09/2020 10:40:23:

I have been told some very interesting news for anyone who wants an integrated 3D CAD/CAM solution but I can't say more... yet!


If you know where to look, the cat's out of the bag (I'll let Neil provide more information when he's ready).

Edited By Nick Hughes on 17/10/2020 10:16:41

Thread: Enlarging Holes in Thin Aluminium
13/10/2020 12:16:21

Comwell: 4mm - 12mm 9 Step- 4-12mm 9 Step

Thread: Myford Super 7 Leadscrew
10/10/2020 10:27:59

Discussed before here:- **LINK**

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