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Thread: Mitutoyo DRO Fault
18/11/2019 09:51:20

Ha, I did scan through the earlier posts to see if Goodwin had been recommended, but obviously missed that part in your post.

17/11/2019 22:39:45

If you want to retain your original readout, contact Darren at Goodwin Technology, to see if they could repair it.

Goodwin Technology

Thread: I just added 50 mm of daylight...
25/10/2019 09:36:47

Glad you like them John.

As the collet face sits flush with the spindle nose, you've probably gained more than 50mm, but watch out for the drive dogs!

As my machine does not have a spindle brake, I use an adjustable spanner on one dog when tightening the drawbar and then remove them before actually cutting metal.

Mark, they are off Aliexpress:- NT/ISO30 Collets

Bazyle, they appear to have the same grip as an R8. I've had no problem with cutters pulling out, in the 3+ years that I've been using my set and that includes a 20mm cutter.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 25/10/2019 10:11:32

Thread: Looking for a locking stay for machine canopy.
19/10/2019 11:24:13

A bit late, but I just came across these when searching for something completely different and remembered this thread:-

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From here:- Small Bonnet Stay Auto-Close

Thread: Plugging crankshaft oil ways
26/09/2019 09:28:10

There are commercial plugs available for this.

The drawback is that they need a shoulder to butt up against for the setting operation.

An example are Lee Expansion Plugs

or possibly a cheaper version Expansion Sealing Plugs



Edited By Nick Hughes on 26/09/2019 09:49:43

Thread: MT2 or ISO30
15/09/2019 16:07:26
Posted by John Haine on 15/09/2019 11:56:26:

ISO 30 is great but you are then locked in to using either end mill holders or a collet chuck, e.g. ER type, on an ISO shank. Both of those, but especially the latter, project probably 40 to 50 mm below the spindle. I have ISO 30 on my little Novamill and this is a pain for some jobs.

For a small milling machine, if you have the option, a better choice is R8 because you can then use R8 collets direct in the spindle - they are cheap, have hardly any projection beyond the spindle, and grip like b****y. ISO is more adaptable to auto tool change, but the benefits of that for amateur use are probably marginal. On my manual mill, a VMB, I have R8 and I wish the Novamill had the same.

Hi John,

I have a full set of these NT/ISO30 Collets

They have come in handy a few times on my Syil X5

Thread: Fixed steady use
03/09/2019 16:00:13
Thread: Worm and Wheel manufacture
21/08/2019 18:02:17

If yoiu decide not to do it yourself, have a look in the HPC Gears Catalogue under "Worms and Wheels" here:- **LINK**

They list both MOD and DP

Thread: Recent conversions of Warco WM18 to CNC?
30/06/2019 19:11:57

There is a company in America that produce a Kit of the mechanical parts for a similar milling machine (The GRIZZLY G0704), that might be worth a look as they have instuctions on the fittting of the kit, on this page:- **LINK**

Also a lot of information on converting the G0704 around and so probably best serching for this machine, as well as the Warco WM 18.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 30/06/2019 19:33:53

Thread: broken myford changewheel
30/06/2019 10:46:13

Rather than turing a gear down, use the slotted spacer (A2604) that is used in the gear train.

Thread: Myford mystery hole
27/06/2019 19:17:55

It's for mounting part of the Myford coolant system.

The bottom bracket on this assembly:-


Edited By Nick Hughes on 27/06/2019 19:32:37

Thread: Myford Super 7 Top Slide Base - Alternatives?
26/06/2019 10:35:54

The Dutch "MyfordSolutions" have the base (A2076) listed:- MyfordSolutions

Thread: Total cost + import for Tormach PCNC 440, and alternatives?
25/06/2019 11:16:33

Based on my personal experience of a Syil X5 Plus, I would recommend that you keep away from them.

The factory QC was non existant as you can see here (The Saddle fitted to my X5)


This was replaced eventualy (took over 6 months), but I had to buy a precision granite square, to check and set the X-Y axis geometry and am now in the middle of stripping the Z axis, to correct the fore-aft lean in the column.

The final problem is the lack of support, not from the UK agent (they appear to have the same problems getting parts from China), but Syil in China. I am still waiting after 2 plus years for a replacement board, that was faulty from the start and even after trying to buy a replacement directly from China and getting a price off them, they stopped responding to my emails.

Thread: Upside down reverse threading
11/05/2019 16:49:10

No problem with the Myford screwed on chuck when I did it:-


Edited By Nick Hughes on 11/05/2019 16:50:29

Thread: Bore micrometer
10/05/2019 11:48:22

If it helps, there is an example of use in my Hemingway Dynamic Toolpost Grinder thread here:- **LINK**

(Scroll down to around the 13th photo)


Edited By Nick Hughes on 10/05/2019 11:53:06

Thread: New Toy
28/03/2019 12:13:13

Nice machine.

I hope the X7 is built better than my P.O.S X5 Plus.

I had to strip the X5 down completely to correct the geometry errors built in due to non existant QC at the factory!

An example here, is the Saddle. Note the top edge grinding for the X axis alignment!


No wonder I couldn't produce anything with 90 Deg corners!! This was replaced eventualy by Syil.

I only found this (and the other alignment faults) after checking the machine with a calibrated Granite Square from work.

Also I hope you have more luck dealing with Syil (Including Syil China directly), if you need any replacement parts, than I have (not for the saddle, although that was a battle, but I have tried and failed to buy some replacement electronic boards).


Edited By Nick Hughes on 28/03/2019 12:24:09

Thread: Removing large flange nuts
15/03/2019 12:02:43

For my M/Cycle clutch basket that had the same nut and was both tight and recessed, I modified the end of a socket to fit the slots and used an air impact wrench to undo.

Thread: 15mm and 7/16" diameter HSS tool steel bar
09/03/2019 17:51:33

Try searching for HSS Drill Blanks. Both sizes (the 7/16" is listed as 11.113mm) in the drop down list here:-


Edited By Nick Hughes on 09/03/2019 17:57:43

Thread: Machining cork!
04/03/2019 20:08:04

Have a look here

Tapered Cork Stoppers

(Also lists Silicone and Neoprene rubber versions)


Edited By Nick Hughes on 04/03/2019 20:14:00

Thread: Hemingway Dynamic Toolpost Grinder
04/03/2019 19:02:40

At last the Final installment:-

The two Internal Grinding Extensions both start out as 3/4" Dia FCMS. The Spindle mounting bore and threads are machined in the same way as the Spindle Drive Pulley previously,


To ensure true running of the extensions when mounted on the grinding spindle, a copy of the spindle end is machined,


Each extension is now fitted to the above, finish turned (with tailstock support), then drilled, tapped, bored and reamed,


Apart from painting, that's it complete!

Thanks for all the kind comments and hopefully the photos will help others with ideas for various setups.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 04/03/2019 19:05:49

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