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Thread: Motor for Chester Champion Mill
13/09/2017 12:45:06
Posted by not done it yet on 13/09/2017 12:24:20:

Not so. There are still many machines on the market,


I didn't say there wasn't. I meant their days were numbered.

Unless of course they have a revival like the Bay City Rollers did. surprisefrownlaugh


13/09/2017 11:29:42
Posted by not done it yet on 13/09/2017 11:12:20:

So the price variation we see as consumers is very often not a distributor being greedy

Sorry, but you clearly missed my point. I did not even suggest that distributors or dealers were being greedy. Even they cannot give a decent warranty period for the motor/control board for fear of excessive claims.

Of course, some dealers are better than others and retain spares at reasonable prices, but it makes no difference to the fact that a too high proportion of these machines were never truly fit for purpose.


I didn't miss your point. smiley

The remark you chose to quote was an extension of my personal opinion in addition to my reply to you.. (and as it seems sort of ish backed up by JS in the next post)

Technology moves forward to address issues and problems. Soon brushed DC motors on machine tools will be a distant memory. e.g. In the same way drum brakes are no longer fitted to cars.

Having said all that Jason has had 2 brushed motor machines that have operated flawlessly for quite a number of years now and still to the best of my knowledge still are. (think he replaced brushes on his lathe once) And he probably uses his machines more in a month than most of us do in a whole year. Add to that he builds quite large models so it's not as if he is 'babying' them.


13/09/2017 11:02:07
Posted by not done it yet on 13/09/2017 08:07:52:

article in MEW on how to replace the horrible DC motor on your Chinese mill...

Or one on why not to buy machines with these cheap motor/control board type machines because it will likely be a case of (for the motor/control of board) of buy cheap, buy twice... or thrice ...or...

There must have been more than enough failures to demonstrate the poor quality of design, sizing or whatever.


It should be mentioned that all SEEMINGLY identical machines that come from the far east are not created equal. Even from the same factory.

Different importers specify different specifications other that just the colour of the paint job. - One important variation is that some are distributed with brushed DC motors, while others use the more advanced brushless motors that are more expensive. I may be wrong but I think they also require a different controller.

So the price variation we see as consumers is very often not a distributor being greedy and wanting a bigger piece of your pie. It's that they have laid out more for their specification and stock.


Thread: Cheese, Honey and Wine tasting.
13/09/2017 08:53:20
Posted by not done it yet on 13/09/2017 08:25:04:

What were they filling? Obviously not cars.


I think you are most certainly correct. laughwink 2


Thread: Aircraft General Discussion
12/09/2017 19:17:56


Somebody is a lucky boy.!



Thread: Oh what a beauty!
12/09/2017 14:30:17


Did your wife insist you purchased this.? cheekywinkwink

Nick laugh

Thread: upgrading to a better lathe
12/09/2017 13:09:13
Posted by David Standing 1 on 12/09/2017 09:50:37:


We need to start a Boxford X10 appreciation club!



Hahaha. laugh

Although I am obviously an owner of an X10 series and a fan I will take issue with you regarding the statement it's a Harrison M300 equivalent though. - They IMHO ain't the M300 is a step up again.

The M250 may be more of a like for like but again the Harrison is sturdier and of better build quality. - However I do think one may struggle to find an M250 in such good condition as your Boxford though. smiley


Edited By Nick_G on 12/09/2017 13:11:07

Thread: All Metals Come From The Death Of Stars
12/09/2017 11:34:51


Next time Mormons come knocking on the door I will ask them to explain it. devil


Thread: upgrading to a better lathe
12/09/2017 09:48:34
Posted by David Standing 1 on 12/09/2017 09:39:32:

It's a lot of lathe for £2,200!


It most certainly is. That was a very good find. Congratulations. smiley


Thread: Motor for Chester Champion Mill
11/09/2017 21:15:41
Posted by Brian Sweeting on 11/09/2017 21:00:49:

Do you have stable power supply to your workshop?


That was going to be my question. yes

There is a supplier that told me issues arose on some machines due the the design of older style control boards that under fluctuating supply could end up killing the motor.

He gave one of the prime locations as those with machines installed in a rural area. - Having said that my mother lives in a built up area and her voltage is all over the place.


Thread: upgrading to a better lathe
11/09/2017 15:38:27


This topic has been mused a few times here since I became a member.

Last time I remember it being so I requested pricing information of the M300 / Student from the 600 group. Probably a year or so out of date now but a .pdf can be downloaded here. **LINK** I think the prices required VAT putting onto them.


Thread: Offshore wind now cheaper than Nucular
11/09/2017 10:35:41
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 11/09/2017 10:26:00:


From a personal perspective, nuclear power stations are less attractive than wind turbines!




But they blight just one area not vast swathes of coastline, fields and hills.


11/09/2017 09:44:50


Actually scratch my last post.

Take them down carefully and flog the tower sections to North Korea after convincing them they are hi-tech giant ICBM casings. yes

Nick wink

11/09/2017 09:33:21


Truly awful looking things.

IMHO each and every one of them wants a demolition charge around it's base. angrydevil

Nick smiley

Thread: Help me choose a lathe to suit my hobby
11/09/2017 06:03:33
Posted by Microbike on 11/09/2017 00:58:22:

Proxxon mill's lowest speed is 5,000 which will literally melt the plastic in a millionth of a nano second


Here you go. **LINK** That one will reduce to a low spindle speed and is I would think a sturdier machine than the proxxon.


Thread: Sharpening reamer blades
10/09/2017 22:36:33
Posted by Rocketman on 10/09/2017 22:32:17:

Thanks might have to invest in one of them next.


You would have to buy an awful lot of reamers before you got even close to the value of a tool and cutter grinder.


10/09/2017 22:23:16


Ooops. My bad.


10/09/2017 22:15:00


Guy's it's the tailstock he has a problem with not the headstock.


10/09/2017 21:18:02
Posted by Nick_G on 10/09/2017 21:16:42:


I have bad news and good news for you.

Bad news is this is likely going to cost quite a bit of money to fix.

Good news is. .......... It was not me that did it.

Like Roy says contact Cowells as they are the only people likely to have spares as Cowells lathes tend to not get split for 2nd hand parts sale.


Edit :- for Cowells site **LINK**

10/09/2017 21:16:42



Edited By Nick_G on 10/09/2017 21:19:19

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