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Thread: DRO installation - a salutary lesson
30/07/2020 18:33:04

I bought a M250 with a industry quality DRO fitted when new (optical). Had a readout problem after fitting a VFD, this that was completely cured by earthing the readout.


Thread: Deckel FP1 feed gears
29/07/2020 19:09:44

Hi Rick, yes I was, I didn't have the gears when I asked for help but I have them now and it looks like I wont need them anymore the friend I was helping out is looking to add a variable drive now, as hes got the motor and etc and to be honest I was struggling a bit Ive only made about 6 gears in the last 60+ years 2 nylon ones for my lathe and 4 small 40:1 worm gear sets for dividing heads. So thanks for your offer help. Regards Paul

Hi Paul, How did the feed with an extra motor go?

Thread: Digital angle gauges
21/06/2020 23:25:10

Bought one a few years ago for setting up the pitch on model helicopter rotors, very pleased with it, used more on the mill now!! Not a brand named one, and not expensive, dare I say it China clone!!


Edited By Richard - on 21/06/2020 23:28:00

Thread: New to the site
12/02/2020 19:51:44

Yes it is!!

Thread: hi from Wales
07/02/2020 18:27:05

Welcome, if you give us some idea of location, might help with meeting other members.


Thread: Possible machine hoist?
01/02/2020 21:58:24
Posted by Tim Hammond on 01/02/2020 13:44:37:

Anyone remember the "Haltrac" midget hoist from years ago constructed from nylon pulleys and thin nylon rope? I bought one 40+ years ago, I still use it, find it invaluable for lifting fairly heavy lumps around my small workshop and it can literally be put into a (largish) pocket. Sadly, they don't seem to be made now, although they do appear on Ebay from time to time. If memory serves, I paid 27/6 for mine.

As a young soldier in Germany I was a weapons repair chap working on Chieftain Tanks, we were issued the Haltrac for removal and replacement of the breech block, it was also sold for moving trees, towing cars etc !!

Thread: Hi From Bavaria
30/01/2020 18:52:40

Hi Martin,

Welcome, Good beer ,Currywurst, snow and mountains - what else could you ask for!!

And the Deckel factory!!

Thread: Electric Hoist
30/01/2020 17:11:09

I'm struggling for height!! Snatch block would't work.

30/01/2020 15:31:56

I bought one of these 18 months ago (for more money) and it does exactly what it should, other than the speeds a bit quick for my use. Use it to lift on and off the mill table.

Thread: Temporary oil conundrum
17/12/2019 23:52:55

Where are you located? Perhaps somebody could help you out with a small amount until yours arrive?

Thread: Plumbing question
09/12/2019 21:40:29

Why throughout hydraulics do me make use of flow restrictors to slow components down ?

Thread: Hello from South Devon
03/12/2019 15:18:46

Hi Bob,

I'm still jealous of that tooling you've got for the Deckel, since we corresponded I've got a large table for the dividing head that just about lives on the Alexander,

Richard (from Wales)

Thread: Wanted help with machining small ali components
01/12/2019 08:13:33

Hi Peter,

Can we have a photo, or a link ?

Are we talking variable pitch?


Edited By Richard - on 01/12/2019 08:18:37

Thread: Hi guys just bought a Harrison m300 and looking for info etc
16/11/2019 08:48:37

HI there, where are you located?

If you join the Harrison group there are lots of files and info, and people who know!! --- free of charge !

The Yahoo group has been closed


Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
12/11/2019 20:12:02

Where did you get the buyer details?

What tooling did it come with?

12/11/2019 18:11:10

Hi Mark,

I'd like to know the year, I think 40's it must be late ish as it has needle rollers in the head, reads 1493


Edited By Richard - on 12/11/2019 18:11:59

12/11/2019 16:14:40

The Alex vertical head is 4mt, the original draw bar is S20, I'm getting quite proficient at cutting it, both internal and external.

I've done allsorts on mine, if you mount off the vertical where the table fits you can bore all the way to the floor!!

Point to note when using a vfd you will still be changing belts as you lose torque,



Edited By Richard - on 12/11/2019 16:17:20

10/11/2019 14:11:16

I had a Bridgeport but due to low height of workshop I could only put it in one place, simply didn't work.

I sold it, done some research and got an old Alexander toolmaster, Deckel FP1 copy, best thing I ever did, you really can do about everything with it, yes they have problems eg not a lot of room on the Z axis above the table but there's always a way around it.


Thread: Newall DRO
14/10/2019 21:31:29

Not a great photo but it'll give you an idea, on a M250


Thread: What lathes have you had?
23/07/2019 20:59:48

During the machining part of my apprenticeship we used many machines,

Now I've got space we have amongst other things!!

Lathes - SWMBO said I'm always buying rubbish!!

A Schaublin with no tail stock or lead screw, sold for a

Mk 2 Raglan Little John, sold for a

Emco Maximat standard 3000 with milling head, sold for

Boxford CUD, sold for

Harrison M250 still got it

Milling machines

Bridgeport belt head, no space sold for

Amolco cnc modified running mach 3, too small sold for

George Alexander tool master, still got it... Fantastic

What we have now is the most capable machines we can get in the space we have.

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