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Thread: TCT show at the NEC 24-26 September
12/09/2019 20:24:10

Well worth a visit to this one in a couple of weeks if you are interested in 3D printing. Free to get in too.

Thread: Anyone made Myfordboy's powered hacksaw?
12/09/2019 19:40:20

It looks good!

Are you please with the accuracy of it?

I am expecting to take far more than 2 weeks with my build.

08/09/2019 22:35:06

I need to cut metal, am short of workshop space, and am looking for a project... Myfordboy's powered hacksaw looks ideal.

I have found a few references to it on this forum, and a few YouTube videos.

As far as I can see, those who have made it seem pleased with it.

How many people on here have made it?

Are you pleased with the result?

What are the difficulties I will encounter?

(Progress to date: I have purchased the plans and 3D printed a pattern to cast the pulley.)

Thread: How hot does the motor on your mill/lathe run?
27/08/2019 12:50:31

I spoke to Warco today, and they confirmed that the motors do indeed run hot.

25/08/2019 09:30:33

I ran it for 20 minutes this morning, and it only reached 85 degrees.

Maybe it does only need a bit of running in?

The spindle is cool, and I can't find a rating plate on the motor.

I will keep an eye on the temperature and run it each gear/ each direction and see if things improve.


Thread: ARC Euro Trading Great service
24/08/2019 22:19:38

Another + for Warco.

Last week they sent me the wrong tray with a stand.

A bit frustrating, but mistakes happen.

One phone call and I have the correct tray the next day.

Excellent service.

Thread: How hot does the motor on your mill/lathe run?
24/08/2019 22:07:52

I have just purchased a Warco GH18 mill.

Running it up for the first time, the spindle turns freely, and there are no nasty noises. I can see the fan on the motor is turning.

Running the lowest gear ratio under no load, the motor temperature is up to nearly 100deg C after about 10 minutes.

I will phone Warco in the week to confirm, but can I assume the motor is continuously rated and this temperature is normal?


Thread: Warco GH600
24/08/2019 21:57:39

Be interested to see how you get on with it.

The arc model 222 wedge option is one of the toolposts I have been considering.

Can you confirm that they are made of steel?

Is there plenty of material for machining?

12/08/2019 06:25:41

I will see how I do without a lock before I start drilling holes in my new toy.

As I am not anticipating any milling using the lathe, I expect I will be okay without a lock.

I need to get a couple of grub screws to plug those 2 holes.

You can see in my picture above that there is some swarf.

So far I have only turned a bit of aluminium, but first impression of the machine is very good.

Thanks everyone for the advice, and Brian for helping me make up my mind which one to buy.

11/08/2019 19:42:17

I would hope there is a lock.

I think there are loads of opportunity for disaster. Wouldn't this be a similar risk to the lock on the carriage?

My guess: this is it, but it could be a backlash adjustment:


I would have expected it to be on the other side though.

I will investigate tomorrow, unless someone knows?

11/08/2019 17:44:27

While you are counting your ball oilers, can you find the cross-slide lock?

Is it at the bottom of that hole on the left hand side of the cross slide?

I tried poking in one of the supplied allen keys and it didn't reach the bottom.

If it isn't there, where is it?

11/08/2019 14:47:36

A bit of an update in the casters: The lathe is now in the final position with feet wound down.

I have adjusted the feet to remove twist using a cheap Engineer's level.

If I push the lathe backward, there is a very slight wobble on the rubber feet - probably to be expected.

It is very little movement, and the lathe appears to return to no twist when I stop pushing.

I will evaluate over the coming weeks if this has a noticeable effect in use.

11/08/2019 13:47:57

In the absence on a proper manual....

How many oil points can owners of the GH600 lathe count?

I make it 15 including the one on the chuck. Have I missed any?

I was going to use way oil in these for lubrication unless there is a good reason not to?

Also putting this onto the gears as it seems sticky enough not to fly everywhere too much.

11/08/2019 13:32:37

I have had a good week...

Steel for bases arrived:steel1.jpg

The bases were made and bolted to the cabinet.



Covers and guards were removed and steel was clamped under the lathe for lifting handles.

ready to lift.jpg

With help, the lathe was then lifted onto the cabinet:


It is good to see it on there.


I also purchased some grub screws and nuts to replace the bolts that hold the chucks on. Now there is no guessing which hole to use and fiddling with allen keys. Much easier.

grub screws.jpg

Edited By Ian Thomson 2 on 11/08/2019 13:40:06

10/08/2019 21:28:51

Hi Gray,

They are off Ebay. I think they are a clone of the originals.

I do not know if I can post links on here, but a search for Heavy Duty Machine Levelling Castors will find them.

I made a bandsaw stand earlier in the year to see how good they are, and they worked well. It is a pain to wind the feet up and down so they are not a solution for anything you expect to move regularly, but for a machine that you may have to move occasionally I think they are ideal.

10/08/2019 18:05:29

Thanks Brian.

I have removed the splashback to make lifting the lathe easier, and it is resting currently resting on my workbench face down.

I missed that chart.

10/08/2019 16:50:58

There are 2 extra gears supplied in the toolbox:1.jpg

One marked 64. I guess it goes here:


To cut these threads:


What is the other one used for?

04/08/2019 10:26:38

I am planning to use these machine casters:




103mm high and rated at 500kg each / 1000kg per 4.

They have a large central rubber foot that screws down.

Probably overkill, but I am going to use 4 on each pedestal to allow for fine tuning the leveling.

They will allow the lathe to be easily moved should the need ever arise.

02/08/2019 21:50:15
Posted by brian curd on 02/08/2019 19:18:25:

I don't know what stand version you have but compared with the 280V which had shelves my GH600 stand had two panels filling in between the towers.

Warco must have adopted the 280V cabinet design for the GH600 now. Mine has shelves.

02/08/2019 21:44:04

Found it!

It was stuck under the foot.


That also explains the bolt that was floating about in there.

Edited By Ian Thomson 2 on 02/08/2019 21:44:34

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