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Thread: Warco WM 16 VS woes
13/11/2019 20:15:01

Sam, I had the same problem with my Chester 20VS. Plastic gear stripped 3 - 4 years ago.Contacted Chester who supplied a replacement gear set free of charge. Decided to continue using the mill in high gear only until it eventually fails and would then replace the gears. Still waiting for the high gear to fail !! Never had any problems using the the mill without the low gear. There are a couple of videos on You Tube explaining how to change the gear.

20/10/2019 13:27:05

Perhaps you should attend in force the next exhibition Keetan but add 15-20% on the tool prices to cover YOUR expenses????

Do you not think that Arc and other exhibitors include their show expenses into their pricing structure!!!!!!!

Or are you deluded into thinking that these suppliers attend exhibitions only for the benefit of visitors? They are there to sell product to benefit their bottom line.

19/10/2019 21:06:49

D. A. Godley, totally agree with you. If you have to buy over the net then why buy from UK suppliers. Just go direct to China. By the way don't give me all the bull about customer support from UK suppliers. Chinese suppliers offer very good customer support.

Thread: No December issue of MEW?
29/12/2018 11:41:57

Just for info, I have just received in this mornings post MEW 276. It's a little late but as Neil mentioned it is Xmas.


Thread: Cutting a large round hole
21/11/2018 20:09:19

When I was making the splashers for my Pansy loco I made steel mig welded "cans / tubes" from 1.6mm thick steel sheet. The diameter from memory was around 5". I used a cheap treppaning tool in the drill press, clamped onto a sacrificial piece of wood on the table. Cutting half way through and turnoing over to complete the cut. Filed away the burs before going on to weld it to the rolled centre piece worked out well.

Should be a dodle with aluminium.


Thread: Small Hex Fastenings
05/11/2018 20:24:21

Ron, I have used EKP Supplies a few times for small BA screws etc. Great service and have been very happy with them.


Thread: Lady Stephanie
15/10/2018 20:14:09

Hi, after reading the above posting I have decided to build the Lady Stephanie beam engine. I have all of the EIM build details from 1981/82 except one issue. I dont have June 1982. Can anybody help me? If you have the magazine and want to sell it I will gladly buy it for a reasonable price (unlike E Bay!!!). Or if someone would photocopy the relavent pages and e mail them to me I will be eternally grateful. Please contact me via the forum.



Thread: Riveting
13/08/2018 19:29:17

David, I made a hand rivet squeezer as described in ME vol 158 issue 3801 (1987). Had to beef up a couple of areas of the design with simple modifications but it works great. I also annealed my steel rivets before riveting to soften them. I am currently building a GWR 57xx 5" gauge Pansy loco and have used the tool to rivet several hundred rivets. If you don't have access to the issue let me know and I will send you a photocopy of what I have.


Thread: First Milling Machine
12/03/2018 19:21:54

The problem with the VMC and 626 is the distance / clearance between the table and the spindle is very poor. I know a lot of people have installed a raiser to lift the head to improve table clearance. Also when you install the raiser you need to ensure that the table / knee can lift to the added height before it comes off the lead screw. Not convinced about the added versatility of a turret but open to listening to suggestions. Personally, as I mentioned previously, I was looking to buy a 626 or a VMC but decided on the Super Lux and I am pleased I did.


12/03/2018 12:56:10

David, make sure you clarify what they are quoting regarding weight. If it is Gross weight it includes the machine and all of the packaging. If Net weight it will be the machine, excluding packaging but may or may not include the machine base.


11/03/2018 20:33:46

David, I bought a Chester Champion 20vs (which is nearly identical to the Warco WM 18) DRO and power feed, been very happy with it. I have since bought a Chester Super Lux which is a much bigger machine. I was looking at the Chester 626 and Warco VMC, both turret mills but decided to go for the Super Lux because of the much bigger capacity all round. If you can afford it go for the DRO, they are great and it will save you lots of time. Also go for the R8 quill, significantly (by a country mile) better than the morse taper quills. Also go fer belt drive if you want quietness, no noisy gearbox. But the advantage of the gearbox means you can select the speeds required without changing belts. (unless you are using an inverter). Chester and Warco are both good companies plus good after sales service. As are other companies who service the model engineering market.


Thread: Cobalt drills?
04/03/2018 19:52:26

Stellite / Inconel drills. Drill at very high speed and pressure and the swarf comes off glowing red.

Thread: Brazing
26/02/2018 15:04:38

Hi Keith, thanks for your input and I can confirm is it is not The Cup Alloys purchased flux. The brazed joint is one side of the bracket. The whole bracket is discolored black and also has sooty deposits. I did use a wire brush on the accessible parts of the brackets but it is the corners of the steps I can't get at to clean before painting.


Thread: Garage Workshop Subsidence
24/02/2018 16:52:43

Asbestos comes in three forms. Blue asbestos, Brown asbestos and White/Grey asbestos. They are treated in separate ways. Blue is by far the most dangerous and once confirmed after testing must be removed and only by a specialist companies. I also believe that legally the Environmental Health and Safety Department must be informed. Brown is next and is relatively safe and left alone in situ so long as their is no damage to the surface allowing fibres to escape. Obviously there can be no drilling or modifications to Brown asbestos structures once in place. White / Grey is the least dangerous and most old corrugated roofs are made from this form of asbestos. Incidentally there is a lot of low grade asbestos in older schools and left in place as long as it is untouched. At a place where I worked I was responsible for removing some old large factory heating boilers when we discovered asbestos that, after testing, proved to be Blue. The H & S Inspector shut the building down and the company who removed it shrouded and sealed the whole building in plastic sheeting and to enter you had to go through an air lock with a negative pressure inside the building to prevent asbestos escaping.

Thread: Brazing
24/02/2018 16:02:46

Hi all, I need some advice. I have just finished brazing the steps and brackets for my Pansy 57XX loco and i need to clean up the carbon residue following the brazing. I have used a wire brush as far as possible but can't get into the corners. I am thinking about pickling them but not keen on using strong acids. I'm sure I have seen something mentioned in the past about using ordinary household products. I know that Cola can clean copper based items and possibly white vinegar or lemon juice. Can anybody suggest a method.

Thanks, Alan.

Thread: A Mounts drawings .. Hi-res Figures 21, 22, 23
22/02/2018 15:17:37

Neil, you have copied Ferrabee21.pdf twice?


Thread: Tool for rivets
20/02/2018 14:33:50

Richard S2, the two rivet closers on the left of your photo were described in ME Issue 3801 pages 574 - 575 Volume 158. I was just looking at it last night as i need to make the same set.

Thread: Machinery's Handbook 11th. Edition.
30/01/2018 20:40:39

It's an old edition but may be of interest to someone.


Thread: Clubs
24/01/2018 19:48:20

Stephen, Rotherham model engineering club is based in Rawmarsh and meet Wednesday's and Sunday's. As I am sure you know its located between Rotherham and Doncaster. Their web address is

Thread: hello am a new member
18/01/2018 20:09:07

Hi Paul, where in Doncaster do you live? I am in Wadworth, as you probably know just outside of Doncaster. Are you aware of the Doncaster Model Engineering Exhibition? Held at the racecourse during May.


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