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Thread: Large rotary tool holding device
20/05/2020 20:05:15

Pete you are spot on. It is used on surface grinders to put a radius on the grinding wheel. Have used one on many occasions during my toolmaking days.


Thread: Returning ebay bits to china?
28/04/2020 11:25:54

Iain, if Steve does not take them I will. I'm in Doncaster.


Thread: Doncaster ME Show.
02/04/2020 11:26:45

Shaun Meakin 1, do they have any plans to re schedule the event to later in the year?


02/04/2020 10:58:29

I would like to know if it is cancelled for this year or postponed until a later date. Hopefully the latter.


26/03/2020 13:26:07

Has anybody got any info regarding the Doncaster Show. Has it been canceled or postponed? No info on their web site concerning the implications of the virus.

Thread: Another "What is it"
11/12/2019 15:27:57

It's a fiducial indicator as explained by John. It is used with micrometers in place of an anvil to ensure a consistent reading. The mic is turned / closed until the needle reads zero and as the pressure used is always the same it does not matter who operates the device you will always get a consistent reading.


Thread: Pollit & Wigzell Mill Engine Model "Agnes"
30/11/2019 19:17:43

You can see a full size working engine at Markham Grange Steam Museum in Doncaster. No entry cost, they only ask for a donation.

Web address -

Thread: "Mystery" Tool
24/11/2019 16:39:50

Looks like a Geneva Drive Indexing Plate.

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.

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