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Thread: Sourcing materials
19/10/2018 07:43:02

Your approximate location/county would help. I use a steel stockholder about 12 miles from me, very useful.

Thread: What Material for a rear tool post
18/10/2018 21:19:50

I used an offcut from a flame cutting place, just mild steel and free. It was a pieces on the floor that I spotted when going in to order a piece.

Thread: JB cutting tools .com
18/10/2018 21:09:33

They where at Stafford classic bike show over the weekend and from Jason's post at the Midlands show as well. Sounds like they have been a bit stretched for time.

Thread: Deburing holes
18/10/2018 10:13:28

Centre drills with a 118 degree profile are available and the shallower profile may help. Work with a three square (triangle) scraper by hand is slow but can give a good result.

Thread: Turning a tapered carburator needle
16/10/2018 22:17:20

I have made several slides plus other bits for pre war Amal motorcycle carburettors but never attempted a needle.

Just how you will support the needle when turning is a problem. I think that I would set up in a 5C collet and do it in steps turn around 5/8" length at a time then bring it out some more for the next 5/8"and try to blend it in Good luck, please let us know how you get on. Do you have access to a shadograph ? If you do then you have a chance of checking them and local polishing to get two the same...….

Thread: EN1A alternative
16/10/2018 20:19:36

AJW where are you located ? my local steel stockholder lets me look in the offcut/short length rack. Prices are more than reasonable if paying cash.

Thread: Depth Guage
15/10/2018 20:30:51

I have several depth micrometers and over the last 50 years have only once bought a replacement rod. This was for a Starrett make, the price bears no relation to what you get. I suggest you will be better off buying a new depth mic. Look out for offers with the likes of MSC.

Thread: Hello and Bridgeport Mill advice needed
15/10/2018 07:30:53

When I first got my Bridgeport mill it was a bit dry on the ways. For the first couple of fills in the oil pump tank I used ISO32 oil instead of ISO 68. This seemed to get things going again.

Thread: New here
12/10/2018 07:29:44

Welcome along Robert,

Thread: Parting off - again, sorry
11/10/2018 19:03:29

I use the same parting blade from ARC with a 2mm tip. Rear mounted I can part 40/50mm EN1A (leaded) at 1100 RPM and 0.05mm per rev feed with flood coolant. Feed by hand if not using flood and still dab plenty lube on with a brush. I tend to mix a little machine oil in with the soluble coolant when brushing on.

Thread: Sustainability of under powered VFD on Initial motor starting
09/10/2018 09:00:20

My Bridgeport mill has run happily from a cheap £90 Chinese VFD for five or six years. Prior to this I tried running it from a Transwave static inverter but the mill would only run for a few minutes before tripping a contactor. The 3HP lathe still runs from the static inverter but start up is vicious and sudden with no soft start. One day I will drag the lathe from by the wall remove the motor get someone to find the star point and wire it for 240V through a VFD. Doubt I will spend more than a couple of hundred pounds so maybe I should move the job up the roundtuit list.

Thread: New Mill - Starter Tooling
06/10/2018 09:25:43

R8 collets on offer with MSC this month at very cheap prices. Enjoy the new mill.

Edited By Chris Evans 6 on 06/10/2018 09:26:15

Thread: Road Run Length vs Size
06/10/2018 09:19:37

At various times of the year I get full size engines passing my house. If I hear them in time I will go and watch them pass and maybe take a picture. Living on a main road we have a "pinch point" outside the house to slow the traffic, one day I nearly collided with a motorcycle on the pavement when exiting my drive The rider was to impatient to wait for a steam engine to pass through the narrowed road.

Things may be different for you by the time the engine is built we may have considerate drivers ?

Thread: F J Edwards Folder
06/10/2018 08:51:19

What a lovely bit of kit,a good addition to any workshop. Countersunk screws sometimes yield with a good few blows with say a 1/2" diameter bar faced off square and a lump hammer to shock them followed by a centre punch to drift them round. Good luck.

Thread: Steel for machining
04/10/2018 21:52:59

Make a simple pattern from polystyrene which will be burnt out of the sand box. This is how I made my new lathe cross slide. Speak to Nigel at Coventry Castings.

Thread: hi
02/10/2018 09:09:54

Welcome along, a friend in the Derby area has recently sold a Grayson lathe. Was it to you ? He always maintained that the Grayson was better made than a Myford. I have never operated either so can not comment. Enjoy the lathe/hobby.

Thread: How much do Colchester spares cost ?
02/10/2018 07:33:27

Yup sounds as expected. Genuine Bridgeport mill parts are not far behind 600 group prices but availability is good.

I have a Taiwan built lathe about 20 years old, a similar model still sold but the distributor does not want to know about supplying parts. Fortunately I have been able to make the odd part I have needed, the last item being a cross slide.

Thread: YAN (Yet Another Newbie)
25/09/2018 07:29:22

Welcome along Ian.

Thread: Confused abut the oil?
21/09/2018 22:34:03

I ran a Colchester Triumph 2000 when at work, same sort of lathe just a bit bigger. It was happy with ISO 32 in the headstock and ISO 68 for slideways. Leaked like buggery so always had fresh oil.

Thread: Pete Bucks
15/09/2018 08:41:44

Welcome Pete, enjoy the lathe whatever you end up with.


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