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Member postings for Chris Evans 6

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Thread: Warco VMC lamp bulbs
23/04/2016 17:00:00

Don't know about Warco stuff but I get bulbs for my lathe from local commercial vehicle place.

Thread: Excellent machine lighting
23/04/2016 09:36:14

That looks a nice bit of kit, you can never have enough light. I recently fitted a T4 (think under kitchen cupboard) strip light in the lip on the lathe splash back, one of your style will enhance the machine light which is always in the wrong place.

Thread: Grinder for end mills and drills
23/04/2016 09:28:55

Looking at all of those options I consider myself very lucky. A friend has a "Pratt & Whitney" cutter grinder as supplied with a "Keller" copy milling machine pre war or early 50s. It will do flute/ends/ball ends and internal radius work. Best of all I can turn up with a box of cutters and do them myself. Having said that making something is a nice project to add to the list.

Thread: Elliott Juniormil
22/04/2016 20:41:17

Shimming Gib strips is common on older/worn machines and it works. Have you established why it is tight ? The shim will not cause tightness, maybe the slides need some re-scraping or the lead screw is worn in the middle and tight on the ends. Most machines end up like that.

Thread: Trying to choose a diamond grinding wheel
19/04/2016 19:49:14

I run the 45 degree dish style on one end of my grinder with good results on the same things as you wish to do.

Thread: Black 5 first steam up
19/04/2016 19:47:07

Being local I would have come to your Gala day but am going to Oulton Park for the Superbike meeting.

19/04/2016 18:39:49

I have been following your problems Ron. Well done for perseverance.

Thread: Stripped T bolt
19/04/2016 07:39:35

It is a quick and easy job to pull the cross slide off and make a correct tee bolt. Use EN24T if you have any or a Tensile bolt. The original most likely gave up from wear and tear, my lathe only has two bolts to hold the top slide on and I have added two tapped holes in the cross slide and made "L" shaped clamps to give a bit of extra security.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
17/04/2016 09:20:41

Yes Windy, so much better than the TZ Yamaha engine outfits of the era.

Thread: Parting Tools
17/04/2016 09:18:08

Jon. I am in Kings Bromley in between Lichfield and Burton on Trent. I use an old Jones and Shipman HSS blade tool at the moment. The cross slide issues I am attempting to overcome should Improve my parting off !

When the lathe goes back together it will have a new feed screw and nut so backlash should be minimal, as well as improved slideway fit.

Thread: New member
16/04/2016 22:06:33

Welcome along Anthony, you will find some good info on here.

Thread: Lifetime of Commercial Tooling Vs. Home-made
16/04/2016 22:04:54

I am not so sure that the home made stuff is treasured more, It just does the job so why change.

Thread: Parting Tools
16/04/2016 13:37:11

MSC are only 20 miles from me, looks like I will call and look at 2mm stuff to start with. I am on the mailing list for the flyer. What I am trying to avoid is buying a system that uses a difficult to get tip. I used " Horn " parting and grooving stuff when at work but a bit pricey for home use.

16/04/2016 10:05:09

I am well on with making a new Cross slide for my 14" x 40" Excel lathe, all beefed up to add tee slots and tapped holes on the surface.

My thoughts are now moving ahead to making a rear tool post for a parting tool. What is the preferred size of parting tips ? 2.2mm or 3mm ? Chris.

Thread: Short morse taper drill bits.
15/04/2016 07:35:49

I tend to use a cut off wheel and shorten well used ones. It is usually the first couple of inches of flute that is worn.

If I am only "rough" drilling I will sometimes grind the drill a bit one sided to cut slightly over when the flutes are showing wear, tends to stop the rubbing.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread (2016)
14/04/2016 08:59:46

Neil, I am going to make one of those knurling devises. What size knurl wheels did you use ? It will be on the list of jobs, I am still doing bits on making my new lathe cross slide in between other jobs. All squared up/tee slots and dovetails in. Hope to do the drilling/tapping/oiler positions today then on with the radial tee slot and angel engraving for the top slide.

Thread: which lathe
13/04/2016 09:15:52

Jon, It sounds like you use your machines more/harder than the average hobbyist. I do a fair amount of work on the bikes now that I am retired. But actual spindle running time is most likely 4 or 5 hours a week on the lathe and similar on the Bridgeport mill. Add to that the sorting out and set up time plus assembly of parts I am doing around three days a week. My machinery should see my days out.

Thread: Magnetic centroid
13/04/2016 09:05:58

Michael, I should read the posts a little better. My excuse is it was early and the coffee had not yet wakened me. Chris.

13/04/2016 07:22:24

Will the trend to build aluminium cars trigger a rethink?

Thread: which lathe
11/04/2016 16:32:14

Condition is everything. When I was working in a contract toolroom we ran Colchester Triumph 2000 machines. These where replaced every 5 years and believe me they where really worn out. 60 to 80 hours a week of hard work took its toll.

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