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Thread: What lathe does this steady rest fit?
06/10/2021 20:42:28

Thanks guys. I think it is indeed for a Harrison L5. Great teamwork! 😃

Thread: (old) Proxxon BFW 36/E vs. (new) Proxxon BFW 40/E
06/10/2021 07:46:41

I haven't used the proxxon bfw40 but have played around with a display model. (Not running). IMO the construction of the machine is way too light for milling. It's more like an accurate drill.

The Emco 3 which is better and of slightly heavier construction is only just rigid enough for light milling. So you can see the problem.

The FF230 is about the same quality of construction as the Emco 3 but has a few small tweaks that the Emco lacks. The column although still round is slightly larger diameter and the head has a proper vertical adjustment aiding alignment.

Both of the above are less rigid than either the Cowells or Sherline and so both of the latter make better milling machines. It's true they are not so good for drilling without the quill feed. However a sensitive drilling attachment is available for the Sherline which is good for drilling small holes.

Thread: Vintage Portmac vertical milling machine
06/10/2021 07:29:29

That's a really nice little machine! Not seen one before. 😎

Thread: What lathe does this steady rest fit?
06/10/2021 07:28:07
Posted by not done it yet on 05/10/2021 21:54:21:
Posted by Hollowpoint on 05/10/2021 15:59:08:
Posted by Adrian R2 on 05/10/2021 15:49:07:

I don't recognise it but dimensions may help, particularly width of bed and height to centre.

Dimensions are approx. 92mm from the bottom to the centre and the widest part of the dovetail is also approx. 92mm

I have an idea of what it fits but I don't want to influence anyones thinking. cheeky

Edited By Hollowpoint on 05/10/2021 16:27:38

Confirmation, or otherwise, is better than people spending time coming up with possible answers!

I was hoping someone would recognise it immediately and confirm my own research rather than just take a quick look and agree with me.

But the closest I can find was for an early Raglan little John.

Thread: (old) Proxxon BFW 36/E vs. (new) Proxxon BFW 40/E
05/10/2021 17:47:33

I haven't read the whole thread because frankly I can't be bothered cheeky But I might as well throw my opinion into the mix since I collect these small machines.

Ok so first the Emco 3 mill is a nice little machine (I own one) but they are quite rare and rather collectable and therefore expensive. Parts and accessories are readily available second hand. However there are better alternatives.

Probably the best of the lot (other than the mega expensive watchmakers machines) is the Cowells mill. Unfortunately they rarely come up for sale and prices are high. Parts and accessories are available both new and second hand but expect to pay up!

The Sherline mill is the next best, they aren't particularly cheap new and can be difficult to find in the UK second hand. Parts and accessories are available new and second hand but they aren't so common in the UK. Lots available in the US if you are willing to import them.

One not mentioned is the Proxxon FF230. It is very similar in a lot of ways to the Emco 3 mill and is of at least equal quality if not better. It's worth knowing that not all proxxon tools are created equally. Some are dire while others are quite good. The FF230 and PF230 are two of there better products. Again they aren't particularly cheap but parts and accessories are fairly common within the UK and Europe.

Forget the rest. Those 4 are the pick of the bunch if you absolutely must have a micro mill.

Thread: Hermes. A Company in Total Confusion!
05/10/2021 16:13:51

Was this through ebay per chance? Hermes labels purchased on ebay go through packlink which might explain some of the confusion.

Thread: What lathe does this steady rest fit?
05/10/2021 15:59:08
Posted by Adrian R2 on 05/10/2021 15:49:07:

I don't recognise it but dimensions may help, particularly width of bed and height to centre.

Dimensions are approx. 92mm from the bottom to the centre and the widest part of the dovetail is also approx. 92mm

 

I have an idea of what it fits but I don't want to influence anyones thinking. cheeky

Edited By Hollowpoint on 05/10/2021 16:27:38

Thread: Small metric setscrews
05/10/2021 15:53:12

I think you'll struggle unfortunately. I needed something similar recently and couldn't find any. I ended up using regular machine screws.

Thread: What lathe does this steady rest fit?
05/10/2021 15:43:43

Hi guys

My brother has asked me to help identify this lathe steady for him, as it is surplus to requirements he might as well sell it. I found a few similar, but no exact matches. Anyone know what it fits?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Thread: boxford lathe upgrade?
21/08/2021 22:45:59

Yes and no. I believe most of the parts are interchangeable but IIRC some AUD models are 5" inch centre height while the BUD, CUD etc is 4.5" inch.

Thread: Knurling tool
04/08/2021 08:23:34

The Hemingway kit is based on the Marlco knurler which is the best of the lot imo. They aren't cheap but worth looking at.

Thread: Emco Compact 5 collet holder
21/07/2021 12:59:22

Probably your best option is to purchase one of the er collet chucks as sold by arc, chronos, rdg etc and a separate back plate. You then machine the register while fitted on the lathe ensuring minimal runout. 🙂

Thread: Where to buy dowel pins in small quantities
19/07/2021 09:15:31
Posted by Ian Skeldon 2 on 19/07/2021 09:12:44:

Could you use drills cut and ground to length?

Possibly a plan b. 🙂 Or make some out of silver steel perhaps.

19/07/2021 09:05:52
Posted by not done it yet on 19/07/2021 08:50:26:

imperial sized hardened dowel pins in small quantities?

Google is your friend? I found 2 companies selling these in small numbers in first 3 searches. One had a delivery charge of a fiver and I didn't look for your particular size but you might have to compromise on diameter. Might find 5.5mm easier than 7/32”?

Edited By not done it yet on 19/07/2021 08:51:06

I can't compromise on size unfortunately. What are the sites you found? I can only find the sizes I need at boneham. Minimum delivery is £7 which seems a lot for 2 pins.

19/07/2021 09:02:46
Posted by Paul M on 19/07/2021 08:41:25:

Try Accu.co.uk. I have purchased small quantities of dowel pins from them but not hardened. Worth a look.

I'll take a look. 🙂

19/07/2021 08:30:38

Hi guys

Does anyone know where I can buy imperial sized hardened dowel pins in small quantities?

I literally just need a couple of 7/32 dia by 5/8 long. I don't fancy buying a 100 @ £25. 😔

Thread: Insert Tip radius?
09/07/2021 13:27:13

I find the ccgt tips used for alu give a better finish with a larger radius .4 or above. The .2 leave a fine spiralling.

Thread: First model for a complete beginner
09/07/2021 13:22:13

Go with an oscillating engine. It's about as simple as it gets. I'd recommend looking on YouTube for something you can follow along with. Then if you get stuck it's just a case of watching how others did it.

Thread: SIEG C0 Chuck Options
23/06/2021 08:30:58

Cowells also do M14x1 threaded chucks though I'm not sure on the size of register.

They are very expensive new but very good quality. You might get lucky and find one second hand though.

Thread: Belt for a Duplex D27
11/06/2021 17:50:21

Hi guys

I need a flat belt for my duplex d27 tool post grinder, unfortunately I have lost the original belt so I don't have the printed code from the belt or the size measurements and I'm struggling to find any info online.

Anyone know the size? or does anyone have a d27 they could have a quick look at for me? It would be greatly appreciated.

Also if anyone knows where to buy them that would be great.

Thanks in advance.

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