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Thread: Beta 1 case hardening any good
13/07/2019 14:14:13

Very good results!


13/07/2019 12:47:54

I have used that stuff with very results.



Thread: brass needed
10/07/2019 18:10:45


Macc Models?


Thread: WM18 Broken :(
09/07/2019 17:20:12

I had a similar thing happen to my Weiss mill. I bought 2 replacement gears, never had a problem since.

Take the hit in the pocket and know its the right item.


Thread: Is this chuck too big/heavy?
29/06/2019 10:22:53

I went from a 100mm chuck to 125mm on my SC4.

The change was worth it for the extra capacity.


Thread: What method do you use to find center height for your lathe bit?
29/06/2019 07:42:50

I use a cheap "thickness" gauge.

Works pretty well.


Edited By jimmy b on 29/06/2019 07:43:11

Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 18:38:03
Posted by Nick Clarke 3 on 28/06/2019 18:25:15:
Posted by jimmy b on 28/06/2019 18:21:52:

Sometimes i'm really good, other times, I just shut the door!


It is Friday night at the end of a hard week. There are three doors and a bottle of red wine between where I am sat in the living room and the workshop/garage.

What's the chance??

If you are like me, low!


28/06/2019 18:21:52

Comes and goes for me!

Sometimes i'm really good, other times, I just shut the door!


Thread: What to do,what to do.
27/06/2019 19:46:20

I bought one last year (and three sets of soft jaws.....). Its been useful, but to be honest, I could live without it!

But, if you need one, you need one.


Thread: HSS hire 500 kg folding engine crane
23/06/2019 07:14:33
Posted by Nicholas Farr on 23/06/2019 06:40:53:
Posted by Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 22/06/2019 13:19:07:

You and your helper will want a beer or two afterwards but that's still cheaper than renting a crane.

Hi, that depends, if you stumble and fall you could do a lot of damage to your machine, or worse bust a leg or something and loose wages from being off work.

Manhandling heavy machinery should only be a very last resort and with good assessment and caution.

Regards Nick.

Wise words Nick. Better to spend a small amount than have a nasty accident!


22/06/2019 15:30:32


I was in a similar situation a few years back.

Due to the time scale of moving the lathe etc I would have needed the hoist for over a week.

Solution, I bought a hoist off ebay for £100, kept it a couple of months and sold it on ebay for about £80!

Certainly worth thinking about.


Thread: Easy Button Die Storage Solution
22/06/2019 08:34:02

Nice solution to a problem.

The negativity is no surprise from certain quarters......

Keep posting!


Thread: Cheap Carbide Lathe Tools
16/06/2019 09:15:17

I've had some, in my opinion, good quality HSS is a better bet.


Thread: Carbide inserts tool holders.
16/06/2019 05:14:25

You sure can! I've done this plenty of times.

Cheaper holders will be easier than high end ones though.


16/06/2019 05:14:24

You sure can! I've done this plenty of times.

Cheaper holders will be easier than high end ones though.


Thread: Chinese carbide inserts.
15/06/2019 19:41:44
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 15/06/2019 18:21:12:

I never spend more on cheap bits from ebay than I can afford to lose.

Sometimes they are good, sometimes utter rejects. I got a toolholder that wasn't properly tapped so the screw stopped half a mm above the insert! 'Luckily' it wasn't hard so I was able to tap it to full depth. Probably one of a batch of QC rejects sold on cheap like the insert pictured above..

The better stuff tends to be when people sell off old stock bought from reputable suppliers.


I agree totally with you Neil.

Too many people buy cheap and expect high end goods.

Cheap tools are a bit like bit like gambling, only spend what you can afford to lose!



Edited By jimmy b on 15/06/2019 19:42:09

Thread: Supply of machines
14/06/2019 21:11:21

Its possibly more a case of selling the machines prior to shipping from China.

I bought one of my lathes from Chester and had a 2 month wait.


Thread: Chinese carbide inserts.
14/06/2019 19:44:42

Dave its a bit of pot luck!

I've had total crap and very good!

No doubt someone will be on shortly banging on about how bad banggood is, because they once bought something that was rubbish........

see the below picture for how bad cheap can be!



Thread: Hardening a form tool made from Gauge Plate
14/06/2019 19:11:28

Is the gauge plate of known good quality?

I bought some gauge plate off ebay that machined really well and would not harden....

I have had very good results with "case hardening compound" on mild steel.


Thread: Reference books
12/06/2019 18:24:34

My new Black Book came today!


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