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Thread: Torx head variant or faulty batch?
21/08/2019 19:27:59

Its a faulty Torx.

I have had problems before with cap screws being under size/over size. I once even had some with out any hex at all!

When you think how big the batches must be (100,000??) having some bad ones slip through, can't be too much of a surprise.


Thread: Borrowing
18/08/2019 18:45:38
Posted by Phil Whitley on 18/08/2019 18:36:59:

I usually find that if I borrow anything (which is rare) I have to fix it before I can use it, and if I lend anything, I have to fix it when I get it back! If anyone asks to borrow now I generally tell them to fetch the problem to me, rather than take my tools to the problem!

I'm with you there Phil!


18/08/2019 07:16:51

Some years ago, a work mate asked if he could borrow a pair of axle stands, an angle grinder and trolley jack.

I say, "sure thing, what do you want them for?", believe it or not, the answer I got was "I'm going to restore a car, I'll only need them for 6 months"!

Needless to say, I declined.......


Thread: Black Oxide coating
12/08/2019 16:48:46

I usually just heat and dunk in some old engine oil.

This weekend I tried a 3 stage chemical blacking kit I got off Ebay. I must say it is far easier and quicker (and probably a lot safer) than heating things up.


Thread: Is your spindle bore large enough?
09/08/2019 17:35:06

I will say that I have never wanted a smaller spindle bore!


Thread: Safety Glasses
09/08/2019 16:17:04

I use varifocal safety glasses every day. I have no idea of the cost, as work pay.......


Thread: 316 Stainless
04/08/2019 03:13:36

I machine a fair bit of 303, 304 and 316 stainless.

I use a small amount of Rocol RTD liquid **LINK**

If you are using insert tooling, you may not be taking a deep enough cut.

Slow and steady is the way to go.

I tend to use silversteel for hard wearing items (either hardened or in its natural state).


Thread: chinese hit and miss engine
26/07/2019 20:48:45
Posted by not done it yet on 26/07/2019 06:04:58:
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 25/07/2019 21:52:35:

I've seen a few Bang good hit and miss engines, the blue ones, from acquaintances. They ran really well for about 10 or 12 runs, then will not run.

On the ones I have seen the aluminum bores, not lined with steel and not chromed, wear out completely. I fitted a steel liner in one but it was prone to overheat afterward, and there was very little clearance around the head screws to fit it.

No idea whether they have changed the design along the way to add a steel or iron liner, but the early ones I saw were not designed with longevity in mind. Still makes a nice shelf model, running or not.

If they were any good they would likely not be for sale from that supplier. I reckon they only sell lines that are bought in cheap because the items are not first quality or are ‘surplus to requirements’ from manufacturing runs.

Just because you bought something once that was no good, don't assume everything they sell is the same............................


Thread: What lathes have you had?
21/07/2019 11:14:43

Mine in order,

Chester Conquest mini-lathe (sold)

C3 (sold)

SC4 (still got)

Chester Crusader (still got)

C3 (only one bought used,sold)


Thread: How badly do I need a surface plate?
21/07/2019 11:11:02

I have had a variety of granite work top off cuts over the years.

Finally treated myself to a 450mm x 450mm x100mm one a couple of years ago.


It appears I now use all of them to gather dust........



Edited By jimmy b on 21/07/2019 11:11:20

Thread: ALDI Printer Problem
15/07/2019 16:57:47

Hi Kevin,

I had exactly the same experience with mine!

Problem turned out to brittle filament, breaking up. All I have done is switch to a different filament.

Good luck.


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.


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