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Thread: boxford model c
10/05/2020 21:31:07


Can I just ask for some advice regarding maintaining my Boxford model c and keeping it in good condition.

I was of the opinion that the lubricating nipples were there to get oil into the various bearings. I recently tried to inject some oil into the nipples to ensure everything was ok, however the nipples appeared to be blocked, so I unscrewed the main the nipples in the head and discovered they were full of grease.

So do I use grease or oil to lubricate the main bearings and the counter shaft bearings?

Thread: Whatever happened to...
22/04/2020 20:07:00

Brilliant it is still imported, my order will go out this evening.

Thanks John.

22/04/2020 20:02:45
Posted by OldMetaller on 22/04/2020 19:33:19:
Posted by Ian Skeldon 2 on 22/04/2020 19:24:32:

One of my favourites was a chewing gum, I can't remember the name of it but, the chewing gum itself was pink in an oblong shape and tasted hot and maybe cinamon? The wrapper was red.

If it was pink it could have been Dentyne or Big Red.


John your bang on mate, it was Dentyne, now you have named it I remember it, lovely stuff, must google and see if it's still available.

22/04/2020 19:24:32

One of my favourites was a chewing gum, I can't remember the name of it but, the chewing gum itself was pink in an oblong shape and tasted hot and maybe cinamon? The wrapper was red.

Thread: Coronavirus
16/04/2020 21:06:26

A day full of mixed emotion, firstly extreme joy as we have had a delivery of 3m masks, that is a fantastic step forward and lifted all of our spirits. It didn't last long, at 11:00 we went out of the ward to line the corridor and hold a minutes silence in memory of our colleague Brian who sadly died from covid 19. After lunch a personal lift for me as I managed to get IV access in a very poorly patient, sadly a few hours later it proved to be too little, too late. I actually went out at 8pm to clap, I expected to be one of a very small number, the whole damn street was out. A day with both ups and downs. Please maintain your social distancing as we did have a dilemma this afternoon with who should get ventilation and who will have to wait a bit longer for another one to become free.


Thread: Conundrum
10/04/2020 19:05:43

Looking at the puller I would suggest that you unscrew the bolt completely then put it back in at the bottom (upside down) and then the top of the three legs can be used on an internal bearing.

Thread: Coronavirus
10/04/2020 11:43:34

I wish the hospital I work in was as well equipped as yours Raphael, Yesterday we went from two patients at the start of shift, to eight at the finish of the shift, throughout the whole time we were doing bloods, abg, cannulation and iv fluids, nebs etc, only ppe available to us was visor with surgical mask, gloves and apron, I hope it will prove to have been enough as I am in my sixties and have a heart condition(s). It is a pity that supply is unable to meet demand at the moment, hopefully it will catch up really quickly.

Thread: Essential and non-essential workers lockdown rules
10/04/2020 11:32:23
Posted by vintage engineer on 10/04/2020 10:40:28:

There is NO restrictions on who can work and the Police are ignorant of the guidelines if they think only essential workers are allowed to work.

The guidelines clearly state:- work from home if possible. If this is not possible you may travel to work but must observe the two metre rule.

I am still working as I am a lone worker, I have my own workshops and no one else is near me.

If the Police try to stop me from working I will be seeing them in court seeking compensation as I am not entitled to any help from the government!

Edited By vintage engineer on 10/04/2020 10:42:49

I doubt very much that the police would try to stop you from working, what they are trying to do is stop idiots from going out for a drive around. I haven't heard of anyone in my area being stopped from working, one or two from driving with mates in the car have been stopped.

Thread: Which Lathe???
07/04/2020 18:03:19

I don't think that link for the boxford steadies is accurate, you can get both fixed and moving for a LOT less than that. I agree with most of the comments already made, in so much as getting a ML7 wouldn't be any significant step up. Current Chinese stuff is hard to beat for the price but if you can find a decent used older lathe such as Harrison or Colchester complete with change gears and steadies etc then providing it has no real issues I would go down that route. You might be able to get a friend to help move/install it with you, choices, choices.

Thread: Todays news -- well done
05/04/2020 20:00:46
Posted by J Hancock on 05/04/2020 19:26:07:

There are far, far worse things going on, with the passive acceptance of the government.

This is classic military diversion tactics.

I am not really into politics but what part of a military tactic is this then? It's really just taking sensible precautions, you may not know this but the virus has no means of self transporting or transmission, it needs a weak link, that's where the idiots on Brighton beach come in.

The government has certainly made some big mistakes and been slow to act, but I applaud the fact that they have not come down very heavy handed which they could have done. Instead they have allowed the media to show diluted updates about the virus and issued an instruction in a time of emergency, how thick do you have to be to still not understand it. there are some people who possibly will never actually grasp it unless they get the virus. Having now seen several people effectively drown while I stand by helpless to do any more for them I can't urge people enough to do their best and try to limit anything that might mean having contact with things outside the home.

I just wish that I went in to a ward tomorrow where people are not dying before they should do, not only dying but in a painful and distressing manner.

NDIY I can see nothing risky in what you are doing and you seem to have understood the risks and mitigated them.

Thread: Workflow
05/04/2020 19:05:00

Great result mate, I am with Neil I would taper and chamfer after knurling and possibly use a piece of leather to protect the knurled part if needed.

Thread: Todays news -- well done
05/04/2020 18:56:47

By the way, in talking to patients who are fighting for their lives, most have told me that they can't think where or from whom they caught the virus. It seems to be the things that we think we are ok to do that are still catching us out.

05/04/2020 18:54:57

Howard I am afraid that I think you have completely failed to think this one through. A barbeque on a public beach is not in any way essential. There may have only been two people stupid enough to do that (is that a fact or a guess). But the government have issued an instruction, not a request and if the idiots in Brighton think that they are excluded then I can only shake my head in disbelief. I suppose that you also overlooked the fact that the police would have been inundated with calls from the majority of people that saw this act of gross stupidity taking place, and then of course there are the weak easily lead, who will think oh that must be alright for me to do because someone else is doing it. I hope the fine is as heavy as it can be.

Thread: Coronavirus
01/04/2020 19:01:57

Great efforts by a lot of people, thanks for posting that Martin, hopefully they're combined effort will beat this damned virus before it kills many more people.

Thread: A bit of light relief No. 1
28/03/2020 20:33:51

I once had to remove a latex surgical glove from the head of a drunken female. She had fallen over whilst drunk and struck her head. A new health care assistant had been given the task of cleaning the wound and then gluing it together with tissue glue.

For some reason he decided that he needed to use a pair of surgical gloves and in the process managed to glue one of the gloves to the ladies head at the site of the wound. He very sheepishly came to me and asked if I could come and have a look and help him, I couldn't keep back the laugh when I drew back the cubicle curtain and saw the lady in that state.

Thread: On a lighter note - Are you an interior or an exterior type.
28/03/2020 20:21:42

Mine just sits on the radiator so either way is ok smiley

Thread: Coronavirus
28/03/2020 20:19:53

I meant "need to follow the instructions"

28/03/2020 20:18:50
Posted by Jon on 28/03/2020 19:07:20:

Problem is Ian they tell the truth the people will go in to even more panic mode, end result exactly the same there is no cure.

I fully agree that causing people to panic would be counter productive, it's bad enough now, but maybe if people realised that it isn't going to be like mild flu for a lot of us, they might take more heed of the need to the instructions to stay at home where possible. I for want do not want to scare anyone, but I would be very happy if I thought just one person read my earlier post and thought blimey, I am going to do more to avoid catching this damn virus.

To be completely honest I have my own theory that Boris and co have intentionally been infected now so that they can be treated and observed while there are resources available, this is just my own thought and I could of course be wrong.

Thread: RDG Tools indexable boring bar
28/03/2020 14:35:42
Posted by JasonB on 28/03/2020 13:16:30:

No, I had been using it for something that needed it set at an angle to the toolholder lengthways for clearance just before taking the photo. usually just set directly below the screws. I've got 5 or 6 holders all with their own bars so just picked them up for the photo.


Edited By JasonB on 28/03/2020 13:18:55

Ahh ok.

28/03/2020 13:08:55

I am guessing that Jason has put these bars into holders to show the negative angle and would pack the front of that small one if intended for use so that the grub screw has more tool to tighten onto.

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