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Thread: Quick Change Tool Post WM280
17/06/2017 21:37:13

How damn useful is this forum. Yesterday I measured up with a view to buying a QCTP. Decided on the 111 from arc as it is going to be the best size fit for my Warco DB10. Then found the mounting boss thing for the original tool post. I haven't gone any further at this stage as I wil need to use the lathe to make the modifications for whatever method of mounting I go for. Additionally nobody has any of the standard tool holders for this size of tool post so I will have to wait a while longer.

My sincere thanks to all contributers as the information shared in this thread will be used when tool holders are available.


Thread: Cutting a fine groove
16/06/2017 13:08:40

Hi Hopper,

In years gone by yes I ground many a tool on various grindstones, in fact I was made responsible for dressing them and checking balance, width and dia to make sure they were safe and ready to go or change the wheels if needed. I even went to universal to learn more when they were based in Staffordshire.

The reason I don't now is that I have a poxy little bench grinder which would be ok at a push, apart from the useless tool rests, they are so small they are next to useless, and I know what your thinking, why not make better rests. You would be right in that as well, although I am thinking of upgrading to a decent (ish) grinder and then using some angle plate to give me a tool rest that's safe to use and will allow me to produce more of my own tools when required.

16/06/2017 13:00:51
Posted by Robbo on 15/06/2017 22:15:37:

Google "msc" and this comes up - **LINK**

Other search engines are available.

Thanks Robbo

15/06/2017 21:09:52

Thank you, lots of ideas there and a kind offer from John Stevenson. Who are MSC by the way?

Thanks again,


15/06/2017 19:51:01


In one of my latest projects I wish to cut a groove about 1mm deep and about 0.5mm or 0.6mm wide, material will be stainless steel. I am almost resigned to trying to re-grind a HSS parting tool in order to do this.

Of course someone out there has probably done this already or knows where a tool that is narrow enough can be bought?



Thread: kennedy hacksaw
14/06/2017 11:40:01

Ahhh yeah I remember the thing we used to use having a sort of rhythm to it, never saw it (see what I did there) fail. I used to take the old blades and grind them, they made fantastic sharp knives that held their edge well.

I might have to get a Chinese one as there are only a few used ones on ebay and none local.



Thread: brass wanted
13/06/2017 20:50:31

Don't know if this helps but I went to a materials supplier geared up to supply lots of different stuff in small quantities to lots and various materials and sizes and shapes etc, based in Stoke-On-Trent they're called Noggin End Metals.

As I say I went there today and only spent a few quid but the chap there (I think it was Mike?), asked his good lady to make us both a brew, very friendly and helpful, here is a link **LINK**

Thread: kennedy hacksaw
13/06/2017 19:13:19

mmmm Where might be the best place to look for a used saw? In my youth we used to have a clonky old thing with a solid starret blade and a recipricle movement, wasn't that slow as I remember it and certainly better than doing a dozen by hand.



Thread: CMD10 / X1 - stopping gears breaking
13/06/2017 19:06:10

Well sorted out mate, hopefully many happy hours of milling now.

Thread: Ebay chuckle
13/06/2017 12:41:55

OK I gave in, really surprised on two counts, firstly it all came apart very easily, secondly the bearings are actually very smooth and have lots of life left in them.drill bearing.jpg

And the reason there was so much lateral play was because the keyway pin has been machined wrong, the pin is oblong and won't engage inside the keyway, In the photo below you can see what I mean and just make out the whitness marks about 1 inch below, where it was binding in the key way, the pin will now be hand ground or filed and re-fitted.

drill key pin.jpg

Seems like you have all done me a favour as I wouldn't have bothered had it not been for posts, so thank you.

13/06/2017 11:09:18

Well as I got it for free and it has done lots of work I can't complain, but I also can't produce anything with accuracy, easily, or quickly.

I guess that having the mill available has just made drilling so much easier, without doubt, if I didn't have the mill I would still be using 'my old china' for everything and just working around it's limitations, in fact even now if it's just a hole in something and the size of hole aint too big, I use the drill, using a car jack under the table for support also works but it all takes a bit longer. The quill adjustment on mine seems to be best where it is currently set, if I try to adjust any more play out of it it starts to bind and all sorts.

Who knows, if I get the time I might strip it and renovate with new bearings/bushes.

12/06/2017 16:38:28

Ooops I ment 'check'.

12/06/2017 16:37:44

Neil, I believe I now have drill envey.

I just checked my original post, glad to see I wasn't actually slagging off all chinese machines, just mine.I guess it's easy to mis-interpret what I actually said.

So yes my drill is pretty dire, but it has managed to get by, helped by supporting the table from underneath, as it bends slightly even under the weight of a light vice, the noise has been there from day one, not sure exactly where it is coming from but sounds like the bush that the idle wheel is mounted in. Too be honest I was thinking of stripping and renovating it but there is so much play in the quill I doubt it would be worth doing.

Chesk this out,

drill 3.jpg

drill 4.jpg

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 12/06/2017 16:41:43

11/06/2017 19:47:46

If it can't speak it can't lie, note, this is finger pressure!

drill one.jpg

drill two.jpg

11/06/2017 19:29:42
Posted by Bob Stevenson on 10/06/2017 09:01:10:

The thing about cheap Chinese machine tools that has interested me most is the amazing polarity of the buyers....on the one hand there are those who love to repeat how bad this rubbish is because it's so badly made compared to Myford and how any half accurate work is completely impossible to infinitum...

The cheap drilling machine given to me , is not great, has had lots of use by x number of previous owners. Being Chinese doesn't mean that all the machinery is the same, just that they were all made in China.

On the other side are those who are quietly turning out the most amazing work while acknowledging their low initial expectations and their pleasure in discovering that you don't indeed, always get what you pay for!....sometimes you get a bit more besides!

My Chinese lathe is great, no run out on the spindle, smooth and vibration free, accurate every time.

My 'Chinese Cheapies' have enabled me to stretch my money much further than I ever Aldi drilling machine is still making nice accurate holes in steel and brass after 5 years but strangely enough I have never deflected the table by using drilling pressure.........

I've seen the diameter of brass you turn Bob and given how light a cut you take, I doubt you will ever deflect anything. II'll give you some of my stock to have a go with if you want ?


11/06/2017 19:18:23

Like I said, I was given mine, so it's only to be expected that it isn't going to be a fine quality machine. Yes the table distorts downwards when drilling 30mm aluminium even drilling it slowly and using gradually bigger drills, it results in the top of the hole being where it should be and the bottom of the hole being forward of the axis.

It has however served me well but as I now have a mill that is very precise and functional I tend to use that, i might look at servicing the drill, or just scrap it off.

My Chinese lathe is doing a great job and is certainly worth every penny and means that I have managed to get a good quality lathe producing great results, rather than a worn out British one at the same price.

Thread: aluminium crank cases
09/06/2017 23:36:17


and don't ask me how I know wink

Thread: Ebay chuckle
09/06/2017 23:33:52

Ahhh no, I thought I was the only one to own such rubbish. In fairness mine was kindly given to me and is ok for very light use. The table bends downwards if I use too much pressure with larger drills, hence no accuracy built in, oh yes and mine also has the idler in the middle, mine is noisy, vibrates and hardly gets used now as I use the mill.


Thread: Machine moving day.
09/06/2017 23:14:18

Nick can I ask who did the move for you and where they are based, I don't need anything yet but always good to know these things.

Muzzer, same question to you but obviousley for a different reason frown



Thread: Dore Westbury Mk2 drive pulley repair
23/05/2017 22:10:35

Canyon can you let me have your contact details please, I have a Grayson and may want to ask some questions about it.

Thank you,


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