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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: Chester lathe as my new lathe anyone
08/06/2020 19:48:31

Hopper I am with you on that and we might also be able to sort out any concerns that he has, unless of course they are genuine short comings with the lathe.

07/06/2020 18:59:59
Posted by Dave Halford on 04/06/2020 10:18:24:
Posted by Ian Skeldon 2 on 03/06/2020 22:07:52:
Posted by Jack M on 03/06/2020 20:45:06:

All I can say is wow i wouldn't recommend them after finally buying my lathe from then think I made bad choice

Hi Jack,

Your update is a bit vague, which company did you buy from in the end and what problems have you encountered?


Do we need another company bashing thread?

Asking someone what they found wrong with their new purchase is company bashing?? If you read all of the thread you will see both positive and negative remarks about several companies. In the mean time it might be that we can help Jack sort out whatever the perceived issues are. I have a Chester DB10 that needed a lot of fettling but now it is a very good lathe with real accuracy.

03/06/2020 22:07:52
Posted by Jack M on 03/06/2020 20:45:06:

All I can say is wow i wouldn't recommend them after finally buying my lathe from then think I made bad choice

Hi Jack,

Your update is a bit vague, which company did you buy from in the end and what problems have you encountered?


Thread: missing magazine?
29/05/2020 10:42:39

Thanks for replying Neil and Berty, sorry for my impatience, it has just arrived this morning embarrassed.

Thread: Coronavirus
27/05/2020 18:28:06

One thing I have seen for myself is that this virus seems to be very infectious it infects people so easily, the other thing I have seen is that the outcome will vary a great deal. The general health of the newly infected person does make some difference, as do other factors such as gender and general fitness level, it also seems to be more serious for non European people and of course some elderly people.

I would agree that we are a long way away from breathing a sigh of relief, this is the time the virus will catch those that believe that it is safe to go back to doing normal things and that could cause a second wave or spike in the reported cases.

Thread: missing magazine?
27/05/2020 18:19:35

Has anybody else not yet received Junes magazine? I know a few people that have got there June mag already but I have not received mine?

Thread: Coronavirus
26/05/2020 22:25:43

Just a quick update.

I have been pulled back from the front line at my hospital. It has been a very demanding and stressful period but I have been lucky and am currently healthy and able to post this message.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of those that passed on messages of support, it really does make it easier knowing that people are grateful for the work being done. I just hope that there will be no further spikes or prolonged cases of covid 19 and wish all of you good health.


Thread: Bumblebee behaviour
26/05/2020 22:18:42

Thank you speedy, I am not interested in making or taking honey, I just have a fondness for bee's that I can't explain, I will do anything I can to help them out, I have lots in and out of the garden so hopefully a couple of these bamboo type things will help em out.

23/05/2020 16:02:22

I love bees, but I don't know enough to consider keeping them, also when I looked on line the cost of a hive is pretty steep.

Am I right in thinking I will be helping out by just hanging some of those bamboo looking things up which wild bees will then use?

Thread: Chalking files
17/05/2020 16:45:59

If my memory serves me correctly (and it may well not do) I was taught that only course files should be used on soft material and then to use a strip of emery cloth supported by the file, getting less course as nearing the correct size. I do remember using chalk but I am almost sure that was when draw filling, but I might be talking out of the wrong end, it was a long time ago.

Thread: boxford model c
11/05/2020 20:42:31

Thanks for the replies, that would explain the nipples being full of grease then.

I will re-grease the spindle bearings and use oil on all the other parts, once again, many thanks.


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.

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