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Thread: Lathe changing feedrate and buying advice please
02/12/2018 09:43:30

Gas_Mantle don't get me wrong, for the money my lathe was not terrible, but it wasn't great either. It was cutting a 0.2mm taper over 100mm to start with, correcting it was nightmare as there is no adjustment built in or available, so I then had to sacrifice an old file and bugger about making a scraper, then bluing and scraping for hours until I got a perfect parallel cut.

Can you cut a true 14tpi thread on your lathe? If so how? please share your knowledge I found that to be another big issue to resolve.

The compound slide was running downhill, when I looked at it closely, the ways and gig angles don't match either. All in all it has been a long slow journey to get the lathe doing what it should have been doing out of the box. As the OP has been going on about acheiving great accuracy with his mill in another thread, I doubt evry much that he would be happy with the DB10, unless I was just unlucky?

Thread: chuck grinder
02/12/2018 09:31:12

Ahh ok I haven't drilled joists so not come across that requirement and I suppose being able to remove the chuck easily will be useful should the grinder function be needed.

Thread: Lathe changing feedrate and buying advice please
01/12/2018 21:51:29

I have a Chester DB 10, and unless you are absolutely sure you won't need to cut imperial threads in the future then forget it. I had a need (and still do) to cut various BSP threads, both internal and external and had a lot of hassal trying to achieve it with the DB10. The compound slide needed a lot of work to get rid of inaccurate manufacturing faults. Finally, I seem to be chasing backlash every couple of weeks and don't use it that much.

I am sorry but I couldn't make a suggestion as to what would be better, a good used lathe would be ideal but making sure it really is good and accurate is never going to be easy.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

Thread: chuck grinder
01/12/2018 21:40:15

Why? Sorry but I just don't see the need to spend so much time re-inventing a drill, what am I missing?

Thread: Washing machine motor
30/11/2018 14:07:34

A good variety of opinions and suggestions for possible uses then, that's reassuring. Pete I would welcom anything useful and relavent to this task. I do take note of the cautions mentioned and would make sure that fire risk and risk of injury or harm is minimised.

Thank you to all contributors,


30/11/2018 10:12:35


This is at the moment a theoretical question, I have been given an old hotpoint washing machine (about eight years old) because it has corroded around the door seal and leaks like a good un. The motor does run nicely.

Is there any value in removing the motor for future workshop use? If so do I need to take out all of the wiring and use it as is or can I simply find which wires I can connect straight up to 240v? I realise this will give a single speed by the way but is it worth the effort or do I just give the scrap man a call?

PS I do have a muli-meter and at the moment haven't looked to see if it's brushed or brushless.

Thanks for any opinions on this.

Thread: For discussing the merits of alternative 3D CAD programs.
25/11/2018 19:51:22

Excellent videos Blowlamp, I must admit that I have used the trial version of MOI and found it very user friendly and very capable, in fact it was the only cad package that I could produce a tube with various internal diameters.

The one thing that lets it down in my opinion, is a lack of tutorials (unless I have missed something?)

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
24/11/2018 21:08:33

Wow that looks big, what diameter is the flywheel Neil?

Thread: Genuine black friday deal
22/11/2018 22:02:57

Other than being a very satisfied Creality Ender customer I have no connection with the company but thought this genuine price reduction may be of interest.


Thread: What did you do Today 2018
10/11/2018 19:16:12

Les Jones 1, is that a Chester 9 x 20 Lathe? No real reason for asking, I am just curios.

Thread: Cheap 3D printers
08/11/2018 20:42:36

Hi Glyn,

Not sure of what you mean by cheap but I bought a creality ender, just over £200 I think. It's been fantastic, I downloaded cura after asking for advice in here and have produced a number of usable items and have even checked them for dimensional accuracy. I am genuinely blown away by the quality of the prints, however, there is a but, and the but is that I haven't printed with ABS, only PLA.

The printer does have a heated bed and settings built in for ABS but I can't say how good (or not) it would print in abs.

Thread: For discussing the merits of alternative 3D CAD programs.
28/10/2018 21:17:04

I agree with Mike Lightfoot, in so much as it's great that MEW are providing not only a cad package to trial for six months, but also running tutorials, well done MEW.

I currently use Fusion, why? Well I have the free version and only use it now and again, I have enjoyed learning with it and gaining help in using it from members on this forum from time time. I will look at Alibre when my paper copy drops through the door but I am unlikely to buy it because of the cost compared to MOI or Fusion, but it's great to have the chance to look at it.

I think my position is that I am only likely to ever be a very basic user, I could not produce the flywheel that Jason has done regardless of the draughting package used, I simply don't have the skill. I love using my 3D printer and am amazed at the quality of things I have made in using it, the learning curve has been a bit steep at time but well worth it.

27/10/2018 17:11:17


What's the point of starting a thread called '' For discussing the merits of alternative 3D CAD programs.'' if people are then discouraged from doing just that?

Thread: Simple Vice Stop
20/10/2018 21:17:06

Ahh a work stop, wow that's very neat, not at all like the big clumsy things we had when I was in a machine shop. Thanks for the explanation John.


20/10/2018 21:04:23

Please forgive my ignorance, but what exactly do these vice stops do? I thought it was the aligning block that we used to use to quickly get a vice close up to square. The photos show this is not the case so if your don't mind Jason, can you explain where or when and how these would be used?



Thread: Midlands Show Pics
18/10/2018 21:28:17

As I can't make it this year it's great to see so many great things still being made and exhibitted, Thanks Jason.

Thread: Hello and Bridgeport Mill advice needed
14/10/2018 17:23:33

I remember only too well receiving a sharp smack to the back of the head for doing exactly the same thing, the solution is to oil the slide ways. My Myford has oil cups on each side of the verticle slide for doing this but if yours doesn't just use a finger on the slide itself (each side of course). I hope this cures the problem.


Thread: 1-2K Which Mill?
12/10/2018 21:10:10

As it is the price range referred to by the OP I assumed that is the one he meant?

12/10/2018 21:01:16
Posted by JasonB on 12/10/2018 20:51:20:

The X3 has never had a tilting head, I've had one for 111-12yrs and it does all I want, only adjust the screw gibs once every couple of years.

Hi Jason,

Arc do list the SX3 as having a tilting head.

Thread: Forged & Filed
12/10/2018 13:31:31

Fantastic, I can't begin to even imagine how the work flow was mapped out for something like that. Big respect.

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