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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: How much do Colchester spares cost ?
01/10/2018 22:06:00

Hi Gary,

It's one of the dilemas when trying to decide between new Chinese or used British, as you have discovered the cost of parts can be very expensive. I don't think parts for Chinese lathes are a lot cheaper or much easier to get hold of, but anyone buying a new lathe should avoid the need to buy anything other than tooling.

Hopefully you won't need any more parts and can start making swarf at a fair old rate.

Thread: Aldi bandsaw
27/09/2018 20:06:42

A long time ago before I had better machinery, I cut some very thin plate, I think it was called 'litho' I used broad double sided tape and stuck it to a sheet of ply wood, did the job quiet well.

Thread: orientation
27/09/2018 20:01:03

Well that was easily sorted out once pointed in the right direction, fusion prefs now set to 'z' up, thanks again guys.

27/09/2018 19:20:02

Guy's I am extremely grateful, I will sort out my fusion orintation when next open but for now I can crack on and print this item, crazy really as it's the smallest and most simple thing I have done with 3d printing.

Once again, many thanks,


Thread: Herbert Lathe Info "help"
27/09/2018 18:55:35

I can't confirm the origin of your particular lathe but I can confirm that Rolls-Royce Motors in Crewe did use Herbet lathes, along with Churchill, Ward and A few others that I can't recall right now.

Thread: orientation
27/09/2018 18:40:21

After enjoying early easy success with both Fusion and my creality ender printer I have now hit a problem which I am sure is easy to resolve, but I just can't work out., all help much appreciated.

I am trying to print out a disc, like a thick washer with no hole in it.

Fusion has drawn it perfectly (well it wasn't much of a challenge).

When I select it and send it to Cura, cura tries to print it on it's side.

I have tried all sorts of things in fusion but to no avail.

Please go easy with me, I am sure it's me being stupid, but now the fog is so thick I just can't sort it out....

Thread: Mosaic Mini lathe
10/09/2018 12:53:14

Hi Guy,

I will offer some advice based on my experience's and assumption.

I assume that like most of us, you would like the biggest and most well regarded lathe you can afford.

I will also assume that looking at various web sites and the pictures of the machines the various vendors aer offering all look very similar.

I have made these assumptions because that's how it went for me, so I ended up going to an engineering exibition almost two years ago, I went to the Warco stand and despite being interested in teh lathes was left standing and touching various lathes without any offer of advice or assistance. So I went over to the Chester stand, I was quickly pounced on and asked various questions as to what I was looking for and what budget I had in mind. By the end of the day I came away with a very skinny wallet and a delivery date.

My chosen machine wouldn't be classed as a mini lathe (DB10) but in this case my lessons can be passed on regardless. The machine would (I was told), cut metric and imperial threads, if using the milling slide and vice which I also bought I would be able to perform most milling operations.

The machine arrived on the agreed delivery date and the guy delivering it was very helpful. Anyway some months later I decided I needed to perform a simple light milling operation, total dissaster, the slide and vice were so badly machined you could not cut anything with any degree of accuracy at all. I ended up buying a proper milling machine. Some months after that I wanted to cut some standard imperial threads, no chance. My machine had been supplied only capable of cutting metric threads, in order to cut imperial I would need a different set of change gears to the ones supplied. I thought no problem I will call Chester and ask what they reccomend, they promised to call me back with a solution, I'm still waiting. In the mean time a member of staff from an alternative supplier read my problems from this forum and offered to sell me the change gear that I needed, and at a competitive price.

So based on my experience, if I were to re-invest in machinery I would buy from Arc Eurotrade, they provide advice for free, and offer a good level of support (I have read) to their cutomers, their equipment may be a little dearer (not much if at all) but it is in my opinion, that it is so much better to deal with people who will be there when you need something.

I have no connections with any of the companies mentioned other than as a customer (potential customer).

Thread: when is a precision vice not a precision vice>?
19/08/2018 19:08:55

Some useful feedback on what vices other people are using, where they bought them from and how they have found them to operate, very helpful for myself and hopefully anyone else thinking of buying a vice within the constraints I mentioned.

Thank you everyone,


18/08/2018 22:13:31

Hi Jason,

I thought that adding the post might offer an opportunity for members to share their views on vices bought in what I think would be relavent to newbies reading the forum. I faced that very dilema some years ago and have to admit that the vice that I bought from a well known retailer and sometimes contributer to this forum is adequate for most of the work I do. I do know that an upgrade will be on the cards at some point and then I would look to spend more than the figure quoted.

I won't be the first (nor possibly the last) to make the point that a damned good milling machine will produce only mediocre results if all of the fittings are not of the same or better standard.

Hi Andrew,

Yes I think your view and others of a similar vein have been posted, I was hoping that some of the more helpful and knowledgeable members might like to offer something simple and helpful for newbies or would be members looking for advice (advice, is that a pun?).


18/08/2018 20:02:33

Maybe we could make this thread into a more useful thread providing advice rather than opinion?

So if I was to ask the following question,

I wish to buy a vice for my medium sized milling machine, (make and brand of milling machine not relevant), medium as in not the smallest or largest of the various mills for sale.

I would like to the vice to have a minimum of 4" jaw and maximum of 6", I would like it be as rigid and as accurate and repeatable as possible for the money I have available ( £150-£300 ) I don't mind if it swivells or not. I live in the UK and want to know that I can return the vice shout it fail or not meet requirements.

Please offer your views based on your purchse of a vice matching my requirements.

Thank you,


Thread: GDPR
15/08/2018 08:33:50

I am sure that all of the people reading this are far too savvy to fall for this one, but please do remind older members of the family or comunity.

Knock at door, man with shiny leaflet showing amazing roofs and company details, claiming that the company is a family run business, been running for 15 years, he tells you in a concerned way that you have several loose or cracked roof tiles (bungalows only), or faulty guttering, or that he can cut down your dangerous tree before it damages your house etc.

These people are scumbags, they prey on elderly and vulnerable people and charge hundreds or even thousands of pounds and usually leave you with a problem you didn't have before they fixed it.

NEVER agree to buy anything at the front door or agree to have any work done, even if he is wearing a uniform and tells you it's bob a job week.

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 15/08/2018 18:26:02

Thread: Riveting
14/08/2018 21:47:19

Nice work there Andrew.

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
11/08/2018 21:36:37

img_20180811_154827.jpgI spent several hours fitting my new 127 tooth change gear. First I had to get some good quality steel from my scrap box, turn the outside diameter to match the inside diameter of the new gear. Then drill and bore out the inner diameter to match the outside diameter of the spindle it runs on, then cut out a longtitudnal slot in the new bush for the key. Heat up gear, cool down bush and fit, balah bing.

Only to find that I then needed to mill one side of the hub boss off the new gear as it was too wide to fit the spindle as it was (photo to come soon).

Happy with all that I went to fit it to the lathe and found that I need to cut out a slot in the motor mount as the drive gear now fouls it, that will get done during the next week, all being well.


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 11/08/2018 21:37:28

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 11/08/2018 21:37:52

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 11/08/2018 21:55:19

Thread: What is this piece of Engineering - Model Aero Engine ID please?
11/08/2018 21:28:00

Please don't expect a very high price for it, without all the other parts it can't run.

Thread: Are you a Man or a Mouse When Milling?
07/08/2018 19:25:35

Anyone seen the cheese?

I have a myford mill which is heavy and well built but I am somewhere in the middle and leaning towards mouse.

Looking at Andrews photo maybe I should be a bit more adventurous.

Thread: fantastic service
07/08/2018 19:21:09

I recently had an issue in trying to turn a 14tpi thread. My lathe is metric and despite being told and seeing it advertised as capable of cutting both metric and imperial threads, it couldn't do that with the change gears supplied. Calling the supplier (Chester Hobby Lathes) to ask for help was left with a promise to get back to me with a solution, that was several weeks ago still not heard anything.

On the other hand, Ketan from Arc Eurotrade, an alternative engineering supplier, saw the thread and contacted me to say that his company could help. So yesterday, I called Arc Eurotrade, I ordered a 127 tooth metal change gear that will fit my lathe, including postage it came to less than £25, and it arrived today. Now that is an incredible level of service by any standard.yes

Ketan I wonder if you could source and sell a lathe of similar spec, size, weight and quality as an english lathe such as Harrison M300 or Colchester Bantam etc If so let me know, I will happily put my name down on the list of people wanting such a thing.wink

Thread: I don't believe it
05/08/2018 20:59:27

Phew thank you, I wil give it a go and hopefully get to renew it.



05/08/2018 20:04:59


After putting in a fair bit of time I have got pretty good with fusion 360 and actually enjoy using it now. So I was very dissapointed to get an email telling me that my trial period was coming to an end (doesn't seem like 12 months already).

So is there an alternative that is as good/easy to use as fusion 360 and either free or cheap (no more than £200 one off payment)?.

Thanks for any suggestions,


Thread: Chester DB10 thread cutting ???
04/08/2018 21:21:46

I am extremely impressed with the continued support from everyone. I will be following up Ketans mail and buying the 127 tooth gear on Monday.

I think the level of knowledge and depth of experience on this forum is amazing, even better is that people are willing to share their knowledge so freely.

I am indebted to so many people so please accept a BIG THANK YOU, to you all.


01/08/2018 21:45:56

Thank you Martin and Howard,

yes I think trying to get a selection of gears including the elusive 127 tooth gear would make life easier and more interesting. I would be up for boring out an existing gear and even bushing at a push. I have already looked at Arc but couldn't find anything.

At the moment there is no rush so I have the time to look around but one things is sure, I won't waste any more time (or spend any more money ) with Chester, they never did bother getting back to me, even to confirm that they couldn't help.

Thanks, Ian

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