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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

Here is a list of all the postings Ian Skeldon 2 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

21/10/2019 20:41:00

I certainly won't be buying items from a supplier just because they attended the show. It would be very sad if the shows did stop but every trade supplier has the commercial right to choose how they market their products. As I didn't attend the show this year maybe I should point out that I have previously bought from Chester, RDG, Tracy Tools and ARC and will continue to do so regardless of their attendance or non attendance at shows.

Thread: Typical
19/10/2019 19:33:53

Swarfmaker, thank you, it would be right to say that I was confused or at least wrong about my interpretation of what autodesk were saying. The fact that the orange banner across the top keeps coming up despite re-registering added to my concern. I will certainly stick with it and thanks for explaining what's happening.



18/10/2019 20:12:43

Just as I start to get reasonable with using Fusion 360 it is now insisting that I am a start up and need to pay for continued use of the software, it is currently allowing me to use the software but I think that it won't be for much longer.

So can I ask how new users of alibre atom have found it ?

and is there still a special offer available to MEW subscribers?



Thread: Confession Time!
18/10/2019 18:52:46

During a recent clear out at an engineers workshop I started to remove small items from a magnetic knife holder (as used in kitchens). One item refused to budge, blimey that segment must be mega magnetic I thinks.....or maybe it was screwed on with the screw head then obscured so that it was not seen doh.....embarrassed

Thread: What are these pliers for
14/10/2019 22:32:50

Possibly hog ring pliers used by upholsters?

Thread: Help with a boxford c
14/10/2019 18:39:39

You know what, I have always had sound advice from fellow members on this forum and I think it would be wise to accept it. The lathe cuts just fine and accurate so I guess I just need to get used to seeing that belt going around and as pointed out the metal pins or studs don't touch the metal of the pulley.

As also pointed out, I could be creating a huge problem to solve a problem I didn't have, I will leave the motor for now as well as it also seems to be doing ok, I admit I am not one for heavy cuts and getting the right result is the aim.

So thank you once again for your help everyone.

My best regards,


13/10/2019 19:56:37

Thanks Nick, I will have to think it through, it's a lovely lathe to use but I am not sure I want to spend a lot on it so I will have to think it through.

Thanks Nick,


12/10/2019 21:40:03

Hi and thanks for all the help so far.

It would appear that to change the stud belt for a v belt I do indeed need to remove the spindle and possibly the back gear shaft, so as it appears to be cutting very nicely and accurately I will leave the belt..... for now.

Whilst re-assembling the lathe I have discovered that the previous owner used grease in all of the oiling points with nipples, thankfully everything seems to be working as it should . I have always believed that an oil should be used for lubrication on a lathe, should I use grease on this lathe or clean out the grease and oil/?

Finally I stripped the wiring cover, fan shroud etc on the motor, which is as follows;

Gryphon 0.5 HP with a cont rating of 1420 RPM and 3.4 Amps.

Could this be the original motor? Is teh very large capacitor to provide some sort of soft start? Should the motor bearings have grease in the extended oil points or oil ( I would have thought oil but I could be wrong).

Once again thanks for any advice.

Ooops forgot to say that the motor is not mounted underneath the lathe but alongside the headstock.

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 12/10/2019 21:41:39

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 12/10/2019 21:43:54

08/10/2019 20:48:21


Thanks for your help gents,

Nick, my lathe does have the facility to adjust the tension of the belt and it is working ok, I just kind of have a thing about metal rivet type things spinning around the pully's but if changing it for a v-belt type proves too much bother then I will look at using a power twist belt, thanks for the link.

David, yes they are both out but thank you pointing that out. I was thinking that maybe these were some sort of shrink fit, I will have another look and post back my progress or lack of it !

William, mine has the lever at the bottom of the bed under the head that slides the motor and transfer shaft in to change the speeds and adjust the tension, there is lateral movement available using slotted holes just as you say.

Once again, many thanks for sharing your knowledge.


07/10/2019 21:20:05


I have just taken ownership of an additional lathe, a Boxford 'C' type. It came with several chucks and lots of change wheels and some other tooling and runs quite nicely, I haven't set it up completely yet as I want to clean and adjust as required but there is one thing that has me beat. It currently has what I think is described as ' T link belt' which uses metal pins as the link. I am not very happy with this type of belt and would look to replace it but....... I can seem to get the motion shaft or transfer shaft out. Has anyone here performed such a task, I have removed grub screws from pullys etc but nothing seems to want to move and I don't want to get brutal with it.



Thread: QCTP
27/09/2019 21:53:48

Good work there mate.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
18/09/2019 22:14:26

What I do know is that if you are unfortunate enough to be the cause of an accident (using your phone, driving whilst under the influence etc), some of the bigger haulage companies who have lost large sums of money as a result, are buying the accident information and then claiming via the individuals insurance company, the problem comes when the driver is breaking the law and therefore not conforming to the terms and conditions of the insurance contract, so technically not insured, it ends up with a law suite against the driver and can be very, very expensive.

Thread: Ebay site changes for the worst
18/09/2019 22:08:22

Ahh thank you Ian and Bill.

18/09/2019 17:52:49

Err what is shillin ?

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
18/09/2019 17:46:03

Just to put the record a little bit straighter, the doctor or other clinical staff do not have to inform DVLA about anything. On finding a medical condition which might impair that persons ability to drive, they SHOULD inform the patient that if they drive a vehicle, they should contact the dvla and tell the dvla exactly what medical conditions they have been diagnosed with, the dvla will then take ownership of the situation.

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 18/09/2019 17:47:34

Thread: PayPal Warning
13/09/2019 22:09:00

Ahh Thank you for that, I have now stopped ebay from taking money from my paypal account automatically but I have not managed to stop paypal from automatically taking money from my bank.

Does anyone know how if I can add money to my paypal account so that it is there when needed, but stop paypal from taking money from my bank account?

In short, I can send money to paypal but they can not take it from anywhere.


12/09/2019 19:54:41
Posted by Robert Atkinson 2 on 12/09/2019 17:38:57:

I don't authorise PayPal to automatically debit my bank account. You have to let them to open a paypal account these days, but can, and I suggest you should, cancel this once the account is set up. You have to transfer funds manually but at least you have control. It's not just fraud, I know someone who sold a vluable item and took the paypal payment out and a couple of weeks later the buyer made a complaint, paypal then took the same amount out of his current accout to put "on hold" while they sorted it out. No warning whatsoever.

Can I ask how this is done, having just read the warning and then logged into my paypal account I cannot see any option, unless deleting the preferred card or account is the way to do this, in which case how do I then transfer money into paypal, do I set that up with my bank?

Sorry for asking so many questions but I think this is important.


Thread: wire bender
09/09/2019 09:41:57

Not cheap but This would solve your problem Duncan.

Thread: screw cutting on a chester db10 lathe
21/08/2019 21:21:47

You got a hand book with your DB10, wow they've raised their game.

If you let us know what thread you are trying to cut it will help in deciding what gears you need to use, below is a picture of the gear settings on my DB10.

screw cut 2 (2).jpg

Thread: Chester 836 Milling Machine
29/07/2019 19:31:09

Hi Graham,

I'm sorry but i'm not sure how you would go about buying one of the cnc mills as used by Jason, I use a manual mill and have no experience of using a cnc mill myself. Having seen what Jason can do on this mill is impressive, in my hands it would just be gathering dust. I believe that Neil (forum admin) also has the same machine, but I have not seen any video of it in action. Might be worth contacting ARC as I believe they were the suppliers of said machine.

I think we need to start a new thread if we wish to continue talking about air rifles as we have strayed off topic somewhat. wink

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