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Thread: Help identifying brazing/soldering rods
02/01/2022 17:44:19

Finally found some flux. The same one as Nick detailed above




The tin is rather battered but usable.

30/12/2021 14:20:08

Filing the end up seems to be softer than stainless and as flexible as the brass being like for like diameter?

I've not tries melting any as yet so maybe that will give a clue?

Mentioning boc my dad has some oxygen acetylene torches but no gas so they will probably head for sale as I have no use for them ( just got TIG tackle hence the thread)

Cheers and again thanks for the answers and advice

30/12/2021 14:13:38

There's a lot of info there chaps and I'm certain they are silicon bronze from your comments. I've had the vernier on them and they are just under 3.2mm.

Just on with some others now which have no markings at all



The ones above are 308 stainless. But not sure what the duller rods are?


29/12/2021 18:54:42

Many thanks for all the info.Wish he'd had chance to label all the oddities as it would've been a lot easier 

Edited By damian noble on 29/12/2021 19:06:10

29/12/2021 18:45:50

Thanks for the replies chaps,

Nick my dad was a plumber, pipefitter, welder. He had many skills when it came to joining metal.

Noel and Paul have jogged another memory and I'm sure my dad said something about blue ends but I'm not sure if these were the rods? With that I've just been to the garage for another look at them.

There it is amongst some corrosion a hint of blue. There are probably a dozen of them at at around 4mm?


29/12/2021 16:26:27


Hi all,

My dad recently passed away and we discussed many of the items he had. I've come to the unenviable task of working my way through the garage. Many items.

He did tell me about some rods but I cannot remember what he said about them. Here's a close up. As far as I can see they say Saffire sb made in england.



20211229_153016.jpgThe only thing I can find is an old murex catalogue but no mention of SB

Any info would be greatly appreciated




Edited By damian noble on 29/12/2021 16:27:14

Thread: Vernier caliper spares
11/05/2020 09:08:39
Posted by old mart on 23/04/2020 13:44:38:

Those gib strips are made from brass or bronze commonly. If you can measure the gap and then buy some brass which is slightly thinner , you can make them yourself. The adjuster screws will all have flat bases except one which will be pointed, or smaller diameter. The odd screw fits in a slot cut about half the thickness of the gib, probably at one end or the other. This stops the gib from falling out.

Thanks old Mart. Never thought but checked the other smaller mitutoyo vernier and you're spot on.

Had some brass shim stock needed to be 1.25mm so adjusted it to suit. The width was 6mm and is held in place by a dog point grub screw on both sections with a 2mm end.

Fitted and adjusted it's now working like new.

Thanks for the help guys

23/04/2020 22:45:49
Posted by old mart on 23/04/2020 13:44:38:

Those gib strips are made from brass or bronze commonly. If you can measure the gap and then buy some brass which is slightly thinner , you can make them yourself. The adjuster screws will all have flat bases except one which will be pointed, or smaller diameter. The odd screw fits in a slot cut about half the thickness of the gib, probably at one end or the other. This stops the gib from falling out.

This was my second thought. My mitutoyo verniers are very similar and seem to use a piece of spring steel with a retaining peg hole which seems to be the case with the missing gibs.

I will try to raise a line of enquiry with M&W again before resorting to making some.



23/04/2020 22:41:08
Posted by Robert Butler on 23/04/2020 13:31:16:

Try Moore & Wright. Robert Butler

I have tried. Seems to be very difficult to actually get in touch with them. Most numbers are sales only.

23/04/2020 11:52:43


23/04/2020 11:52:28


23/04/2020 11:11:37


23/04/2020 11:02:46

Hi all,

I have what look to be a set of moore and wright 600mm vernier calipers which are missing the small gib/friction strips in the main body and the fine adjustment body.

I will try to upload some photos

Does anyone know where I can get spares


Thread: Senior S Type Vert' mill repair
24/01/2020 21:41:56


24/01/2020 21:20:07

Hi Guys

Lots of info there and many thanks again I'm sure I'll sort it out in the very near future.

Old mart Is your drawing the wrong way up? as my sleeve goes in from underneath and the small end of the drive sleeve is where the pulley is attached.

23/01/2020 23:58:35

Thanks for the replies to the old thread àfellas and all the info.

I'm really glad the mod is still going strong Simon and the R8 conversion looks a great job.

I will look into getting some bearings and sort the conversion out as soon as possible. There are various types of bearings available so may end up with something slightly different to above.

I may be able to chuck the upper housing up on the lathe but more likely will bore it on the bridgeport.

I've enjoyed using mine and it has produced some really accurate work with the 3 axis dro kit.

23/01/2020 08:12:00
Posted by old mart on 22/01/2020 21:13:29:

The museum's light vertical has the needle rollers fitted, I removed them to be able to clean them better, they were not too tight a fit. There is a bronze washer at the top underneath the pulley, there was little wear on it as the weight of the shaft and pulley is not much. The bearings have been greased with common lithium yellow grease, as is the bronze thrust washer. The mill dates back to the 60's._igp2427.jpg

Hi Old Mart, I recently read the thread concerning this which was interesting.

I think I would need to fit needle roller inner sleeve's as the original drive sleeve like Simon's above has some scoring and wear. It drives the spindle with the single key slot.

Did you take any measurements of the bearings whilst out?



22/01/2020 17:58:49

It's an old thread but I was wondering how the needle bearings are holding up Simon?

The newer tom senior S type heads had the needle rollers in from the factory and I was thinking of modifying mine as the bronze bush needs oiling quite frequently in use.

The design puts radial load on the drive sleeve/bush when the belt is tensioned. Combined with the pulley running ontop of the bronze bush the friction is quite high especially if lacking oil. Another small problem is oil eventually makes it's way up into the belt housing which needs cleaning occasionally.

I notice you fitted a ptfe thrust washer but I have seen these which may be a different option which seem to incorporate axial thrust Needle roller. Although the axial thrust is minimal being only the weight of the drive pulley that's attached to the sleeve.

Thanks for the mention at the start of the thread btw.

Thread: Colchester student 2500/harrison m300 feed gearbox cams
30/03/2019 22:15:09

Using the info above from Bazyle I have refitted the cam assembly and adjusted the selector knob so that it changes whilst lining up the gears fully. Had to file the flat slightly on the selector

The selector still needs the occasional jiggle but changes are a lot lighter and more positive.

As Bazyle said looking from the rear as most photos of the removed box are, the numbers are reversed from the input side.

So the positions on the selector are (7,8)(1,2)(5,6)(3,4)



28/03/2019 10:12:58
Posted by RobCox on 28/03/2019 08:31:54:

Hi Damian,

I took my M300 gearbox off a couple of years ago when I gave the whole lathe a clean up and fixed broken/worn out bits. I took a lot of photos of the gearbox at the time in each of the selector positions.

I'll try and dig out the photos tonight and post them in an album. They may help you deduce which cam goes where.



Many thanks Rob I can work with the info above but pics tell a thousand words.

Once I get it back together I will take a few pics and post the harrison group.

Incidentally I've had to replace the powerfeed output shaft and bush (harrison manual 303056 and 303107 colchester numbers are different) as these were badly worn, luckily a friend turned these up for me. Not sure about the other phosphor bronze bushes in the box but probably some wear in those too.

Cheers all for the assistance

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