Here is a list of all the postings Martin Cargill has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Sump Plug|
Make sure your turning it the right way. A friend once tore the threads out of a motorbike sump because he didn't think about which way he needed to turn it to loosen the plug...….
|Thread: Long drills|
I have a cheap chuck type tap wrench that I use for hard to reach places. I modified it by making the sliding T handle removable and then filing a 13mm hex end on the wrench. The wrench still works as normal but for difficult and awkward holes I can use a 13mm socket (with as many socket extensions as required) or I can use it with a ratchet spanner. Obviously you need to be careful not to snap taps when using a single sided driver but with caution anything is possible.
|Thread: New drill-1PH to 3PH wiring|
First you need to check that the motor on your drill can run at 220 volts three phase. Have a look at the nameplate on the motor and check that the voltage is rated for 400/220 volts. A 0.45 kw drive will be suitable for a 0.25kw motor.
The control circuitry will probably be 24 volt and does not handle any significant current, it is normal to make a control pod with start/stop/ direction and speed control. A light eight core cable is the norm for connecting the pod to the invertor. Your invertor should be mounted somewhere safe (inside a housing )where it will not have any chance of having swarf etc falling into it.
|Thread: Colchester Student Lathe Help|
Nobody yet has mentioned the idea of clamping a piece of bar in the chuck before you remove it. It gives you a "handle" sticking out of either side of the chuck to make lifting easier. It also allows you to push the back end of the bar into the headstock and then lift the front to get the chuck started onto the LO taper.
|Thread: Inverter Rating|
If the price difference between the two is small it may be worth going for the bigger inverter. You never know when you might want to upgrade the motor or the machine.
|Thread: Overload trip|
Have a look on Ebay there are loads of thermostatic switches available in a range of temperature settings. One of these fastened to the motor and wired into its power supply will be able to cut the power if the motor overheats. Wired in this manner it will reset and try again once the motor cools down but it will cycle like this without letting the motor reach any serious temperatures.
|Thread: Alternative to a QCTP?|
Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my post.
Having considered the options that I have, I've concluded that:
1. My original idea of making some four way toolposts is still a valid one, although I will probably use them equipped with two tools. This will depend on how the working clearances pan out. I've considered making three way ones but I don't think the complexities of making them outweighs their advantages.
2. I hadn't thought about the logistics of changing the posts but as my lathe has a "T" slot for holding the toolpost then its probably worth making a bolt and a handle for each one.
3.The toolposts I'm going to make will be from solid blocks (because I have the material) and I have a horizontal mill that will chew them out pretty easily (I have a Victoria U1).
Thanks again for your input.
I have recently acquired some old forks for forklift trucks, with the intention of making a QCTP and holders for my Viceroy lathe, I have cut the best sections out of the forks and milled them square/flat ready for further work.
I have stopped work as I have just had a thought. Is there any mileage in making, say, six (or more) standard four way tool posts and simply swapping the complete tool post over instead of swapping single tool holders. I realise that I would loose the ability to have height adjustment, but as all of the tools would be permanently mounted in the tool posts then they would be packed permanently and would not need to be altered (apart from changes caused by tool sharpening).
|Thread: Fitting a Reversing Switch to a Motor on a Myford Lathe|
A couple of points regarding this.
Whilst its not the best idea to change the reversing switch on a single phase machine capacitor start machine while the lathe is running it won't do any harm because the start winding is switched out (by the centrifugal switch). Any time you change the switch it won't take effect until the motor is started again. N.B, three phase motors are different and reversing the switch will have immediate effect !!!
You can use a simple two pole on/off/on toggle switch as a reversing switch. You wire a pair of crossover wires between the two end pairs of contacts and then feed live and neutral to the middle pair. The feed to the capacitor and start winding goes onto either of the pairs of end contacts. Switching the switch from one end to the other will reverse the motor.
My own lathe does not have centrifugal switch built into the motor, instead it is supposed to use an external current sensing relay to switch out the start winding once the current drawn by the winding allows. Not having this fancy relay (they are still available but they seem to be used/available only in the U.S.A,) Instead I have an extra set of contacts on the back of the start button that power the start winding. Pushing the start button for a second or so holds the start winding energised during start up, once you release the button the start winding drops out leaving the main winding held on via the NVR contactor
I've tempered knife blades in a domestic gas oven before. It worked quite easily and with reliable results, as the items could be held at quite a precise temperature (rather than using a flame where temperature control is difficult) the only problem was that the item (a larger knife blade) was laid on the grille in the oven and where it touched the bars of the grill it reduced the temperature thus creating a series of temper variations along the blade.
|Thread: Rotary table|
Thanks for the replies. I think my table sounds like the Criterion that you describe. I have a cheap 4 jaw chuck (quite a flat one) that I can fit to it (just need to drill 4 holes in it and make some spacers to hold the chuck high enough to clear the threaded boss on the back). I should then be able to centre the table to the mill using a large ball bearing sat in the centre of the chuck and lined up with the MT3 vertical head in the mill (or use a wiggler ). Then I can centre the chuck to the table using a DTI.
I have a un-named 8" horizontal rotary table. The centre of the table has an M12 screw thread, and it also has what looks like a very big screwdriver slot running across the centre (either side of the threaded hole). I'm just trying to work out how I centre the table to my mill. Is the part I can see in the centre likely to be a screwed in plug of some kind? Is there a chance that there is a morse taper in the centre of the table. Any suggestions would be helpful.
|Thread: Fitting an adjustable damper to my power saw|
Pneumatic cylinder idea has a downside in that the two ends of the cylinder don't have the same volumes ( because of the piston rod). I've seen machines using this idea but they have a second cylinder that the fluid uses as a reservoir when the capacity of the rod end of the main cylinder capacity isn't enough. Filling and bleeding the system can be a bugger to do though.
|Thread: 3 phase converter help needed please|
Just a thought. Some controllers won't start the motor if the start switch is pressed when the controller is powered up (modern controllers have a parameter setting that allows this if required). Try adding a simple on/off switch between LI1 and +24, then close this switch after the controller is powered up and shows RDY.
George. That's fine, please continue to try the instructions that John Rudd gave you. My concern was that you had managed to include the old switchgear into the circuit, most convertors don't take too kindly to having their output switched by contactors.
Don't do anything yet with regard to trying to start the motor. We need to know a bit more about how you have the motor wired. What you have shown so far is the power wiring, As John Rudd has pointed out the control side of the wiring is missing. What I'm not sure of just now is how you have connected the motor. Does the wiring run directly from the converter to the motor, or does it go through the original switchgear? Does the power supply to the converter go through the original switchgear or direct from the mains?
From your photos it looks like the drive is ready to go ( the RDY on the display). To give further assistance:
Can you photograph the wiring that you have going into the drive.
A photograph of a sketch of the wiring would also help.
Also a list of the parameters and what you have them set to would also help
|Thread: Need help with a Colchester Master lathe|
Check the transformer voltage before you source a contactor. My old Student had a 48 volt control circuit
|Thread: 3 phase converter help needed please|
A quick google found the manual I didn't download it but it will probably have a "quick start" guide. The manufacturer will have a technical helpline that should give you assistance with parameter issues.
|Thread: Wadkin surface grinder.|
The "Test Number" probably was an incremental series. We work with a lot of old Wadkin machines (I work for a company that sells, repairs and refurbishes woodworking machines) but we have never tried to decode the number sequence as it seems to be a factory log of final test results, without (and even with) the factory paperwork it is of no use to us.
The cutter grinder that you refer to is a completely different beast. It is for cutting profiles onto the blades of moulding machines (the type of machine that produces something like old style skirting boards or decking etc.) It copies a pre prepared pattern and grinds the blades to match it. The blades are held in the cutter block from the woodworking machine while they are being ground.
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