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Thread: Hi all.
04/08/2022 10:38:34
Posted by Mike Hurley on 04/08/2022 09:37:12:

Thor - Would like to check out your links in the above post, but they all fail on my system as a 'security risk'

Any ideas? or is it just my config?

regards. Mike

Mike, probably your settings as they open up fine on my pc.

Regards Roger

Thread: New contact details and subscription pages
13/06/2022 16:12:05

I see no option for Digital only for MEW, has this been removed?


Thread: Fortis Vice
10/06/2022 11:32:02
Posted by Michael Horley on 09/06/2022 22:34:50:


Edited By Michael Horley on 09/06/2022 22:35:26

Fortis 11? Could do with a bit of tlc devil, pop it over to me and I'll take care of it for you wink

09/06/2022 11:53:07

Is this ok? It's the support for the shaft at the back of the vice, if not, as it's steel, it would be ok to mig weld to increase the thickeness and redrill the hole?


09/06/2022 11:49:10

Confirmed working smiley

09/06/2022 11:20:36

I'm getting the same error at 11:17


Thread: Fortis Vice
09/06/2022 09:32:36


Nice one, how did you restore it to it's current state, wire wheel?

Do you plan to make jaws for it to use?


08/06/2022 17:58:20
Posted by Jon Lawes on 08/06/2022 17:08:17:

My previous post I think got lost. I was pointing out that wartime equipment was often unpainted or blackened to save paint for the war effort.

I think you could be right as there seems to be no sign of paint but it's not that rusty, what I thought was heavy corrosion could well be an as cast finish!

08/06/2022 17:50:52

I've lost inbox messages posted at 10:36 and 13:59


Thread: Fortis Vice
07/06/2022 11:13:09

More photos of my vice:-




The removable jaws are seized up and have been dosed with penetrating oil in an effort to remove them, watch this space laugh

06/06/2022 19:45:54

Finding it difficult to get the history of the company but found this narrative on the VICES of Garage journal:-

Then there's these Fortis ones, which as far as I can see are the same as some of the Record vice's
Take a look, I don't know which came first or if during the second world war there were designs licensed for use by other companies?
I know that Coventry (the manufacturing base for Alfred Herbert/Ajax/Fortis) was extensively bombed during the second world war which might have caused their designs to be used in Sheffield. Or maybe Record used the designs as an influence for their own, that wouldn't be the first time either.Found thise on Graces Guide.




Fortis Engineering Co

of Norfolk Street, Coventry, and of 91 Station Street, Birmingham

Manufacturers of engineers vices.

Established 1900.

Seems to have kept going on into the 1960's

06/06/2022 17:56:22

Hi Dave, you're right, Coventry it is.

fortis no 10 other side.jpg

If I can't find the correct colour I might go with what I've got - Denham grey or Record blue devil

06/06/2022 16:28:00

No, just for my personal use and pride smiley

Thread: Warco green paint
06/06/2022 16:16:02
Posted by Dave Wootton on 05/06/2022 13:24:50:

If it's the same shade they used a few years ago the RAL number is 6011 and it's called Reseda green , the same colour was used on quite a few makes of machine including Boxford lathes, Condor mills, quite easily available.

I've always used semi gloss for repainting and touching in machinery, seems easier to blend in, gloss seems to stand out too much. The Paragon I bought was a very good match, but obviously there may be slight colour differences between machine batches.


Edited By Dave Wootton on 05/06/2022 13:26:20

Smith and Allen do RAL 6011 in enamel, both in aerosols & tins, 1 & 5 ltr. I used them for the primer, undercoat & top coat for my Denham Junior lathe and found the paint to be very good and chip resistant.

My twopennith worth as a customer


Thread: Fortis Vice
06/06/2022 16:06:18


I just acquired this vice which I intend to restore and wondered if anyone knows what the original colour would have been?



Thread: Screw Jack Casting
03/05/2022 15:17:25

Why not make some out of mild steel instead of castings?


Thread: Workshop warming
28/04/2022 13:48:13

Mine's the same as Nigels, been running it in a 5mtr x 7mtr workshop with 4" insulation in the roof and 2" in the walls.

I've had it for 3 years now, I start it about a hour before I go into the shop to take the chill off, so far I've bought 150 litres of kerosene @ less than 50p per ltr and reckon I've got enough to last through the next winter plus. The bonus with these heaters is that it circulates the air in the shop so doesn't introduce cold damp air from outside.

Never had an issue with it.


Edited By Rockingdodge on 28/04/2022 13:50:47

Thread: MEW on PocketMags
22/04/2022 10:28:03

I've just received my mag thrrough the post this morning but my digital copy hasn't yet appeared when it normally precedes the paper copy by up to a week. Is this just a delay or a change?


Thread: DRO readouts freezing when adding second scale
16/04/2022 10:02:52

Hi David,

look in your inbox please?


Thread: Fitting DRO
10/04/2022 11:16:10

I have the Vevor DROs on my mill, they work fine and even have 2 layers of silicon dust strip where other more expensive ones have one. Plenty of youtube vids on how to cut them.

Paul, just google Vevor,as I don't think admin will allow that link.

Mike, they're glass but you can cut magnetic as well.


Edited By Rockingdodge on 10/04/2022 11:17:33

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