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Member postings for John Billard 1

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Thread: Finally sort of know which lathe to buy, but?
20/07/2019 21:59:37

Coggy, this is what happens when you seek advice from a forum!

As a Myford user for over 40 years if you have made up your mind to have a Myford then go for it and don't take too much notice of the negative comments so far.

I replaced my old Super 7 a couple of years ago with a refurbished model from "new" Myford in Halifax. I am delighted with it and the quality, which the new owners have strived for, is equal to the past. There are some limitations in terms of mandrel bore with my machine but that depends on what you wish to do with it. As far as I know new accessories are UK made and nothing comes from China.

I would strongly recommend a gear box (that is a ML7B or Super 7B). It is not just a question of thread cutting but importantly also being able to quickly adjust the cutting feed rate which I do all the time.

Myford accessories are freely available. If it is a question of cost I believe that most remains available for an overhaul.

Buy the best you can afford and you won't be disappointed.

Kind regards

John B

Thread: soldering brass
30/05/2019 18:01:53

Tippex works for soft solder.

John B

Thread: Cloth insulation Tape
27/04/2019 22:34:35

...and it can still be bought. Even smells the same. Much better than the plastic stuff particularly when the glue goes off.

John B

Thread: Leaf spring deflection
27/04/2019 22:31:28

That's very helpful, John.

Many thanks


27/04/2019 09:30:54

The Tender is an extra 3 st 3 lbs, Phil.

Thank you Duncan. That is very kind of you. I have that in my archive - just couldn't remember where. I must look at the internet index more closely.

While I am on, I believe that I sorted out the valve gear calculation for the Claud, the subject of earlier discussion, but I will put that on another thread.

With kind regards

John B

26/04/2019 22:54:12

A good friend has put his Maid of Kent on the bathroom scales for me.

It weighs 8 stone 9 lbs.

Best wishes

John B

24/04/2019 08:59:15

Thank you Duncan. The link shows the publication unavailable though I am sure it will be sold elsewhere e.g. TEE Publishing. I think too that was serialised in MODEL ENGINEER a while ago.

Kind regards

John B

Thread: Cheap DRO for Mill
23/04/2019 20:10:06

I put 3 axis DRO on my Dore Westbury mill, from ems-i. Not a cheap job I agree but it has transformed the operation of the machine. The extra expense was well worth every penny and I have a good industrial standard set up that I know I can rely on.

Kind regards

John B

Thread: Leaf spring deflection
23/04/2019 20:01:54

My 5" Super Claud build continues with the tender complete and the current work includes the driving wheel springs. I propose to use the approach favoured by Doug Hewson using spring steel suitably tempered.

Reference to the works drawings refers to 14 plates that scale to just over 3.6 inches across the hanger brackets. The question is how to arrive at the suitable deflection. I am a long way from weighing the engine!

It would be useful to know the anticipated axle weight of such an engine. The Martin Evans Claud is very much based on a Maid of Kent though I am following the original more closely with scale driving wheels and valves under the cylinders - a GER speciality. So my engine might be slightly heavier.

I used this approach for the tender but found that it was necessary to slot the spring plates to achieve the correct loaded deflection.

Kind regards

John B

Thread: Painting 5" gauge wheels.
21/04/2019 21:45:22

I recommend that you paint the tyres to match as it looks so much better (that goes for hand rails too). I doubt that a Horwich Crab ever had an exhibition finish in full size.

With best wishes and good luck with the build.

John B

Thread: 5 inch gauge boiler construction sequence
15/04/2019 12:23:24

Thank you for asking, Bill. This is a big job for me and I think it is a good idea to gather as much information in advance particularly as mistakes can be costly. One can never stop learning. And others on the forum might find it useful. I will continue to consult with our inspectors.

Kind regards

John B

15/04/2019 11:46:10

Many thanks for all your responses so far. That looks very useful particularly from David.

I am indeed a club member and I am in regular contact with our boiler inspectors.

With kind regards

John B.

14/04/2019 22:40:29

I am in possession of a Western Steam boiler kit for my 5 inch Claud to be built with a round top boiler.

It is a long time since I made my Rob Roy boiler and I am seeking advice on the latest thinking on the sequence of construction. A current book recommendation would also be welcome.

Any advice would be appreciated.

John B

Thread: What do I do now?
30/11/2018 08:52:24

Thanks Jason

I emailed Mags UK and have had a reply to say the binders will be replaced.

John B

28/11/2018 13:03:11

Dear Neil

I called customer service as advised to be told that I should speak to their contractor Mags Uk on 01795 662976. I have spent several times for about half an hour this morning on this number "on hold" with no response. Frustration again.

Can you advise of a way round this? They are treating ME readers very badly if this continues.



24/11/2018 21:20:28

I ordered three ME binders off this site last week. Today I received three binders titled "RCM&E Radio Control Models and Electronics" hardly matching my ME collection going back to 1969.

Will I have a refund on the return postage - and my train fare into my nearest Post Office - our local one having closed as the host shop went bust?

Not the end of the world but frustrating.

John B.

Thread: Cast iron axleboxes v horns
20/11/2018 16:48:39

Thanks Neil. As a friend has pointed out think of slide valves and pistons in cylinders . He observes that cast iron is the only metal that can be run together. Obvious really.

Kind regards

John B

18/11/2018 20:34:38

Using the castings I have available for a 5" loco is it acceptable to use cast iron for both horns and axleboxes?

Best wishes

John B

Thread: New Myfords
26/09/2018 19:50:03

I have had a refurbished Super 7 in in part exchange in the last couple of years and made sure I visited the company before purchase. I would recommend the same.

I can say that the machine has fully come up to expectations and Myford have been very helpful. The lathe was delivered to my workshop in Berkshire and set up efficiently. The staff are very helpful and we must be grateful that the brand is being kept alive with a top quality product.

John B

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
21/05/2018 19:40:54

I didn't mean to be exclusive regarding our steam ploughing; any enthusiast is welcome!

It was just pleasing to have no child, dog or other person jumping on the moving rope or trying to be too interested in spinning gears.

If anyone wants to have a real go we in the Steam Plough Club are organising a Hands On to be held on 1-2 September near Uppingham, on the Rutland/Leicestershire border. The cost is £150 for the weekend (plus £20 SPC membership if not a member) and will allow full access, under expert tuition, for participants to drive the engines and work the implements. We plan to run three sets with ploughs and a cultivator.

There are a limited number of places available at the time of writing.

Best wishes

John B





Edited By John Billard 1 on 21/05/2018 19:42:25

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