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Thread: Colchester Chipmaster what to check for
13/08/2018 16:57:02
Posted by not done it yet on 13/08/2018 15:58:12:

On something as expensive as that, I would be paying cash on collection and inspecting it before taking a chance. It would then be my judgement to blame, if I got it wrong.

I would have walked or negotiated, dependent on my feelings at the time. As it is clearly not as advertised, I think I might well have thanked him for wasting my time and walked away. I hope you have actually got sufficient value in the end, but somehow I think it will cost you more money than an honest alternative. I wouldn’t be surprised if the head was not off his ‘working’ lathe.

Sorry to be gloomy, but those are my thoughts on the matter.

Edited By not done it yet on 13/08/2018 15:59:09

You could send the seller a message saying you are not well pleased, stating the faults you found contrary to the listing, and ask for a part refund.

The seller may agree to this to avoid neg or neutral feed back. Worth a try

To avoid negative feed back

10/08/2018 14:40:33
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 10/08/2018 12:55:09:
Posted by Andrew Culverhouse on 10/08/2018 12:10:15:
Posted by Stuart Bridger on 10/08/2018 11:21:33:

I agree with your comment you bid to buy not to tyre kick , that is the nature of the beast .

Best of luck with your purchase.


That for me may be another deal breaker...

In that event be a little careful how you approach the seller Andrew. Don't forget you have already contracted to buy the lathe and unless there's a 'subject to inspection' or similar escape clause, you may be stuck with it.

In these cases much depends on relationships and your vulnerability in the event the seller turns bloody-minded. He might pursue you through the Small Claims Court, or by selling your debt to a Recovery Agency for example.

Walking away from the contract will damage your ebay reputation, which might be important if you're a keen ebay-er. However, I think the biggest risk is that you end up with a damaged credit rating and then need to borrow money, say for a Mortgage. Lenders take an unsympathetic line with persons with a history of broken contracts and unpaid debts. They might refuse the loan entirely, or increase the interest charged, or impose other uncomfortable conditions. Now I'm retired and unlikely to need to borrow money that risk is minimal for me, but it might be very bad news indeed for a youngster.

If the lathe isn't what you want, be prepared to have a sensible discussion with the seller. Like as not he won't want a lot of agro either. If you mutually agree to cancel the transaction, he won't have to pay ebay their commission and may be happy just to relist the lathe. But bear in mind, the seller may not see it that way especially if he gets the idea you're an obnoxious time-waster who deserves a slap! Don't be surprised if he sees you as the bad guy - after all you started it by worrying he's a con-artist trying to sell you a dud!

Although buying second-hand can and does go wrong, don't panic. So far the seller appears to be honest. The deal doesn't smell of fish to me. In the original post, you made it clear that you understood the lathe might have shortcomings and were prepared to sort them out. You aren't being unrealistic. I expect it will all go well, but have a think about your exit strategy in the event it's a disaster.


Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 10/08/2018 13:00:23

Thread: Fly Press Struggles
03/08/2018 13:26:38

Your touch mark from the photo seems to have quite a large area requiring more force,

On my blocksidge the type number is stamped on the top of the ram ie a number 3 stamp.

I stamp when hot just before hardening and tempering,

Nice work I can see why you would want to touch mark it ,

I also visit " " for help and advice with my forging.

Regards Eric

Thread: Dangerous Ultrasonic Cleaner Electrical Failure
28/07/2018 07:51:07

Under rated components, quarter Watt instead of half watt resistor insures a repair department.

The trick is getting It to fail just after 12months, then you can buy a new one or have it repaired ?

Thread: Merry Christmas!
24/12/2017 07:09:14

Merry Christmas to all from the Blackcountry.


Thread: Repainting a chinese lathe
09/12/2017 07:46:18

They used sticky rice ? in the mortar mix in the Great Wall of China held up well.

Thread: Why ACME threads on leadscrews?
04/12/2017 15:08:20
Posted by Gordon W on 04/12/2017 14:05:55:

SOD- If your work stand is a cheapy like mine then change the MDF tops asap. Cut the new tops from scrap ply or whatever. I'm saying this because mine collapsed when I sat on it and caused some injury, and bent the pressed tin frame. The MDF was a bit damp but never wet.

I don't think I would have admitted to that one.smiley

Thread: Identifying change wheels
02/12/2017 22:21:26

Hello wolrikm ,

I make that 18dp ? for the 100 tooth one no good for my Murad.


02/12/2017 20:47:18

What is the overall dia in inches of the 100 tooth gear ?

Regards Eric

Thread: Grayson Lathe refurb
01/12/2017 21:02:48

I have welded cast iron with ENC1 2.5 99% nickel rods ​and my oxford oil cooled ac welder. to repair gears on my Murad

It might be worth getting a scrap gear and having a practice "another string to your bow" and if its a scrap gear it won't matter if you naff it up.

Don't pre heat, weld in short bursts of no more than 1/2" put gun down quickly after each weld and peen rapidly with a ball payne hammer to relieve stress. then go again until built up. It worked for me I practiced on a scrap gear first when confident moved on to a 48 tooth gear, two teeth broken welded it as per above left it to air cool on forge bed machined up next day. "try on scrap gear first"


Thread: Rust removal methods safe for cutting tools / precision parts?
01/12/2017 13:27:55
Posted by Gordon A on 29/11/2017 21:51:25:

I find that electrolysis works for me on tools etc. Washing soda is dirt cheap and not much electricity is used. Search for electrolysis rust removal on the web, lots of information out there on the subject.


I also use the electrolysis method , I also reverse the polarity to put rust on when aging Items to make them look old .nothing worse than a reproduction item that looks brand new.


Thread: Murad Bormilathe
30/11/2017 07:27:59

Update on my progress on my Murad ,

I have manage to obtain a milling table of a Myford/drumond M type lathe the dove tail is at 60 Degrees,

as required but will need machining, to open it up by 0.144" to allow the gib to fit.

I will then need to make a nut at 0.5"x 10tpi LH to fit the table I have a piece of Ph bronze at the ready.

To date

Sort out and machine change gears as required ,fabricate banjo's fit guard cover

Release stuck chuck make back plate for four jaw chuck.

Fabricate adaptor ring for cross slide to allow me to mount angle plate to gently machine milling table dove tail.."the ability to raise and lower the head stock means it can be bolted firmly to cross slide adaptor no vertical slide required"

Still to do :-

Make a cross slide nut for milling table machine and fit.

Make milling arbour.

fabricate belt guard.

and last but not least start a project ?

I have posted some pics but they rotate on up load even if I rotate the 90 degrees before up loading ?


Thread: Using Chalk to Centre a 4-Jaw?
29/11/2017 06:47:37

chalk was the preferred method of the turners and borers in the boiler shop when I was a lad 50 odd years ago. can't remember seeing a DTI much outside the tool room .

quick and accurate enough for what was needed no need to chase the last thou on some jobs.


Thread: Drill out a ht c/s allen screw
26/11/2017 09:48:02

This might sound silly what an old fitter told me, but it is worth a try as it worked for me .

put an elastic band across the hex cap bolt push in hex tool firmly and twist at the same time.

and no this is not a wind up.

Hope this Help Eric

Thread: A milling slide support cage
25/11/2017 06:53:32


you might find this site use full, I use it a lot. "".

Regards Eric

24/11/2017 17:19:23

Sorry Andy1 but I don't like it .

To weld in situ can cause stress related movement which can effect more delicate parts .Weld spatter can stick on slides , bad earth can track and trash motor and switches

Cast iron can and will snap/crack quite easily under stress

I would make it off the job clean it up and fit to the job.

Sorry to be negative


Thread: Not an industrial injury, but...
21/11/2017 07:08:12

Many Years ago back in history it was a capital offence to do damage to a land owners hedge ?

I once saw a hedge Kettering way that had been shaped to resemble a full sized steam train mind you that was 40 years ago it might have tender and coaches now.

Thread: Murad Bormilathe
02/11/2017 09:15:54

message sent.

Regards Eric

Thread: Dog poo problem
27/09/2017 17:16:49

Could be a sign of worms? As suggested I would take him to the vet.


Thread: workshop rust
28/07/2017 08:43:57

You could try the old trick used to keep caravans dry in storage ,a bucket filled with 50 50 salt and rice mix,works well in my shed.

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