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Member postings for Stephen Spindler

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Thread: Scalped on my doorstep - it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth.
06/06/2021 17:59:51

I used to have a debit donation to a well known dogs home (not dogs trust). One Saturday I received a call from a company employed by the dogs home to raise funds. The caller was quite open and explained they were being paid thousands for one months work and would raise sufficient extra funds to cover their cost and provide a profit to said dogs home. It would appear the sole strategy was to call existing donors and ask for more money. After a fairly pressured phone call I declined to offer more money and instead transferred my donation to a hopefully more worthy cause. Charity is indeed all about business these days.

Thread: Myford speed 10 leadscrew
18/01/2021 10:37:13

I was also looking at that Myford but I noticed the bullwheel has a chipped tooth.

Thread: Coronavirus death stats
14/01/2021 18:41:29

Good evening folks, first time on here for me for about a week and so I'm enjoying reading through a few threads. The reason for the gap is I'm recovering C-19. Positive test result new years eve, when downhill on the 5th and only really surfaced on the 11th. For me it was (and still is) far worse than Flu, and I've only had that twice in my life and general opinion is I'm still two weeks away from being normally mobile again. I'm 62 and in general good health and not over weight to any degree. I guess my point is, keep safe and be guided by your own common sense rather than any statistic regardless of how dire or indeed comforting it might seem.

Thread: Shimming Techniques
20/12/2020 09:06:18

I've been following this thread with great interest as I have a very old RF-25 that I'm trying to accurize. A lot of good tips here and pleased to say after following them my old beast after a number of trial shims now reads 0.0003" - 0.0007" over a footprint of 5" square, more than good enough for my needs. Many thanks for your ideas folks and have a good Christmas break.

Thread: How can a steel thermos drinks flask fail?
09/11/2020 18:21:41

My stainless thermos is around 10 years old now and still good, other generic versions have come and gone, my brother had a Stanley and I recall he has a couple of returns before he found a good one.

Thread: Denford Box-Ford lathe
12/09/2020 14:09:06

Thanks for all your replies. The machine is the 3.3" x 9.25" and most likely pretty worn but almost a give away so worth a punt. This one has the rear bearing sleeved because the casting was cracked and we guess the front bearing has a bit of wear as well but haven't yet measured the float. do have an appraisal of the machine but I guess we're looking for actual experiences of running one and how others have dealt with the issues attached to 60 odds years of potential abuse.

12/09/2020 08:31:24

Any folks on here have one of these little machines? A friend of mine has picked one up and is after more information, weak points, issues to consider during refurb, and yes have looked on and there is a good photo collection but not much else. Web searches have revealed very little so any information will be appreciated.

Thread: The making of Steel Balls
06/08/2020 17:42:33

Hoffmans in Chelmsford was a bearing manufacturer, looking at old maps a "bearing manufactory". I think attempts to bomb it were made in WW2 and I believe it closed sometime in the early nineties. Almost the entire site is now cleared and occupied by Anglia Ruskin Uni but one building along with a nearby Marconi building retained.

Thread: Round column milling machine basics
16/07/2020 22:45:54

I have an old worn RF25 and when I stripped it the base/column had a shim inserted. I reshimmed when I reassembled and its close enough for the type of work I do. The main thing to remember is think through operations and tool lengths to avoid needing to raise or lower the head and losing datum.

Thread: "I'm calling about your accident" - how does this scam work?
28/07/2019 08:04:35

I find that as soon as you ask them to tell you your name they hang up straight away.

Thread: laser cutting service recommendation
08/06/2019 14:40:56

Cut technologies, Barnsley. Used them for laser work in my old job. They do have a minimum order charge that may not fit your requirements but otherwise found them very good.

Thread: Herbert Cridan lathe
20/03/2019 20:52:02

As an apprentice in the mid 1970's I operated a cridan as machine shop experience in the turned parts shop, not long after that CNC lathes started to appear and I guess their time was up. I seem to recall it relied upon a spring loaded cam but I might have misremembered, it was a long time ago.

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