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Thread: Why are insert toolholders so expensive?
11/09/2019 18:47:46

I have worked for a premium company in the manufacture of tool holders for carbide inserts. When I first started the general consensus within the industry was any profits to be made was in the sale of the tungsten carbide and the steel tooling was a means to hold profit making product. The tool holders were marketed at a price that was competitive with that of other manufacturers not at the real cost to make, a strategy used by other industries such as men's razor manufacturers. The difference with these two examples is that the razor blades to fit the loss making razor are unique and you can only purchase the blades made by the supplier of the razor, therefore the real profits are made by the continued supply of replacement blades. On the other hand tungsten carbide inserts are made to ISO standards so you can use any companies insert in any companies tool holder. A company will have sold you a tool holder at rock bottom price hoping you continue purchase their inserts for at least the life of the tool holder. The cutting tool industry was having to adjust prices to remain competitive with the amount of much cheaper imported tungsten carbide cutting tools available. The manufacturing cost of the steel tool holder was scrutinised and eventually they were marketed at a price consistent with the cost to make plus a profit, hence a sharp rise in the cost of steel tool holders and the higher prices we see now from premium companies.

The quality of the tool holders did not rise they are and always were of top quality manufactured to a high standard, they want the best holders to hold their tungsten carbide, failures can be very expensive to the company using them.

Thread: Clarke CL251mh Milling Attachment Wiring Help
17/08/2019 22:21:40


I have just sold a Clark milling attachment and lathe bed ideal to set up as a stand alone Miller, the motor on it was a DC motor not sure if they fitted an AC motor as standard.

I am no help to you in your quest for a suitable controler but please double check if its an AC motor.

Thread: 1959 Nsu quickly
30/04/2019 18:33:57

This company have some NSU decals including Quickly I hope its the ones you need.


Thread: Merry Christmas
24/12/2018 18:24:29

Happy Christmas and a productive new year Neil and all members.


Thread: Can you identify the mystery man?
20/11/2018 18:00:39

Mystery solved,

After hours and hours of trawling the internet, (gosh so many advertising figures to look at) I found a photograph with the mystery man in. Dwarfed by Ice cream cones he looked to be much smaller than the 27 inches (685mm) high figure I have. The photograph had a manufactures name Yabdesgine based in the Philippines they seem to be responsible for most of the worlds figures. Not finding any information other than the group photograph with the ice cream cones I contacted the company by e male. They confirmed they did manufacture this figure and my man is known as wine man and should have a wine rack in his hands no longer in production he is succeeded by beer man.

Thank you to everyone for your help.

I can sleep now.




Edited By carl timmins on 20/11/2018 18:01:29

31/10/2018 10:32:24
Thanks for the heads up on this will let you know if it leads anywhere.

Edited By carl timmins on 31/10/2018 10:32:52

31/10/2018 07:46:18
The right hand has more of a slot which lines up with the left hand a flat doard fits nice. Tyre fitting is a good option, the keys on the belt may be significant to a lock Smith.

Edited By carl timmins on 31/10/2018 07:47:25

30/10/2018 18:50:39
I have tried a box but this did not fit between the hands a flat sheet will and is supported by the slot in the right hand and stopped from dropping out by the left hand having the fingers bent 90deg
30/10/2018 18:04:17

I saw this at an Antique center and just had to have it. The price was stupidly high but with some negotiation it came down to high priced.

Now the task is to find out what it was advertising. It should be holding something in its hands probably a flat board with an inscription but that was not available when I purchased it. The seller said it was French and was used to advertise paint but I have not been able to find anything on the internet confirming this.

Has anyone seen this mannequin in use? It look to be 1960s or 1970s and is in good condition so I suspect it would have been inside not outside or in a moderate climate. The hat is like a chinese mandarin hat with a tassel, black work boots and a bunch of keys hanging from the belt

Any pointers would help.

Thread: DC motor controler ?
28/03/2018 17:38:01
Posted by John Rudd on 24/03/2018 20:08:46:

I'm sure we can get you up and running...even if we have to do a point to point, step by step method of wiring up....

But I stress the choice is yours......!

John, Thank you for the offer of assistance but I have had good look around and will be purchasing a complete machine the Sieg X2.7 looks favorite.

24/03/2018 18:17:42
Posted by John Rudd on 24/03/2018 17:01:07:


As the motor came from a Sieg mill, why not use the intended controller..? The XMT2315/230V.

Available from a Sieg dealer near you....Arceurotrade....

That way it minimises any setup issues with min/max speed settings and any overload/over current issues.

Edited By John Rudd on 24/03/2018 17:01:24

I have had a second look at purchasing the parts from Arceurotrade and the total price for all the parts minus the case, internal wire and suitable connectors will be around £120.00 I have also found a wiring schematic attached it is for the Clark CL250m lathe but I am told it will be the same.


How difficult would it be the assemble and wire a controller remembering I have very little electrical knowledge.

24/03/2018 17:43:50
Posted by John Rudd on 24/03/2018 17:01:07:


As the motor came from a Sieg mill, why not use the intended controller..? The XMT2315/230V.

Available from a Sieg dealer near you....Arceurotrade....

That way it minimises any setup issues with min/max speed settings and any overload/over current issues.

Edited By John Rudd on 24/03/2018 17:01:24

John, I have looked at purchasing from Arceurotrade but as far as I can see I would have to purchase each individual part of the controller get a case to fit them in and wire it all up. I do feel useless in having to say this but I am sure that is beyond me, take three wire from a controller unit to the motor and three wires from my socket outlet to the controller unit is probably the best I will be able to do.

24/03/2018 17:35:44
Posted by Michael Cox 1 on 24/03/2018 16:41:25:

Hi Carl,

Here is a motor/ controller combination similar to the one posted by oldvelo. This one is rated for 240 volts and available in the UK.


Mike, That looks interesting Thank you.


24/03/2018 15:58:51
Thank you for your help EricPosted by oldvelo on 22/03/2018 02:30:34:

Hi Carl

Here is another link to a unit that may be useful. RS are way off with there description it is NOT AC to DC at all is is for a low power AC motor ( Extractor Fan)??? perhaps


Set up seems to be straight forward enough with the controller to match the motor.

Eric, thank you for your help but the one listed is for 110Volts I need 250Volts. I did not think that obtaining a speed controller would be so much trouble. It was my trying to get a small milling machine for little money but I am now going to purchase a machine to get me started. I have a vertical slide for my lathe but it sure has its limitations with my skills and ancillary tooling.

Edited By oldvelo on 22/03/2018 02:35:32

20/03/2018 20:16:50
Posted by oldvelo on 20/03/2018 19:45:41:


More info on the end use would be useful. Assumption is mother of all misunderstanding

X1 Mill ?

The motor was fitted to a Sieg C1 lathe now to be used on a milling attachment on a Clark C1 lathe with the lathe head stock missing so the controller is not present. So I have the lathe bed with the cross slide milling attachment fitted but no controller.

Is anything that RS components sell useful to me?

I wish I knew what I was doing.



Edited By carl timmins on 20/03/2018 20:20:47

Edited By carl timmins on 20/03/2018 20:21:29

20/03/2018 19:24:15
Posted by norman royds 2 on 20/03/2018 18:50:08:

The one I am using is cheetah SME 2HP input 110 /220 240 ac 16 AMPS 50/60hz output ;0.90/0.180v dc 11AMPS so it give somewhere to start carl hope this some help regards norm

Thank you Norman for the information.

20/03/2018 18:26:22
Posted by Muzzer on 20/03/2018 18:06:59:

Seems to be a controller for a single phase induction (AC) motor. Not unusual for the pen pushers at RS to describe something they don't have a clue about and get it completely wrong.

Short answer - no.


And all the DKM motors listed on the RS site are described as "reversible AC induction motor" and are truly piddle power. You'd struggle to even turn a machine with them, so presumably the controller is also miniscule. Not the most informative datasheet.

Edited By Muzzer on 20/03/2018 18:09:45

Thank you for the reply Muzzer I was confused RS called it a DC controller but DKM said it was AC.

Will keep looking

20/03/2018 17:59:45

I have a DC motor

I would like to control the spindle speed could anyone advise if this product would fit the bill?

Thread: Spindle speed controler
19/01/2018 18:33:18

Harry, The motor is 120Watt 240volt AC, the link product is not suitable but it is the type of unit I want a simple connect up and go.

19/01/2018 17:34:37

I have been given parts of a Sieg C1 lathe and milling attachment. Never to run again as a lathe because the headstock is missing I would like to use it a milling machine only.

I have assembled the milling attachment to the lathe bed and cross slide, it all looks good to go and when connected to the mains the motor spins.

Now my problem is I have no speed spindle control it runs only at max speed. Is there any products available that will allow speed control along with forward and reverse? I know I could purchase all the parts as fitted to the Sieg C1 lathe but was hoping for a simple fix.

Any help would be appreciated.

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