Here is a list of all the postings Andy Carruthers has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Lathe lighting|
I picked up some small LED panel lamps at a car boot and mounted them on the shelf above the lathe, one fixed, one on a flexible arm, they work very well - cheap as chips too
|Thread: Tom Senior M1 mill|
Apologies, my last statement should have read ...normal right to left travel
Assuming your Mill does not have the S Type head with independent motor then X axis power drive is right to left only
With S Type head and VFD to main drive the X axis can be reversed as well as normal left to right travel
|Thread: Recommend a Small Parts Lathe for £2k.|
Presumably you would like manufacturer support therefore a new machine from Warco, Axminster etc rather than a second hand machine
I think Andrew exposed the most salient point - something with a screw-cutting gearbox would be best noting your comment regarding not refurbishing an existing machine which I presume would include not modifying a lathe to add an Electronic Lead Screw as per recent threads on this forum
Your 2 man lift requirement is interesting, my WM180 is just about a one-man lift whereas the WM240 is a 2 man lift so I suspect from the Warco range you are looking at WM250 to WM290 - they have open days where 2nd user machines are available to try before purchase which given your budget may suit your needs
|Thread: Knurling tool operation|
Top tip from Hopper - lightly dress the knurled part with a file to remove any sharp peaks
|Thread: evening course|
Thanks for posting this Philip
I tried to find something similar in North Lincs to no avail - it is good to see facilities are available even if out of reach
|Thread: Anyone know about buying freehold to a house in the north|
Owning your freehold makes property sale easier - one less "thing" to deal with - so long as the asking price is a very low proportion of the current house valuation
Also removes any ad-hoc maintenance charges which the leaseholder may choose to implement, the risk is the owner may offload the leasehold to another party who may choose to monetise the asset
On balance, I would take the offer to remove both future uncertainty and simplify future property sale
|Thread: Free software and human nature|
Where the cost is zero the demand is infinite...
i write articles because I enjoy imparting information and feel good about contributing something to those forums with whom I feel an affinity. I have received a great deal from others contributions and want to give something back, the universal law of sowing and reaping applies
|Thread: Seeking advice on suitable lathe|
In view of the number of operations to be carried out you might consider a capstan lathe - one that has several tools mounted on a rotating capstan in the tail stock. This would greatly simplify tool changes and increase both productivity and repeatabili8ty but at the expense of reducing available bed space which probably isn't of great importance for the work you anticipate carrying out
|Thread: How to upset the neighbours!|
'Tis a thing of beauty!
|Thread: Need help with wiring|
Assuming these are the 3 wires:
Brown - Probably +12v
Black - Probably 0v
Yellow / Green - Earth
Measure resistance between Brown and Black, should be a few (tens?) ohms
Assuming low - but NOT zero - resistance, try putting a car battery across Brown and Black, just touch the terminals and see if the motor twitches in the right direction, if not, reverse the wires and retry
|Thread: Non ABS pipe glue recommendation please|
Thanks for all the advice - Martin's suggestion of Devcon did the trick, I stumbled across a tube at a car boot this weekend, wouldn't have known what I was looking at without this top tip
Hot tub holds 4 people therefore lots of water pressure, so far the repair has held up
Outlet pipe for hot tub snapped when moving hot tub, I've tested with Acetone but no joy, plastic is hard white with almost ceramic like texture and brittleness
Replacing the pipe isn't an option unless I absolutely have no choice so I'm looking for a glue recommendation please
|Thread: Hieroglyphics on a Wehlen & Co clock face|
Likewise I am intrigued - and agree it's a bit of a punt with regard to proofreader marks
As for the lasting impression, it may be the markup paint reacted with the white base and over time "developed" despite the markup being removed after lettering was applied, I'm not a chemist...
Happy to be proven wrong on all counts, simply offering some thoughts
Is it possible the annotations are a combination of proofreader marks and manufacturer code?
This site suggests the three horizontal strikes are for capitalizing: **LINK**
|Thread: End Mill Sharpening of Helical Flutes|
I am interested Tony...
|Thread: Blown Fuse|
Is it possible the flash when viewed was behind the tool ie within the motor casing which from the viewing angle gave the impression of being at the tool tip?
An arc sufficient to blow the fuse should have left some mark on the tool tip and work item
|Thread: What method do you use to find center height for your lathe bit?|
Thank you Danny, I've just ground one up and tested on brass, excellent finish with long swarf finer than a hair
|Thread: Serious question, What is a Mini Lathe?|
Isn't "quality" subjective?
Not being picky, pedantic or looking for a fight - I can't afford / justify a top quality lathe or mill yet, I set my expectations on what I can achieve accordingly and as commented, my WM180 is far more capable than I am which points to the "quality" of product this operator produces, not the "quality" of the machine I use
Taking a more extreme view, the pdf recently attached explaining what Japanese POWs produced is simply astounding and far more impressive than anything I can produce - that's what I call quality
The Chinese are very good at taking a long term view, sometimes several generations
India is unlikely to become a large scale manufacturing centre for the simple reason the country lacks natural resources - no Oil, Iron ore etc. Whilst China import huge volumes of raw resource, their command economy, centrally planned infrastructure, opaque financial investments and currency manipulation give huge commercial advantage to local producers
And back to the original question lest this be a thread drift too far...
I think Dave hit the nail on the head with his definition
Frankly I don't care what my lathe (WM180) is classified as, it's what I have to hand (until I fix the WM240) so it is the best available to me. I'm still learning and the lathe is way more competent than I am, doesn't stop me wanting a bigger, better lathe though
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