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Thread: Benchtop lathe with power cross feed, looking to buy
19/01/2021 20:27:52

I am in a similar position and I am also going to upgrade from my mini lathe. After looking at the various options I came to the conclusion that the Chester DB10VS is nearest in size to the Warco WM250v rather than the WM280v.

As you say, the DB10VS has a separate power feed and leadscrew and has a stand, but a smaller motor.

I have now decided to spend more and have ordered a WM290v - hopefully on its way from China to Warco at the moment! If you do decide on a Warco lathe, don’t do what I did. I emailed them last August to ask when they would be back in stock, but didn’t realise that I needed to order one to reserve it. When the batch arrived in November, they had all been sold before they got to Warco. So if you want one, you may have to ‘back order’ one to reserve one from the next delivery.

Stuart

Thread: New Member - Looking to Upgrade from SX2P
15/01/2021 19:35:37

Re Warco stock.

I am intending to buy a new Warco lathe and have been in email contact with Warco, waiting for the lathe to be back in stock. I was told they were expected to be back in stock in November. When I asked again mid-November for an update, they had just received the delivery but they had already all been sold.

When I spoke to them by phone, I realised that I should have ‘back ordered’ the lathe which I have now done. The next batch is expected late January or early February so hopefully I will be able to get one then.

If you decide on the Warco and want your mill in March, I would suggest ordering now!

Stuart

Thread: Etching brass
15/01/2021 18:28:16

I have used press n peel sheet for pcbs and also brass etching. See my earlier post on 17/12/20 above.

If you want to buy from a reputable supplier, Rapid electronics stock it: **LINK**

As you can see, it isn’t cheap, but I bought a pack a few years ago and still not used it all. I cut a piece to just a bit bigger than required and tape it to an A4 piece of paper to feed through my laser printer.

You need either a laser printer or a photocopier to print onto the press n peel sheet. Before I got a laser printer I used to use a photo copier. It is the black toner that is ironed onto the brass or copper during the process. I have used sodium persulphate as an etchant recently. It is a white powder and is cleaner than the traditional ferric chloride.

Stuart

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Thread: Nitrogen as an Energy Store ...
11/01/2021 23:17:11
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 11/01/2021 21:51:56:

.A sunny day with a half decent breeze delivers far more energy than we need

Where does that info come from? As far as I can see, installed wind capacity is 24GW and installed solar is 13.4GW. That is installed capacity, not actual output. Max Demand earlier this evening was 42GW. This website shows interesting info on the actual generation mix. If you look, a high proportion of electricity is from gas - doesn’t go below about 25% at any time.

**LINK**

Thread: Yet another scam lathe sale on ebay to be aware of
05/01/2021 21:07:30

I used the ‘report this item’ at the bottom of the item posting, but only had some drop down box selections to pick from. I had already noted the I’d number of the sold item that the photos were from, but there was no way to pass this to ebay.

I can only conclude that they have no interest in stopping scams.

05/01/2021 18:12:23

I also spotted this and reported it to eBay earlier today, but last time I looked it was still listed.

The photos are of a lathe sold a few weeks ago for £2000.

In the description for this listing he says he will accept £1100 !

Obviously a scam - wants someone to pay him via BACS.

Thread: Amadeal lathes - Any good??
02/01/2021 12:46:15

Martin

I have a CJ18a mini lathe from Amadeal (see my earlier post on the 1/7/20).

I did a bit of research online before I bought it on the different ones available. Being a beginner, I didn’t want to spend too much in case I decided it was not for me. At the time it was one of the cheapest and had a better spec than others (for the price).

I have been happy with it and with the service from Amadeal. If you search on this forum you will find a thread from last year from someone who wasn’t happy with the service they received when the ( larger) lathe they had had for 11 months failed. A few people who had had no dealings with Amadeal jumped in to criticise the company, which I thought was unfair.

From my first contact with them before I bought the lathe, I have always got through to them by phone and had a response by email the same day, so even though they are a small setup, I would recommend them.

One thing to bear in mind though if you are thinking of a larger lathe, they don’t include extras like additional chucks or steadies. Warco include these in the price of their larger lathes.

In my view, the Machine Mart lathes are not good value for money.

Stuart

 

 

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Thread: Walco GH610 info
01/01/2021 17:09:05

Gavier

How do you report suspicious sellers to EBay?

I tried to find out how to do it, but couldn’t find the info on the EBay site.

Stuart

Thread: Difficulty Operating Solenoids with an Arduino Uno
28/12/2020 23:29:04

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Thread: Walco GH610 info
28/12/2020 16:11:15

There was a previous post from someone having suspicions about a seller on eBay. I can’t find it now , but since then I have noticed a few lathes (Harrison M250 or 300 for instance) for sale with the same details and photos, showing sold then for sale again a few days later by a different seller in a different part of the uk . Mostly northern Scotland but also other parts of UK. It seems dodgy to me but I can’t see what the scam could be. This Warco lathe matches that pattern.

Stuart

Thread: Milton Keynes Metals?
19/12/2020 20:05:33

Try MaccModels.

Earlier this week I ordered some metal from them (Quite a few different sizes). Ordered Monday evening, despatched Tuesday morning, arrived Wednesday morning.

Stuart

Edited By Stuart Smith 5 on 19/12/2020 20:06:13

Thread: Etching brass
17/12/2020 23:29:36

I have used Press n Peel successfully to etch into brass. It is a blue sheet that you print onto using a laser printer or photocopier. The sheet is then ironed onto the brass. You could print your artwork on your inkjet printer and then use a photocopier to copy to the Press n Peel sheet. You obviously need access to a photocopier possibly at a local library if they are open.

I etched this after using pressnpeel sheet with the design printed using a laser printer.

etched brass

I heated the brass in the oven and then pressed it onto the sheet.

I used Sodium persulphate from CPC as the etchant. It is clear so is easier to see what's happening than ferric chloride. It works best at 50 deg c.

My daughter does wood turning and is is a brand to mark her work with her initials.

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Thread: Another newbie question
17/12/2020 17:57:03

John

Before I bought my mini lathe, I was advised to buy the book ‘The mini lathe’ by Neil Wyatt (editor of Model Engineers’ Workshop magazine and moderator on this forum) . I found it very useful as a complete beginner.

**LINK**

It would be particularly useful for you since he has the cl300 lathe and shows how to carry out adjustments including the tail stock.

Stuart

Thread: warco WM 12 or Amadeal XJ12-300
16/12/2020 20:16:49

Jose

I don’t know if you have spoken to Warco about the out-of-stock mill you are considering.

I am intending to buy a new Warco lathe and have been in email contact with Warco, waiting for the lathe to be back in stock. I was told they were expected to be back in stock in November. When I asked again mid-November for an update, they had just received the delivery but they had already all been sold.

When I spoke to them by phone, I realised that I should have ‘back ordered’ the lathe which I have now done. The next batch is expected mid to late January so hopefully I will be able to get one then.

If you want your mill in March, I would suggest ordering now! ( if you haven’t already).

Stuart

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
13/12/2020 20:36:00
Posted by not done it yet on 13/12/2020 19:57:38:

Did anyone actually keep their Lidl machine? Seems to me that it was just a but too cheap.

That might be one good reason why the title should not be changed - it might serve as a good warning that at some level of price-cutting the quality becomes too marginal for that machine to be recommended.🙂

The Aldi one is cheaper then the Lidl one now, and people seem to generally think it is OK. So just because something is cheap, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is poor value..

I bought the Aldi one a few months ago and am happy with it.

Thread: Where do the parcels go ?
12/12/2020 10:40:23

Just googled and found this

**LINK**

or this

https://www.myhermes.co.uk/help-and-support/contact-us

Stuart

Edited By Stuart Smith 5 on 12/12/2020 10:42:37

12/12/2020 10:38:59

If this is a parcel you have been sent, the best way would be to contact the sender.

I think you can find a phone number for Hermes by searching on the internet but not easy. They don’t seem to publish numbers but I think you can find one if you persevere.

Stuart

Thread: The demise of Australian Model Engineering Magazine
10/12/2020 15:17:11

The closure was announced on their Facebook page:

**LINK**

Thread: Delay to Issue 299
07/12/2020 15:46:26

Michael

My copy of 299 arrived today. The post seems to be a bit erratic (understandably) at the moment. I have had a delivery from Tracy Tools within a couple of days, yet a book I ordered online took nearly 2 weeks

Hopefully yours will arrive tomorrow!

Stuart

Thread: Muncaster's Simple Entablature Engine
05/12/2020 21:48:28
 

I started building my Muncaster as my first model just over 12 months ago and did most of it last winter. I have just started on it again and tried it on air today. To my surprise it ran first time.

Short video of it running:

 

 

 

Need to paint it and get some better fixings, but happy that I have managed to get to this stage.

 

A bit slower than Jason!

 

Stuart

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