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Member postings for Ian McVickers

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Thread: Another mystery tool
19/06/2020 17:15:16

Dick, I like the idea of it being used for levelling tracks or rails. That could well be it.

Thread: Lollipop maybe?
19/06/2020 17:12:10

Could well be a magnifier like this one on mine.

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Thread: Installing lathe cooling pump
17/06/2020 19:16:04

Yes he used a small hand plasma cutter.

Thread: Another mystery tool
17/06/2020 19:11:12

Total travel is just under 4mm. Laid on a flat surface the dial travels 2mm so would then have 2mm travel in either direction. No zero set or any other adjustments. The needles on both sides rotate in the same direction. I havent found anything myself yet but will keep looking.

16/06/2020 20:15:14

Thanks for the info on the patent. Ive had a quick look through the info on the patent website but no much to go on so far. The increments on the dial are 0.1mm.

15/06/2020 19:40:44

Came across this mystery tool today and I can only guess at what it is for.

I am guessing that its a flatness gauge?20200615_172242.jpg



There is not a makers name on it unless the info on the dial is it. The machined surfaces are parallel to each other. The gauge has an elephants foot on it and when laid on a flat surface the dial moves a bit and would allow a positive and negative movement if ran over an uneven surface.

Thread: What *should* a Warco Super Major Milling Machine be able to accomplish?
19/05/2020 20:05:53

I think your asking a lot of the machine if you want to push it more than 1mm DOC in steel. I had the GH universal and ended up stripping down the headstock and quill and fitting decent bearings to make it quieter. It used to rattle like hell before I did the refurb. Had to use bearing fit on some of the bearings because the recesses were oversize which really doesnt help. Refilled with H32 oil and it definitely improved things. Mine was sat on vibration feet and didnt jump about but was noisy.

Thread: Carbide Insert Designations & Suppliers
09/05/2020 22:56:43

Check out Shop-apt. Always had good service from them.

Thread: Taper Pins
09/05/2020 20:37:47

Someone else may correct me if Im wrong but I think they are started off with a taper drill then reamered if required.

Thread: Should have stayed on the sofa today
09/05/2020 20:33:35

Nice one Phil, have you been watching This Old Tony? Jeff if you can sell it for £1125 Ill give you 50%.

New one made today.

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Dovetail Cutter 3.jpg

Kiwi Bloke, its amazing what you can come up with when you put your mind to it.

Thread: Stepper Motor Flexible Coupling.
08/05/2020 20:09:31

Hengstler or flexible beam couplings are pretty common so should be easy to find. RS components have then but they are a bit pricey. Zapp Automation might have them.

Thread: Should have stayed on the sofa today
08/05/2020 20:03:49

Unfortunately my mill doesnt run in reverse. Standard single phase drive.

08/05/2020 19:33:16

Well a while ago I ordered some lathe tool holders from ebay and they arrived and fitted without ant issues so decided to order some more from the same person but they never arrived. Ordered some from someone else and they all got taken to work to be re-machined because none of them were the same dimensions and only one of them fitted the tool post.

Anyway decided from now on to make my own. Machined the lump of steel to the dimension required and cut the slot near to size ready for the dovetails. Dont have a dovetail cutter so decied to make one. Everything was going really well, or so I thought, right up to when I was going to fit it in the mill for a test cut then realised my mistake.

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Hopefully I`ll cut the next one the right way.

Thread: Essential and non-essential workers lockdown rules
09/04/2020 15:24:34

Ive been giver a letter from my employer and also told to show my pass as well if I get stopped. But, the company guidance also says that this may not be enough so I have asked what do I do if I get stopped and told to go home? Still waiting on an answer.

Obviously I will be going home if told to but what do you do on the next day you have to go to work? Take the risk of getting stopped again by the same person? I dont think it would go down well.

Hopefully the police will take the view that the covering letter is enough to justify me going to work.

Thread: New design of mains plug?
30/03/2020 17:18:36

That type of plug has been around for a while now. Cant understand why they havent been banned yet. Have a look on They are shown on the first page.

Thread: Manual for Elliott / Victoria / Gate Omnimill 00
28/03/2020 17:33:12


is you pm me your email address I can send you the ops manual and the spares manual.


Thread: What are you doing to stay safe
27/03/2020 19:12:37

I still need to go to work 2 mornings a week and work from home for the rest of Monday to Thursday. Might venture out to the workshop over the weekend.

Thread: Manual for Elliott / Victoria / Gate Omnimill 00
27/03/2020 19:06:30


please check your pm`s.

Thread: Whats App...'Hoax' warning
25/03/2020 10:23:21

Did this thing not appear about 5 or 6 years ago? Pretty sure it was a hoax back then.

Thread: Manual for Elliott / Victoria / Gate Omnimill 00
25/03/2020 09:24:00

Peter, drop me a pm with your email address and I will send you some info.

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