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Thread: Antivirus and VPN
23/06/2022 20:18:05

Forgot to add that you can purchase Bitdefender for various license packs like 1,5 and 10 devices and it works across pc and android. Its installed on all our phones as well.

23/06/2022 20:15:13

Ive been using Bitdefender as antivirus for quite a few years now without any issues. I moved from Norton after they disabled my antivirus when I took my tablet to USA on holiday. I had no idea it was a geo-locked product. Express vpn for my vpn. Its built into my Linksys router and has quite a few nice features. One I realky like is it will drop the connection if it thinks it has been compromised.

Thread: PM Research No4
18/06/2022 20:34:40

So, I have decided to have a go at a PM Research No4 build. Base has been machined, bearing blocks more or less complete with additional bushes. Crankshaft and flywheel nearly finished.

base flywheel.jpgcrankshaft assembly.jpgbearing blocks.jpgbase assembly.jpg

Next job is to drill and tap the flywheel for the grub screw then need to cut the keyway and make the key. After that I will polish up the completed parts then move on to the frame.

I would have been a bit further on but this arrived a few weeks ago.

ama vm32l.jpgI had to reorganise quite a bit of the workshop and build a base for it to live on. A few years ago after I got rid of my cnc router I said I would never build another but the pull of the dark side was too much to resist. This will be converted to cnc but hopefully I will finish off the engine before getting stuck into it.

Thread: Is it really a joke
07/04/2022 15:04:58

My Hyundai ioniq battery is guaranteed for 8 years to still be above 80% capacity I think. I have a low cost charging rate between 2am and 6am. Different companies offer different charge rates and times. I have a 7KW charge point fitted which also allows me to charge directly from solar panels if they are generating enough power. This is a good option rather than selling it back to the grid for 6ppkw.

The only issue as has been said is the network availability. Went to Fort William at the weekend, planned route and charge points. and found all of the new Chargeplace Scotland points in An Aird car park not working. The older Evolt charge point worked only on ac charge, dc fast charge not working. Not surprisingly all of the 6 or so Tesla chargers were working perfectly.

Ended up using the chargers at the Nevis Range while we were there. 50ppkw wasnt cheap though.

Edited By Ian McVickers on 07/04/2022 15:09:21

Thread: Why is electricity so expensive?
05/04/2022 08:56:31

Standing charge got doubled. An easy way for them to screw more money out of their customers.

Thread: Omnimill 00
22/01/2022 09:34:41

Nice one Dean. Keep us upto date with the rebuild, I would really like to see this one running. I going to change my table acme to a ballscrew. Ballscrew has arrived but havent had a chance to anywhere near it yet.

Thread: VFD - which is best please ?
31/12/2021 10:44:35

If I remember correctly most vfds have a low IP rating of 20 and should be mounted in an enclosure to provide additional protection. I have seen others with higher protection ratings but even these ones were enclosed. Personally I would always fit one in an enclosure with external controls. I really wouldnt like trying to hit one of those small buttons in an emergency to stop the drive.

Thread: Do you "still" enjoy driving?
31/12/2021 10:23:43

I still enjoy driving most times but would enjoy it a lot more if the roads were in better condition. In Scotland it seems like they get worse every day. I bought mysef a Hyundai ioniq at the start of this year and the peace and quiet when its running on battery on a scarce section of good road is great.

Thread: Omnimill
27/12/2021 18:12:57

Emgee, yes the hole is at the top. I am going to grind a y pattern into the gib but grinding the slide on the column will be very difficult so I will have to make do with the gib side done.

Also seeing as I have the table off I will look at the backlash I have in the screw and nut.

27/12/2021 17:04:20

Chris the mating side on the column is smooth.

27/12/2021 16:35:05

Hi all,

Ive had an issue for a while getting oil into the z axis gib on my Omnimill. I fitted an oil pump a while ago and cant pump any oil into the gib so I thought it must be blocked. Tried a jack pump thinking it would clear it but no joy so decided to strip it down today to see whats wrong.

z axis gib.jpg

Didnt find any blockage but the small hole on the right is supposed to be the oil hole. When the gib is done up its simply getting blocked by the casting.

So I was thinking of grinding a Y pattern along the gib to distribute the oil. Any thoughts anyone?

Thread: A Merry Christmas to All
25/12/2021 10:17:53

Merry xmas all, from a nearly sunny Scotland.

Thread: Small Hydraulic Press Tools
03/10/2021 20:07:42

I have been thinking about making one of these as well. I do have on of the metalcraft manual benders but its not really for things like 25x6mm flat bar.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2021
02/10/2021 20:33:59

I havent gotten a huge amount done this year but have managed to get a new to me Startrite bandsaw, which I think is an SP147, 10 speed. Its had a strip down, check over, rebuild and paint. Converted to single phase and some new electrics.

bandsaw 1.jpg

bandsaw 2.jpg

Next on the list was a new linisher build from scratch. I did think about one of the 2x 72 belt linishers but i think mine will be of more use to me.

linisher 1.jpg

linisher 2.jpg

I need to finish this off with some drive belt guards and linisher belt covers with extraction connection point.

So I started to build a small set of rolls about 2 months ago and just got them finished. I damaged the tendon on the middle finger of my left hand so its been in a splint for 8 weeks now so this has been very slow going.

bending rolls 1.jpg

I can start on the covers now and see if I can improve my TIG welding in the process.

Edited By Ian McVickers on 02/10/2021 20:34:38

Edited By Ian McVickers on 02/10/2021 20:35:27

Thread: Warco GH Universal mill help
22/09/2021 19:29:27

I did it to mine when I had it. Used a high voltage 12nm stepper through a worm gearbox. Used a little cheap controller from ebay for up/down and speed control signals to the stepper driver. Worked really well and was far easier than cranking that handle.

Thread: er collets
02/06/2021 20:44:56

Just purchased some stuff from Shop-apt and currently they have er collets on sale at nice prices should anyone be interested. They are in the stock clearance section.

Thread: Elliot omnimill horizontal lead screw
07/04/2021 09:21:33

The table screw is keyed along its full length to allow the table drive mechanism to work so replacing it with a ball screw wont work unless you are going to either do away with the drive or modify the machine to have an external drive. Mine is worn as well and needs a new nut but havent got anywhere near to doing it yet.

Thread: Colchester Bantam Mk1
29/03/2021 19:02:05


drop me a pm with your email and I`ll send you the parts and ops manual.

28/03/2021 15:11:43

So finished off the shaper and tested it out today on some ali and mild steel.

ali 0.5mm.jpg

0.5mm deep cut on ali.

ali 1mm wd40.jpg

1mm deep cut with wd40 beside the 0.5mm deep cut.

ms 0.5mm wd40.jpg

0.5mm deep cut on mild steel witrh wd40.

ms ali.jpg

Both parts side by side. Impressed by the cut quality.

Thread: Annoying phone calls
25/03/2021 18:58:10

I dont have a home phone any more. Still have to pay for a landline though via VM to get a decent price for a tv/broadband package but a phone hasn`t been plugged in for years. At least with a mobile the unwanted calls are easy to block.

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