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Member postings for Ian McVickers

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Thread: Omnimill 00
05/05/2019 10:08:56

Philip thanks for the links. I will definitely need to get a parts or breakdown manual and thanks for the tip on the oil points. The tank inside the machine was filthy but has been cleaned out now, going to fit an external tank. Horizontal bits are all there, 30 Int fitting. As for the oil in the column I think most of its on my driveway which the boss isn't too happy about but it will get cleaned up.

04/05/2019 20:48:27

Clive, thanks the hole is indeed for the locking clamp. I will need to make one of those.

Base for the machine was power washed, done over with a cup wheel in my grinder and cleaned down with degreaser. Base coat of red oxide has been applied.




Nigel sent you a pm earlier but if you could send me a photo of the new motor you fitted to the vertical drive that would be great. It will give me an idea of what size motor I can upgrade to. I was looking at 1.5KW but it might be a bit too big.

Plan for tomorrow is to get the warco off of the concrete block and move the Omnimill base into position and get it bolted down. I had to extend the concrete block so its not level now so Im not sure whether to shim the base or bolt down some 20mm thick steel plates, one front and one back 500mm long by 100mm wide, and then bolt the machine to them although I do have some heavier ali plates that are larger so my go that way. If I go with plates then I can always grout under them.

03/05/2019 22:11:17

The machine will be repainted. I think I have enough grey left over from the Clarkson tool grinder job so that's the plan for that. Electrics will be replaced. 3 motors in all. The table drive will be done with an inverter probably but the horizontal and vertical will be standard single phase motors. All bearings will be checked and replaced if required.

03/05/2019 21:50:11

Peter, the hole in the casting is meant to be there. Not sure whats its for yet though.

03/05/2019 21:14:32

Right, after much thinking time I decided I couldn't do without a quill on a new mill so I went for the Elliot Omnimill 00. The machine arrived this afternoon and has been stripped in to its main parts with most of it in my workshop except for the base. I`m going to power wash it first. Electrics have been removed as they are going to be fully replaced. This looks like a pretty good bit of kit and I`m looking forward to getting it running.




Edited By Ian McVickers on 03/05/2019 21:15:01

Thread: Bolted or Feet?
26/04/2019 10:57:18

I have my Gh universal on feet. If you decide to bolt yours down use shims to get it as level as possible to avoid distorting the frame.

Thread: Dol starter or just a plug is it really worth it?
26/04/2019 10:49:03

The no volt release is built into the starter. When the start button is pressed the contactor pulls in , provided the stop button contact and overload contact is closed. The start button is wired in parallel across a contact on the contactor and this holds the contactor in after the start button is released. If the power fails the hold on contact is released and the contactor drops out. This is the NVR circuit.

Edited By Ian McVickers on 26/04/2019 10:52:53

Edited By Ian McVickers on 26/04/2019 10:53:41

26/04/2019 10:37:36

Personally I think it's too high. I wouldn't use it for that motor if it's was me doing the job. If buying one from eBay make sure it comes complete.

Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
26/04/2019 10:29:13

Maybe by the time it becomes law for them to be fitted by all manufacturers it will work correctly. My son recently passed his test and got his first car. To keep his insurance down, still £1300, he has a black box gps based system and an app on his phone which gives him scores out of 10 for various conditions like speed, smoothness and usage but he regularly has to phone them up because the gps continually reports him for speeding because it's not accurate enough. Couple of weeks ago he drove over a motorway flyover on a 30 road and the GPS reported him as doing 70.

Thread: Dol starter or just a plug is it really worth it?
26/04/2019 10:18:11

2 to 5 amps would be a good range to cover the motor you are using. Overloads are not expensive and would be easy to change if you decide to fit a bigger motor in the future.

25/04/2019 20:56:27

Starter unit with overload protection would be my recommendation. You will have start function, stop function and prevention against auto restart in case of power fail. You can also extend the stop circuit by adding additional estop if required.

Thread: Classified advert
23/04/2019 18:56:27

Richard, you replied to my classified advert but I don't have any contact details for you. Can you pm me please.


Thread: Viceroy AEW
22/04/2019 09:43:29

Nigel, how is the Elliot mill for general milling and model work ? Is the overarm design pretty rigid?

Thread: Milling Machine advise
22/04/2019 06:38:53

I have one of the RF45 clones and its ok but not brilliant. In my opinion the geared head is what causes the problems. After being stripped down and having the cheap bearings replaced and a few simple repairs done to the gearbox it now runs better than it did when new but I don't think I would go for a fully geared head again.

Thread: Viceroy AEW
22/04/2019 06:34:53

Been looking at bridgeports and have decided that's its going to be a major hassle getting one in to my workshop so back at looking at horizontal machine with a vertical head. Now I have seen a Bridgeport M head which could be fitted to a 1ES or similar with a bit of work on an adapter plate but it has a 2MT spindle which mean changing tooling but does anyone have experience with 2MT for milling? I realise that the cutter diameter is limited to 1/2" but I think the only tool I use with a bigger shank was a home made fly cutter so will it really be a problem? Just looking for some opinions/ideas here.

Thread: gland packing
20/04/2019 19:36:04

Thanks guys. Jason good idea on being able to unravel the strands. I will get some on order.

20/04/2019 11:36:18

Hi all,

what is the recommendation for gland packing, ptfe or graphite cord?

Thread: Homeworkshop login problem
20/04/2019 09:13:59

Tried to log in this morning and it doesn't accept my user name, email or password. Tried to re-register and it says my email doesn't accept incoming mail.

Thread: Viceroy AEW
16/04/2019 14:17:37

Thanks Phil. Going by the photos and the info I could get on the web there is only 300mm max vertical height. So I suppose by the time a vice is fitted, boring head and part there wont be much left. All of my tooling is R8 as well so Ive been pricing up replacements and its getting expensive plus the work to sort out the electrics on the mill itself and a new dro. Might have to rethink this one and look for something different with a R8 spindle.

16/04/2019 10:19:39

Hi all,

I am thinking about replceing my Warco GH universal with a AEW Viceroy mill with a vertical head. Trying to decide if I can do without having a quill feed... but I was wondering how quiet these machine run if anyone has experience of them?



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