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Thread: Need help with meddling pillar drill.
15/09/2019 13:16:24

As advised, bypass the extension lead and plug in direct to a socket.

You might be surprised ! I find that leads are a mixed blessing, always get into knots and under your feet.

All my machines are plugged into their own sockets, so I use leads only when I have to

Like other Members , I doubt if the motor is dead.

Thread: MT2 or ISO30
15/09/2019 13:01:42

When I bought my Lux mill, many moons ago, I had a choice between R8 and MT.

I went for the MT model, should have bought the R8,,price was the same at the time [open day at Chester ]

Can always go from R8 to MT if required, not so easy the other way around, so, I think SO30 might be the best way to go.

At the time ,I had no experience of other systems, only MT. All part of the learning curve.

Thread: Stuck oil filter
12/09/2019 11:17:12

I often wonder do the people who position these things ever try to remove them later ?

In order to get at the fuel filter in my van,one would need to be deformed.

And the oil filter is not much better placed, and yes, you would need a hand like a gorilla.

Thread: THIN cutting oil - Suds alternative?
12/09/2019 11:07:28

In my last place of employment, they used Dromos , or Dromus, not sure which spelling is right, so when I got my own lathe I began with that. Sad to say, I found that it caused rust to my lathe. I contacted Irish Shell about it and they agreed to send someone out to me to sort it out. Twenty years later, I.m still waiting !

I found a supplier in my local Farm Shop who sells a perfectly good soluble oil with an anti rust built in, for 28 Euro for 5 Litres. This mixes at about 20/1, so it goes a long way

I now get no rust problems no matter how long I use the coolant.

Have never used neat cutting oil, so cannot comment on that.

Thread: O rings.
11/09/2019 16:42:36

Welcome to the club, I too have two boxes of O rings which seem to fit everything except the job in question.

Trying to find one for a shower unit is not a job for the faint hearted, they are either too big or too small or too thick.

Needless to say, your local plumbing shop does not stock them and your shower has been replaced by a "New" model which has little in common with the model you have.

How do I know all this ? Don't even ask !!

Might find a use for my large stock of O rings somewhere along the line, for now, they are happy in their snug little boxes, knowing that they are unlikely to be disturbed any time soon.sad

Thread: Any one used a digital microscope for micro turning on a lathe
09/09/2019 13:07:22

This is WAY above my pay grade ! I can just about see the lathe, never mind what,s in it.

I do admire anyone who can do this stuff.

Thread: CovMac Lathes
09/09/2019 12:51:04

That is not the kind of machine I would like to have a disagreement with !cheeky

Thread: Metal Saw
08/09/2019 17:53:40

My cheapy cheapy Chiina made bandsaw is automatic in the sense that I can leave it to get on with the job while I do something else, knowing that it will turn itself off when the cut is complete.

Cant get more automatic than that, and it did not cost a bomb.

Thread: Mystery object
08/09/2019 17:43:24

I seem to remember that Hitler used piano wire to strangle people he did not like.

I suppose it has other uses as well.

Thread: CovMac Lathes
08/09/2019 17:39:35

Not the kind of machine to fit in your 6x4 garden shed !

This looks like a machine made for SERIOUS work !

Would love to see it running when you get it set up.smiley

Thread: Fixed steady use
05/09/2019 14:26:03

Hi Jason, I am lucky in that I bought a longbed Craftsman lathe, although I never need the full length until now.

So, I might just get away with some of the ideas here.

There was little difference in the cost of the long and the short bed and since space was not an issue, I went for the long one.

Many thanks to all for their help.

04/09/2019 08:36:48

Thanks Paul, I like that idea ,well worth a try.

Thread: Drawing
03/09/2019 19:02:20

As I have found out many times, it.s all part of the service !

Long may it last !!

Thread: Fixed steady use
03/09/2019 18:58:55

As I expected there was a good response to my question. Some, I have already tried, others are new to me, all are welcome.

Yes, I did try setting the steady close to the chuck and then moving it along the bed, this produced the best results, although not perfect. I must admit I did not use my 4 jaw chuck, but will try that tomorrow.

The reason for the 600mm length is that is what is required for the job in question although it can be skimmed down slightly after mounting between centres.

Please accept my thanks to all who took the trouble to respond, as the say "Every little helps"

03/09/2019 14:09:31

The workpiece is 50mm dia, so there is no way it can fit through the bore and being some 600 mm long, I do not like the idea of rotating unsupported while I try to drill it, I.m not that brave !

I will have another go at it later. Thank you for your reply.

03/09/2019 13:38:32

I am looking for advice about how to set up my fixed steady.

I have mounted a length of 50mm round in my 3 jaw chuck in order to centre

drill it for turning between centres later.

I tried to get the workpiece running true, not easy, owning to the long overhang, ,then tried setting the steady close to the chuck.

Problem is that when I move the steady to the other end of the work, it is anything but true.. It is quite clear I am doing something wrong, but what ?

I would appreciate any advice and comments, good or bad, because I,m sure I am missing out on something simple.

Thanks in advance.

Thread: Aldi type bench drill
31/08/2019 18:47:09

My thanks to both of you for your time and interest.

As I said, the machine is quiet good considering the price I paid for it and it does, more or less what it says on the box, it*s just annoying. I use it mainly for drilling small holes about which I,m not too fussy. I do have a bigger Twain drill some 30 years old which is more or less dead on. It*s just that at times it is handy to have two drills up and running.

I will take another look at the problem and in the meantime, thank you both for your reply.

It*s the old story you get what you pay for !

31/08/2019 16:36:53

Good afternoon all, I have a question which I hope some of you will be able to help with.

I have an Aldi bench drilling machine with which I am quite happy except for one thing. I find there is a little vertical play in the quill which I find annoying..

What I want to know is, how do I go about removing the quill to see if I can fit a packing piece to take up the slack.

I have removed the pulley block and found a large circlip which seems to retain a bearing. Do I need to remove the return spring unit as well as the screw which engages with the groove in the right hand side of the quill, and then, what ?

Any advice ?

Thanks in advance because I know someone out there has the answer !

Thread: Home Made "Inserts" -Feelin' Groovy.
28/08/2019 17:37:43

I have found old hacksaw blades to be almost as useful as new ones, since they make perfect grooving tools.

I have used broken standard 12" blades and blades from power hacksaws, and have found them better than any insert, and a lot cheaper !, have even used them for parting, not my favourite operation.

Thread: Thread Gauges
28/08/2019 17:24:34

I use my gauges all the time in order to check some of the oddball threads I come across from time to time.

This helps to avoid what we used to call "SAD STORIES" !!

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