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Thread: Warco mill soft start
05/01/2022 12:08:31

Thank for all the input.

I will contact Warco as it worries me that machine doesn't always start "softly" now. I'm afraid it could be an early sign of serious failure.

Robin, regarding new space telescope, mirror actuators can move in steps that are a fraction of a wavelength of light (1/10000th diameter of human hair), that's some accuracy!


04/01/2022 10:16:35


I own WM18B with variable speed. Following manual I always set speed to minimum before switching on. Spindle gradually building up rpm from 0 to about 250 in a few seconds which I believe is called a soft start.

Recently I've noticed that very often motor gets on to minimum revs instantly when switched on. I wonder if this could have a bad effect on the motor or control board.

Machine is still under warranty but I thought it would be best to get some idea before I contact Warco.



Thread: 3.5 inch Juliet
16/11/2021 20:13:32

Hi Pete,

Attached is photo of Juliet article from ME with dims of the ash pan.

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Thread: Oscillator
06/11/2021 13:50:38

Well done Allan.

I've made exactly the same engine as my first project. If you want to make something a bit more challenging next, I suggest a twin cylinder double acting oscillator.


Thread: Stuart engine paint colours
21/09/2021 16:39:56

Here is my beam in humbrol no.20 crimson gloss.


Thread: First model for a complete beginner
09/07/2021 06:58:16

I always recommend this one Link for beginners. It's a single acting oscillating engine and it doesn't require any castings. Great to start with and can be easy modified.

Thread: Beam Engine
08/07/2021 16:35:27

Hi Derek

Building the stuart beam engine by Andrew Smith .



Thread: Tracy Tools.
26/06/2021 15:22:47

They're always my first choice for taps, dies and drill bits.

Thread: Which *simple* mobile steam model?
16/06/2021 16:04:08
Posted by Adrian R2 on 16/06/2021 14:41:54:

Perhaps the MyfordBoy simple steam traction engine? I haven't actually tried to build it but it would seem to be well thought out and he advertises a set of castings and plans for a reasonable price.

Myfordboy also built a Cracker locomotive which might be of interest. Look it up on YouTube. I can suggest building a simple oscillating steam engine and put it into a small boat. This could be easily converted to RC with couple of servos.


Thread: Telephone/mobile scams
30/04/2021 21:00:19

I had a phone call from UK mobile number earlier on this week. Very nice gentleman with very strong Indian accent said he's from BT technical department and reason of this call is that my modem sending strange signals? He asked if I noticed that my internet was slow recently, "Oh yes" I replied. So he said that he can solve the problem and I really wouldn't mind if he could speed up our broadband a bit, only problem is we're not a BT customers since 2016!

I don't know where he get my mobile number from but exactly the same phone call I had this afternoon and guy was reading the same script as well. First number I've reported and blocked straight away but second phone call was from a different mobile number (UK as well)

Thread: Juliet Castings
23/04/2021 21:30:53

There is an active listing on ebay with castings for Juliet Link.

If you want to save some money consider fabricating some of the parts instead of buying castings for them. For example pump stretcher and axle pump can be easy made from bar stock.

23/04/2021 21:06:42

Hi David.

I've sourced castings for my Juliet from Kennions and cylinders castings from Reeves. Both good quality but one of the cylinders got tiny blow holes and had to be bored oversize to get rid of them. If you're on facebook it's worth joining Juliet builders group for any advice you might need during your build.

Good luck with your project!


Thread: Choosing a mini mill
08/03/2021 21:24:46

Amadeal xj12-300, slightly over your budget bit I don't think you'll find anything else around £600 unless you looking at the second hand market.

Thread: Compressed Air
04/03/2021 16:00:39

You didn't say how much you willing to spend. I've bought this one last year and I'm very happy witht Link. It goes up to 120psi and got 6ltr tank. Also with 59dB you can comfortably sit next to it without any ear protection. Very handy to have in the workshop, doesn't take much space under the bench and can be easy carried around if you want to pump up bike tyres etc.

If you're on the budget you can use one of this airbrush compressors. Problem with those is that volume of air will be very low and they're getting hot after about 10mins of constant use.

Thread: 3.5 gauge Juliet no.2
13/01/2021 07:38:16

Thanks guys for your comments. Re chimney: drawings for Juliet shows alternative chimney (shape I went for) although from what I could see suppliers only offer an original straight chimney. Luckily I found mine together with some other castings on ebay.

12/01/2021 20:27:17

Hi all. Here's some photos of my Juliet started in 2019. It was start and stop build disturbed by other projects, house improvements, covid etc. Still far from finish, but now it's on the stage where I can proudly display it in our living room

Any comments are welcome.

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Thread: Chester DB8
06/01/2021 20:49:11

Hi Brian. I have db8vs, I'm guessing they will have same belts?

Thread: Yet another scam lathe sale on ebay to be aware of
06/01/2021 15:42:41
Posted by br on 06/01/2021 15:35:47:

Oh dear. It seems to have disappeared crying

Don't worry. I'm sure it will be back soon. Might be different user name or location, maybe different lathe. And if we keep looking and pointing out scams like this eventually he will switch to different category. Car parts, rare collectibles, antiques... People like this won't give up easily

06/01/2021 10:30:02

Item has just been relisted!

24hrs auction as well?

Definitely looks dodgy

Thread: warco WM 12 or Amadeal XJ12-300
13/12/2020 22:17:59

It is gear driven and never had a problems with it. I've fitted mine with dro few months back and only regret that I haven't done it earlier.

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