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Thread: Facing Cuts - Requires the Carriage to be Locked?
15/11/2019 18:41:49

That's a super little lever, great idea George.

15/11/2019 16:12:22

Dear me, thank you Tony. No idea how I missed that!

15/11/2019 14:21:36

I haven't made a great deal of use of my Warco 290V lathe since I got it last November and thought it was about time I tried milling something. Having read this thread and a good many others I came down on the side of locking the cross slide but the lock screws for both slides are hemmed in by the cross slide itself (depending upon its position) and the DRO gubbins. With only a 9mm gap under the DRO scale I was going to weld up a very short hex bar but as I was in a hurry to take advantage of the 5 degrees outside today (Tyneside) I figured a quicker route. Took me five minutes with the grinder to knock up a gender changer as in the pics.


it's a bit rough and ready but a lovely tight fit. May make a mk2 shortly.


here it is in place on top of the original hex bolt


and it works, so all ok for today at least.

HOWEVER while I'm here could any of you good folk tell me what the screw indicated by the red arrow in this pic does please?


Thread: Carbide Tipped Tooling explained.
11/06/2019 21:44:32

Hi old mart, good to hear your views. For what it's worth with my very limited experience, the Chinese stuff is doing everything I need it to do and the Banggood drills I got are superb, every bit as good as the Milwaukee and DeWalt stuff I've used for years, even on stainless. I'm also more than happy with the Warco 290 lathe I bought, absolutely no complaints. The only regret I have is that I don't have the time to start making models, especially after visiting the wallet-sucking Doncaster show!

11/06/2019 17:37:01

haha, cheers Mark

11/06/2019 16:56:52

Hi Gents/Ladies. You folk will know all of this but I'm just a few months in as a lathe owner. I've been tooling up since Christmas and can now do simple lathe work. I dived straight in with a Chinese QRTP and indexable tools and it's been like a drug. I just thought I'd share this in case it hasn't been let out on here. Although I have very limited understanding of most of it, it still has me completely mesmerized!


Thread: DIY Bed Gap
26/04/2019 12:10:42

Thanks for that thought Rob but the weight of opinion on here is massively in favour of me not touching the thing so I'm running scared now. I'm bowing to all this collective experience. And yes, I think your idea would be difficult for me as a newbie, I think I'm a bit of a "twister" rather than "turner" At least the kids pay for their own discs (usually, eventually!).

26/04/2019 11:07:38

I'll watch for that, but I've just renewed the wishbones, track rod ends and anti-roll bar bushes on the van so it's as good as it can be for the time being, cheers Hopper.

26/04/2019 08:30:47

Very good Richard, but that picture is actually me

Nigel, I love that!

And Hopper, I don't think that quite explains how brand new discs cure the problem as other issues would surely prevent such an instant fix. I did have a duff wheel bearing once on the van but it manifested itself in other ways too, not just steering wobble. Thank you for the input.

This morning I will speak to the lathe and tell it to relax, it won't be going under the knife after all.

25/04/2019 15:36:24

Cheers Dave, appreciate the advice. I will certainly give this a go, shouldn't be too long

Edited By Terry Kirkup on 25/04/2019 15:36:53

25/04/2019 14:33:08

As I said, you all have me convinced it's a bad idea so thanks again for thatdiscs.jpg!

Here's the price of discs for my van, just for info. If I bought the best that would be £216 for the front only. Not as cheap as claimed elsewhere! But I don't buy the "best" and wait for cheap deals coming up. My offspring and their hubbies are all heavy-footed so-and-sos just like me, the wife's car is driven least and suffers most. There probably is something valid about the lack of asbestos in pads now but I think the steel is much inferior too. Most of the changes I am forced to make are due to steering wobble setting in, immediately cured with new discs, not heavy grooving or scoring.

I'm sorry to have dragged model engineering into a driving instructor's course! No further advice (on lathe butchery) required

24/04/2019 16:42:16

It wasn't a wind-up Stewart

Disc skimming was always an emminently do-able job as many have done in years gone by (nice one Clive, nice one ega), and indeed many garage services provided but I agree that current steel discs ain't what they used to be quality wise. I've lost count of the ones I've changed just over the last five or more years, mainly on French motors but also Ford and Fiat. And I wait for Eurocarparts sales before buying new discs, they know my face well in the local branch now.

If Simon is right (above) about torque production on my lathe, or lack of, then I can't really see how the bed could twist with 50mm of the vee removed 20mm deep and only on the back way. I manage to stall it now and again trying to part off or take too big a bite, unless the belt's too slack which is quite possible as there wasn't much guidance in the handbook. It's bolted very securely to the stand and the stand to the concrete floor pads and absolutely square in both planes.

However, I bow to all of this opinion and absolutely do not mind being the butt of a (tasteful) joke!

24/04/2019 15:07:12

Thanks again folks, you have definitely put me off the idea!

24/04/2019 14:42:49

Hi Brian, can you explain a little more please?

24/04/2019 14:22:07

Wow! Thank you all Gentlemen, I think we have a winner. I half expected a negative reaction and I'll forget all about the idea now under such a deluge

The disc thing is of course incidental, not the main reason for buying the lathe but just an add-on idea, and Simon, I did get a four jaw chuck with the machine so would have been using that if you'd all said "yes". I will now dispose of (or cut up and utilise) the old discs I have laying around, some vented, others solid.

Thanks again All.

24/04/2019 13:09:45

I'm just about getting used to my Warco WM290V lathe after buying into the game in November, very late in life. One of the things I had in mind was re-facing the discs from the family's cars and my van which only seem to last a year these days. However the biggest of these discs is up to 10mm bigger in diameter than the lathe swing will accept.

Therefore, my question is, can I cut the bed to give me the room I need or not? The red outlines on the photos show the only chunk I'd need to remove, a few inches of the inverted V section. The green lines on the ways show the limit of apron travel.



I'm also curious as to why the chuck/spindle is centred the way it is, neither over the flat ways or the inverted vees?

Edited By Terry Kirkup on 24/04/2019 13:12:26

Thread: Mill Query, help needed
26/03/2019 16:27:49

Hi Bazyle, thanks for the input. My kit is for personal satisfaction only, no intention to make money from it, I'd worry about my workmanship too much! I take your point about the extra size. Another midnight Googling session approaches, I fear.

26/03/2019 14:21:55

Hi All

I bought a Warco WM290V in December and although it hasn't many miles on the clock yet I think it's a fabulous piece of kit. Because I've been trying to equip a workshop for when I can't ride bicycles any more I think it need a mill for the sake of completion.

I looked at the 2901 milling head attachment for the lathe but it only has an R8 spindle thingy while the lathe is 3MT, which I found a bit weird, but because I've invested some pennies in 3MT bits I'd like to keep the mill compatible. Because of that it looks like I am slightly restricted on choice. I've looked at the Warco WM16B which apparently does have an MT3 spindle and also the Amadeal AMAT30LV ditto. I then came across Frank Hoose's 2015 review of the Sieg SX2.7 on YouTube and was quite taken by that as it goes down to 40rpm for tapping as against 100 I think for the other two here and I like some of its other functions although it seems it is only R8 equipped, although Ketan at ARC did mention an MT3 version of the similar SX30 on here somewhere.
All I know for sure is that I want a mill with a rectangular/square pillar, belt drive, brusheless motor, MT3 spindle and slow tapping capability!
Can anyone out there offer any guidance please or have I already found all there is to discover?

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
21/03/2019 14:02:32

Clive India I was hoping to find an old 1950s Raleigh type pedal with a loose central spindle, removing the rubbers and the end shells would have left me with a lovely chrome plated handle!

20/03/2019 21:53:13

I've just finished this for my lathe. laugh if you like, once a biker always...

(I'm a better biker than machinist).


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