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Member postings for Pete White

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Thread: Sending of heavy items
08/04/2019 09:14:41

Have a look at "parcel compare", all the big couriers are listed there. I was going to get a 42kg vertical head collected and delivered for £28. In the end the nice man said he would keep it for two months until I was passing nearby, on my way to a holiday cottage. Added a couple of nights in a nice village pub b & b, that made the head not quite such a bargain!!......but kept "she" happy. lol.

Edited By Pete White on 08/04/2019 09:15:37

Thread: Microsoft Word
18/03/2019 13:48:33
Posted by blowlamp on 18/03/2019 13:33:01:

LibreOffice is free and is increasingly being used by authorities, schools etc.

Works for me, as does Linux, through my windows out 16 years ago.





Edited By Pete White on 18/03/2019 13:49:22

Thread: Why do both power hacksaws and bandsaws exist?
17/03/2019 18:41:20

Taking hobby use are we? So a nice old cast iron machine, can be had for small money compared to a light weight or expensive? band saw. Time is not an issue is it? Auto cut off, means you don't have to watch it, if you can stop yourself. lol.

I have two donkey saw, I am booked in for therapy soon, think I might be a collector or hoarder, one needs to go, but that is a good way of eliminating time on a wasted stoke?. lol.

For the equivalent of a vertical band I use an angle grinder with a thin disc, works for me.

Thread: What is this grinder?
16/03/2019 14:08:27
Posted by not done it yet on 16/03/2019 13:45:07:

A quick perusal of the popular selling forum shows three such items for sale. So no real mystery about them.

Good luck to the sellers at those prices. I personally could think of quite a few better ways of spending my "workshop cash "


Thread: 15mm and 7/16" diameter HSS tool steel bar
09/03/2019 20:31:16
Posted by Paul Kemp on 09/03/2019 20:06:12:

Alternatively, save up your knackered carbide tips, machine a bit of ordinary steel bar to fit the head at one end and take a tip at the other and silver solder it on = free carbide tipped bar! Just need a green grit wheel to tickle it up ready to use. All my bars are home made with either HSS round or even old milling cutters and centre drills or repurposed carbide tips. Works fine for me so not about to be spending £'s on bought ones! (Yup, I'm tight!).


First rate common sense to me, work just the same. As mentioned noring away at a 15mm chunk of hss doesnt appeal to me eithersad

Thread: New to metal lathes
18/02/2019 09:46:00

How about using a fixed steady on a much smaller lathe than you would need to pass a cue through the spindle ?


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
11/02/2019 20:19:09

Engineering porn, smileygreat photos, keep up the good work and posts, much appreciated.


Thread: lathe wanted
11/02/2019 09:49:51

I will second the widen your choice option, to give you more chance of finding a good buy. Accessories are expensive if bought individually, a machine with as much kit as possible is a way to go, if the machine is sound, be prepared to travel.

In the days of the demise of Technical Colleges machines could be had wink with 3 and 4 jaw chucks, face plate, catch plate, coolant, low voltage lighting, taper turning, fix stead, travelling steady, gap bed. etc.

Good Luck


Thread: Single to 3 phase invertor and smart meters
10/02/2019 11:16:56

This might be a bit like when we conned into having "economy seven" for free to benefit from energy being produced at night. I few years ago i was looking at changing supplier and they questioned why I was on economy seven as I was not using enough night units to justify the charges THAT HAD CREPT IN. Soon came of that scam, but still wonder how much it had cost me over the years. I had given up night time activities, like baking cakes, night time washing, cutting the privet hedge, getting the wife up early to do the ironing, etc. lol

Who started all this whining


Thread: Single phase verses 3 phase motor
10/02/2019 10:25:57
Posted by Brian Oldford on 09/02/2019 21:26:07:

Actually Pete, so long as the stator windings aren't epoxy potted, on a three post machine (415v only), if you're not afraid of a bit of motor open heart surgery, you can almost always get to the star point and open it up. Carefully noting the phase relationship you can rewire it to delta and they'll invariably run beautifully. Getting the phase relationship is crucial (don't ask!).

Thanks for that Brian, I have never stripped a motor but thought the star point would be like looking for hens teeth. I might have have a go. I am not afraid, I used to run motors and a mig welder, form an oil cooled welder and very big capacitors capacitors years ago. I think I am to afraid these days to do that again. lol



Thread: Single to 3 phase invertor and smart meters
09/02/2019 18:42:47
Posted by peak4 on 09/02/2019 12:27:36:

There may be other good reasons for cancelling a SmartMeter , but a VFD shouldn't need to be one of them.
I've got a couple on the go here and have no issues.


There certainly are I was informed by a very reliable for the supply companies.


Thread: Talktalk new web site
09/02/2019 18:37:14

Thunderbird, no problem, old fashioned looking format, gmail I never got to grips with.

Top tip, Linux Mint, don't like paying for software prefer spending money on tools. lol


Thread: Single phase verses 3 phase motor
09/02/2019 18:26:22

I am lucky to have 3 phase in the workshop, never used a VDF, but do you need to ensure your motor is a six ends out so that you can make sure the voltage is correct, or already suitably wired?

There was single phase motor on my wood lathe when I bought it., it was hopeless with all the stopping and starting leading to over heating. Sorted by fitting a readily available cheap three phase option. Maybe the motor had a problem but convinced me that single phase is not for me.


09/02/2019 18:23:29

Double post, instead of edit, as below.smileyangry

Edited By Pete White on 09/02/2019 18:27:47

Thread: Wheels for a 5 inch gauge battery loco
25/01/2019 11:48:39

Well those two answers are exactly what I was looking for, lots of very good points and the link, many thanks to you both smiley

The Atlantic offering was taken from the series in M.E.March 2010, that was the one that didn't look right to me.

I am at the stage of joining a local club, will talk with them.

Thank you for your time both.



Edit Just saw other two answers which appeared whilst I was composing, lol thank you also gents

Edited By Pete White on 25/01/2019 11:51:04

25/01/2019 10:03:21

Well it appears that 153 viewers don't know the answer, lol, so I did some more research .smiley

I found the GL5 standards to add to my confusion ! ..............the.0.038 tip radius made me smile. I was beginning to think that I was over thinking this until I saw that, serius stuff, ..........or maybe I am over thinking it lol

And then I looked back at the Atlantic details. that 1/16 flange isnt much, but a big radius behind it wth no dimensions or taper...........does it all matter


Thread: Thread locking
24/01/2019 21:06:54

Third vote for keeping it simple, lock nut. smiley

Thread: Wheels for a 5 inch gauge battery loco
24/01/2019 17:42:10

As above, I have four 16 mm thick billets machined up with axle hole bored true to face.

I started to think about final dimensions and pulled up this drawing. AALS standards, whatever they are. My question was about the back taper 0 - 8 degress being a bit open ended. Then I pulled up a wheel drawing from a mag,for an Atlantic and found it to be quite different, only 9/16 thick including a 1/16? thick flange. Very different !

I have done some google and found nothing to help, I am out of control here, lol.

What should I be doing here ?

With Thanks


Edited By Pete White on 24/01/2019 17:47:39

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
18/01/2019 21:08:41

P. S. 45 minutes a blank, EN8, turned it once when about a third way through.

Bet a fancy band saw would have whipped that by a mile, but both my saws came F.O.C...................and I have owned them for thirty years.

18/01/2019 20:23:42

Well apart from rebuilding my Ajax donkey saw, I sawed off three wheel blanks, with my Manchester saw, from a 4 inch billet. It has not had such a workout for quite a while.

Why only three blanks? .................going to try out the Ajax tomorrow. One must go, a man does not need two donkey saws. lol

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