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Thread: Old Computers - why do people bother
02/02/2020 09:11:32
Posted by Kiwi Bloke on 02/02/2020 08:40:49:

I think I keep my old computers for many of the same reasons that I keep my old wife. I've got to understand their ways (to a limited extent), they still work, my requirements are much as before, and newer models tend to be expensive...

Plus one, spot on!!


Linux for 16 years, over half of it with Mint.

Thread: Hoist Frame
30/01/2020 12:50:43

I eventually decided on a different route for moving the vertical head of my 1ES, weighing in at 42 kg.

No picture to hand, but I basically welded up some 25 mm box section to form a bridge cradle with support feet by which the head could be lifted a few mm. via a bolt. I place a board on the table, remove the head and then lower the table to the same height as the bench where the head lives. The cradle and head are then slid along the board onto the bench.

The original idea was to have a length of track on the board and rollers on the cradle feet, but I needed to mount the head in a hurry, so never got round to that bit.laugh

Bit of fiddling but a cheap solution that works for me.smiley

Edited By Pete White on 30/01/2020 12:56:43

Thread: Chinese motors and spockets
22/01/2020 09:43:25

Have a look on the Parkside Electronics web site, lots of info on motor size and gearing that may help. Lots of useful stuff there.


Thread: Sent lathe back
21/01/2020 14:02:11

I have just read this thread, I hope your latest purchase works out well for you Derek.


Thread: CAD for a Chromebook
13/01/2020 16:12:03

Than you both for the information, food for further thought.smiley

One thing for sure, Windoz went out the Windows here 16 years ago and won't be coming back.


11/01/2020 14:07:21

I have been a happy with Qcad via Linux for a long time but now I am looking at Chromebooks. I hear that Linux can be dual booted so perhaps not a problem, but is there prefered, !!!?? drawing app for the Chomebook for simple drawings?

Might get into 3d printing one day?

With Thanks


Thread: Help with odd milling machine spindle taper
21/11/2019 19:36:43

I have an old "circa wartime" Herbert 10 vertical with this 1-3/8 taper, fortunately it came with a Clarkson autolock. As Tim suggested I also have turned up a "thin" adaptor sleeve to modify it to Int 30, good solution to my mind.

Great quality the Herbert, unfortunately a mate left the coolant pump motor running, there was not slosh in the cast base, motor burnt out ! Another project.!

Thread: Slideways oil
20/10/2019 18:00:33

Well,thank you to all for the replies, as every very informative. I will order a litre of slideway oil at about 8 pounds a litre it might as well be done. Not a great great price to pay for peace of mind, will last me longer than a year and can spend that much on beer or wine in a night, .............not big or clever.blush

20/10/2019 13:36:42

Came across the above recently in an ad. Is it worth the bother, normally used motor oil or WD ?

Thread: Vertical head on a 1es mill
11/09/2019 14:33:58

After 35 years I have finally found a vertical head for my 1ES, problem is best way to move it about and fit. Most options I have seen, maybe on larger machines is a side mounted crane, but the 1ES seem to have no provision.

I had in mind to bolt a track with traveller, to the ceiling joists but have been known to need to move machines about !!

At 42 kg its quite a lump and don't fancy a floor or wall mounted crane, or buying/using an engine crane.

Best option to me seems to be a cradle with the head hanging from it which is pushed on a track from the table to/from the storage shelf. ?

Am I missing anything, any better ideas.

Edited By Pete White on 11/09/2019 14:35:11

Edited By Pete White on 11/09/2019 14:41:17

Thread: Recent threads
14/07/2019 13:58:46

It may be the heat getting to some peoplesmiley

I have "seen" some of this recently. Play nicely boys, say nothing if you have nothing nice to say, is a fair starting point.

Edited By Pete White on 14/07/2019 13:59:15

Thread: Gas Burners?
08/07/2019 09:04:27

Slightly off topic, but an option is the down the weedkiller route, not for everyone I know, but does kill the roots. Professional versions of a popular brand are 4 times the strength and a fifth the price of stuff normal stuff. only for professional use.......of course.

Edited By Pete White on 08/07/2019 09:07:17

Thread: 1959 Nsu quickly
03/05/2019 08:44:13
Posted by Mike Poole on 02/05/2019 17:52:58:
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 02/05/2019 17:46:13:

All kinds of good ideas and comments - but no response so far from the OP. Is he still here?

Perhaps he read the second post and hasn’t bothered to come back


He did get a baptism of fire wouldn't blame him if he has gone, did you get up grumpy that day Brian? I do sometimes. lol

A great thread lots of information, I have a 1940 Rudge moped with the very popular 98 cc Villiers engine, lots of companies used them, James, Francis Barnet, will restore it one day and come back to this thread for information

Edited By Pete White on 03/05/2019 08:46:06

Thread: Harrison L6 weight ?
02/05/2019 10:02:22

Thank you Paul,

Great information. We are talking the 24 inch version here, so not to bad. We can also see where that 970 kg "for the big one" came from.

The power of the forum !


01/05/2019 19:09:46

Thanks for that Nick, that's about where I had it. smiley Thought I might be losing it ! probably am. lol

01/05/2019 18:49:36

I have a friend needing to move an L6 who asked if I knew the weight ? Having searched on line I have come up with 970kg which I think is not correct. I have an L6 with manual and the weight is not in there !!

My A & S 1ES weights in around the 900 kg mark but I can't see the L6 being up there, might be wrong, often am, ask She. lol

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 "


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