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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 "


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



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