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Thread: De Walt 240V Portable Band Saw in UK?
20/02/2021 17:55:12

+1 for the SHEPPACH bandsaw from Aldi yes

Made in Germany, 3 years warranty, and delivered foc by DPD, at first glance it appears to be very well made all metal construction, it has variable speed which is useful, I'm also impressed at how accurately it cuts.

It is heavy enough to be portable and sit on my bench when needed, without needing to clamp/bolt down

Only real criticism is the work holding clamp, although metal, it uses a strange concentric clamp mech to tighten rather than a traditional screw thread, but I'm sure I can 'mod' that easily enough.

Bargain at only £114.99 (offer this week) as it sells for £189.99 on other well known online retailers

Likewise I will get some bi-metal blades I think wink

Cheers, Steve

Thread: What about a "like" button on the forum?
19/02/2021 07:53:46
Posted by DiogenesII on 19/02/2021 07:48:43:
Posted by Martin Kyte on 18/02/2021 22:26:52:

...Like buttons just encourage populist opinion...

regards Martin

yes broken heart

Edited By DiogenesII on 19/02/2021 07:50:40

yes yes heart 

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 19/02/2021 07:54:20

Thread: Warco 180 mini lathe
17/02/2021 21:06:03

Hi Ken,

Welcome to the forum thumbs up

I'm assuming the motor is the standard dc version, first thoughts would be the invertor/motor control circuit board. Even though you bought 2nd hand, I would go back to Warco with the issues and see if they can help further, hopefully they should have a good spare parts stock.

Thread: You think you have trouble starting your car on a cold morning?
17/02/2021 20:55:19
Posted by Sam Stones on 17/02/2021 02:43:26:

It might be more fashionable to replace those diesel engines with a cluster or two of Tesla batteries.

Just turn a switch and away you go. devil

I think you'd need a LOT of batteries to shift 400 tons of train dont know

16/02/2021 22:07:36

The English Electric class 50 engine would appear to have an issue with the fuel pump causing over fueling.

This causes unburnt fuel to ignite in the blower fans, some will also pass in to the sump which can dilute the oil.

The driver should have shutdown the start sequence as soon as it happened

Thread: Seized stopcock
13/02/2021 19:19:35

We live in the Severn Trent water co area, and had a similar issue with the stop cock under the sink, and also I couldn't access the main valve in the pavement as it was buried in mud.

I called STW to see if they could help (not expecting any help tbh) and was really surprised that not only did they send out an engineer the same day, who confirmed the main stop valve was duff.

They arranged to dig it up, replace with a new one all totally free !!

I could then easily turn off the supply and replace the one under the kitchen sink

So it may be worth contacting your own water company 🤔

Thread: Amazon scam again
11/02/2021 14:21:39

The incidence of scam phone calls predominantly to mobiles (from a moble) is rife at the moment.

They call, you answer, they interrogate your phone in the 20-30 seconds your saying "hello, hello" and they have your info frown

Its simple to avoid, DON'T answer any calls not recognised by you (or your phone if it has 'smart calling'

If it is someone genuinely trying to get hold of you they will either leave you a message, or call you again on the same number (which a scammer would not ever do) for risk of getting traced.

Thread: Gloves and machine tools - my stupidity.
01/01/2021 09:52:17

Ditto . . Wearing gloves with anything that goes 'round & round' is a a big no no.

Since my engineering apprenticeship I have always used a barrier cream before and a good hand cleaner such as Swafega after, then a spot of good hand conditioner cream after.

Thread: In anticipation of the New Year ...
01/01/2021 09:44:00

I think I need one of those guys to do all the 'domestic stuff' that shmbo keeps finding to scupper my 'playing' (her words) in my workshop !!

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 01/01/2021 09:44:41

Thread: Message from ARC to our customers in the E.U.
10/12/2020 16:33:30



Can you think of a Caption?

I'm sorry, but your big round thingie is no where near shiney enough, now go and polish it - there's a good chap !!



Thread: Workshop temperature - cold
04/12/2020 19:24:53

I use a 1/2 kW electric panel heater which I pop on the 2kW setting as a instant heat boost when in the workshop and run on a timer on the 1kW setting if the oat drops to freezing or below overnight.

The workshop is extensively insulated to reduce heat loss.

Seems to work well, although if we get a '63 winter as the weather folk are suggesting it might get pushed to its limits 🤔

Thread: Lathe levelling and alignment
04/12/2020 16:06:05
Posted by Terry Kirkup on 04/12/2020 15:20:38:

Steve Neighbour I don't think you were lucky at all. I think you have to be UNlucky to get a bad one these days. My WM290 is superb.

I have to agree - I am very pleased with my WM250, it appears to be very accurate (far more than I can probably work to !!)

When it arrived, and following installation, the only issue I had on comissioning was a miss-aligned micro switch on the drive belt/change gears cover which caused intermittent 'fail to runs' - very easily rectified and I have since changed the tool post holder for a qctp type which is a big improvement.

I have also been impressed by Warco's customer service all the way from my initial enquiry to delivery

However when I ordered it, I have to admit it was with some trepidadtion that I was buying a pile of far eastern scrap metal having read all the pros-cons banter especially from the die-hard British lathe owners (Myford, Colchester, Harrison etc etc) and I am not for one second saying there is anything wrong with these machines, they are very well made and built to last.

I had originally looked at getting a Myford super 7, primariuly because I was 'weaned' on a Myford by my Grandfather.

But I was put off by the high cost of a 'new' one, and even more put off by the cost of used ones, yes I know, occasionally there are very good examples of used ones that come up for sale, but they seem fairly rare.


Thread: Speed limiters for cars from 2022?
04/12/2020 15:32:24
Posted by Phil H1 on 04/12/2020 11:54:45:

Whether we need technology or simply lower the size and power of cars - I'd start with the latter first - oh and the ridiculous white van inflation too. Why does every tradesperson need a massive white van?

My thoughts.

Firstly the size and power of a vehicle is somewhat irrelevent - a small 'low power' car is usually more than capable of exceeding the UK speed limit these days.

Secondly most delivery van drivers are carrying (and one hopes delivering) 100's of parcels on any given day, so their van may be rammed full at the start of their work, or likelwise empty when they are heading back.

Years ago, I was at the roadside with a work colleauge when a car went past at a significantly excessive speed, I remarked "look at that reckless idiot" !!

To which my colleauge replied "You never know what another persons haste is, he may be rushing to a hospital"

So, these days I am a lot more tolerant of others these days, we all have a right to live our lives how we wish, unfortunately there are those who seem to lack common sense are think laws apply to them - for those individuals we have the Police !!

Thread: Lathe levelling and alignment
04/12/2020 11:49:11
Posted by Paul M on 04/12/2020 11:24:09:

I think you have to accept that a Chinese lathe is not going to be super rigid and spending hours adjusting and sorting out a problem one day may return the next. Also don't lean on the lathe when using it.


I also have a Warco WM250V and find it to be a lot better than most of the "British is best" camp would have anyone believe.

Mine is certainly a lot more rigid and accurate than I was expecting, so from my perspective the "poor Chinese quality" statement is completely unfounded, certainly for new machines.

Maybe I was lucky wink

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 04/12/2020 11:50:03

Thread: Dickson style QCTP?
10/11/2020 11:11:18

+2 for RDG (listed under Myford accessories catagory)

Thread: For the latest in PC fashion! (Anyone here with a Master's Degree?)
28/10/2020 10:58:05

I'm a Electrical Engineer (semi retired) and there are many references to the two words mentioned which we now appear to not be able to mention !!!

Two transfomers in a electricity grid station were always reffered to as 'M and S' pretty much anything that has a primary and secondary was always called M and S

The world really has gone mad disgust

(Now, I must pop out and feed my rainbow sheep with my gender neutral grandchildren) crook


Thread: Accessing Digital Issues
22/10/2020 20:30:42

All of a sudden I seem to get an error when trying to view the digital copy of MEW


I get this message

An Error Has Occurred

I'm sorry but we can't process your request at this time (bad referrer)


I'm using W10 and Chrome as a search engine  (I have also tried using Microsoft Edge without luck)

Any thoughts ?

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 22/10/2020 20:40:42

Thread: Digital readings
22/10/2020 11:26:32

I was in my 'final' year at senior school when the country decided to change from Imperial to Metric (1973)

Ever since then I continually flip between the two standards and often think of a 1 inch M4 bolt etc. I can not for the life of me fathom distance in metres or kilometres.

Thankfully we still have pints at the pub (when we can safely go to a pub) I dread the day I have to ask for 0.5 litre of my favorite rehydration liquid and always say how my car manages a certain MPG.

My 'new' lathe is metric and I have both metric and imperial micrometers - and love completely confusing my Grandchildren

I guess my generation will eventually pass on, and everyone will then 'think' in metric

Thread: Grumpy old men
12/10/2020 13:33:28

Why do the so called 'generation X or is it Y which I think includes my 'kids' (they're all in their mid - late 30's now) insist on always sending text messages, whats app or the dreaded face book rubbish to make any arrangements or organise everything instead of picking up the @%&$ phone and calling to discuss it ??

I will ask my eldest daughter "what time shall we come over ?" to be abruptly told "I sent you a whats app dad" . . .sad

I think I am (already am) a technophobic grumpy old man

We will have a whole genration in years to come who will revert to the grunts and snorts of our cave dwelling ancestors if this continues, and will have lost the art of conversation.

Now where did I put my pen, glasses and car keys frown


Edited By Steve Neighbour on 12/10/2020 13:34:50

10/10/2020 20:52:14

By far the most annoying phrase is the 'younger generation' use of LIKE in general discussions.

" I saw my friend, like she was on her bike, and like she also saw me cos like I waved to her like she called at my house like she is my best friend"

Arrrggghhh dont know

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 10/10/2020 20:53:40

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