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Member postings for Steve Neighbour

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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

Thread: Shopvac Recommendations (Hoover, Vacuum Cleaner, Dust/Chip Collection)
09/10/2020 19:58:06

I have Numatic Henry, which has good suction and copes with all my swarf except the long spiral stuff, bags are strong enough to contain sharp strands and are reasonably priced.

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 09/10/2020 19:59:23

Thread: What cleaning solution?
03/10/2020 09:44:04

For small components I use an aerosol brake/clutch cleaner, seems to work really well and leaves no residue.

Readily available from the likes of toolstation etc

Thread: Buying a new Lathe....Asian?
30/09/2020 20:13:11

Hi Matt,

I would suggest you look for a site on YouTube called 'blondie hacks'

This is really a very good to watch site and the woman uses a Precision Mathew's machine which you'll you'll recognise as a Asian import clinen probably made by Weiss.

She has a upload on the machine with all the pros & cons.

Thread: Living with a Chester DB10 super lathe
24/09/2020 08:10:29


Your final decision may ultimately be driven by availability . . C19 has had significant impact on supply of machines, unless you're happy to wait (or are lucky its in stock)

I waited 15 weeks from order to delivery for mine 😩

I didnt mind too much as it meant I could progress my workshop to 'almost' finished without the distraction of the 'new toy'


23/09/2020 08:05:05

Hi Paul,

A warm welcome smiley

I have a Warco WM250 which is near identical to the DB10, you'll find there are quite a few derivatives of essential the same lathe on the market, most are made by Weiss in China are they are well made and accurate although often need a little fettling and tweaking when setting up.

am very happy with mine and it is far more capable than some 'it must be made in Britain to be any good ' folk would have you believe.

There is also a really good supply of parts and accessories that will fit most of the clone machines from the various UK suppliers..

Good luck and do keep the feed updated with your progress.


Thread: QCTP for a WM250?
17/09/2020 20:54:59

Thanks for all the replies, very helpful.

A tct tipped shattered, but more than likely that was due to trying g to take to big a cut frown

I ended up trying a cobalt steel blank, grinding the end to shape, it works but loses its edge quite quickly, its slow going but getting there.


09/09/2020 20:17:26

I have just bought a 250-100 series for my WM250. The quoted dims for the tool height seemed the best fit for the centre height.

But . . I'm having an issue with boring out the holder to fit the 21.9mm boss on the cross slide though, it is made from a hardened metal that HSS and Carbide don't seem to touch . .

Out of interest anyone had a similar grey matter challenge ?

Should I invest in a Cobalt tool, (nit easy to find it seems) or would an index boring bar be better ?

Thread: Warco WM180 or Sieg SC3-400?
29/08/2020 07:53:21

There are a few videos posted on youtube by folk who use a Warco 180.

One regular subscriber is 'Ades Workshop'

Adrian is very helpful and will happily reply if you message him.

Heres a link to a video of him maintaining a WM180 which I sure you will find informative

29/08/2020 07:52:56

There are a few videos posted on youtube by folk who use a Warco 180.

One regular subscriber is 'Ades Workshop'

Adrian is very helpful and will happily reply if you message him.

Heres a link to a video of him maintaining a WM180 which I sure you will find informative

Thread: Supporting both ends of stock in lathe
27/08/2020 14:11:17

I'm sure I have read somewhere that as a general 'rule of thumb' no more than 3-4 x the dia should protrude from a chuck 'unsupported' or you risk distortion when turning !

so a 9.5mm stock should as a 'general rule' be no more than 28-35mm of unsupported length

I'm sure one of the site 'gurus' will comment soon !

Thread: Quality small metric spanners
30/07/2020 10:33:17


I have lots of 'shiney toys' . . sometimes I actually use them as 'tools'

I also have a lot of my late grandfathers tools, these are very much treasured and loved.

Thread: Opions sought on using the USB Photo Stick for photo storage
29/07/2020 19:56:45

I used to use umpteen USB memory sticks, and then ended up with far to many.

Moved almost all of what I value to a cloud based storage system (Dropbox and other similar providers) and also have a WD 'Home Cloud' which is connected to my router via a 256 bit firewall for security, this has 8TB of space, so I doubt I'll fill it anytime soon. It also has a 'mirror' drive as back up in case one falls over.

Just google 'My Cloud'

The advantage is the TV can access it for films, photos etc, my smart phone for backing up every picture I take (automatically) and my PC for everything else,

The great advantage is I can access stuff from home, work, and anywhere worldwide.

When my time comes to go to the 'workshop in the sky' my kids will just inherit a Lathe and Milling machine (they won't really want them I suspect) and a few passwords on a post-it note (if I can remember them by then !!)


Edited By Steve Neighbour on 29/07/2020 19:58:18

Thread: Quality small metric spanners
28/07/2020 23:11:35

Real good quality tools, try Wera or Wurth (both German made)

Another that comes to mind would be Teng - also recommended

all pop up via Google search - as usual I have absolutely no affiliation to any, just know they are all very good quality - but beware, they are not cheap

Thread: Making sense of big numbers
24/07/2020 21:06:18
Posted by Martin Whittle on 24/07/2020 20:21:03:

And the universe is getting on towards half of a quintillion seconds old.

Another odd fact: as a rough guide, many animals live for around one billion heartbeats. I suppose we do quite well at usually over 2 billion.

I hope its a lot more than THAT surprise

My ticker usually averages around 75 bpm (resting) and at just over 62 I'm already well over 2.5 billion, I obvioisly need to s-l-o-w down.

I'll let shmbo know that her 'jobs list' is postponed due to the impact it's having on my longevity !!

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