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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 !!

Thread: Lathe upgrade advice
19/07/2020 19:41:03
Posted by matt on 18/07/2020 10:41:25:

Thanks Jason

Had considered that one but couple of things against it.

Firstly out of stock, whilst I'm not in a desperate rush Dont want to be waiting months either.

Secondly its a bit more than I want to spend as warco include a lot of accessories that I dont need immediately / at all. I made a point when i got when my currrent amadeal lathe to order both rests and faceplate as extras and I think i've used fixed steady once and not touched the others in ten years. So makes sense to wait and buy those items once I have an actual need for them I think.

Like you I decided on treating myself to a new lathe, rather than a 2nd hand or refurbished over priced British one and after much deliberation and umming and erring over the likes of Chester, Axminster, Seig, and Amadeal (to name but a few) of which there is little to shout about in real differences, most, if not all are made in the Weiss factory in Nanjing, China.

I finally settled on a Warco 250V. mainly because they seem to get the best reviews on 'after sales support' from folk on here and other similar sites, and there are a few youtube channels from folk who use the Weiss machines and rate them as good overall. (I have NO affiliation with Warco)

I placed my order on 7th May - and it still hasn't arrived sad the last update on delivery was they (I assume that's a few bursting shipping containers worth) were due to be 'at sea' by 11/07, so should be due very soon into the UK (assuming the crew are rowing hard and the weather is being kind)

Your timing for placing an order might be just right.


Thread: Basic Electrics
14/07/2020 19:57:11
Posted by Adam Mara on 14/07/2020 15:27:09:

On the subject of extension leads..

trip hazard.jpg

Possible trip hazard as well !

(Brugge market 2005)

Possible ?? I'd say a definite trip hazard !!

Looking at the plugs which are Blue, would suggest this is all running at 220/230 volts, and the trailing cables have no cover protection - a disaster waiting to happen surprise

In the UK, electricity still claims on average 25-30 lives every year, the most common 'accident' is electrocution from Electric Lawn mowers and Hedge Trimmers (being used without a RCD protective device) and the user inadvertantly cuts the cable, and then 'fiddles' with the damaged part of the cable without isolating from the supply

These fatalities are so so easily avoided !!!

14/07/2020 19:50:10
Posted by Maurice Taylor on 13/07/2020 23:13:36:

Please explain why a small machine say 1HP or less shouldn’t use a plug .

What is wrong with 4 low power items plugged in 4 way socket ?

1HP (or less is fine) on a 13A plug, but the starting current (typically 4x running current) will be getting near to the plug rating, albeit for a short time, so plugged into a socket with nothing else will be fine, but it is often shared with other appliances and equipment and this is not so good.

Depends what you mean by 'low power' . . .the issue is that it is far too easy to overload the adapter and socket, plug using too many items at the same time, maybe not so much in a work shop enviroment, but we have all seen a TV, Video recorder, Lamp, and even a electric heater all plugged into one 13A socket - its a recipe for disaster !

13/07/2020 23:02:24

There is a big difference between "Electricity at Work" and "Electricity at Home" - not the electricity it's self, obviously it is the same, although at work or in the larger homes there may well be 3 phase, which immediately increases the risk and danger to the untrained. But . . .the way in which electricity is operated and used is very different, for example, in the work place any 'work' on or near electrical apparatus MUST be covered by a 'safe system of work' requiring an 'isolation and locking off' procedure, and issue of a safety document to record the actions taken to prevent inadvertent electrocution to the person sticking their fingers on the conductors !

How many of us would do something like this at home, when you're next balanced on a pair of steps wiring in another 6ft tube in your workshop, ask yourself could your shmbo wander in and turn on the light and 'zap' you because you have only switched it off at the light switch rather than isolating it correctly ?

I would think that prospect wouldn't even cross our minds, or what about the four different things plugged into one 13A socket (I've seen the pictures on here of folks workshop set-ups)

How many Lathes and Milling machines are plugged in with a 3 pin 13A plug ? when it would be much better if they were connected to a 'dedicated fused spur' protected by a MCB of the correct rating ?

There are, I'm sure many of us who undertake 'home electrical work' and I suspect that a lot is not even close to meeting the requirements of the Institute of Electrical Engineers 17th edition Regulations.

If there are folk on here who can offer qualified and SAFE advice, then in my mind that has to be a good thing, and if the advice offered is dubious, then knowing how forums work, it will be corrected PDQ by someone who knows better !


Thread: WM250 Sticky Carriage
29/06/2020 05:08:47
Posted by Martin Laycock 1 on 28/06/2020 23:38:24:

"I have a new Warco 250V Lathe"


You were lucky to get one !

I've had one on order since 1st week of May, still no luck frown

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 29/06/2020 05:09:24

28/06/2020 20:30:48

You forgot the 'Gremlin' although not strictly a 'tool' - every model engineer has at least one lurking somewhere in his workshop

(Gremlinus Painius) - a very small near invisible creature that steals items of any size and shape, but have a special appetite for tools that you have just used and put down, they cleverly hide them in obscure places that will take you hours, days or even weeks to find - if ever !!

Sometimes they use a mystical power to make to go on certain well known web selling sites and buy the lost item they have hidden, only to place it in full view when the new one arrives.

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 28/06/2020 20:32:19

Thread: Yipee the F1 is back on
28/06/2020 20:20:34
Posted by Steviegtr on 28/06/2020 18:56:06:

Austrian GP on next weekend for any motorsport followers. Having a T.V & maybe SKY. would help. I know some members do not so this will be of zero interest to you.


thumbs up thumbs up 100% interest to me, big fan of F1 - NOT such a fan of football that seems to dominates sport on TV

Horses for courses obviously !!!


Thread: Advice on Choosing A Mini Lathe
27/06/2020 18:17:42
Posted by Steviegtr on 17/02/2020 00:53:32:

Just to bump what Neil has already said. I watch Quin from Blondihacks on yoube. She did a piece on Chinese / Asian lathes. The point she made & Neil has described, was mostly they all look the same but.

I have watched 'Blondie Hacks' also, and always thought Quinn was a 'he' . . . . oh well , little did I know.

Anyway ' Quinn ' is a very good source of skill set videos on all types of lathe operations and more for those starting out in metal machine work yes

Thread: Upgrade to Microsoft Edge
27/06/2020 18:07:57

If you find IE11, the 'new' Edge or Chrome to intrusive or as I find way too many adverts, then there's always Firefox or Mozilla wink

Thread: Press Button Oilers?
27/06/2020 14:21:42

I have a couple of these, no leaks so far wink

The 'nipple' end fits nicely in the bearing type oil points, although you do have to make sure its seated properly or oil sqirts out usually where you don't want it to !!


hp oiler.jpg


Edited By Steve Neighbour on 27/06/2020 14:26:27

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 27/06/2020 14:33:31

Thread: Buying first lathe
22/06/2020 15:04:20
Posted by Jacob Brown on 22/06/2020 06:44:05:


"I want to dive into world of metal turning. I been thinking about staying away from chinese machinery and get old English lathe with good reputation"

So you have assumed that 'chinese machinery' is no good then ?

There is a very healthy debate between the 'good 'old' british lathes and the 'new' ones from Asia, and it will continue for years.(much the same as Cannon ver Nikon cameras, or BMW/MB and Audi car owners)

Yes 'some' chinese made machinery is not worth touching with the preverbral barge pole, BUT . . . some is well made and certainly robust, often made to 'borrowed' european designs with the added advantage that there is a plentiful spares and accessories market from a large number of UK suppliers.

I too was in the market for a lathe earlier this year, and was absolutley of the mind set to buy a Myford, having looked at a shiney 'new' one at the Ally Pally show, I was 'completely in love' they are VERY well made, and everything operates so so smoothly, you can grab a manufacturer 'as new' one at the very basic intorductory level for around £3k, but . . . you get no add-ons for that price, if you want a 'all singing' one, you'll wave goodbye to well over £5k and it is still somewhat limited by today's standards, it has a small spindle bore, and limited speed ranges, but there will be a lot of folk on here who swear by them as the 'only' lathe to consider.

In the end I decided on a chinese made lathe (Weiss) badged as a Warco (but there are many badge engineered versions of the same machine) and I have enough £'s left over to look at a milling machine and a few other man cave toys.

But - it is purly a matter of personal choice, you pays your money on what 'you' decide and as long as it meets your expectations then you'll be happy (which, at the end of the day is ALL that matters in this topsey turvey world

Edited By Steve Neighbour on 22/06/2020 15:08:54

Thread: Can summer car tyres be used in winter?
17/06/2020 15:03:00

Pure Nitrogen has been used in Aircraft tyres for years, the main reason being that 100% Nitrogen has zero moisture, when a aircraft is cruising at 35-40k feet with the OAT at around -57deg C any moisture would freeze, if the ice didn't melt when landing it could cause a serious 'wheel balance' and vibration problem.

In the average domestic car, I doubt the benefits would outweigh the extra cost, potentially the pressure loss is slower (Nitrogen molecules are larger) and if you have steel wheels it eliminates any corrosion, but 'most' cars have alloy wheels now so that benefit is eliminated anyway.

Steve N

17/06/2020 11:25:03
Posted by Peter G. Shaw on 17/06/2020 10:54:36:

Incidently, that car, and it's replacement, were Austin Maxis which quite frankly were the best cars I've ever driven in bad weather conditions. Those cars were almost unstoppable as I demonstrated a number of times to the surprise of various people, up to 6inch of snow being passable on standard tyres.

Peter G. Shaw

My late father had three Austin Maxis in sucession back in the 70's and swore by them, they were so versatile, it was the our family car, limo, truck for trips to the community tip and go anywhere vehicle all in one, the traction was mainly down to it being built like a tank (and weighing like one as well) and front wheel drive, not that Dad ever put his foot down, he was happy pootling along at 28 mph, and just as happy ignoring the Q behind him frown

Pity it was let down by poor British Leyland build quality, as were more of the 70's cars made in this country.

I moved over to German made cars in 2014, (MB) they are built like a Panzer Tank, and the latest one has far too many gizmos and electrikery than I could ever need, or understand for that matter, it is rear wheel drive, with traction control, it surprises me on its winter conditions and snow/ice capability.smiley

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