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Thread: Tap/Die sets - BSW/BSF or UNC/UNF?
24/10/2020 13:19:04

LOL, I wish all taps broke there if they are going to Andrew!

Another good reason for buying quality taps, it's usually not so bad if a die goes other than the inconvenience of getting another...

23/10/2020 14:01:57

I wouldn't buy a multi size set, I have over the past couple of years bought three taps and a matching die as I need them. It needs a bit of forward planning but I've found I can buy lightly used quality equipment at a fraction of the cost of new, and I don't have to take a chance on unknown brand quality.

Invariably if you but the one sort you will need the other if your projects are many and varied. I've majored on metric but recently have needed some UNC and UNF and BSFP.

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
22/10/2020 10:21:38

Thanks for the link Martin, it looks slightly different to my £150 Aldi saw. I wouldn't be without mine, the blade is a bit lumpy but while it cuts I'll put up with that.

I might get one of those little bench grinders to just use the motor for my Stent when I start it...

Thread: Mini metro turns 40
21/10/2020 10:44:01

My sister had three, the first was a cheap rot box that served her well until she couldn't stand having wet feet anymore. She went on to an MG, not Turbo, and that was a cracking little car although probably a bit sporty for her - I used to borrow it occasionally and thoroughly enjoyed every thing about it. That got traded in for a bog standard 1300 that was a bit of a disappointment after the MG but she loved it.

A car of the time, and still useable today especially the later ones, but sadly mocked by most folks that didn't own one in the good old British tradition...

Thread: Hi from Wales
20/10/2020 13:38:26

Welcome Alan, lots of ideas to get you going when you have the machine fixed! Good luck with the pulley...

Thread: Square block with round steel balls inside
19/10/2020 13:37:19

I made mine on a lathe, was that done on a CNC mill Emgee?

Thread: Rumely Oil Pull engine
17/10/2020 18:08:23

My pleasure, hope it has helped. Yes, its a tradition engine with water in the hopper surrounding the liner in the area between the fitting diameters, that's why I used the 638 as a bit of a safety belt. If you use 638 just be aware you only get one go at it as it goes off very quickly, I'll use one with a longer cure time when I make my next one!

17/10/2020 12:09:26

Forgot to add the bore and stroke is 42mm x 73mm and the locating diameters (polished) are 49 and 50mm diameter for easier assembly.

20.06.16 liner.jpg

20.06.21 hopper and liner head end.jpg

17/10/2020 12:02:38

My Economy Engine from The Engineers Emporium has an aluminium block with a CI liner so I see no reason why not, the block is relieved in the centre so give location at either end of about 30-40mm and has a small flange at the head end for the gasket to seal. I made mine a very slight interference fit and ran a drop of Loctite 638 around each end before using my press to fit the liner. Incidentally the piston is from HE30 bar. I'll see if I can find a picture fo the parts before I assembled them.

Looking forward to seeing the drawings and the end results!

Thread: Small metric bolts/screws
16/10/2020 15:58:42

GWR fasteners (ebay) do cap screws...

Thread: Square block with round steel balls inside
16/10/2020 13:24:24

I had the "pleasure" of making one of those cubes as Paul's photo when I was at Worcester Tech on my block release while doing my apprenticeship. I remember it was pretty straight forward until I got to the last side of the cube and the tutors insistence on accuracy of both bore size and depth became apparent, I remember when breaking into the other bores it was a bit scary!

The block was put on show at the college, I was promised that I could have it when I finished my course but that didn't happen. I wish I had bothered to collect it as it probably went in the scrap bin...

Thread: Hello from Birmingham
16/10/2020 11:16:11

Welcome Elliot! Just down the road near Worcester so will look forward to what you get up to...

Thread: budding engineer
14/10/2020 18:00:27

Welcome Thomas, ask away, there is usually someone who can offer advise and sometimes an alternative train of thought!

Thread: Chin Yu 4 jaw chuck
13/10/2020 20:52:46

Had the chance to mount the new chuck on the lathe, face runout negligible, tiny bit over 0.01mm on diameter at first set. Happy bunny!

Thread: A Virtual Meet Up on Zoom
13/10/2020 20:23:37

Maybe next time - computer sound and web cam has packed up. Hoping for a newer one soon. Have a good meet!

Thread: Electric Smart Meters
13/10/2020 11:28:43
Posted by Samsaranda on 13/10/2020 10:01:58:

After we had solar panels installed we were visited by an inspector to ensure that the system was installed as it should have been and we were happy, conversation got round to smart meters and his advice was don’t touch them with a barge pole, they save you nothing and can be a source of problems. I am not in favour of Big Brother being able to remotely control my usage.
Dave W

We had exactly the same, if fact it was one of the first questions the supplier asked.

There are plenty of gas, and electric, suppliers that don't need this so why not switch? We did after appauling service from British Gas at our last house and saved a small fortune. We don't have mains gas here so no problem, we did switch our electricity supplier and we have never been asked if we want one. I can't help but wonder if its just the big inefficient companies that are pushing for this.

Thread: DHL Rip Off
12/10/2020 11:23:36

I buy specialist coins from all over the world for a good few years and I've been hammered a couple of times. Its a horrible feeling when you get stung like this but t seems that the carriers are getting more acute on picking this up, buyer beware I guess but its not the easiest of things to anticipate.

Thread: Chinese BS0 Dividing Head
12/10/2020 08:38:19

Hi Alan,

Thanks for the comments!

It seems the Oriental designers have got their knickers in a twist on this, most comments I've read from back in the day report that the paperwork says it is B&S but is actually MT. Yours seems to be the other way around! Whichever it is they both come with centres so I'm hoping they will fit, if necessary I can always adapt a ER32 collet chuck on to the chuck mounting plate if the chuck that comes with it isn't very accurate.

Regards, Henry.

11/10/2020 21:40:04

Thanks Jack, interesting to see the guts of the beast, I'd found exploded diagrams, so that's most helpful. I read somewhere that someone had torn their new one down and fitted quality branded bearings but if the shafts aren't concentric that could be a waste.

A slight correction to my post above, RDG do list the Vertex BS0 on ebay, however the cheapest new Vertex I've found is at Warco (£312 inc delivery) and it has a three jaw chuck which makes the second hand one without a chuck at the dealer somewhat expensive. Amazon have a Vevor brand version, the cost difference is just under £120 Vertex versus Vevor so I'm going to ponder this one for a little while longer as I have had a very good relationship with Warco since buying my lathe from them.

10/10/2020 22:29:07

Tony and John, Vertex is one on the list but they rarely show up second hand and new at over £400 is a bit outside the budget! There is a Vertex with a dealer in Kent without a chuck for just over £300 with shipping, Chronos and RDG don't carry them anymore.

Bazyle, I have an Axminster SX4 mill and don't usually make smaller things so we should ok.

Dave, is that one of the unbranded one's you have?

Thanks for the replies so far chaps...

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