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Thread: Just purchased this
10/11/2020 19:47:20

Hi all hope everyone staying safe
I just purchased this ( see picture) it was advertised as a watchmakers drill press but i think it is to big for anything watch related, although I wanted it for clock related use and I think it will be perfect for that , I have never seen the like before, maker JHM, anyone seen one or know anything about it ?.
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it is in very good condition, no play, very smooth, the only thing is it needs a new belt but the seller told me that when I purchased it. ( it was very cheap) and I think I have a very good deal.
Edit forgot to say the chuck is old but very good quality Jacob chuck 0 to 1/4” or 0 to 6.35mm in old money.

Thread: 5BA Threads
27/09/2020 08:10:15

I have just received some 5BA cheese head steel screws for a french clock, from EKP Supplies £3.50 for 25 they have steel and brass different heads and lengths.


Thread: Macrome tools
26/09/2020 18:26:22

Thanks for replies the set will only be for cleaning threads in mainly brass clock parts and the occasional replacement screw making , I know the risk in buying second hand but unless you pay big money nowadays or new they are mostly rubbish so I thought for sixty pounds it was worth the risk, It is a full original set in wood box, I also looked at another set but it had bits missing and it didn’t look in as good condition but it was LaL, only time will tell, but I have been in vintage/ classic vehicle restoration for 50 years but had never heard of Macrome before.


26/09/2020 13:10:05

I did a google search but not much came up obviously I asked the wrong question

26/09/2020 10:53:28

Hi all

has anyone got any information on Macrome tools, all I can find out is that they were in business around the second ww in possibly Wolverhampton and or Alcester and there is a road in Wolverhampton with same name not sure if road named after company or vice versa, the reason for asking is I have just purchased a BA tap & die set and I am wondering about the quality although vintage tools mostly seem to be good quality and a lot of this sort of thing used to be made for the armed forces

thanks Dell

Thread: What size shaft
24/06/2020 19:57:13

Thanks for that Emgee but I forgot to also ask how long it is so I get the correct one and is it grub screw.?

Thanks Dell

24/06/2020 16:45:33

Hi all
I am wondering if anyone has a multifix M80 motor that could measure the shaft for pulley size and if woodruff key or grub screw as I have purchased one from Germany and I would like to have the pulley here when it arrives .
Thanks in advance Dell

Thread: What lathe tools
26/04/2020 08:55:48

Hi all hope everyone staying safe and well

although I am a key worker I am only working two day’s a week so as I have plenty of time I have just started to make some clock parts and screws with my Cowells 90 ME but I am finding that I am not getting a very good finish with brass although I get a better finish on mild steel, I am using HHS tooling and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what could be wrong, I have tried different speeds, would carbide be any better.

any help would be appreciated Dell

Thread: Rear parting
02/02/2020 14:18:11

Thanks JasonB

being new to using a lathe especially one this small it is and will be a steep learning curve, I knew I would have to cut a bit then extend the bit cut then extend again , also I have been looking to see if I could find a different sort of tool so if you have a picture or link that would be great .

i haven’t started yet as I want to make everything clear in my thick head before I get going.

Many thanks Dell

02/02/2020 12:41:52

The overhang was just to set the height to centre and yes I can use a 1/4” HSS parting tool but some of the things I intend to make are 45mm diameter in brass so an HSS parting tool is not going to cut it ( pun intended ), if I make a wedge to set the tool on a rake would that not work ?.


02/02/2020 09:04:18

7e0afbed-5e2e-450b-8fbd-00956007bdb9.jpegThanks for replies
If I shim just the front only the leading edge will it be stable enough as I have put it in without shims and held it at an angle and it lines up.


01/02/2020 15:26:42

Thanks for reply’s

I cannot run it backwards as the chuck on a Cowells 90ME is threaded so it would unscrew, and I have sent a email to Cowells.

01/02/2020 12:03:57

Hi all

just received rear parting tool from Cowells and upon installing parting tool even with as much packing as I can fit in, the cutting edge ( but on the bottom as it’s upside down) it is still 1.5 to 2 mm lower than the dead centre in tail stock, any suggestions?
Thanks in advance Dell

Thread: Someone with a Cowells 90ME
27/01/2020 17:16:20

Hi everyone

I have decided to purchase the parts from Cowells as it’s only £29 .

and if anyone is interested I checked the price of the latest 14X1.0 shaft £129+ the dreaded.


Thread: Painting
26/01/2020 09:16:40


you don’t have to etch steel as today’s primers have very good bonding to steel .


Thread: Someone with a Cowells 90ME
23/01/2020 19:39:06

Hi 34046

yes that’s correct.


23/01/2020 17:20:10

Sorry for the misspelling of your name Michael.

23/01/2020 17:18:55

Hi all and thanks for replies although most have to do with pixels

Michael Gillian & Pero

as you can see from my photo most of it is missing



23/01/2020 17:18:55

Hi all and thanks for replies although most have to do with pixels

Michael Gillian & Pero

as you can see from my photo most of it is missing



Thread: Sent lathe back
22/01/2020 17:20:38

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i have now unpacked the lathe and it is as good as he said it was I am very happy ( eventually), I thought I would post some pictures.


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