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Thread: Warco small mill
11/05/2021 18:59:45

Hi all

i have purchased warco’s smallest mill WD12 does anyone have same and fitted DRO , as being an old man my eyes are not as good as they used to be , I have to have a good long look at the increments and I think a DRO would make it a lot easier to use , I only repair clocks so I think the mill will complement my watchmakers lathe.

I have never used a mill before so I have a big learning curve, I was originally looking at a bushing machine but when you consider they are between £1200 and £1800 I went for a mill because I can not only use it to replace bushes but lots of other jobs as well for a total cost of just less than £1000.

thanks Dell

Thread: Another watchmakers lathe
18/01/2021 18:10:06

Hi all hope everyone staying safe and well

i have it all cleaned and painted in 2K ready for rebuilding, but I am unsure what oil to use, with my IME the consensus was to use H32 transmission oil, has anyone any suggestions?



17/01/2021 15:23:47

a4d1124d-4eaa-48d9-937e-5b184b287523.jpegThanks for all the replies

the lathe is a Derbyshire Magnus 10mm , I found the stamp when I stripped it to get rid of the crap paint job and repaint it .

If anyone has any 10mm Derbyshire Magnus collets surplus to requirements they wish to sell please PM me as there are a few missing.

many thanks Dell


15/01/2021 08:49:34

Hi david

I don’t want it ti fit my IME lathe as I am going to sell that I was just wondering if anyone knew what it was.


14/01/2021 13:06:23


14/01/2021 13:05:41

Hi Bob

there we’re three different collets that came with the lathe and I have tried them for running true and they all run true as far as I can see with my dial gauge ( well very close 0.0025”  , also picture of knurled ring as requested it measures 45mm o/d 25mm I/d plus some better pictures of possible cross slide.

thanks Dell


14/01/2021 09:08:16

Hi Nigel thanks for reply I will have a look on site you suggested I have ordered a quick change tool holder set as I can’t be doing with setting tool every tool change, plus I need to find out what fitting for leaver operated tailstock for Jacob chuck.


13/01/2021 18:46:41

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i have been looking for a cross slide for my IME watchmakers lathe but it seems they are as rare as rocking horse poo, so I have purchased another watchmakers lathe including cross slide and other parts, some I know what they are for and some I don’t.

so If the knowledgeable people on here could help it would be much appreciated,

firstly I can’t find a makers name on it although most of the collets measure very close to Derbyshire and the very top of the bed measures 1 and 15/32” or 36.5mm.

second the two black and brass poles have two pulley wheels on top of one of them I haven’t a clue what they are for .

also 871b4b26-e921-48e4-b8b3-cc84c7d23af3.jpegthe thing that looks a bit like a top slide but not sure what that is .

land last but not least various other handles and things plus a round knurled ring with two grub screws.

many thanks Dell


Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 13/01/2021 22:01:13

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.

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