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Thread: Sent lathe back
11/01/2020 09:07:30

Thanks for the replies

Yes I can’t fault Warco for refunding my money but took lots of phone calls to get sorted, I have already purchased the Emco Unimat SL although I have yet to receive it and as I am mostly only going to be making very small brass clock parts it should be okay, only time will tell.

i have seen about the motor shortcomings and the one I have purchased has two motors one on the lathe and one on the mill so maybe they have had an easier life but we will see.


10/01/2020 17:44:50

Hi all

Well the Warco I purchased has gone back, I thought I would buy direct from Warco (used) because the website said that the second hand lathes were fully serviced and come with a six month warranty.
Well the lathe turned up 350’ backlash on cross feed, quite a bit of backlash on line feed, cable flange broken so cable was rubbing on metal, they said it must have serviced as it had a new circuit board.
Anyway they sent out a recon cross feed and I fitted it also fitted a new cable flange because I was not plugging it in without, fired it up all seemed ok until I started to turn a bit of bright mild steel it lasted 7 or 8 minutes then a clunk motor still running but not chuck,I had had enough told them to collect it and refund my money.
It took two weeks to get my money back but I got it.
As I still needed a small lathe and as I am only mainly going to be making small parts in brass I did a lot of research and started looking at EMCO Unimat but like most thing’s reviews were good and bad but what I did find out was that Unimat gradually got worse quality with each upgrade so although parts are a bit of a problem I have plumped for a very early EMCO Unimat SL complete with powered mill.

Thread: Broaching
08/12/2019 08:58:56
Posted by not done it yet on 07/12/2019 20:51:49:

Any particular reason it has to be a hexagon? As above, there are hexagon socket sets out there, if a square hole is out of the question. I used to have a socket set with a hexagon driver, even - probably 1/2” across the flats, though.

The reason it has to be hex is that the spring let down arbor is hexagon and I need to be able to change to the arbor that fits the square of whatever mainspring barrel I am removing the spring from, the picture in first post is only one of six and each end of each one has a square hole to fit different clock barrel arbors.


07/12/2019 19:29:37

That would be an option JasonB if I had a mill.

07/12/2019 18:20:36

Thanks for the replies

the tool I want to make is a clock mainspring winder to get the mainspring out of the clock barrel for servicing and or replacing so I will be using it quite a lot .

although I will be using the tool I made regularly I hopefully won’t be using the broach more than once that is why the tool company said I should get the 16mm shank broach and it SHOULD be strong enough to press in , but I would prefer to do it or have it done with rotary. Broaching as I understand it would do a better job job.


07/12/2019 14:06:39

Hi all
Is there anyone on this forum that could cut a 11mm hexagonal hole in a piece of mild steel rod either by broaching or other method ?
The rod is small enough to post approximately 6” and anyone willing and able to do it if they could PM me.
Bellow a picture of what is to fit in it ,although the hole needs to be approximately 3” deep the hex only needs to be 1/2 to 5/8” deep.
Thanks in advance Dell

update I have a 11mm rotary broach with a 16mm shank but the holder is to expensive for just one job.



Edited By Derek Allum on 07/12/2019 14:08:32

Thread: which lathe?
01/12/2019 15:55:49

Hi all

i just purchased a second hand Warco cj 018 mini lathe direct from Warco and the have another one the same fully serviced and 6 months warranty hope that helps

they are in Guildford


Thread: New here but into clocks
27/11/2019 17:50:05

Thanks all for the welcome

I would have used the thanks button but could not find it.


27/11/2019 08:50:53

Hi all

new to forum but but I am into clocks not scale models but I joined this forum as I have just purchased a Warco CJ0168 mini lathe and this forum is full of helpful information ,I haven’t used a lathe for about 50 years so I probably have forgot everything,I hope someone that is not into scale models is welcome.


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