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Thread: Mild Steel Flat Bar?
21/04/2020 10:33:22
Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 21/04/2020 10:01:48:

In my earlier post, I didn't mean to imply that Reeves was also shut, they appear to be still open, and were doing free p&p. Small section 1/16" BMS flat that I have purchased from them some years ago was not sheared strip. More recent purchase from MACC was also not sheared.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Macc Models have just what I want. Guess I'll have to wait a week (or so). Oh well, on goes the kettle again.

21/04/2020 09:35:06
Posted by Martin Kyte on 21/04/2020 09:12:00:

At that thickness I would slice it from sheet material.

regards Martin

Thank you Martin,

I had considered that, but the idea of straightening and finishing led me down the route of finished stock.

21/04/2020 09:05:18

Good morning,

I need some 1/16" x 1/4" Bright Mild Steel Flat Bar. I've tried searching with every combination, but to no avail. Any suggestions where I can source such material? A couple of 12" lengths will suffice.

Thank you.

Thread: An Odd Screw
21/04/2020 08:22:32

Definitely looks like left over flatpack hardware. Check your Swedish furniture.

Thread: The good bits coming out of the Covid epidemic
21/04/2020 08:17:20
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 21/04/2020 07:39:09:
Posted by Boiler Bri on 21/04/2020 06:40:27:

And hopefully crappy machine tools will stop coming out of China which will mean a reduction in forum posts on here 😂

Ever hopeful?


Sorry, but I don’t quite follow your logic

As a broad generalisation : I think you will find that China is capable of supplying what the customer wants to pay for ... and the Western world seems to want cheap crap [from wheresoever it comes]


Absolutely agree. The Chinese will make whatever quality we are prepared to pay for. Unfortunately, from what I can see, there doesn't appear to be any middle ground. High price Western machines, or cheap Far Eastern machines.

Thread: Selecting an Engineer's level
17/04/2020 14:49:56

I suspect, unless your lathe stand is extremely rigid, shimming the feet may not correct any twist. Many lathe beds are quite likely more rigid than the wooden benches they're sitting on. As well as some of the cheap sheet steel stands available from the Far East.

16/04/2020 17:05:54

Hi Journeyman,

What other methods would you suggest?

Thread: Thoughts for those falling ill
07/04/2020 08:36:54

Agree wholeheartedly. But we must respect and adhere to the guidelines to get out of this mess.

Thread: New member in the Scottish Borders
05/04/2020 13:11:57

Hi Jager,

I'm not sure Warco know how to do it. I asked, and got a somewhat vague answer about swapping some gears to reverse the leadscrew. I don't think it even says anything in the manual. Not that it's the most informative manual anyway.

Check that you have enough change gears. The "toolbox list" says 10, although you only get 7. Warco say that's correct because it's a generic manual. However, I went through the change gear chart and find that I'm 3 change gears short. If my maths is correct, there should be 10 change gears (not 7). I've yet to take this up with Warco..

Thread: The good bits coming out of the Covid epidemic
03/04/2020 12:37:46

Plus!!! No more football on the radio, or blabbering commentators just about to orgasm.

Thread: Counterboring tools?
02/04/2020 09:21:51

It's not the "size" of the counterbore, but the (what I consider to be) oversized holes. Yes, if you're making two mating parts in different locations, the extra clearance could be of benefit. But when you have the opportunity to "spot through" to locate the mating holes, quite accurately, the oversized holes can be a nuisance.

02/04/2020 08:19:55

Good morning all,

The reason for this post was that many of the commercially available counterbore sets have larger holes than I would like. A point that some of the posts has eluded to.

Many thanks for all the comments and suggestions.


01/04/2020 20:03:24
Posted by Martin Connelly on 01/04/2020 19:09:12:

Mick, I think 180 is finger trouble and Bo'sun meant 118 degrees..

Martin C

Thank you Martin,

Yes, my poor tryping. I meant 118deg,


01/04/2020 18:49:20

Clearly, proprietary (with a pilot) counterbore cutters are the way to go, and flat bottomed drills are an alternative to finishing the base of the pocket. But are they're any disadvantages to using a conventional 180deg. drill to finish the pocket? Other than needing a deeper pocket to get the cap screw head below the surface?

Thread: Chester lathe as my new lathe anyone
01/04/2020 17:04:20

My Warco WM240 lathe has a damaged bed due to the fixed steady working loose in transit and wearing a hollow. No problem from Warco replacing the machine. The problem is they are "out of stock". Just when I could do with something to occupy the time.

Thread: Agent million considered essantial travel by N S & I.
01/04/2020 15:44:28

Unless your just pure lucky, the amount you have invested must have some effect. PB's might not be a good financial investment (unless you're lucky), but at least you don't have to keep buying a ticket like the lottery.

Thread: Mystery Sandvik inserts
01/04/2020 15:38:09

Hi om,

My best guess would be industrial/production broaching inserts.

Thread: Lathe
31/03/2020 10:59:27

If it's any help. my WM240 came set-up with 90T, 90T, 80T, 33T & 25T (+ 2x40T fixed) change gears for fine feed. I didn't know the WM240B came with a 3-way gear change.

31/03/2020 10:29:38

Hi Ronen,

The original setting is probably the one for "fine feed". Likely shown in the manual, or on a plate on the front of the machine.

Thread: Box-Ford travelling steady
31/03/2020 09:25:42

Using a dowel and/or piece of paper as suggested is much easier than thread gauges on an internal thread.

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