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Member postings for Roger Best

Here is a list of all the postings Roger Best has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Hi Folks!
09/10/2020 11:31:36

Ta Stevie and Brian - all going well so far.

Thread: Introducing Myself
09/10/2020 11:29:22

Hi Frank! laugh

Thread: Moving a Myford VMC advice needed thanks!
07/10/2020 18:32:05

That looks fabulous Vic. face 23

Thread: Ex-college Warco lathes auction
06/10/2020 22:17:12

The Movers quoted £1000 to move my little mill, so one of these would be plenty.

Thread: SX2P Gas Strut Modification Issue?
04/10/2020 13:03:19

frown Put a DTI on the head and touch against the bed or visa versa and pull down on the head hard - what happens.?

Its worth noting that you can get adjustable gas struts, if you don't know the weight of the head for sure you could fit one, and bleed it down until the backlash disappears.

All of this is all very well but it does rely on all your operations having the same direction of force and clearly drilling is the issue here.

Thread: Cleaning metal for painting
03/10/2020 15:49:36

Engine cleaner would be a good start, wash off as instructed, then a volatile solvent like meths or acetone to get rid of the wash, especially if its water.

White spirit leaves a little of its heavier elements behind, you might find that they will come off with meths and leave it clean.

As I found when working with printing ink, solvents just dilute dirt so you need to wipe it off and repeat endlessly, a detergent binds to dirt and is happy to be washed off.

Thread: Please Avoid Political and Partisan Issues
03/10/2020 15:39:51


I have to agree with the moderators.

My "main" forum is the Unofficial Mamod. It has remained peaceful and harmonious for more than a decade due to ruthless moderation of anything hurtful, even to numpties. It has a large membership with strong contingents from the USA, the EU, especially Germany and Australasia. The potential to argue based on various actions in British history is awesome, but nothing is ever said, it is a place of steam heaven.

Facebook on the other hand is full of bile and bitterness. That is the place for politics, or Twitter.

Thread: Which Milling machine and what is its footprint?
02/10/2020 18:01:45

The last piccy shows the chunky construction of this particular machine. Its pretty hefty for something that fits on a narrow bench. Its also nice and quiet, although it has an interesting "tick" from the spindle that I want to track down. You will also note that there are no covers on the position encoders. Those jobs are for another post.

It isn't even installed yet and I am very enamoured. This is the same machine used by "ADES WORKSHOP" and in Precision Mathews form "Blondihacks", with nice results, so I am sure it will do for me.

Thank you for all the help. I am sure that the small area shown and the tight fit justifies this thread and your advice was very useful. I hope that it will be a good record of the practical issues for other newbies like me. wink

02/10/2020 17:44:51


02/10/2020 17:41:41

smiley Hi guys.

I have been poorly over the last few weeks so sorry for the delay posting the second stage of the installation.

Having set up the crane I conscripted my son to help out. We pulled it up, got it on the bench, then pulled it back and forth to mark out the holes. The linseed oil for the wooden worktop was an ideal lubricant to pull the tray about with the machine on top, a bit stick-slippy but easy for one to do. Its now in its permanent position, just waiting for a bit of sealant to keep the oil in the tray and to be torqued down and it will be good to go.


Thread: The repair shop
01/10/2020 21:35:49

smiley I think we have the measure of it. Nice and relaxing, but don't ask technical questions.

I think the leather glue is to hold it whilst the edges are sewn. Just a theory, maybe its better than the manufacturer suggests, just numpties keep complaining when they mess up.

Thread: Which Milling machine and what is its footprint?
18/09/2020 22:22:11

I also got a small selection of bits and liquids to get me going.

I ordered a nice vice, but there was an issue with it, so Warco have sent the jaws back and I bought a discounted "rough work" vice to keep me going. I probably should have bought a larger, cheaper one, but it looks OK.

We will see what happens when I get it all back together. wink


18/09/2020 22:16:45


18/09/2020 22:15:59

The text is misbehaving so I shall keep it simple.

The machine was shipped in a box with the loose items distributed in it and some big stuff on top.


18/09/2020 22:13:14

Here is the ramp, the drive slopes up to the door, it was a surprise to see how steep it is.


18/09/2020 22:10:56

laugh Happy days!! Its here.

The weather was good and I was able to prepare a lifting beam (for installing tomorrow) before the machine arrived, then I unpacked it, took off the extremities and slid it off onto a useful trolley. It rode the ramp easily, with a pull from my son, and looks great on the floor, clearly filling the gap that three or four men would have used to pick it up.

I have some gripes with Warco who seem to get their part numbers mixed up and don't know what poly bags are for, but that aside the machine looks fabulous, even if its cover interlock doesn't work and the motor rattles (? Did the demo one do that??)

I am still very pleased and looking forward to tomorrow.

I have photos!

Thread: Casting equipment for sale
16/09/2020 17:47:29

Poor marketing, they would get more separating it.

Hopefully Beamish museum are watching it.

Thread: Any recommendations for shed air compressor
15/09/2020 21:25:34

There are a load of "silent" compressors on ebay. Cheap as chips from abroad, (pre-Brexit without import duty.)

You can get "safety" blow guns that have nozzles that entrap air to amplify flow and reduce the chance of injection injury and I would think blowing swarf into slideways too. Much recommended.

Thread: Which Milling machine and what is its footprint?
15/09/2020 13:59:08

Good point Vic,

The Drummond is indeed redundant, however I love machine tools and I will restore it for its own sake with the help of the many pieces of information I have been sent by forum members. It is a century old and deserves a dignified retirement rather than the scrap heap, (possibly indoors if needs be).

It has a place in any modellers shop though, thanks to its versatility in no small part due to the T-slots in the cross slide. The South Bend is a lathe pure and simple, intended for a shop where other machines cover the other types of cut.

I will post a better photo after the milling machine is installed and my fume cabinet is built - that will show where the heating and spraying will occur. Sheet metalwork is an issue, I need a good place for a Formit and they need space around them, I also need a grinding & polishing wheel. So there will always be pressure for space.

14/09/2020 16:41:03

wink The lathe was disassembled using a ratchet strap, ideal for raising it an inch. Unfortunately it wasn't so good at lowering several feet onto the horizontal sack barrow. Bit hairy that. I just wrapped the tail a couple of times round a pole for a brake and eased it down.

The orange flash in the picture is that strap - very robust and useful.

So I bought the pulley block hoist with the white rope. Utter Sh**. It is CE marked against a standard for electric hoists not manual ones, so you need to be able to pull 50kg on a thin rope. Hence the scaffold pole winch. Technically I think it is illegal and I would have sent it back were it not a collection of useful bits that can easily be improved upon to let me hang a bike from the ceiling.

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