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Member postings for Mike Hurley

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Thread: Guillotine
10/11/2021 10:36:34

Perfectly valid points, but I suppose it also depends on how much sheet metal work you are actually doing. If like me, it's just the occasional job and you have limited workshop space you make do with what is to hand & I usually end up doing my cutting outside. (remembering to cut away from the kitchen double glazing this time! The upvc window ledge still shows the battle scars from a couple of years ago when the grind sparks left dozens of tiny burns all over it - was most unpopular with 'er indoors! )

In an ideal world we would all probably like to have a large workshop crammed with all manner of sparkly kit, but we muddle on regardless.

All the best, Mike

Edited By Mike Hurley on 10/11/2021 10:37:35

Thread: Warco WM 16 motor
10/11/2021 10:13:24

Same as my WM14 that I posted about earlier - just a small louvre at the back. Always seemed an odd design to me - I suppose it does keep the motor protected from those tiny very sharp shards that go flying about quite often, but still seemed to be ( & eventually proved to be so ) a recipe for overheating even under normal modest use.

Thread: Guillotine
10/11/2021 09:59:58

Unless planning to cut very thin stuff, personally I find an angle grinder with a really thin cutting wheel ( e.g. 1mm ) does the job quickly and with minimal distortion ( if you let it cut at its natural feed i.e. without pushing too hard). A quick rub of the file afterwards is all thats required for any small burr.

Added benifit is not taking up valuable workshop space!

regards Mike

Thread: Warco WM 16 motor
09/11/2021 09:15:11

Same issue with my WM14. After last motor change cut hole in top of motor shroud and added fan as described elsewhere, but also reviewed how I use / load this machine. No problems since.

Do remember these are on HOBBY rated machines with a restricted duty cycle, if you run it too hard it will die.

regards, Mike

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
29/10/2021 09:23:03

I've used them a few times where I needed a particularly accurate and ' smooth ' thread. They are a much better way to get an instrument - standard finish than any amount of smoothing with abrasives / scotchbrite etc.

Tracy tools still list them I believe

regards Mike

Thread: Calor 340
29/10/2021 09:16:04

Agree fully with Nicholas! Don't mess around with them.

I recently had a leak from the valve on a small cylinder that ignited, it was VERY scary and could have burnt the workshop down had I not been right next to an open door and was able to throw it outside.

Fortumately, no eyebrows were harmed in this production.

Thread: Hermes. A Company in Total Confusion!
13/10/2021 09:48:03

Just for a bit of balance, we have had things delivered several times recently (including yesterday) by Hermes without any problems at all - on time, kept informed and a really pleasant lady who delivers stuff.

Perhaps there are just some regional issues with lack of staff as is affecting everything else? I'm obviously sorry for people who have had major problems though.

Thread: mamod
11/10/2021 09:49:12

Just out of interest, I live a stones throw from one of what used to be their factory back in the 70's (its now a health club - closed). Employees used to be able to buy models that were ' for display only ' at a nominal cost - these had failed the rigorous quality control and just had a hole drilled through the boiler at the bottom, you couldn't see it so they did make a nice shelf mode l- I've still got one sitting in my workshop - the traction engine

Yes. the boiler is brass.

regards Mike

Thread: The American father and son building a Gothic folly in France
03/10/2021 09:55:55


Hope I can be as skilled and productive when I get to 94!

Thread: Backlash on Warco GH1230 Carriage
02/10/2021 11:02:59

Agree with Dave W. My old BV-20 had awful play in the carriage handwheel even when new. Had a poke around and determined that the gear engagement was pretty minimal, so, as there were no dowels holding it in place - just cap screws - I dropped the whole rack about 2 - 3 mm. Made a big difference! Don't know if it was bad design or just not positioned correctly at the factory.

Never been perfect, but found I could live with it.

definately worth checking

regards Mike

Thread: Sizing a Burner
24/09/2021 09:29:41

Just to say it looks a really nice piece of work Matt

regards, Mike

Thread: Hardinge HLV H
22/09/2021 08:55:13

Have a look at website. This is a huge reference site that many of the members on this site go to with queries such as yours.

Hope thats useful. Regards

Thread: Screw cutting
20/09/2021 10:26:57

There was a lengthy discussion recently on the two methods ( angled compound and zero degrees via cross slide ) and opinion was divided. Personally I find simply feeding via the cross slide perfectly OK and much less prone to ' operator miscalculation ' , its so very easy to forget to adjust both slides correctly every time or as you may have done not zeroed the cross slide correctly due to backlash . Could be any number of common causes.

if one method works and you're happy with the result - stick to it.

Edited By Mike Hurley on 20/09/2021 10:27:54

Thread: Ideas on how to make up a G-Clamp Swivel Foot
18/09/2021 10:57:21

Same as Noel, did several a while back pretty much the same method. Don't forget, the peened over bit doesn't need to be excessive or a precise fit - as long as the foot is retained, that's all you need.


Thread: Saving the Planet or is it ?
17/09/2021 09:59:51

Wouldn't be cooincidental with Le French losing the Australian Subs order?

Thread: Post Office Deliveries
17/09/2021 09:41:33

Here in the West Midlands, our delivery can be anytime between 08:30 to 15:30, no logical pattern.

Just wait for the dog to start grizzling and know he / she is on the way. How does she know? You can't see the bottom of the road from the front of our house and the postie is hardly noisy, but the dog is always correct as 3 - 4 minutes later he / she appears walking up the hill the other side of the road. Amazing.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
14/09/2021 11:30:47

DAF Variomatic - correct (unkindley often referred to as ' the one with the rubber-band drive' ) I also used a Raglan lathe for many years having a similar system - was very good to use.

What constantly surprises me with this sort of thing is that there always seems to be someone who's thought of it before! .

Thread: Saving the Planet or is it ?
14/09/2021 09:50:53

Back in late 50's I remember my mother having a strange contraption called a 'shopping bag'. This was reused thousands of times with no waste whatsoever ( made from some kind of material / canvas or similar), Now isn't that a clever idea?

She also used to send a hand written list to the high street coop and on Tuesdays, a chap would bring it all, carefully packed in cardboard boxes, on his push bike - proper grocery bikes with the big rack at the front as used by Granville in 'open all hours'. Yet again, no waste of fuel, no extra polution as per so called modern delivery! ( mind you, in all honesty I can't see that being very safe at all in modern traffic! )

I clearly remember this so well as she also used to include my 'Beano' and 'Dandy' comics in the order, so Tuesday was always a memorable day!


Edited By Mike Hurley on 14/09/2021 09:52:08

Thread: Myford ML7 service in Devon
12/09/2021 10:26:10

Whenyou say ' pass it on ' is this going to a friend / relation or are you looking to sell? If the intention is to sell, in my opinion it would be an unnecessary expense to get it serviced as this would prove quite costly ( even if you could find someone qualified to do it properly) and you would probably not recoup that cost in what you could sell it for.. Generally speaking, anyone buying a lathe like this will either be familiar enough with the type to be aware of it's condition, or if not, they would be wise to take advice from someone who does know (such as numerous past postings on this website) before parting with money.

Hope that's of help

Thread: Hole in tool post
10/09/2021 15:44:06

Thanks Michael & John for clarifying things - the info on was particularly useful!

I'll look into getting a suitable locking fitting knocked up as I have had a few toolpost ' slippage ' issues in the past!

regards Mike

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