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Thread: Cutting up bits of metal
17/11/2021 14:41:54

006.jpg005.jpg004.jpg003.jpgThis is my powered hacksaw, not the best looking machine I have made but it does the job. Needs about 5 amp @ 12 volt which I get from my 30 amp power supply. When I first tried it it tended to jam, especially on aluminium , I soon discovered that it works much better with the blade reversed , cutting on the backward stroke. It has never jammed since but it does benefit from a little lubrication when cutting softer material.


16/11/2021 18:59:21


Will post some pictures tomorrow as its in shed at present.


14/11/2021 19:01:29

I have a standard 12 inch hacksaw driven by a 12 volt windscreen wiper motor. Been using it for over 5 years to cut all my large pieces of stock metal . Has a fast stroke, much faster than I could saw. Some of the thicker pieces can take up to half an hour to cut, but I do not have to be present as it has automatic stop when the job is done.


Thread: Super 7 questions
15/10/2021 21:52:09


Yes , you use the screws you highlighted to adjust belt tension.


15/10/2021 16:28:46

Two grub screws with lock nuts that rest on top of the shaft that holds the belt tension lever.


Thread: Bench grinder
15/10/2021 10:22:58

Many thanks for all replies.

I could not find any sort of centrifugal switch so I assume it must be the capacitor. Although this component showed no sign of damage, when I put my meter on the terminals it measured zero volts. Anyway I have ordered a new one so hopefully that should sort it .

Cheers Mike

14/10/2021 20:19:08

Hi all

I have a Erbauer 8 inch bench grinder model ERB8DLC that has developed this fault. On switch on the grinder makes a very loud hum and struggles to get turning. This started about 8 months ago. I have found that if I spin the wheel by hand first then turn it on it picks up speed much quieter . Once it is up to speed it works just fine. Would this indicate a fault with the run capacitor, if so is it an easy fix. Or would it possibly be what I believe is called the run switch on the shaft.

As I say , once running its fine so reluctant to replace if its fixable.

Cheers Mike

Thread: Myford cross-slide
31/08/2021 09:40:42

I took the handle of and the spring was in place and seemed in good condition. It was all very dirty though with lots of swarf mainly brass. I gave it all a good clean and now it is working fine. Must of been all the muck stopping it getting enough grip. If I have any more trouble I will order another spring. Thanks for all your advice.

Cheers Mike

30/08/2021 20:42:29

Hi al

I have a Myford super 7 lathe ,imperial version. On the top slide the marking ring turns with the hand wheel as it should . But on the cross-slide the marking ring almost spins freely, which means I cannot use it for measuring how much I am turning off. Is there some sort of clutch mechanism , if so how can I tighten it up.

Or does something need replacing. Thanks in advance for any help.


Thread: 80mm milling vice
03/08/2021 18:36:40

Thanks for the advise folks, I have now worked out what needs to be done. I just did not want to butcher all the parts then find out there was another way of fitting it. Yes I have got the fixing kit with 8 mm bolts but I am going to try and grind down the 10 mm bolts at the base as they will be a better fit on the vice base. Will also use a couple of tee nuts ground down for the location slides.

Wish me luck Mike.

03/08/2021 17:26:08

More problems

I purchased a SX2P mill from Arc Eurotrade along with a 80 mm radial milling vice which was recommended for this machine . However when it came to fitting the vice the bolts supplied are 10 mm while the slots on the table are 8 mm.

Also the guide blocks on the vice are 14 mm so cannot be used in the 8 mm slots on the table.

All seems very strange when they are supposed to be compatible .

Has anyone else come across this problem and managed to find a solution.


Thread: Seig SX2P mill
03/08/2021 13:41:02

Done it,

Many thanks guys, Mike

03/08/2021 13:02:23

My mill has the hole on the spindle, not very easy to get a grip on . Tried turning the nut on the top anti clockwise , goes about 1/8 th of a turn then locks solid. How much force should this take to release it , afraid of breaking something.


03/08/2021 12:19:06


Just trying to set up my new SX2P mill. Instructions say insert pin in column and turn wrench counter clockwise . Tried this but it seems to be tightening it up. There seems to be a grub screw on the actual collar, wondered if I had to remove this first. Anyone got one of these.


Thread: Hit and miss engine
16/07/2021 17:37:36

Many thanks for replies

John PM sent.

Regards Mike

16/07/2021 16:18:55

Hello all

After building many steam engines , both stationary and locomotives, I would like to try something a little different. I have searched on the internet for plans to build a hit and miss engine but to no avail . Has anybody had experience of these engines or know of a source of instructions to help me on my way. I don't think I can run to a set of castings but would prefer to build from bar stock.

Cheers Mike

Thread: Lumps of aluminium and brass
15/07/2021 08:39:31

Thomas PM sent.


14/07/2021 16:30:17


Yes you would think so . but according to most of the people I spoke to on the phone its not going to make much difference straight away. One said call back in a couple of months when things go back to normal.


14/07/2021 16:02:40

Hi all

Before Covid I used to go to my local metal stockist ASC in Peterborough and get of cuts of brass and aluminium at prices so low ,made me feel like I was robbing the place. Now though because of the pandemic they are not letting the public in, along with others that I have tried in my area, Does anyone know of a stockist in my area that has of-cuts fore sale. I am fed up with paying FleeceBay prices.


Thread: Tich cylinders
05/04/2021 16:11:45

Many thanks for your replies . I have now taken the plunge and machined the eccentrics to the drawings kindly posted by Nick Clarke. Moving the valve seems to open the ports the same as other engines I have built so all seems as it should.


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