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Thread: Merlin band clock
19/08/2020 14:26:14

0.6 is a common module for clocks so you should be able to sell it after you have used it as long as it is a Thornton one and they do come up on Ebay quite often just search for PP Thornton

Thread: optivisor
10/07/2020 11:34:36
Posted by Circlip on 10/07/2020 11:18:25:

Check with Flee bay Paul, many suppliers for exactly the same thing at much cheaper prices.

Regards Ian.

If you are going to wear them for extended periods I would avoid buying cheaper I have used mine daily for over 15 years perfect but I have put a leather strip where it touches skin and never get any eye strain

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Thread: Wilding’s tower clock
25/05/2020 22:27:27

I would say it is one of the easiest of Wilding's clocks I started it years ago but pressure of other projects mainly my clock Repair business. The wheels are nice and big with a module of 1 and a choice of recoil or dead beat escapement it is quite big so you will need a Myford sized lathe and mill

Thread: Clock gear fix
07/01/2020 21:55:09

I do this all the time, do not silver solder Tix will be fine and no need to dovetail either depending on the size I use a screw head slotting file but any flat edge cutting file will do as long as it is not too large or coarse

Edited By Stephen Benson on 07/01/2020 21:56:37

Thread: Saying hello from Cheshire.
22/07/2019 13:03:52

Hi another Cheshire Clockmaker here I used to build now I repair them pretty well full time now

Thread: Vertex BS-0 dividing head ?
25/09/2018 13:15:46

I have one and I made several clocks with it only issues I have had is that it is quite large and after a while (a couple of clocks) you need to adjust the backlash but it is easy to do.

I have since bought a smaller one the Geo Thomas which fits my Cowells mill so the Vertex one is for sale £80 with tail stock plus shipping

Edited By Stephen Benson on 25/09/2018 13:16:50

Thread: Mantle Clock keeps losing time - slipping drive to minute hand.
24/09/2018 17:23:22

You should be able to compress the spring with long nose pliers to get a piece of soft wire in to replace the pin without dismantling



Edited By Stephen Benson on 24/09/2018 17:26:37

24/09/2018 16:46:04

The smiths movement has a star shaped tension spring on the centre arbor which is retained by a pin this pin may have fallen out or there is too much lubrication degreasing the spring may help.

Thread: Dividing Head - GHT or Harold Hall?
25/07/2018 21:32:16

I can get mine to fit on my Cowells mill no problems best dividing head by far I have ever used and I have used a few including the Cowells one which is very poor, I noticed that RDG Tools was selling them with the micro adjuster which I wish I had for miine wheelcutt_00011.jpg

Edited By Stephen Benson on 25/07/2018 21:35:21

Thread: Wilding Hipp Clock Toggle
08/05/2018 08:20:15

Hipp toggle is on my todo list however I have no idea how to get email notifications other than by posting on thread

Thread: optivisor
29/12/2017 09:21:19
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 29/12/2017 09:00:47:
Posted by John MC on 29/12/2017 08:32:55:

I am also concerned that the genuine Optivisor has, I believe, glass lenses, not the best thing in the workshop environment from the H&S point of view.



Your 'Risk Assessment' may differ from mine ... but as I see it:

My Optivisor is used for close work on small jobs; and the likelihood of a tiny fragment breaking the glass is negligible.


As a Clock repairer I wear mine all the time so it is very tempting to not wear safety glasses when wearing your Optivisor, but I will always wear my safety glasses under the optivisor when grinding and the like.

Thread: Wabeco D4000-getting a lathe upstairs and first impressions.
21/11/2017 22:14:30

I was very close to buying their mill but this thread really changed my mind

Thread: Another clock repair enigma
17/10/2017 21:48:55

You should post the question on



However it is not locking when going into warning then the chime correction mech is putting it back into sync on the hour, at 10 past the warning wheel should turn about half a turn then lock until the minute hand reaches quarter past when it the lever drops of the centre arbor cam. best to pull the movement out and watch it

Edited By Stephen Benson on 17/10/2017 21:50:06

Thread: My first foray into clock repair
17/10/2017 08:20:53

This site is brilliant for a beginner

Some of the information is contradictory but you find that in clock repair books as well

Thread: James May Reassembler: What should he rebuild next?
08/10/2017 15:06:12

Enjoyed the series to even my Wife enjoyed them I think a Enfield Clock would be great subject love to see him using a spring winder

Thread: Cowells lathe
08/09/2017 14:40:03

I repair clocks also, just a few pointers on the Cowells lathe if the belt slips a lot then it is time for a new belt and you can easily upgrade the dials to resettable ones by ordering just the plastic dial and O ring from Cowells and modifying the handles yourself.

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08/09/2017 11:37:34

I have a Cowells and good quality 3/16 square HSS is great for finishing but for metal removal I recommend a Glanze SCLCR 0606 D06 Right hand tool holder with CCGT carbide inserts the finish you will get is amazing on all materials.

Thread: Pannier Weld, Braze or silver solder
10/08/2017 19:56:02

I have a pannier frame welded 20 years ago by a friend who unfortunately can no longer weld due to ill health. I have used this setup to travel all over Scandinavia and northern Europe on my 1950 Sunbeam S8 motor cycle I even made it to Finland and back.

However I have just noticed one of the sides has fractured in front of a through pin it is not really load bearing but could be under tension I wanted some advice on how to best repair it.

First thought is to cut away the welded pin and turn up a piece to join the two pieces of tube redrill for the pin but this will still need welding so I wanted to know if it could be welded as is ?



Thread: Sherline verses Cowells
21/07/2017 17:02:03

I have been using my Cowells for years and I have few comments first new belts do not slip once the belt starts to slip it is getting worn out, having to remove the spindle to replace is probably why Cowells owners do not replace the belts as often as they could. never had a problem with accuracy had no problems using 0.5mm carbide drills on French Clock pivots or making parts for my Stewarts S50 steam engine

Second comment never used a Sherline but they have a good rep with USA clock makers , my observation is the black anodising looks terrible after a year or so

Edited By Stephen Benson on 21/07/2017 17:02:33

Thread: Bench top mill
03/07/2017 15:14:01

Space is so limited in my tiny indoor workshop that my bench has to be clear, have a lathe or a mill on it paid about £700 for the mill but will not lose much if I wanted to sell it


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