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Member postings for michael cole

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Thread: Steam Outboard
23/08/2021 10:18:27

Some years ago the Steamboat Association of GB had a build and run a steam outboard competition

Thread: Boiler certification in a launch
09/11/2018 14:45:51

nor is it for inland waters. My steamboat is exempt from the BSS as being sold fuel and no other systems there is nothing to test.

09/11/2018 13:17:29

As far as I am aware there is no legal requirement but you would be restricted to running on private lakes only with the owners permission. That launch would also not be allowed to be in steam at any SBA event. You would not be able to get insurance without a boiler cert. The Steamboat Association of Great Britain ( SBA  does have its own company set up to provide boiler inspections to SBA members.


SBA member

Thread: Aldi 3 drawer steel toolchest
27/04/2018 15:28:43

Handy if there is no machine mart close to you, their version very slightly smaller is only £32.39

Thread: Is a tool & cutter grinder worth having?
10/11/2017 20:35:01

Yes it is worth it, Buy or build one that will last you a lifetime and you will get your moneys worth.

Thread: Aldi to stock 3D printer
10/11/2017 16:13:49

As the title says, Aldi to stock a 3D printer that is meant to be £600 cheaper than the same model elsewhere.

Thread: Help me choose a lathe to suit my hobby
16/09/2017 20:33:43

For the small stuff and your price point you really need to look at a Cowells ME90.

Thread: Leaking taper-cock valves
29/08/2017 15:27:05

I have had good results using toothpaste to 'lap in' a leaky taper cock gauge glass.

Thread: Derby Industrial Museum
17/05/2017 07:49:33

Poorly run council museums , look at Birkenhead on the Wirral , Had some of the worlds largest engineering firms located here and there is not one council run museum. The only one closed many years ago.

Looks like a trip to Internal FIre is on the cards then, i have not been there for a few years. Use to call in regular when it first opened and I could be the only one there and Paul would start up the engines just for one person.


PS it is not in North Wales

Thread: Help from any Kennedy Hexacut Power Hacksaw owners out there?
16/05/2017 16:55:05

Thanks again, back up and cutting . Get the belt tight then tighter again,

15/05/2017 22:39:34

thanks everyone , i will try to tension the belt tomorrow

15/05/2017 15:30:19

As this question has been answered i will ask , i have a slipping belt on a model 60 is there any way to tension it .

Thread: Those old SIP Carbon Arc brazing torches..
10/04/2017 09:02:42

I remember rebuilding the whole front end of a mates car with a carbon arc, not just the wings but the box sections as well.

Thread: Polly II
16/03/2017 08:34:38

thanks Brian, i also had a look at you postings about CE marking on Polly boilers.

15/03/2017 10:52:24

Next week i am going to have a look at a couple of Polly II with the intention of buying one.

Is there anything I should be looking for . Are there any weak points or what is likely to wear and need replacement?

Thread: Steam pipe insulation
22/07/2016 18:24:44

I have just been given by my wife some stuff called Modrock which is a Plaster of Paris Bandage. My main steampipe is 12mm dia pipe i first used a layer of fibreglass tape wrapped around and then a couple of wraps of Modrock. It dries very fast to a smooth finish. A couple of coats of white gloss to finish.

Thread: Wiring Dewhurst switch
16/07/2016 17:06:34

I have just bought a Dewhurst switch , with forward , off and reverse. It has 2 veritcal rows of 4 contacts each side. How is is wired up? It is for a old motor for a Britanic lathe


Thread: what price to sell boxford lathe
16/07/2016 10:15:56

I would be asking around £1300. It is a model without the 3 lever gearbox and no change wheels,

Thread: Lock making
06/07/2016 18:04:14

One of the very first jobs I did on board ship was to repair a lock. The shipwright I was following was going to bin it and fit another. I had a go at fixing it and it worked. As howwever this was over 30 years ago I have no ideal what was broke or how I fixed it.

Thread: Boxford lathe 280
02/07/2016 09:05:16

I replaced my Boxford AUD with a modern Boxford and am very pleased with it.

Make sure that it has the headstock bush and changegears. If the one you are looking at has the full 3 lever gearbox then and is in good nick then the price is determined by how much comes with it. A bare machine will be just sub £1000 upto £2000 for one with everything with it, ie bush, gears, chucks, faceplate, catchplate, studyies, QCTP with lots of holders working coolent pump.

I paid £1100 for a 10-30 and then around £400 for all the missing bits. Boxford still sell part but are pricely.

These are very good machines which are under priced compared to other UK machines such as Harrisons and the smaller Colchesters.

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