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Thread: Digital angle gauges
19/03/2019 01:17:38

Good news, I have received the digital angle gauge mentioned previously.

It works well can recommend it. Good to 2 digital places and auto switch off plus a relative function, this is better than a Wixey.

15/03/2019 02:45:37

Hi all thanks for your replies,

I usually make sure I have a dab of anti corrosion oil on all my coin cell instruments to avoid cell leakage problems. Not usually a problem with Lithium cells.

Just my luck I guess, I am going to give this one a go who knows it might survive my Jinx [254125037490]

14/03/2019 04:14:18

I was wondering if any members have purchased these and had them die for no apparent reason.

I have had 2 of them one being a Wixiey, I do not use them a lot but have found that after a fairly long time on the shelve they were dead, new batteries did not revive them.

I was wondering if they had a built in self destruct.

Thread: Stepper Motor Controls
15/02/2019 06:22:26

Hi ChrisH,

Here is a Utube link,

There are more of this type search around a picture is worth etc.

Thread: lathe tool cutting oils
29/07/2017 16:43:46

Soluble oil is OK for band saw and surface grinder but would not use on my mills or lathes which have sumps and coolant pumps, for these I use sulpherised cutting oil and mix it with kerro [or paraffin for the Brits] works very well for all types of cutting. It has been in the machines for a number of years with an occasional top up no rust problems. Any grit contaminants settles to the bottom of the sumps so does not get recirculated.

I noted one user with a Harrison lathe did not like the oil allover the tray, I do not find this a problem on my Harrison it keeps every thing blathered in oil which discourages rust, I do use a lot of rags though.

Cheers Garth

Thread: Arduino Rotary Table MEW 249
08/01/2017 23:26:49

Am on board now , thanks for the info.

08/01/2017 13:39:39

I was wondering if anybody has noticed a possible error in Garry Liming's download software version, I could only locate version DM10.1 2015 / 06 as against DM 8.4 noted in MEW.

Maybe Carl Wilson could enlighten me .

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 08/01/2017 19:43:25

Thread: What AMP power supply for windscreen wiper motor
08/01/2017 13:18:24

One should take care in reversing windscreen wiper motors, they are designed to run in one direction only in most cases. Brush position can give excessive arcing with reverse rotation

Door window motors would be more suitable.

Due to high gearing of these motors 10 Amp power supply would be more than enough.

Thread: run out on 3 jaw chuck
04/12/2016 01:21:30

Now you have clarified the type of instrument I would take a guess that access to the internals is through the front.

Remove the clear cover then the indicator needle then the scale gives access to screws holding the front plate on. However unless you are an instrument repair type I would not recommend you do this your self.

Thread: MIG welding tips
01/12/2016 11:29:34

Use a 0.9 Aluminum tip these allow for wire expansion and will accommodate the softer flux core wire that has knurling marks on it.

Reverse polarity for gasless wire


Thread: run out on 3 jaw chuck
01/12/2016 11:16:22

Hi Sean, Usually 3 screws holds the back plate on. Take the back off your old Batty and sit it in some clean kerro [ do not submerge the dial], let it soak for 24Hrs occasionally operate the plunger then let it dry out until all Kerro has evaporated do not blow it out. This should free things up unless there is mechanical damage.

Do not re lube with oil unless you have watch repair oil.

Set both gauges up to measure a known item and compare readings.


Thread: Shop Calc
01/09/2014 10:29:28
Posted by Richard Sanders 1 on 01/09/2014 07:49:11:

I forgot to mention. I also added measuring spur gears over wires\pins.

Hi Richard,

I found that version on collinushers site May 2011! where does the time go?

Does that update automatically or enter as a new program?

Thanks Garth.

01/09/2014 03:27:01

Hi Richard,

After a couple of computer rebuilds etc I installed your program on XP pro and it is running well I like it very much.

Only problem initially was my Avast virus program kept dumping it in quarantine until I tweaked things a bit.

I have not looked for any updates, is there any?

Thanks again Garth.

Thread: Rechargeable 24 v drill
23/03/2013 13:57:33

If you have been using older NiCad batteries your charger wont handle Lithium cells go for NiMh types.

Make sure they are fast charge types and a good capacity 3Ah is best.

As for the batteries in general 90% of them are made in China nowadays, even reputable drill manufacturers have quality control problems from time to time.

Look them up on ebay you will probably find replacement packs for a reasonable price, just double check the specifications.

If you have had your drill for 12 years I can only assume you have not used it very heavily but consistantly otherwise your batteries would have packed up a long time ago.So a top line drill is not probably needed Go for middle range ones similiar to Ryobi.

Thread: Shop Calc
23/03/2013 06:44:20

Hi Bob, Yes downloaded it and tried to run but the win32 bit screwed things up I had to reboot.

Hi thor, I am glad it worked for you perhaps you could tell me how you did it, I am on XP Pro.

Hi Paul, I had thought that there was some link between the two programs but there is not.

Ihave not tried Alans program but will certainly be giving it a go after my trouble with Shop Calc.

Regards Garth

23/03/2013 03:38:34

Has any body downloaded this program and used it ?

Hre is a link,



Thread: MEW paper quality
18/01/2013 15:52:31

I beg the question that thp paper quality of MEW magazine has deteriated?

I have noticed on current and previous issues how far back I am not sure, are wrinkely and the page suface is not as smooth also not as thick.

Presumably there is some cost saving involved, all I can say is i do not like it and would like the printing to go back to the earlier type.

Any comments would be welcome.

Thread: Printing error of MEW back issues
18/03/2010 23:47:00
Thanks to all who replied,
I have found that if I download with a pdf printer conversion it comes out correctly.
Regards Garth.
Thread: MEW 162 - Phoenix Battery Drills
18/03/2010 13:45:56
 Hello  Peter,
I agree in general with your point of view. I am amazed with all the safety inspectors running around and insurance company's backed by the legal profession are forever sticking there noses into all areas of our lives bemoaning the safety angle when we really know it is another method of screwing money out of us. It is in a large part in Australia, don't get me wrong I am not against standards of safety ,but I look back over 50 years of engineering and electrical engineering and wonder how I managed to survive without all these safety experts telling me how to do things.
One point Peter we don't reverse the plug and socket sequence as this would expose " live" pins which could easily short out in contact with metalwork.
Regards Garth.
Thread: Printing error of MEW back issues
23/12/2009 12:41:55
Hi MP ,
My priter was definatly set for A4 that was first thing I checked.
I am going to see if there is a difference between Fire Fox & Internet Exp , the new FF is a bit buggy.
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