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Member postings for Pete Berry

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Thread: Hello from Somerset
23/06/2019 07:41:27

Hi Chris good to see another model engineer from Somerset. I live in west Somerset but don't know any others in the area. I build mainly stationary engines of all types.



Thread: Little John
10/06/2019 16:24:40

Hi John I might be late in replying to this post but I have just replaced the belt on my Little John lathe.

After a lot of searching I contacted George Lodge and Sons Ltd 01482 329553 and spoke to Dave Fuller, he was very helpful full. The original belt was apparently made for Raglan and looked like a wide Vee belt the dimmention are outside circumference 31.5 inches x 7/8 x3/8 thick the replacement is VSB 22 x 8 x 725. £33_00 However if the motor and mount is non standard be carefull that the motor spindel center is as per handbook. Although l have my had my lathe for 40 years I noticed that the belt was rubbing on the operating forks at certain speeds. The motor was to low and I made a modified mounting plate and spacer so I used a longer belt VSB 22 x 8 x 725.this solved the problem and the lathe runs very well. I also had to modif the motor operating fork. The speed range 1500 rpm to 300 rpm but this is proberly be cause the motor pulley was missing when I first obtain the lathe and I made my own but did not have access to any dimensions. If you require any more info let me know.

Regards Pete

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
07/06/2019 07:55:43

Needed to replace the variable speed drive belt on my raglan little john lathe. Found a replacement on the web at a cost of £70-00. I don't like to be ripped off so started contacting various suppliers to no avail, either they did not come back with answers or were unhelpful. I finally contacted George Lodge & sons ltd and talked to Dave Fuller who was most helpfully and obviously new his stuff! And was able to supply the correct belt (VSB 22 x 8 x 725) @ £33-00

Belt now fitted and running well. It's nice when someone takes the trouble to help.

Thread: Creating an album
02/12/2018 17:32:12

Success! Thanks all, don't know what I was doing wrong but this time I think I have done it.

02/12/2018 16:59:20

I am trying to create an album but do not seem to be able to upload a photo.

Hence 2 albums 0 photos! Any one know what I'm doing wrong? Dont have much hair cant afford to pull any more out.

Thread: Washing machine motor
30/11/2018 16:46:49

Hi Ian, I will resort out the info next week.

Thread: New member
30/11/2018 14:11:19

Hi Bob, I built lady Stephen some years ago and thought some part are like watch making. I did not think much of thr beam casting and fabricated one from mild steel.

Go luck with your build.

Regards Pete

Thread: Washing machine motor
30/11/2018 14:01:47

I have used a washing machine motor to provide a variable speed drive for my milling machine. I designed a back gear gear box which can be interchanged with the original induction motor. I built a new control board from an article in M E or NEW some years ago. Most of these motor have a tacho which will increase motor torque to maintain motor speed under load. If you interrested I can find the artical when I return home next week.

Regards Pete

Thread: Centaur build
22/11/2018 14:28:14

Hi Alan

Yes mine runs well and starts easy, I'm using coil ignition. Just a tip fit a non return valve in the fuel line (just a simple ball returning by gravity). I'm having a problem up loading photos but hope to in future.



21/11/2018 16:24:31

Looks good so far. I have just finish mine and have had it running on propane and petrol. I found that the carb spring needed to be a little stronger than the write up suggested!


Pete Berry

Thread: 9/20 lathe motor is failing.
24/08/2018 17:07:08

As John says I would just try replacing the caps as it would be difficult to test them without test se


24/08/2018 16:40:41

Hi Dennis, have you checked the capacitor. Or capacitors if it is capacitor start capacitor run ?

Thread: Next MEX 2018
16/03/2017 09:33:52

Really annoying to find that mex will be bi annual. I wonder what the real reason is for this. I have have wounderd about the cost of some of the venues chosen for the event and the cost for suppliers stands etc in resent years. I wound not mind if it is held in a tent as it is the event that is important, a chance the meet friends and purchase items and materials and view the excellent work of other model engineers.


Thread: Cutting worms on a little john lathe
11/08/2014 12:45:43

Hi Brian,

I think I will use the pi divided by 2 method you suggest as this would be the best setup for me with the limited change wheels I have. I did think of using a worm of 4 mm pitch but the I think the error over 60 revolutions would be to great.

I am using a 60:1 ratio as I built a small dividing head years ago using a gear box from an old ICL line printer and I should be able to use the division plates I made for that.

As I am away from my workshop this week I cant try thinks out until next week!

Regard s


10/08/2014 19:12:12

Hi John,

Thanks also for the info.



10/08/2014 19:01:51

Hi Brian,

Thanks very much for the info I will put it to use as soon as poss. Its for the construction of a 60:1 dividing head.



10/08/2014 15:55:30

According to the operators manual, data sheet No. 10 gives full info on cutting worms. Has anybody a copy of this data sheet or can offer assistance on the gear train required to cut a 20 DP worm on the Little John lathe. It is fitted with a quick change gear box and I have the change wheels for imperial or metric screw cutting.

Thread: trevithicks dredger engine
15/10/2012 21:22:28

Hi anyone know where I can buy an "O" ring for the boiler of the dredger engine, I think it is 2 7/8 ths x 1/16 th (silicon).

Thread: Fire
25/02/2011 18:55:24
Hi Terry
Realy sorry for your loss, I know I would be devistated. I am in the process of renewing my insurance and would be intrested in finding a good policy.
My day job is an electrical contractor and I often inspect electrical installations. It is not unusual for control gear (chokes ect) to over heat on failure. If all circuits including lighting circuits are protected by a 30 m/a RCD the risk of fire caused by electrical faults can be redcued. I have also seen a fire caused by a vacuum used to clean up sawdust and swedish oil (used on flooring) which spontainiously combusted. Reading these forum posts reminded me that I use a vacuum cleaner to clean up swarf and any other
material which may contain oil. I must empty the cleaner after use. May be some one with experience in this subject could write an article in M.E. to help us all aviod this danger.
Pete Berry
Thread: valve seats
24/11/2009 10:25:42
Hi Meyrick
Thanks for the info, I will if possible  (other half permitting) check the item you sugested next week, very usefull info. I will let you know the results.
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