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Member postings for Ketan Swali

Here is a list of all the postings Ketan Swali has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Music in the Workshop
03/08/2020 15:28:36
Posted by Spurry on 03/08/2020 15:16:13:

Looks like I am alone in my preference for Smooth....


+1 smiley

Thread: WM16 Tramming instructions
26/07/2020 13:35:53


have a look at this You Tube link

Ketan at ARC.

Edited By JasonB on 26/07/2020 13:38:59

Thread: where to buy a good open morse taper 4->3 sleeve
17/07/2020 21:41:39

Fair enough Mark. Your logic understood and accepted.smiley

Ketan at ARC

16/07/2020 21:27:17
Posted by Mark Davison 1 on 16/07/2020 20:22:48:

It is for the spindle of a Colchester bantam, reducing it from MT4 to MT3 and needs to be open endedto allow a drawbar to pass through. My current one is from RDG but I've discovered it isn't concentric so I'm loathed to chance RDG/ARC/Chronos. Bison seem to do them (**LINK**) but I'd rather order from the UK. I've tried cromwell, cutwel and MSCDirect and they don't have them on their websites, any idea who might sell a branded one?

You really have some strange logic tarring us all with one brush!

ARCs comes from the same place/region/pot as MSC Direct. Cromwell probably from some other place. So by your logic, you should be loathed to buy from them too!

Ketan at ARC

Thread: Son`s mini lathe Clarke CL300
16/07/2020 13:10:17

Just for clarification:

The link in Ro's post is to board XMT2335 - which is for C3 mini-lathe.

The picture of the board in Marks picture seems to show the board XMT2325 - link which is for C2 mini-lathe, which makes sense for a Clarke CL300M.

In any case, out of stock at ARC.

If Marks son has had zero/low guidance/ training on the lathe before being let loose on it, the probability of him breaking things are high, to include hi/lo gears, control board/s, as the chances of him overloading the machine are high.

On the one hand, depending on above, it would be wrong to get upset on Marks son, and on the other hand, there is good reason why costs of certain components are high,

Ketan at ARC.

Thread: Boring problem
11/07/2020 10:05:17
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 10/07/2020 23:07:14:

Dunno if the above makes me an expert, an ex-spurt or just plain awkward? Ketan? smile


I dont know what that makes you either Andrew. smiley

Ketan at ARC

10/07/2020 20:12:13
Posted by Andrew Williams 1 on 09/07/2020 20:43:10:

Thank you for the responses. As I guessed it is just a matter of a bit of play here, a bit of flexibility there and learning to live with it. The problem is that I have always had in mind a conversation with one of the elite of the model engineering world at, I think, the last open day held by Myford in Nottingham. He was firmly of the opinion that, with proper adjustment of the lathe then the problem would not arise.

As Hopper said, standard procedure is to retract the tool on the return travel. Some boring bars have more sping than others, depending on size/material of bar, and how far it sticks out from the tool post.

I too went to the last open day held by Myford in Nottingham. All the elite I met at that open day were/are respected people in the model engineering world, with a wealth of knowledge. If we are talking about the same event, and the same people, then it is possible that there was some misunderstanding in either the question you raised, or the response you received from those people with knowledge who attended. It would be wrong to refer to those people with knowledge as ex-sputs.

Ketan at ARC

Thread: Advice on Choosing A Mini Lathe
27/06/2020 17:26:25
Posted by Eric Lucas on 26/06/2020 22:24:52:

Is a unimat3 a mini lathe?


Whilst a unimat 3 may be a good lathe, it sits in the broad category of a micro lathe, lathes which are usually smaller than a mini-lathe.

If you look at Warcos website, you will see that a mini-lathe is significantly larger. Link here which also refers to their statement that 'Warco invented the term Mini Lathe' under the section headed 'Buying a hobby lathe'.

Mini-lathe is a popular 'keyword' - in search engines. So many people/sellers in marketing use this key word to draw attention to anything they want to promote/sell, even though the product sits in the micro lathe category.

There is also a term baby lathe, which is used for lathes smaller than a micro lathe. Still, certain marketing people use the popular keyword 'mini-lathe' to describe such machines in search engines too.

Ketan at ARC.

Thread: Brexit No Deal - WTO duty on EU machines/tooling?
16/06/2020 12:20:08
Posted by Brian G on 16/06/2020 12:05:23:

Not that painful on new items if the vendor can sell VAT free for export (although we will also have to pay clearance fees), but could it mean that we will be charged VAT on used items from private sellers?

Brian G

That will all come out in the wash. Pointless to worry about it from now.

Ketan at ARC.

16/06/2020 12:02:21

Depending on how things develop with EU, current suggestions as per this link

Put in first four digits of the commodity code, e.g. 8458, and this will give you an idea of current 2.7% duty, future 2.0% duty (excluding signed agreements).

Note: Although above are good indications for the future, there may be additional duty for EU, depending on how much negotiators on each side work with each other or annoy each other, in which case, it could go up to between 6%~9%.

So, cost of goods + road/sea/air freight + duty + clearance costs = xx.xx + VAT

Although the taxes may be less of an issue, collection/admin/clearance.costs imposed by couriers may increase.

Please remember that this works both ways.

Ideally, free movement of goods would be great, but this will be part of the negotiations, which have yet to be finalised, regardless of whoever says whatever on either side. Pointless to consider at this point in time.

Distributors on all sides are doing a little bit of scare mongering.

Ketan at ARC.

Thread: Clarke Cl300m lathe
16/06/2020 11:18:08

Hi Ross,

It is a SIEG C2 lathe, spare parts for which can be found on this page.

Ketan at ARC.

Thread: Hermes Parcels
11/06/2020 10:57:15

Nigel G2...

It comes down to what the particular courier delivery service is like at the receiving end of the parcel, how busy they are, how many permanent regular drivers they have to deliver the goods, and how well they know their routes.

Brian H...

Try to relax....(I know it is easier said then done)... in our experience, in most cases when parcels go walk about due to CV19, they reappear and get delivered within around 14 days of dispatch. This is regardless of which courier you use. Obviously, you will hear the most noise - re problems - for the cheapest couriers which will have the highest demands for their service, which in turn into the biggest load onto their systems.

Start worrying or having a discussion with courier/supplier/local depot after 14 days. This only applies to U.K. sender and receiver.

Ketan at ARC

Thread: Arc eurotrade missing from front page ?
08/06/2020 21:49:20

Hi Steve,

ARC and AUSEE adverts were taken off at our request at around 4pm on Friday 5th June 2020.

We had originally requested for them to be taken off at the end of May.

There is a disagreement between us and MTM over a particular issue. Before end of last month, they requested us to give them a few days to resolve the matter. As the issue remained unresolved by 3pm last Friday, we requested MTM to remove our adverts. At present, I would like to avoid getting into details of the disagreement.

The email you received about the SX3.5 DZP was an automated email which I think went out last Thursday, as soon as we off loaded the container and put the machines into stock. You got the email because you put in your email address on the website, to be notified when the machine was back in stock. Your request to be notified would have been many moons ago, before you were steered into the direction of Tom Senior, which I am sure you are enjoying.smiley

And YES, as far as I am aware, everything is okay at ARC, so far, as at close of business on Monday 8th June.

Ketan at ARC

Edited By Ketan Swali on 08/06/2020 22:00:28

Thread: ArcEurotrade machine deliveries to Switzerland
08/06/2020 16:26:58
Posted by Oily Rag on 08/06/2020 15:48:21:


If I have offended you I unreservedly apologise - it was not my intention to directly attack you, purely, I stated opinions in a free forum which I do not think merited your vitriolic response. Let us put this behind us and enjoy the hobby we all love so much.

Regards, Martin

No problem Martin. Happy to put it to bed.

Ketan at ARC.

08/06/2020 14:13:54
Posted by Oily Rag on 08/06/2020 11:39:54:

Seems strange that they are willing to ship 'other parts' but not a machine! Has anyone asked them for a machine to be broken down and shipped? That would seem to get around that problem.

However I am sure you will not be disappointed in the Wabeco, Looks like your getting the genuine item rather than a Chinacom clone.

Breaking down a machine option for smaller machines has been tried for Switzerland, but they still get damaged.

Regarding the comments in your second paragraph, how do you know if Wabeco is a 'genuine' item and/or SX2.7 a clone, or if it is any better or worse than what Mark is considering to buy?. If you don't have anything useful to say, please avoid making prejudicial comments. I don't think that you or your comments are funny.

Ketan at ARC.

08/06/2020 12:39:53

Hi Mark,

Here is what we said in our email to you:


' Unfortunately, after speaking with our freight providers, we are not able to deliver machines to Switzerland.

We are able to consider orders for machine accessories and tooling.

Please accept our apologies that we have been unable to assist you on this occasion.'


ARC failed to elaborate on 'after speaking with our freight providers'.... so here are some more details..

We do not ship machines regularly to Switzerland, so we invited two quotes. One declined, and one quoted GB£450.00 + GB£60.00 for processing through Swiss customs. These quotes for Switzerland are excluding VAT. Also, there would have been local import duty/taxes (whatever they may be) to be paid by you on entry into Switzerland, as Switzerland is not part of EU for 'free circulation' of goods. We queried this quote as it seems expensive, and were told - it is correct.

Keeping this in mind, the matter was brought to my attention. I felt that it was too expensive. Plus, based on past experience of things going 'pair shaped' specifically for machine shipments to Switzerland:

  • certain issues with Swiss customs delays due to customers understanding/mis-understaning/expectations of Swiss customs procedures
  • transit damage to certain smaller machines which were sent through premium carriers such as TNT/Fedex, specifically to Switzerland
  • Last machine shipment was held up by Swiss customs for two weeks without any good reason

For ARC, the above problems are unique to Switzerland. We do not have the same problems to any other EU destinations, including Romania, Norway and Sweden - destinations to which we ship these and other machines - big or small, regularly.

For Switzerland, we have to check what the situation is, at the time of enquiry. Based on all of the above, I decided to decline your order, so you got the email as you did. Perhaps the sender of the email from ARC should have clarified with more detail, but chances are that either way, you would have been unhappy with the response.

As you say, life is too short. Apologies once again for the inconvenience. I hope you enjoy your new purchase of WABECO.

Ketan at ARC.

Thread: Evening all
08/06/2020 11:46:07

Hi Andy,

In your opening post, you say: ' I’ll have loads of questions to ask about the mill '.

If the digital version of the MEW magazine works, I would strongly suggest that you subscribe to it.

Once subscribed, you can look at the back issues of the magazine, starting from issue MEW 261.

Issue 261 starts off a 'Milling for beginners' series based on the SX2.7, written by Jason, who is one of the moderators on this forum.

The series continues in alternate issues of the magazine, 15 parts, which ends in issue 289. Jason has a thread on the forum based on the series. See link .

In the absence of a 'hands on' coarse, I would suggest that most of the questions you have about the mill, along withe the associated tooling will probably be answered in the series.

Ketan at ARC

Thread: The sneering detractors
25/05/2020 11:20:16
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 25/05/2020 10:56:14:

If I'm challenging a previous poster, or pointing out an error, is it fair and am I confident that I'm correct?


Now the only thing we need to work on Andrew is 'the delivery', or perhaps a bit of diplomacy without sticking the challenges back up devil and I wasn't referring to me.smiley

Meant as a joke. Sorry I couldn't resist teeth 2

Ketan at ARC.

Edited By Ketan Swali on 25/05/2020 11:22:04

Thread: A polite note to beginners from ARC
21/05/2020 16:08:51

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Reading all this now also makes me feel a little embarrassed and silly for creating this thread.

Initially my intentions were to just give polite advice to beginners to be respectful and grateful to the collective for freely sharing knowledge, rather than getting carried away as I did.

At the time of making the post, it felt good to release what I was thinking. However, after further discussions with one or two forum elders, Michael G in particular, and after reading some of the comments on here such as the thought presented by Hopper, I now have a better understanding of how things got miss-understood.

By the response, different from what I was expecting, I can see that I let my ego get the better of me by overthinking negative thoughts. A new lesson learned - thank you all. smiley

Ketan at ARC.

21/05/2020 16:06:49
Posted by CHARLES lipscombe on 20/05/2020 23:59:16:

Nowadays I usually buy what are obviously ARC items from Ausee here in Australia, simply because that way I avoid horrendous postal charges from the UK. I would be interested to know what the link is between Ausee and ARC.

Hi Charles,

Steven Tao runs Ausee. He is the nephew of the General Manager of one of factories we work with under the SIEG Group. He was sent to ARC for training over a period of six months, before setting up shop in Melbourne.

Ketan at ARC

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