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Thread: Perfecto Shaper
28/02/2017 17:29:01

Steven Vine, Cornish Jack and IanT:

Many thanks indeed for your valuable help; I've been in Perfecto heaven most of the afternoon pursuing the links you provided.

I "acquired" my machine at a competitive price judging by the information on the bedroom workshop site - interesting that the hand machines go for not much less than the powered. The same site has extensive extracts from the Bradley book which should mean I don't need to trouble you. I will look at Delmar.

Stands for the hand machines obviously have to be fixed but I wonder how far the powered version needs to be secured; would the reciprocating motion cause a castor-mounted stand to walk across the floor?

It also occurred to me that a custom stand could incorporate an adjustable brace for the table.

Edited By ega on 28/02/2017 17:30:02

28/02/2017 15:42:46


Thank you for the helpful link (I did try to find the "front page search box" before reluctantly trying the next-to-useless version at top right).

Bernard Reilly

Thank you. I did look at the entry before posting. Tony has some literature but it is for the Perfecto lathes as well and possibly not economic therefore.

I will bear your kind offer in mind for when I begin to work with the machine. A plinth or baseboard is an attractive idea since it allows the whole machine to be put out of the way but they would need to be rather deep front to back to optimise the belt centres.

28/02/2017 14:44:01

I recently acquired one of these interesting machines. A search of the site threw up a solitary thread with this title which frustratingly turned out to be all about switch wiring.

I deduce from this that shapers are a minority interest. I know very little about them and tried unsuccessfully to get hold of a copy of Ian Bradley's book which I understand has a section on this machine.

Has anyone a copy they would be prepared to lend, please? Or other relevant guidance?

I plan to mount my machine on a stand with the motor underneath so as to allow for long pulley centres and thereby compensate for the very small size of the smallest of the three motor pulleys. Is there a "correct" height for these machines akin to the advice one sees about lathe centre heights?

Thread: Lathe out of commission for a while .
31/10/2016 10:54:59

For small jobs I have been using surgical spirit from a bottle that I first bought with the object of applying it to the "sit area"; I was then and still am a keen cyclist and the idea was to prevent saddle discomfort.

Thread: Dipstick in tailstock
06/05/2016 12:04:18


The South Bend lathe had this feature.

Your photo reminds me of the eye dropper or pipette made of glass with rubber bulb for drawing in and expelling drops; too vulnerable for lathe use but a useful idea.

Thread: Are we all infringing this patent?
25/04/2016 16:21:50

The answer to the OP's question so far as England and Wales is concerned is almost certainly to be found in s 60 of the Patents Act 1977 which is readily available on line. Acts done privately *and* not for commercial purposes are not infringements of patent.

I am no expert but I do know that IP law is a can of worms.

Edited By ega on 25/04/2016 16:41:18

Thread: Myford ML7 long bed drip tray / other parts
18/04/2016 14:49:28

The Myford 7 is essentially a bench lathe.

I have no experience of the Myford industrial stand (which is highly-rated) but I think that the standard sheet metal version could readily be bettered by, as you propose, welding up your own. Large sheet metal work involved in the tray could perhaps more suitably be put out. The raising blocks if made as four rather than two items are a simple turning job.

There is a body of opinion that favours mounting the Myford on a very flat, rigid and vibration-damping base eg, perhaps, granite.

Edited By ega on 18/04/2016 15:09:01

Thread: hemmingway drawings
12/04/2016 11:09:32

The Hemingway spherical turning tool is an updated version of the GHT/Radford design and was indeed covered in ME and GHT's book.

Michael Gilligan: good luck with your only one 'm'!

Thread: Special ER Collets
10/04/2016 10:47:04

My ER40 collet spanner is getting on for 1' long.

Thread: New useful tool hole cutting
08/04/2016 14:11:19

From looking at one or two You Tube videos it seems clear that a pilot hole is required as with the Q-Max style of punch. From this point of view, the main advantage seems to be more and easier punching power. Have you actually tried 3mm steel?

Do tell us some of the other uses you have in mind.

Thread: Wouldn't it be nice
02/04/2016 18:12:47

I don't think anyone mentioned the possibility of using a ball bearing nut to help in closing.

02/04/2016 16:03:20

Would the imperial sizes help?

Thread: Total loss oiling?
30/03/2016 15:29:14

Tim Stevens:

I clearly need to update my statement! That use of the word is entirely new to me and not even mentioned in my OED - as the RD would say "It pays to increase your word power" but I agree it can also take up valuable brain space.

Thread: Low speed grinder or standard for lathe tools?
30/03/2016 12:47:25

I am no expert but the wheel manufacturer will know the correct peripheral speed for his product ie the speed at which it cuts most effectively and therefore does not tempt the user to press too hard.

The slow speed (dry) grinders are marketed as suitable for woodturners.

Thread: Total loss oiling?
30/03/2016 12:42:42

Many years ago S U Belsey contributed an article to ME describing how he captured and re-used the bulk of the oil from his ML7 headstock - the first and last time I have seen the word "tundish" in print.

Thread: Alex from India
26/03/2016 10:44:13

alex costea:

Welcome. Can you tell us a little about the Indian machine tool industry?

Thread: Is this a ML7?
14/03/2016 16:19:30

Wout Moerman:

Thanks for the explanation - franken as in frankenstein, no doubt! I think we might call this a mixed marriage but I like franken more.

Whilst I can't answer your question with complete confidence you might find the page on Myford clones to be of interest.

Thread: Fusion 360 - full, free 3D CAD and CAM
14/03/2016 14:33:02

Involute Curve:

IP ownership: presumably there is an EULA and it would be open to the company to include a licence by you to them. Have you read the small print?

Thread: Is this a ML7?
14/03/2016 14:25:28

Wout Moerman:

Is frankenlathe a recognized make or, perhaps, Dutch for hybrid or similar?

Dutch cookies look tasty!

Thread: Unknown lathe on Ebay
12/03/2016 17:57:18

Michael Gilligan:

Many thanks for this fascinating link which I have skimmed and bookmarked for later perusal. The little I know about Maudslay makes me think that, in his own way, he was a genius - how tragic that his life was untimely ended!

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