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Thread: Syil X3 CNC Spindle Failed
12/09/2019 19:39:56

Michael, I just tried on my iPad Pro and pressing on the image for a few seconds brings up a context menu which gives the option to open the image in a new tab, which then reveals the image url. I use chrome as my browser. Using Safari, it only offers to save or copy. Install chrome it gives a lot more functionality than Safari.

12/09/2019 15:58:00

If that is the same motor on your Syil machine, then why not buy the controller that Arc sell.

Thread: Warco lathe mill attachment
09/09/2019 19:59:44
Posted by old mart on 09/09/2019 19:52:20:

Check that your lathe has the mill attachment on the back of the bed. I remember adverts for that type of lathe which came with or without the mill attachment, and there was a warning that the plain lathe could not be retrofitted with the mill.

If space is at an absolute premium, then there is no point in trying to point you in the direction of a separate mill.

Edited By old mart on 09/09/2019 19:54:51

All of the WM250V lathes have the attachment points for the mill head, they also have the deeper backsplash to allow fitting without it fouling as it would on the older WM250 machines. One thing to note is that if you have fitted a glass DRO scale on the Z axis, the mill attachment will not fit.

I had a mill head for my 250V but got rid as it was of limited use and the lathe is destined for a CNC conversion.

Personally I would not go down this route and would make/find space for a separate milling machine.


Thread: Calculating DRO For Mill Z Axis
09/09/2019 19:52:09

For the additional cost of the M-DRO summing box on top of a 3 axis display, you can buy a 4 axis display head from EMS-I that allows each axis to be displayed separately as well as allowing selected axis to be summed. I have one on my Ajax Turret mill, no complaints so far, I also have their 3 axis on one of the lathes, no affiliation, just a very satisfied customer.


Thread: How to upset the neighbours!
09/09/2019 09:45:38

Replica of a Sebring race car. Looks like the present owner has changed a few bits, can't see the roll cage or bucket seats (that's if it is the same car as I'm remembering from some while back)

Thread: Warco GH600
10/08/2019 18:27:56
Posted by Ian Thomson 2 on 04/08/2019 10:26:38:

I am planning to use these machine casters:




103mm high and rated at 500kg each / 1000kg per 4.

They have a large central rubber foot that screws down.

Probably overkill, but I am going to use 4 on each pedestal to allow for fine tuning the leveling.

They will allow the lathe to be easily moved should the need ever arise.

Ian, where did you get those castors from? could do with some like that for one of my grinding machines.


Thread: What lathes have you had?
21/07/2019 19:04:46

Chester Cobra combi machine

Chester Model B - regretted from day 1

Myford ML7, never used bought, refurbished and sold to fund other projects

Warco WMT300/2 (the one without the mill head, good machine and often regretted selling on

Warco GH1330, 15 years old and still giving good service

Warco WM250V - 4 years old and still waiting for its CNC or ELS conversion (not decided which yet)

Thread: What mills have you had
21/07/2019 18:49:15

First on was a Chester cobra combi machine, the mill is similar to a seig x1, good enough machine but rapidly outgrew it. Next came a Chester Model B Combi machine, regretted right from the off as it was not rigid enough and the mill was virtually useless.

After that I bought a Hyundai badged X2 clone, and also acquired a Warco ZX15 round column mill. Both did their job well but when the opportunity arose to purchase a fully tooled Ajax AJT4 turret mill, for less money that the tooling alone was worth, the small mills went. The Ajax is a big machine but is more than capable of everything I will need.

Thread: TTFN
19/07/2019 08:44:28

I appreciate that we all need to let off a bit of steam now and again but there is no excuse for making derogatory comments aimed directly at any one individual in an open forum.

Anyone guilty of this should their account locked and spend a month 'in the cooler' to re consider their actions.

I also use large ex industrial machinery, I would never get the big bits of a 6" traction engine on a Seig X3 (although I recon 3 X3's would fit comfortably on the table of my milling machine . Why do people think that hobby machining is restricted to small scale stuff!

Andrew, it's a shame you feel you need to make the decision you have, your contributions will be greatly missed, always interesting, informative and well written. All the best and don't be a stranger for too long.


Edited By Gray on 19/07/2019 08:52:50

Thread: Mill DRO - How many axis?
23/06/2019 20:27:10

Not in the same ballpark as a benchtop mill like the SX2.7L but on my Ajax AJT4 turret mill, I originally had a 3 axis X, Y, Z DRO, which subsequently developed the 'jitters'. At Ally Pally this year I bought one of their 4 axis 750 series LCD head units (already have the 3 axis unit on my large lathe). This head allows combining of the Z and U axis or having them display separately. For the most part I use them separately but it is a simple matter of changing one setting to combine them when the need arises. Having DRO on the knee (or in your case the moving head) and also on the quill is a luxury I would now not be without.


Thread: Drip feed oiler plans
10/06/2019 19:19:23

Thank you to all who responded to this request, and a big thank you to Jason who has provided me with some details of various solutions.

The machine I am restoring is a Studer cylindrical grinder, this has been a long term project and nearing completion, since asking, I have been gifted two original looking oilers for the main grinding wheelhead spindle however, I still intend to make two more to replace the wick oilers on the workhead spindle.

I need to strip and refurb the original oilers and assess their condition so I may still have to remake those as well.


09/06/2019 07:38:11

Hi Jason,

I have various sizes of both glass and acrylic tube ranging from 15mm up to around 40mm dia.

Would appreciate any drawings.

Where did you get the acrylic bowl?


08/06/2019 21:23:40


The glass I have and cutting it is not an issue.

I also have a good quantity of brass from which to make all of the parts.

All I need is a decent set of drawings .

Like I said, I know I can buy ready made but that takes all the fun out of it


08/06/2019 18:44:30

I need to make some drip feed oilers as part of a restoration of a vintage machine tool. Does anyone have or know of a decent design/drawing for an oiler similar in size to those fitted on Myford lathes.

I know I can buy ready made ones but that wouldn't be as satisfying



Thread: Hi from Hampshire
08/06/2019 15:14:42

Hi Rob, welcome to the nuthouse. Whereabouts in Hampshire are you? I am also in Hampshire, quite close to Liss/Petersfield.

I'm also an instrument maker as a hobby, mainly guitars but have made a couple of native American style flutes and do minor repairs on Saxophones.

Would love a pultra but not yet found one to my liking.


Thread: Harrison wiring
25/05/2019 07:47:14

Here's a wiring diagram for the M300.

That transformer is most likely the one that sits in the contactor coil/interlock circuit. But, there is also another transofrmer in the diagram for the machine lamp. You need to identify these and ensure they are correctly connected. as per the diagram below if you are running the machine from a 415 3 phase supply.

m300 schematic.jpg

Thread: Stand alone controller
21/05/2019 06:57:24


thanks, always helps when one has the correct search terms

19/05/2019 08:59:55

Hi VC,

can you post details of the controller and where you obtained it from, looking for something like this for a project I have in mind.



Thread: Warco lathe Users
05/05/2019 14:10:53


Hi Chris, I also own a GH1330, mine is imperial.

I presume you are referring to the arrow as in the above snapshot of the thread chart.

If you look to the right of the arrow, the numbers show which gear should be fitted in the lower position depending on which tpi you are cutting and the lever positions needed for that thread pitch.

Hope that makes sense,

if you need any further help, PM me. I can help you out with the manual if needed.


Thread: Gear cutting
10/04/2019 18:24:45

Give MJ Engineering a call, Alan can cut gears for most engines although the DNY is not on his list he may be able to help.

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