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Thread: Warco 712 Bandsaw
03/04/2021 13:33:06
Posted by Howard Lewis on 03/04/2021 12:56:06:

Having set the tension with a Tension Meter, ( to the Jacques Maurel design ) it cuts well, straight, and blades seem to wear out rather than breaking.


Hi Howard, do you have a reference for the tension meter design?



Thread: Hi from Hampshire U.K
25/03/2021 16:19:11

Hampshire is quite a big county, Whereabouts roughly are you? I'm in East Hants, Near Alton.

Thread: Warco 1322 / 1330 Lathes
17/02/2021 22:29:57

As Peak4, I have an older (2004 vintage) imperial GH1330. Excellent machine that has done everything asked of it over the 14 years I've owned it

I live quite close to Warco and have visited them regularly over the years, I've seen numerous examples of the later machines and cannot see any difference in overall build quality in newer machines. If mine needed replacement (which I think highly unlikely) I would replace with the same again.

The only changes I have made to mine is to fit a 3 phase motor and inverter, 3 axis DRO and a lever feed tailstock to the design from the late John Stevenson.


Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
16/02/2021 16:59:36

Before the new site is made 'live', will there be an opportunity for a selected group of members to view and beta test the site?

It's one thing for the developers to 'visualise what was asked for' it is quite another for the end user.

Having worked both sides of the desk, as a developer, QA and customer PM, I see it an essential phase in the development of any piece of software.


Thread: Warco Lathe Query
16/02/2021 09:50:47
Posted by Dave Halford on 16/02/2021 09:23:01:
Posted by Bazyle on 16/02/2021 09:18:59:

A couple months ago I blocked someone's posts. Never done it before but I can't remember who and why and can't see anything on the controls that tell me. What happens if someone you block starts a thread? does it come up like this with the first post missing?

Yep first post I see is Rik's and you can't un-ignore member either.

You can see who you are ignoring by going to 'My posts' in the top green bar and click on ' My Ignored Members' at the top of that page, I don't know but think that may then allow you to un-ignore, can't be sure as I don't have anyone in my list. As with a lot of this forum, not the most obvious or intuitive place to put that list!


Edited By Gray on 16/02/2021 09:51:25

Thread: MEW Archive Issues
26/01/2021 22:14:19

Excellent news, it would have been sad to permanently lose access to this valuable resource. Thanks to the team for expediting this conversion process.


Thread: Back issues & Flash plugin
13/01/2021 18:26:53

Since Adobe have End of lifed (EOL) flash player and are now actively blocking anything which runs in flash player, it is no longer possible to view the older magazines in the archive. Do the publishers/web developers have any plans to re publish the older archives in a different format ( hopefully using something more user friendly than the current viewer. How about offering access to subscribers of magazines in pdf format. Many other publishers do this and are not afraid of piracy, If it is only available to subscribers, they are hardly likely to be the type who would download and sell on for what would be little gain.

Edited By JasonB on 14/01/2021 07:01:08

Thread: UNIMAT SL 1000
22/12/2020 17:33:21

There were a series in MEW 211-217 describing adding back gear to the SL


Thread: Electric Smart Meters
13/10/2020 15:28:53
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2020 12:23:21:

I won't have a smart meter until they get them sorted out so there are no compatibility problems when you change suppliers.

Plus, they don't do economy 7...


Smets2 meters are compatible across all energy suppliers who are DCC compliant (DCC = Data Communications Company, the central hub for 2nd generation smart meter interoperability). This includes all the major suppliers such as SSE, British Gas, EON, EDF and a lot of the smaller ones. I fit for one of the smaller energy suppliers and we can now fit E7 Smets2 smart meters, so it is worth asking your energy supplier if they have them available, things have moved on quite a bit recently, we also have pre-payment Smets2 meters available.


Thread: Quality Control ?
24/09/2020 16:25:05

I have found this problem to be more apparent with Duracell batteries. A number of my granddaughters toys will not work with Duracells but work fine with other makes. Duracell batteries have a much shorter +ve terminal than other major brands

Thread: Which lathe
18/09/2020 17:31:03

I'm a fan of Warco lathes, having owned 3, 2 of which still reside in my workshop, A WM250V and a GH1330, and wish I had kept the other one as well.

I have also owned 2 lathes from Chester and quite honestly would not have another one.

One significant difference between the DB10 and the Warco 250V (similar sized machines), is that the Chester appears to still use a DC motor and the quoted power of 750W from reading the manual suggests this is the input power rather than the true output power of the motor.

Warco use a 3 phase induction motor with a very good quality inverter drive to allow use from standard 240v single phase domestic supply.

Although a bit more expensive, my personal choice would be Warco.

Although they are showing currently as out of stock of the 250v, have a look at their used machines as they have a couple of WM250V in their listing for similar money to the Chester. I have bought second hand from Warco in the past and not had any issues. They also give a 6 months warranty on current machines.


Thread: Jobs
31/07/2020 16:29:27

Posted by Bazyle:

"Army - this was invented to supress the people and protect the monarch with defence of the realm only brought in when said morarch wanted more subjects to supress.

airforce is only needed to support the navy which is only needed for border patrols so both can be reduced in size, privitised and paid on results."

HOW DARE YOU! What an arrogant, misinformed,Ill considered and insulting statement, obviously you have never taken the Queens shilling and served your country!

You seem to forget the role all three armed forces take in support and relief during natural disasters, famine, and other situations other than conflict and war.

Having spent the best part of my adult life in The Royal Air Force and having worked alongside all three services as a civilian support engineer for a number of years I find narrow minded individuals like yourself absolutely detestable.

Thread: Not such a Dodgy Lathe on Ebay
22/07/2020 17:42:27

I would agree with the OP that the lathe shown on ebay is the same lathe shown on, looking carefully at the pictures, it would appear that the images on have been cropped from the originals which leads me to the assumption that the ebay seller provided Tony with the images and not that they have been 'lifted' from his site for the purposes of deception.

As Jason quite rightly says, contacting the seller for clarification would be the best way to go rather than raising suspicion needlessly. It one thing to be cautious and there have been too many ebay scams to warrant taking things at face value however, one should not cast aspersions without first validating ones suspicion.


Thread: Milling power feed
14/06/2020 20:09:54

For a fairly decent Rotary table controller, have a look at Steve Ward's controller, can be bought as a kit of parts or ready made modules just requiring a box and stepper driver + psu to complete.

I have built a couple of these and prefer them to my DivisionMaster, which is an alternative although a lot more expensive option.


Thread: Femi Hem Saw 782XL
07/06/2020 07:55:39

Axminster sell a 13A grounded Schuko converter similar to the one shown in Jasons post

Thread: Workshop Gloves
30/05/2020 08:44:37

It is highly inadvisable to wear gloves of any sort when working on or near rotating machinery, this includes but not limited to lathes, milling machines, drill press etc. Wearing gloves while working on these types of machine increases the risk of being caught and pulled into the machine, the consequences can be grave.

On a lighter note, if you are cleaning down a stationary, power isolated machine or fitting/removing chucks etc, then gloves can be worn to advantage, have a look at the site range of gloves from screwfix, reasonably prices and as good as you will get.

Thread: Hardness Tester
20/05/2020 11:56:20

I have a hankering to build a hardness tester, I recall seeing one described in Model engineer back in the late 80's by Dave Lammas, unfortunately I no longer have access to those and was wondering if anyone had a copy of the articles that they could share.

Thread: Zinc based alloy?
30/04/2020 22:13:34
Posted by Samsaranda on 30/04/2020 20:56:40:

To sidetrack the subject, Dave’s (SOD) mention of using an angle grinder indoors brings back memories of when I used one to cut a doorway indoors, it was many years ago but I still have to tread carefully when mentioning angle grinders within earshot of my long suffering wife.
Dave W

Glad I'm not the only one, despite having 'sealed' myself in whilst cutting out a section of block wall in the living room, wife came home to find the living room (and the basket of clean washing) awash with grey dust, to top it all, it was a few days before Christmas, just a shame the video of me on the patio vacuuming the Christmas tree did not win me £250

Thread: Clarkson autolock help
30/04/2020 21:38:52

Used one of my large Clarkson autolocks today, 24mm slot drill. Procedure: fit collet, screw in nose piece hand tight, screw cutter up tight by hand, job done. cut 4 recesses to fit some thrust bearings, fairly low speed job, only cutting 4mm deep each time. Needed the spanner to loosen the nose piece but, the cutter height had not changed, which I think goes to prove that once seated correctly the cutter will not move but the collet does move and tighten as the cutter meets the work.

During my apprenticeship, I was also informed by my mentor to back off the nose before fitting the cutter then tighten up with the spanner. Being a headstrong northerner (and coming from a long line of marine engineers who taught me well as a youngster and owning a Centec mill fitted with an autolock chuck), I duly informed said mentor that his method was incorrect and that I would fit the cutters in the correct manner, not his way, as may be expected this did not go down too well and was given a b*ll***** for being a smart arse.

So first job required a 1/4" cutter, mentor set up 'his way' half way through and bang, removed cutter to find it split in the back and snapped just below the threads. So smart arse fits a new cutter 'the correct way', finishes job and two more and returns undamaged cutter to the box. "I told you so' saw me running out of the workshop to avoid a clout with a big tap wrench

Moral, just 'cos thats the way you've always done it don't make it rite!

Thread: Covid 19 how much kit do you need
22/04/2020 09:22:18
Posted by Steviegtr on 22/04/2020 02:40:01:

This guy is locked down, so how much tooling does he need.

Tooling for the workshop


For clarity, what exactly is the point you are trying to make, he had all this kit BEFORE he was in lockdown, what has this post got to do with the current situation?

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