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Thread: Someone with a Cowells 90ME
23/01/2020 10:18:15
Posted by Michael Gilligan

... you have an iPad : a long-press on the image will display details of the link.


Well I never! I've been using a tablet for maybe 7 years and I never knew that.

Thanks Michael.


Thread: Watch servicing
05/01/2020 16:21:50

Interestingly, I inquired recently at a local high street jewellers to have an automatic Seiko serviced. This watch was a retirement present to my late father so holds some sentimental value, I wear it occasionally but it has become a little erratic in it's operation, hence the inquiry. I was astounded to be told that the service charge would be £175 plus parts! I politely declined this service and decided to stick with my £30 battery operated Seconda which I replace with a new one each time the battery dies.


Thread: 2nd Hand Hearing Aid Reprogramming?
17/12/2019 11:58:27
Posted by Martin King 2 on 17/12/2019 10:22:09:


It certainly sounds like "protectionism" at its worst!

A bit like my local Peugeot dealer charging £99 for every Sat Nav update. The service dept got really shirty when I told them to look at my purchase invoice from the Sales Dept for my 3 year old car and I had insisted that the next 4 updates were to be gratis just before I signed the invoice and paid for the car.

Ah, that update seems like value for money in comparison to my Nissan dealer who quoted me £190 for my sat nav update. You can buy an awful lot of maps for that money!

Sorry for wandering off topic.


Thread: Is this usual?
08/11/2019 16:15:10

One thing that I do to help with the motivation is to try and finish in the workshop with a component that is set up ready for machining when I start the next session. Obviously I will check over everything before switching on, but this approach has always helped me as I know I can start a session without having to spend a lot of time thinking about what I'm going to do. Always useful with advancing years and a failing memory.


Thread: Dore Westbury Milling Machine
01/10/2019 17:28:36

This is not an answer to your specific question as I only have the MKl D/W, but that was supplied to me by Model Engineering Services with a small canister of extremely thick grease. I've used this religiously over the last 40 years and it works well and to a degree reduces the very loud noises that this type of gearbox produces. I'm not aware of the MKll gearbox design but I would have thought that any grade of oil would want to flow downwards I.e. away from the parts that you are trying to lubricate.


Thread: Battery longevity
25/08/2019 12:08:35

Not sure if this is unusual but it has certainly impressed me. In the mid eighties I bought a Phillips battery razor for the occasional vanity shave as I normally use a wet razor. I don't recall what the battery life was in it's early days but I had occasion to use it the other day and the batteries died mid shave. When I took the old batteries out I was amazed to see that they had a best before date of March 2002. I don't use it that often maybe 4 - 5 times a year but for there to be any life in the batteries after all this time has impressed me, whether the razor was used or not. Whilst not wishing to contravene any advertising rules I stress that I am just a very satisfied user of Duracell batteries.


Thread: A few newbie questions, sorry
16/07/2019 11:56:35

Don't worry about the oilers, it would appear to be an odd quirk of the S7, mine does this as well and has done so from when the lathe was purchased new in 1973.


Thread: An electrostatic mystery ...
13/07/2019 11:35:40

Interestingly I had all but forgotten about the anti static chains and straps hanging from the rear of cars, never see them nowadays. Does this mean that cars no longer produce static or have we all become immune? I'm sure some of the boffins on this forum will be able to provide an answer.


Thread: How to de-oil an oilstone?
20/06/2019 16:43:18

I realise that you want to clean a dirty stone but many years ago as an apprentice I recall the old hands used to keep their oilstones in a tabacco tin with the lid on, with some paraffin in the bottom of the tin, this used to prevent the build up of crud in the stone. Since then I have always done the same but used WD40 instead of the paraffin, reduced fire risk.


Thread: Rudder Bushes on Boat
15/05/2019 16:34:58
Posted by Clive Hartland on 15/05/2019 14:39:49:

Boil the Nylon and let cool and it will not absorb any more water.

First time I've ever heard that. I've always understood nylon is hygroscopic, end of story. But no doubt someone will be along soon to prove/disprove.


Thread: Cutting steel to size
13/05/2019 11:05:11
Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 13/05/2019 06:37:24:

So what do you use for flat plate? I had to saw up some flat plate 11" wide and 4mm thick the other day. Used my jig saw with a metal cutting blade and a little bit of ROCOL cutting oil . Did the job quite well.

And what were the vibration and noise levels like? I've done similar in the past albeit with a relatively cheap and nasty jig saw and was very glad when the cut was finished.


Thread: Bandsaw blade jig
12/05/2019 16:00:42

Do you suffer with any problems with respect to the heat of the soldering affecting the hardness/temper of the blade material? Just asking because I can see this as a great way to save on blade costs by making your own from coils rather than paying for manufactured to length.


Thread: Aspiring Myford User
20/04/2019 16:14:13

Mark, sorry I can't post any photos as I sold the lathe probably 25 years ago and I never did take any close up shots, so everything I'm saying is purely from memory. Fortunately long term is good but don't ask me what I did yesterday! Your photo is exactly as I remember mine with the exception of the two brass round screws, that looks like a later addition/modification. What are they securing?


20/04/2019 12:01:02
Posted by Mark Beard 1 on 19/04/2019 23:14:14:

Hi Phil, from what I’ve read (from Tony Griffiths), earlier models seem to have had cast-in-one beds and headstocks, and later ones removable headstocks. So this puts mine at before 1937. That’s nice, it’s about the same vintage as my late father. Can you remember where the serial number was located? Dark blue-Free is a good description. Mind. Reds a good clean to be sure. Glad to know it’s not just mine that isn’t black or later puce.

I’ll take another look for the Super 7 serial number. Yes indeed, that’s all helpful. Cheers, Mark.

Mark, the serial number on the ML2 was stamped on a raised boss on the front of the bed approximately half way down below the headstock. Incidentally the Oilers were picked out in red paint, these weren't the type that we see nowadays just counter sunk holes in the castings.


19/04/2019 16:23:01

Mark, I had a ML2 which my father bought new around 1936/7 and it's serial number was L277, the colour was a dark ish bluey green, best way I can describe it. The ML2 differed from the ML1 in a few ways but the most significant was the seperate bolted on headstock.

Also, my Super 7 which is a 1973 model has its serial number stamped under the front way just to the right of the gap, I know that later models have the serial number stamped at the rear but I don't know when this changed. Hope this is of some help.


Thread: Motor mountings
16/04/2019 11:52:37

Many years ago I made my own countershaft assembly to drive my ML2, the belt tension between motor and countershaft and lathe spindle was was arranged by the motor being mounted on a hinged plate and the weight of the motor provided the belt tension. This whole arrangement including the lathe was mounted on blockboard which I think was around 35mm thick and the blockboard was in turn mounted on brick pillars. This worked well apart from the blockboard used to 'drum' to such an extent that it was very annoying. To offset this I inserted rubber mounts between the motor feet and the hinged plate, I tried different types of rubbery materials both soft and hard and I was quite suprised to find the most effective was a hard rubber that I made by cutting slices from a rubber door stop.


Thread: Knurling Tool for Mini Lathe
13/04/2019 11:29:22

I can't help much with respect to current commercial offerings but many years ago I made one to a design from the ME. This uses a nut to apply pressure to the knurling wheels and whenever I use it I am suprised at how much pressure is required to achieve the depth of cut that I want. So my thoughts are how effective are the styles shown in these links, is it easy to apply sufficient pressure with a knurled knob as opposed to a spanner on a nut?


Thread: Myford colours
10/04/2019 16:39:20

Allowing for my tired old eyes and the vagaries of of colour reproduction on computer screens it doesn't look anything like the correct colour to me. Have you looked at they do Myford grey at not quite half the cost of buying from Myford? No connection just a satisfied customer, I found the paint an excellent match and easily applied.


Thread: From the ground up!
04/04/2019 16:37:43
Posted by John Milton 2 on 04/04/2019 15:02:16:

I have two 'virtual' labels in front of me to stick on my barn find Lathe and no one is committing YET to either it being an ML2 or ML4 I mean come on guys the suspense is killing me here. I don't think this is going to matter in the big scheme of things but we do all like to know these little details. If only for the e.. auction listing.

I had an ML2 that my father passed on to me when he bought his Super 7 in 1973 and that had a 3 1/8" centre height. Your photos shows one or two other differences from mine, the Oilers are not original they would have been a flip top type about 10mm high as fitted also my ML2 did not have a cover for the change wheels and the headstock was bolted to the bed with bolts that were visible, I can't see them in your photos. Dad bought his in around 1935/6 and I do remember the serial number was L277. Another difference is the top slide on mine was only attached to the cross slide with one bolt (a very poor arrangement) and originally had pulleys for flat belt drive. The colour of mine was a very dark blue bordering on green but I have always wondered if that was just the paint darkening over the years with ingrained oil and dirt.

Hope this helps a bit.


Thread: Soft Feel Finish on Radio
01/04/2019 16:52:59

I've had all manner of items where this has happened, the latest being the remote for the Sky box, in this case after about 2 weeks of stickiness the rubber has now started to disintegrate. Fortunately I'm not too worried as I've decided to ditch Sky after their latest price rise and switch to Freesat. I too have tried all manner of potions and powders, some work for a short time but I haven't found anything permanent, its just another one of the modern world's annoying tricks sent go upset old folks like me.


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