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Thread: Can one buy pliers with parallel jaws that lock like mol
17/08/2021 10:13:52


here it is‼️

02/06/2021 09:56:46
Posted by John Smith 47 on 05/05/2021 18:14:31:


It is possible to buy pliers that have genuinely parallel jaws which can be locked like a pair of Mole self-grip pliers?

After all the blethering what was the intended use that you hoped for this useful tool ❓

28/05/2021 11:49:07
Posted by jaCK Hobson on 28/05/2021 08:39:41

I love this page:

Ooooh now you’ve started something 👍😁✅😎

I like it👍

28/05/2021 10:52:33

Well said jaCK Hobson. ✅

28/05/2021 00:42:08
Posted by John Smith 47 on 27/05/2021 14:28:13:


@Andy Cawley - No disrespect, but other users have had other experiences, that's all.
As I have said, the design of Mole vice grips looks like it would cope well with minor damage to the device in a way that the Stanley thing would not.


I am dumbfounded that you would draw such a conclusion from what appear to be the very small number of poor reviews out of over 100 excellent reviews.

As far as I can make out you have never even handled one of these devices. How on earth can you come to the conclusion, based on such flimsy evidence, that the pin you refer to will bend.

Why do you think the Mole grips will cope better than the Stanley 85-610. What is your evidence or practical experience?

if I hadn’t spent a life in manufacturing industry occasionally dealing with opinionated folk who usually didn’t know what they were talking about I could get upset by your casual “ no disrespect” remark but I won’t. wink Like you say, I don’t have to read your post.

Edited By ANDY CAWLEY on 28/05/2021 00:43:13

26/05/2021 20:35:48
Posted by Andrew Tinsley on 26/05/2021 19:44:12:

I really don't know why people bother to get involved with this guy.


Yes, it is rather odd, it’s as if he had not read my post at all.

14/05/2021 06:13:34

Never mind a large rusty nut, what I can tell you is that with in the limits of my strength I have not managed to break it. I have used it on a nut of approximately 25mm and applied as much torque as my 100kgs+ will allow without and I have gripped the grippy thing with as much force as my hands will allow. I have not used additional lever arms. The spanner is still fully operational without any signs of headache that often afflicts adjustable spanners. There is probably a good reason they are only 10” long.
By the way the photoshopped images all looked the same to me.
For twenty quid you can have one on your door step to morrow, what are you fussing aboutwink?

13/05/2021 18:48:34

if you turn your head on one side hopefully you will get the picture which is intended to show how much grip is available


13/05/2021 06:38:09

Yes I I have used the spanner on very tight nuts. The technique is to wind the jaws in as tight as possible on the thumb screw with the locking mechanism open then apply the locking action, this removes any play that may have been there. I have never used it as a small piece work holding device but it has occurred to me in the past(before this thread started) that it gripped nuts firmly. Typically I use it as a third hand (typically on the underside of a chassis) where it grips a nut and can be left to its own devices whilst I have at the bolt head with two hands. I was recommended the tool by a fellow vintage motorist and I found mine on Amazon by its reference number which is embossed on the handle.

08/05/2021 07:04:21

I can report that the comments about the Stanley tool are unfounded. I have had and used one of these for some years now and can’t imagine that they would “be quite easy to destroy”. I think to do so would require a level of clumsyness that I find difficult to imagine exists among this group.

Build quality is in the eye of the beholder, try one they really do work.

Thread: Clubs and societies - talks and presentations
06/01/2021 11:08:20

Drat! Spotted this at 10:30, too late to join.

I don’t suppose I’m the only one to be date disoriented by this lockdown lark but boy does it frustrate🙁.

06/01/2021 08:31:05

I’ve just spotted this, a day too late🙁. It sounds like a brilliant idea.
Are zoom meetings available on “catch up”?

Thread: Any Book Recommendations on Microstructure of SS
23/11/2020 17:41:21

I’ll second Rollasons, I’ve still got my well thumbed copy👍

Thread: Spindle Speed
26/09/2020 09:40:58
Posted by Ron Laden on 26/09/2020 09:04:44:

I added one of these to both the mill and lathe, cheap as chips reliable and accurate. Comes with a 4 digit display and easy to fit, there is always a place somewhere on the mill and lathe where it can go.

Looks god, what is it?

26/09/2020 08:23:42

I checked the spindle speeds of my Chinese import lathe some yeas ago using the sweep hand on my wrist watch, a length of all thread, a nut and a felt tip marker pen. All of these items were in my shed so I didn’t have to spend any money.

I put two marks on the rod as far apart as possible. Whilst holding the nut by hand I ran the lathe at various speeds and timed its travel between the two marks. Having measured the distance between the marks and knowing the pitch of the thread it was simple enough to calculate the rpm. I made sure the free end of the rod was inside the tail stock to guard against the possibility of flailing should the rod get out of hand. I was very conscious of this possibility however things never really showed any signs of running amok.

The speed control on the machine was a simple rotary knob so I put marks on the machine casing using the marker pen and wrote speeds against the marks.

I make no claims about the precision of this method but it was good enough and dead easy to do and it got me going with the lathe. The further apart the marks are the more accurate the results.

Thread: Good morning
15/08/2020 08:08:04
Posted by Tom Walker 1 on 13/08/2020 19:33:05:

Well Tim, Im not an engineer, so "weedy" was my definition of choice!laugh

Im used to my machinery starting rapidly.

Thanks, Tom.

I should say so Tom with Hisso power😄❗️

My simple way of checking rpm is to chuck a length of threaded bar and put a nut on it. Mark a length on it, set the lathe going , grab the nut so that it runs between the two marks and time it. From the distance and the pitch you can calculate the number of revolutions.

The longer the length the more accurate but beware of the potential of a long thin length flailing if you rev it too mutch. To be safe I usually have the end of the rod inside the taper socket.

See you at Mallory❓❓❓

Thread: Which Lathe???
02/07/2020 11:46:30

Anyone looking to buy a second hand industrial lathe(or even a brand new chinese offering) suitable for a home workshop could do a lot worse than look at the Leinen LZ4S that is currently advertised on situated in Halifax. I have no connection with the advert other than the fact that I own one also and think its a brilliant piece of kit. See what Tony has to say about them on

If anybody on here buys it I would love to hear from them.

Thread: Workshop Disposal in South Yorkshire
29/05/2020 09:24:14

I have been asked by a friend of a friend to help dispose of the contents a complete workshop. It includes a 6" lathe, a large mill drill, a band saw and a very complete range of tools. It would be a perfect start for anybody wanting to equip a workshop in one go. The machines look to be virtually unused but in pristine condition. If you are interested or know anybody who might be interested please PM me and I will pass on the information.

I have no interest other than to see the kit go to a good home.

Thread: Tom Senior Advice needed
23/05/2020 11:16:43

All this bold talk of cutting an internal Acme thread myselfembarrassed, I gave in and found Richard Stewart of who is going to do the job for me. My excuse is that I'm comparatively cash rich compared to my time poverty.!

Thanks to all who offered really useful advice, I'll let you know when I'm up and running.

Thread: Sharpening Fine tooth slitting Saws
22/05/2020 12:59:56


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