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Thread: lathe tool cutting oils
06/10/2009 10:44:49
@Jacob Ouden:If you allow me to give an advice: don't fall into the trap with Garia H. Times have changed a lot since GHT's writings. I also believed in that, many years ago, and bought a 25 liter drum (the smallest amount) of that stuff. This is now tucked away safely in a dark corner. I don't think I used more than 2 or 3 litres. According to the Shell literature it is a 'deep hole boring oil' possibly used on those machines by high pressure flushing through hollow drills. It is thin, possibly contains sulfur compounds and smokes and smells like hell when hot. If you were nearer, I would gladly fill up any bottle you bring!

You may ask, what I use now. Well, it depends, and I always like to try out new stuff.
So, as water soluble oil ('suds') Rocol Ultracut 370+. Very economical (3%), and the machines neither rust nor discolor as sometimes with other products.
As 'straight oils', for Alu Tapmatic Alufluid. For stainless steel Rocol RTD or CoolToolII. for ordinary steel Motorex TwinCut 300. And quite a few other products have a place on my I said I like a change.

Thread: welding
06/10/2009 10:25:20
I just accidentally discovered this thread, and the mist cleared when I saw the names 'Henrob' and 'Dillon'. Yes, I also have such a set, and also bought it after it was recommended in the model-engineering mailing list. It really is the 'poor man's TIG'.
Btw, it is the low oxygene pressure which makes the difference, not the acetylene. My 'standard' burners need 2.5 bar ox. pressure against 0.3 for the Dillon. That results in a much 'softer' flame. And yes, for me at least is the blowing away of the puddle a probem.

Furter issues:
'short burner length': an extension tube is available. For silver soldering a 7 1/4" loco boiler you are better off with a special soldering tip on a standard torch
'for thinner materials only': yes, but as others said over 5 mm I would use stick. I have got (at the recommendation of the vendor) some special tips for the really thin stuff.

I got mine from the manufacturer in Sweden (Skandria AB), and it was a bit pricey (+/- 600 Euro iirc).
Sorry I yust discovered that their webpage is deleted, but they are still mentioned in one of the other sites.
My contact (last in 2007) was Lars-Göran östergren, email

Thread: Help with book
04/10/2009 00:42:15

Hi Dunc,

not sure if I understand your problem correctly. There is a small booklet by Bradley, named 'Shaping Machine and Lathe Tools' . My  issue is from 1976 (5th reprint it seems). It even has a ISBN number: 0 85242 485 X. Published by MAP Technical publication

I. Bradley wrote also another book 'The Shaping Machine' , also by MAP, 1973. ISBN 0 85242 323 3

MAP and Argus are the same.

Now if my memory is not totally corrupted, Mr. Bradley was one half of the Duplex team???

If you are interested in a shaper and have the room for it and can get one cheaply, then take it. Otherwise it is by no means a necessary machine, just 'nice to have'. There are quite a lot of websites about shapers and their uses. Now where did I put these green pills which have such a good effect on my memory?

Thread: Subscribers only
25/09/2009 09:54:10

Hi gents,

after complaining several times that I, as a subscriber to both MEW and ME, can only see the MEW back issues on this website, I now have the pleasure to announce that this suddenly has changed!

I am really delighted that I now also belong to the selected group of fully-flrdged members.

Thread: Current Issue?
03/09/2009 23:20:09

#155 arrived in Switzerland on Sept. 3rd. also. That the number on the envelope is wrong is known for a long time. Imperial numbering maybe? 

Greetings, Versaboss

Thread: Subscribers only
03/09/2009 23:07:55

@Mike Tupper:

Thanks for the answer. In my case it unfortunately doesn't work. I can see MEW down to #122, then a bit of white page and some ad's to the end. Not that I really need them, as I have all in dead tree form, but nevertheless it is a bit disappointing.

Greetings, Versaboss

02/09/2009 22:13:11

I would like to know if there are subscribers to both ME and MEW who can view back issues from both magazines? If yes, how can you switch from one to the other? I see only the MEW issues.

Greetings, Versaboss

27/08/2009 22:41:30

Addendum to my posting from 17/08. The 'other place' I mentioned  was 'The Tool Box Ltd.' in Colyton, and I am pleased that I got an answer with an apology for the delay, and yes they have the issue I missed, and 2 days after my phone call saying 'yes, send it please' the gap in my collection is filled up!!!

Just a very satisfied customer...

Greetings, Versaboss


Thread: What's going on.
27/08/2009 22:33:03

Patience for how long? I don't see anything loading.

Maybe the answer to the topic question is 'nothing' ? 

Thread: Subscribers only
17/08/2009 22:27:21

Hi gents,

after lurking here for a while I registered today as subscriber. I get both ME and MEW, and the subscriber number(s) are the same. However, when I go into the 'back issues' section, I see only MEW. According to some previous posts, there should also be a section for ME?

And if you wonder why: I am searching issue 4273 from 12. may 2006, which possibly never reached me. Neither MyHobbyStore nor another place known as supplier for back issues bothered to answer my e-mail inquiry 

Greetings to all,


Edited By Versaboss on 17/08/2009 22:28:11

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