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Thread: New legislation that could affect us all.
09/01/2020 19:44:44

It is a long time ago now but when I was in Germany, the public toilets were usually supervised by a large lady who would collect a small fee and open the door to the cubicle while handing out a 6 inch square of paper. I always carried a small wad of paper in my pocket for such rare occasions when needed. The urinal was free but in full view of the supervisor. Needless to say we did not hang around there for long.

Thread: Aldi bandsaw
14/12/2019 16:37:46

Doug, I agree with you, this saw is value for money. The blade supplied with mine is not so good, especially compared with the TuffSaw replacement. The vice on mine works OK with no sign of movement. I have a job though, trying to hold the saw while clamping the item to be sawn in the vice. You need three hands


14/12/2019 06:30:40

Automatic cut off means you can leave it while doing other things. I admit to being a bit impatient, like watching paint dry.

13/12/2019 16:39:32

I fitted the saw to the stand today and did a trial cutting a 11/4" bronze and a piece of 3"x1/2" steel plate. Both were easy and the cut was smooth. It would only need a little filing to finish.

A few things which would improve. The first would be a catch to hold the saw up while fitting and adjusting the work in the vice. 2/ some kind of stop to shut off at the end of the cut. 3/ an adjustable dampening devise to control the presure on the saw.

Some of these have already been covered by others and I will be looking to get some of these improvements soon. Someone is now going to say why not pay the extra and buy a saw with all those features built in but we are model makers and there is nothing like a challenge to improve what is already there.

12/12/2019 17:18:22

I went to the TuffSaws site and found that they offer a cobalt hardened blade with varied tooth size for portable, metal cutting bandsaws. They claim that these blades last 5-10 times longer than the normal bi-metal blade.I ordered one at £14 including postage which arrived today.

I just tried it out on a piece of 1" heavy gauge pipe, taking a few cuts at various speeds. What a difference that makes, almost no sign of the joint and the cut is clean and smooth. See how long this one lasts and next time I will may buy a set of 3 which would be even cheaper.

It's a pity that Aldi did not specify a good blade when placing their order. Iam sure that the improved performance would encourage others to buy what is a very handy piece of equipment for hobby use.

07/12/2019 15:33:48

Finally took the plunge and bought one of the portable metal cutting bandsaw. It took ten days to arrive, I think the horses on the stagecoach need a rest.

It arrived yesterday and I only got around to a trial this afternoon. When the blade was fitted and tried under power, I noticed a "jump" where it had been joined, far worse than when I make a bad job of brazing. Examining the blade, there was no sign of the joint but when cutting there is a nasty bounce as it passes through the guides and after a couple of cuts the area of the joint has been rubbed to clear metal. I usually make my own blades and will now make one up to try again or perhaps to do a fair test, buy one from a good British maker.

The machine itself is easy to handle and I can see a lot of use on the bench replacing the hacksaw although I must keep my hand in since the exercise helps keep the hand and arm joints in shape. I hope eventually to fit a table to use it in the vertical position.

Thread: Breaking bandsaw blades
02/12/2019 19:59:11

I have been making my own blades for years to fit a 6"x4" horizontal bandsaw. Going back a bit now but I bought my silver solder from Wiston, it looks like a thick fuse wire. I use a small pencil blow torch for heating and after repair and cleaning up, the joint is annealed to remove the stresses.

Thread: Aldi Metal Bandsaw
23/11/2019 07:30:03

Thatt's a good tip. I will try that on my old 6x4 bandsaw which I usually run dry. I was looking at an item on Youtube last night where a cheap, hand held bandsaw was tested and it quickly cut through a section of railway line held in a bench vice. Some kind of foam lube was applied a couple of times during the cut. Very impressive.

22/11/2019 16:37:51

Nice to see some positive feedback. I have been following some demonstrations on youtube and they look good. The vice looks a bit cheap but I guess it could be replaced with a light machine model.

I backed out and bought the woodworking bandsaw instead and pleased to say that it works well. Next time round I may be tempted to spend some more money on the metal cutter.

27/09/2019 20:39:10

I was very tempted to buy one of these Aldi machines and if it had been iavailable in store the grocery bill this week would have been much more but I have two saws, the old favourite, a 6x4 horisontal bandsaw and a Kennedy. These take care of all my cutting now. I think that the Aldi saw would be a good addition to any model workshop since it appears to hace a small footprint and covers most of our needs.

On the subject of blades, I make my own for the bandsaw, silver soldering the lapped joint as described in the magazines on a number of occasions. I also have an Aldi wood cutting bandsaw. This is the small cheap machine. It only cost about £70. At first, I could not get it to cut straight, the blade just wandered all over the place at will. Reset the thing several times and was almost at the point of taking it to the tip when I found a Silverline blade of the right size. It turned out that these blades are thicker than those supplied with the saw and once set up, cut perfect, added to which,they have a lifetime warrantee.

26/09/2019 16:50:33

Anyone seen the new offering from Aldi today. Available on line only is a portable bandsaw which looks interesting. Only two reviews on the web page but it is capable of cutting through 2" steel bar. Could be a useful tool to have in the shop

Thread: PayPal Warning
12/09/2019 19:24:05

I have reached that age where I get a free TV licence(for now) and recently have received an EMail warning me that my licence is due that day and should be renewed before midnight or face a fine of £1000. This has happened a number of times.

I have an official letter from the TV people advising that a new licence is not required until next June. I ignore these EMails because they are a scam.

A similar dodge is when you look to renew the car or driving licence, the search engine will take you to a number of siites which charge a fee to submit the request to the DVLA. I believe a similar scam is operating for renewing a passport. They charge for a service which is free from the official site.

Thread: Warco GH600
02/08/2019 22:10:37

It is now many years since I bought my lathe from Warco. I started by assembling the stand, bolting it to the tray. I then turned it upside down and painted the bottom of the columns with two coats of industrial paint. When dry, I cut some pieces of felt from the packing case and stuck these on the bottom plates using a roof adhesive. All this was to protect the stand from rot when in contact with the concrete floor. Since then, I got two pieces of 1/2" plate and made up a frame to support the lathe on casters. I removed the plate between the columns and filled the space with a metal drawer cabinet bought in Lidls and sprayed in the Warco colour the remaining space is filled with a drum and pump for the suds system.

The only niggle I have is the heavy cast iron headstock cover. I fear that it can accidently drop and cause some real damage to fingers. I tried to fit a gas strut from a car but without much success. I now have a plan to build a new cover from aluminum and use a catch to keep it closed.

The lathe is a joy to use and I think that once you get used to the various change levers, you too will start to manufacture large bags of swarf.

An "under the bench" project which i have to do is fit a 3PH motor with controller but I have been a bit slow on that one, mainly because I can not see a simple way to retain the lever controls and safety switches.

25/07/2019 18:24:50

When I bought my Warco BH600 many years ago, it arrived on a 36ft pallet truck. ( why did I think that delivery would be ba a short bed transit with hydraulic crane?) The driver could not reverse up the lane to my garage and I had visions of him dropping it on the road leaving me to sort it out. As it turned out, the driver was very helpful and having got the pallet off the lorry using a hand operated pallet mover, he helped steering it while i used my car and a heavy strop to tow it up a hill onto the flat outside the garage. Once we got there, the driver took over swinging the pallet around as if a toy putting it into the garage.

When it came to moving it into position, I jacked up the pallet and fitted castors allowing me to lever it into position. Lifting was carried out using an engine crane..

Some months later, I went to the Bristol Exhibition where Warco had a rather nice vertical mill. I was very tempted and booked into a local B&B so I could telephone my son that evening to check if there was enough room in the shed He was quite anxious that I did not buy since after the troubles with the lathe I would do myself some harm with a mill. Next morning, I came home, not wanting to be tempted by another visit to the Warco stand. I often regret not buying and perhaps getting a couple of strong hands to offload and install.

Thread: Electric Cars
12/07/2019 07:03:30

Are we re-inventing the wheel. I well remember the trolly bus, a common mode of transport in my youth. Very little noise, smooth ride and no smoke but those overhead cables could be a pain. The last time I used one was on a night out during my national service days when the driver took a corner a bit fast and the arms became detatched, we had to walk the rest of the way- a bit like running out of power in a new electric car

Thread: HSS hire 500 kg folding engine crane
23/06/2019 07:46:17

Hi, I bought a 2T folding engine crane many years ago. It breaks down into sections which although heavy in themselves, can easily be transported in a car.

When it came to lifting my Warco BH600, I put some castors under the crate to get it into position for lifting. when I did so it would not swing enough to line up with the fixing holes in the stand so we had to put it down while I bought a large swivel and well greased, made the job very easy.

I did the last bit by myself, gradually lowering and using podger spanners to locate the holes in the stand.

Thread: Hello from west wales
06/06/2019 06:54:14

I believe Milford Haven have a good model engineering club and meet every Sunday afternoon at their outdoor running track located at the leisure centre

Thread: Warco lathe Users
05/05/2019 17:40:48


Just a thought. I know from experience that the operating manuals leave a lot to be desired. Don't know about your model of lathe but when I needed a decent manual, I went to the Grizzley site where they sell similar lathes in the USA. Check to see if the Warco has a Grizzley match. They allow you to download a super manual free of charge

Thread: Welding helmet
26/02/2019 07:07:29

I have two,an expensive one bought about 10 years ago and a Lidl type bought recently. I think the cheaper one is better, mainly because over time the sysyem has improved and the lens are better controlled. One tip I was given by a welder is to always wear a pair of plain glass spectacles when welding because sometimes, especially on stainless steel, slag will break off to fly in all directions. I now also use a "cheater lens", taped to the inside of the helmet which works better and cheaper than prescription glasses.

Thread: Aldi bandsaw
13/10/2018 18:07:40

I look forward to seeing your report. Aldi are not the best with on line orders. Last year I ordered a 55" television but due to an error on my part, they sent two. I sent one back but it went missing over the Christmas holiday. It took a long time to get my money back.

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