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Thread: Awstin or Ostin
01/10/2020 17:27:33


Thanks for the link to austinmemories. I've often wondered what Longbridge was like, thanks to that excellent website I now know from start to finish!


Thread: Steam Raising Blower
27/09/2020 07:46:17

Thanks Paul, saw that and bought one Friday,


26/09/2020 08:57:15

Thanks everyone for the info.

Still looking for my motors but no progress, perhaps they may have gone in a tidyup.

Got some wiper/door motors but the majority don't have a plain output shaft so difficult to attach anything to also some door motors have a limited duty cycle and got very hot on previous use. A heater fan looks the most attractive and the older Smiths or Lucas have metal casings which are easier to mount, some of the modern variety seem to be built into the plastic mouldings. Lots on ebay but was intending visiting a local breakers and have a look. New motors on ebay abound but many look smallish and appear to be higher speed.


25/09/2020 13:47:24

Thanks everyone, wealth of information! As I have no experience of these fans I have been drawing up the design put together by Brian Baker with view to cnc'n the parts and building one.

Thanks for the info on gas boiler exhaust fans, just realised I know someone who services has boilers for a living, he's bound to have something....

The fans on the boiler exhaust fans look rather small and curved, don't they soot up easier than the straight blades?


24/09/2020 13:43:03

Just pm'd

24/09/2020 09:16:45

Bill. Thanks for the advice on blades. I have looked at various fans in my life but never really understood why there are so many differences between them whe they are all doing the same job.

This design has 12 smallish blades, other designs have 6 deeper blades, is there an easy rule for efficiency on size and number also from what I have read how critical is the blade face to casing dimention?

Brian, I found the first part really useful where especially where you showed different examples of blowers, I had only ever seen them at a glance without taking a lot of notice!

Bernard, Thanks for the offer which I'd like to take up, shall I PM you?


23/09/2020 19:41:19

Thanks Brian. Now located copies had a read, well written and all looks feasible. The size is fine, should be able to get the sheet parts profiled on a cnc mill. Cannot locate a 12v heater type motor at present, I have a few waiting for a project---if only I could find them!



23/09/2020 16:25:31

Thanks Rob, Yes your right--thats what you get for reading postings without your specs!


23/09/2020 13:58:21

Investigated a dead central heating pump but its getting a bit too heavy so coming out in favour of making the Brian Baker version in ME. Hope to track down the relevant back issues.

From a web search it looked like there maybe laser cut plates available?


22/09/2020 19:42:49

Many thanks for the advice everyone, I'd never have thought of using pop rivets or a central heating pump! The straight blades makes it easier.

Brian, would apprecciate the details of ME your article was publised in? sounds an interesting read.



22/09/2020 08:06:48

Hello, I want to build a steam raising type blower with a diameter of around 5" driven by a 12v variable speed motor on top.

Designs show various types of blades including straight ones. Has anyone built anything like this and can offer advice on blade construction and attaching the blades? Thanks


Thread: Creating negative pressure in flue?
21/09/2020 18:18:29

Thanks everyone for your help.  Perhaps I should have said it was on a test rig outside but I didnt think I needed to to ask about a fan!   Peter


Edited By Peter Bell on 21/09/2020 18:35:22

21/09/2020 13:36:22

I have a vehicle type Webasto diesel heater which really does not like operating on a 3" dia vertical flue due to back pressure. I had thought of making a steam raising type blower with a variable speed 12v motor to put on top of the flue as an experiment. to create a slight negative pressure but have no experiance of these.

However on the steam raising designs looked at all the flu gas passes through the fan, is this decremental on the fan? Was going to put the motor on top

Are there are any alternative designs around using an ejector or similar which means the fan is on the clean cool bit just supplying air?

Can anyone offer any advice before I start? Thanks


Edited By Peter Bell on 21/09/2020 13:37:46

Edited By Peter Bell on 21/09/2020 13:38:37

Thread: Chester V20 Mill Drive Board Died
18/09/2020 07:35:55

Thanks everyone. We found some of the diodes are short circuit so we have some on order and are going to change these.

Many thanks John for offering the repair service--thought I had heard of somrthing like that before which is why I posted--you may be needed yet!


Thread: Arduino Pendulum Clock Design - Comments Welcome
17/09/2020 21:43:28

Not sure I dare try and do timings on my pendulum Dave!

Seeing your pics I couldnt resist looking at what mine looks like.

This one has the output from the sensor which is triggering the Arduino on theblue top line with the yellow energising coil on the bottom. The input pulse is quite long as the pendulum is jus swinging a small amout and gaining speed. The output pulse length is the yellow line and the energising coil is driven directly by the arduino.

long pulse.jpg

The swing has increased and the pulse length has reduced to 21ms, the energising pulse is also reducing with less power being given to the pendulum.

short pulse.jpg

Finally its got up to speed and the energising pulse is being switched off as the input goes under 21ms, the pendulum slows slightly input length increases and its energising again. Tried fiddling with the energising strength but with my high friction clock train it didnt make much difference.


missing pulse.jpg

Thread: Ideal Guillotine
16/09/2020 12:47:59

The knife has a straight edge, Ive only ever seen straight ones. The knife moves doesn't downwards in a straight line but moves side ways as it descends and cuts.


15/09/2020 19:12:52

Yes the cutting stick is important and readily available. When its worn the knife works in a groove rather than on a flat surface.

Maybe possible to hone it a bit but a properly ground knife makes a big difference.


Thread: Chester V20 Mill Drive Board Died
15/09/2020 19:06:21

A friend has a Chester champion 20V where the board has died and pops the fuse.

I seem to remember some posts about similar problems but cannot find them. The boards are out of stock at present from Chester and I wonder if anyone knows of a repairer or has repaired one with simlar problems?




Thread: Arduino Pendulum Clock Design - Comments Welcome
15/09/2020 18:45:27


Lots of good debate today! I meant a swinging error caused by the doughnut shaped magnetic field pushing my magnet on the bottom of the pendulum, perhaps thats ellipticity? I'm assuming it will affect the time keeping as I am switching the drive off for some swings to prevent excessive travel. I'm assuming the pendulum will then take a slightly different line as there is nothing to deflect it on these swings.

The sensor which monitors the lenght of the pulse also fires the drive coil, previously I had a end of travel sensor like Duncan to prevent excessive travel.

Thanks also for the Arduino driver, ingenious and looks very simple with a nice description but I dont think it has provision to prevent excessive amplitude.

Michael, copied your code and it complies so should be ok.


Thread: Ideal Guillotine
15/09/2020 18:25:48


If you cannot find anywhere handy Kennedy grinding have a branch at Unit 1, Bayley Industrial Estate Stalybridge SK15 1PL, they also run a collection service.

Looks in nice condition but as Roy says the mounting screws are at the end of there slots indicating the knife is worn out. Alternativly it may need adjusting and as it looks a manual machine the knife may have been dropped too low to compensate for being blunt. I've had knives which have had the holes elongated to give a bit extra life and some knives have extra holes from new. The knives are often only hardened on the cutting edge and repeated sharpening reveals a softer material and the knife goes blunt very quickly.


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