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Member postings for Tony Pratt 1

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Thread: Warning buyer beware
01/06/2022 18:51:44
Posted by Peter Greene 🇨🇦 on 01/06/2022 18:31:06:
Posted by Samsaranda on 01/06/2022 09:26:41:

I was scammed by a Chinese seller for an item that cost about £20, the seller sent an item that was worthless and not even related to what was advertised, PayPal sided with the seller and refused a refund.

Sounds like half the story - surely Paypal must have give a reason for "siding with the seller"?

My experiences with getting refunds from Paypal may be too few to be statistically significant but in all cases Paypal seemed to be almost "falling over itself" to give me my money back ... I certainly got the impression that it favoured the buyer.

My experience with Paypal has been positive in the main, normally if goods don't turn up.


31/05/2022 11:45:47
Posted by not done it yet on 31/05/2022 11:36:47:

And me? I would be quite happy with only 0.020 thou ,at worst (as I could not measure that.🙂

As we all know he means .015" to .020".


30/05/2022 20:20:34

To be honest Paypal gives a fair protection for the buyer as you have found, if there is blatant dishonesty they will act. I for one would like to see photos.


Thread: Nut Making
29/05/2022 11:48:25
Posted by Circlip on 29/05/2022 09:06:06:

Before many throw their hands up in horror, until we became a nanny state, this was how Britain generated an Empire in our own slave shops as any who were apprentices sixty years ago will attest.

Regards Ian.

Edited By Circlip on 29/05/2022 09:07:22

I can only go back to my apprenticeship starting 1970 & safety was of paramount importance then, it's no fun going through life missing fingers or minus an eye!


Thread: Warning buyer beware
29/05/2022 10:39:24

Clear case of 'item not as described' seller should refund all the purchase price plus your costs to send it back.


Thread: Again - another whatsit
28/05/2022 20:39:51

In a purpose built box, there must surely be some indication of a maker or use? As mentioned more photos please.


Thread: Scaping bearings
28/05/2022 11:50:01

If you post on YouTube then it’s in the public domain as intended, I think we are talking about Steve Jordan?


Thread: Again - another whatsit
28/05/2022 10:38:50

What a lovely bit of kit but I've never seen anything like it in my engineering career, likely made for one specific task, hopefully there are some makers marks on it?


Thread: Making HSS form tools
27/05/2022 19:57:32

Calum, I wouldn't fancy filing those shapes in hardened HSS, by all means have a go & report back. What would the tools be producing?


Thread: Scaping bearings
27/05/2022 16:20:24

I would say not unless the design calls for it, i.e. when I made & fitted a new spindle to a Myford ML7 the also new bearings shells needed scraping 'in'.


Thread: Hello - Uni or apprenticeship
26/05/2022 16:09:15

I have 3 children all with degrees, my son came out the best financially as he did an electronics engineering apprenticeship & was then sponsored by his company to go through uni whilst working, takes longer but no debt! He has a first class degree in electronics engineering so not a 'soft subject' by any means.


Thread: Touchdown, new toy has arrived. Warco WM290V
24/05/2022 17:44:12

I'm really gutted my 3 year old 290V didn't come with a cam lock chuck.


Thread: The perennial question...
23/05/2022 10:32:19

Sorry you will not get anything half decent for £500, I know you will have an emotional attachment to the Southbend but my suggestion is go for one decent lathe i.e. sell the SB & Lorch and invest in a decent machine, just my opinion.


Thread: Any idea what these are for?
21/05/2022 14:55:06

True but who knows.


21/05/2022 13:03:58

Don't know what they are but pretty sure they are not turning tools. Maybe forming punches for sheet metal ???


Thread: T-slot cutter
20/05/2022 14:19:15
Posted by bernard towers on 20/05/2022 13:57:39:

How do you manage to break a commercially made T slot cutter???

Any cutter can be broken & a T slot cutter is not the most robust of things, the OP said this was his first attempt at a T slot, maybe with no guidance from a more experienced machinist.


Thread: A question about reamers and hole tolerances.
17/05/2022 17:49:05

Do you mean you wasted thousands of pounds of taxpayers money so likely a defence contractor? I don't like to blow my own trumpet like some on here but 49 years in precision machining working across various industries gives me a fair idea what is and what is not possible. Oh and my last 2 years of paid work was for a defence contractor who will remain nameless.


17/05/2022 17:25:00
Posted by JA on 17/05/2022 16:58:58:

I think the above table is a load of rubbish. It is interesting that copper is included. At work we broke over 60 1/2" reamers trying to ream holes in a copper block. We gave up and the research project was abandoned.

Are you having a laugh? Copper is definitely a material which can be reamed if you know what you are doing.wink


Thread: Drill bit storage
16/05/2022 17:17:58
Posted by Adrian R2 on 16/05/2022 17:08:22:

A related point. Why don't metric drills come in useful sets? i.e. ones that include tapping sizes for the standard fastenings - I seem to have little use for the half sizes that come in standard sets but then I am missing 3.3 and 4.2 for tapping M4 and M5. Or am I looking for the wrong thing, or doing it wrong entirely?

They do, the tapping sizes are part of the bigger sets, obviously your most used drills will go missingwink




Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 16/05/2022 17:18:37

Thread: making a Square
12/05/2022 20:03:43

Dave S, good luck to you! I'm sure you have learnt plenty whilst making your square.


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