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Member postings for Tony Pratt 1

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Thread: Knurling tool
15/08/2021 09:38:21

Nick, absolutely typical of most far eastern 'tooling', all the elements are there but so poorly executed as to make the tool completely unusable as purchased.


Thread: Which is better Thompson or er collets
13/08/2021 19:24:41

incorrect post

Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 13/08/2021 19:34:32

Thread: Dore-Westbury Mill
13/08/2021 12:31:17

It's not something I would do as the cutter is likely not to run true & may work it's way out of the 3 jaw chuck under cutting conditions? Having said that if you are happy go for it.


Thread: Hole diameters for single point threading
13/08/2021 08:49:37

Joe, 16IR-A60 is not a full form insert, as you say the tip has negligible radius so just using the theoretical core diameter will be I think problematic. A male gauge or mating part would be a good test of fit.


Thread: Making Tapered Castellations in Aluminium
11/08/2021 13:28:21

Have you got a milling machine & rotary table?


Thread: surface grinder
11/08/2021 12:27:16

Totally agree with Rik, the J & S 540 was the most often seen surface grinder in all the Toolrooms I frequented, a nice medium sized machine. IF you can get a decent one it will be expensive & you will have to pay your money before finding out if it can grind flat unless the seller will let you 'have a go'?


Thread: chinese lathe tailstock is 3/16" too high
10/08/2021 08:35:16

'practical machinist' is meant to be a forum for so called professional machinists so the OP will get no help there, I would suggest speaking to Little machine shop as a starting point.


Thread: Leveling machines
04/08/2021 17:06:21

I must admit I couldn't be bothered to Google it, why not just say 'combine'crook


Thread: Chester DB8VS
04/08/2021 13:00:27

Is it a faulty belt?


Thread: Leveling machines
04/08/2021 12:59:11
Posted by Kiwi Bloke on 04/08/2021 09:46:01:

There's a rather worrying implication in this thread that, in order to get your lathe to 'turn parallel', you need to twist or untwist the bed. This is misleading: there's rather more to lathe alignment than possibly twisted beds, isn't there? Headstock alignment for one... Also, many posts seem to conflate alignment with levelling. The erudite Mr Gilligan has cast his pearls in the past, but...

Correct, all machine tools will be 'aligned' once in their working position to achieve satisfactory results. Not sure what conflate means?


Thread: New Chuck won’t screw on
02/08/2021 10:55:45

Any competent manufacturer of say 'Myford backplates' would require a properly toleranced drawing to quote against because as we know nothing can be made to an exact sizewink, I have a feeling the retailer is most probably using nominal sizes & letting the end user do the quality check??


30/07/2021 20:20:13

Richard, just leave it as it is. .0025" slop is plenty good enough for a 3 jaw chuck & will give you a bit of leeway if you want to get a part dead on for concentricity. My brand new Warco supplied 3 jaw chuck had a .010" run out from new, in the end I had to reduce the register diameter to get it to run true, obligatory inspection report said run out was within .001"angry


Thread: Metric thread dimension wanted.
30/07/2021 19:59:42

I just deleted my first answer but my 2nd is just Google the data, or get a Zeus book or similar.crying


Thread: Machining D2 Steel?
29/07/2021 14:00:26

I have used D2 in the now distant past & from memory it was more difficult to machine than O1. Maybe a little more info on the part to be made will help us.


Thread: Centre Drill Leaves a “Pip” - Sometimes
25/07/2021 12:28:18
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 25/07/2021 10:22:03:

If small drills are wandering without centre drilling first then either the drill, or technique, are in need of revision.


Pray tell us what is this wonderful technique which guarantees a small drill will not wander on touching the work piece surface.



Thread: Is there a chart for drill hole dia vs. boring bar size?
24/07/2021 10:33:16

No magic formula exists as far as I know, just experience.


Thread: Centre Drill Leaves a “Pip” - Sometimes
23/07/2021 21:30:23

For small drills you can just use a sharpened pointer to make a starting indentation in the work piece.


Thread: Bench grinder
23/07/2021 21:29:02

Most of the cheapo Bench grinders are not 'fit for purpose', If they were constantly rejected by the consumer the manufacturers might up their game.


Thread: New Chuck won’t screw on
21/07/2021 17:14:09

A picture paints a thousand words. In the meantime check both threads are completely clean.


Thread: Setting up rear parting tool properly
21/07/2021 16:25:29

The first picture looks 'wrong' to me, the tool boat should be nearly horizontal, maybe like that to get the centre height right? As it is the 2 clamping screws are going to have edge contact only & will not be very secure. More detailed advice from others will follow I'm sure.


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