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Thread: Strimmer /BrushCutter any recommendations ?
01/07/2021 17:07:46

Yes modern petrol is a right PITA as far as rotavators & strimmers are concerned.


01/07/2021 16:28:54

I have a Ryobi & it’s been Ok ish for about 15 years, when it lets me down next time I will try a Stihl, they are meant to be the best 🤔 I’m thinking an electric/battery one may not have the guts for brush cutting?


Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 01/07/2021 16:29:44

Thread: Milling machines - western-made s/h recommendations up to 2k
01/07/2021 12:53:01
Posted by duncan webster on 30/06/2021 23:53:50:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't the Myford milling machines imported from far east and 'fettled' by Myford?

That one in the link doesn't look to have fine downfeed on quill, which limits it's usefulness a bit.

And you will want a DRO, they make it so much easier. Hands up who hasn't lost count when doing a long traverse

Edited By duncan webster on 30/06/2021 23:56:29

Yes the 'Myford' mills were made in Taiwan & fettled in Nottingham with decent electrics etc. Mine is a decent bit of kit & a DRO is so so useful!!! A lack of fine feed on the quill is not really an issue, when I did this sort of thing on our Toolroom Bridgeport mill I would drill with the quill & put cuts on using the knee.


30/06/2021 08:53:19

The Myford looks a good buy & comes with power feed [not fitted], as always condition, condition, condition is the most important factor! I bought a Myford VME some 15 years ago nearly new for £1500 & fitted a VFD, DRO & power feed, I'm very pleased with it.


Thread: Surface finish when turning.
29/06/2021 08:56:05

You are also only just 'skimming' the cold rolled bar stock. I have seen this effect on 3 phase lathes as well so not sure it's the motor?


Thread: drilling a bearing ball
27/06/2021 18:23:05

2 mins isn't long enough for annealing, I believe hot sand has been mentioned as a way of slowing the cooling?


Thread: Surface finish when turning.
27/06/2021 12:13:30
Posted by Oldiron on 27/06/2021 11:35:12:
Posted by Zan on 26/06/2021 23:47:18:

What speeds and feeds are you using?

Stated in the post.




Thread: Lead Screw cover/infringements Chinese Lathe
27/06/2021 10:21:38

Jason B & Roy are spot onyes


Thread: Electronic Lead Screw Project
26/06/2021 09:21:07

Farnell UK do them, but £16 odd delivery, you need the exact hole centres so the board fits straight on.


Thread: Bureaucracy with a tinge of Madness
26/06/2021 09:15:07
Posted by Circlip on 26/06/2021 09:08:37:

Not all are educated or useful.

Regards Ian.

From my personal experience you are correct, as in all walks of life the NHS has very good, good, lazy & dire people in it's ranks. It's the best we have got but not perfect.


Thread: Dial Gauge
23/06/2021 14:47:56

My first hit with searching 'DTI universal clamp' came up with a 1/4" x 3/8" size from MSC, should be no problem matching one to your particular needs?


Thread: Enhancing a EMCO Maximat V10P Lathe using Electronics - ELS Et-Al...
18/06/2021 14:02:12

Another excellent electronic lead screw project is featured on YouTube, look for articles by Clough42.


Thread: Yet another scam
15/06/2021 09:56:11
Posted by DMB on 15/06/2021 09:20:12:

Easy 2 dodge, just answer the callers that u recognise;relatives,friends,club members and ignore the rest


Not practical if you are locked into the 'new' NHS system, I get loads of calls from unknown numbers.


Thread: Cutting an exact diameter using a carbide tip.
12/06/2021 19:23:15

What do you mean by 'exact' diameter?


Thread: Best choice of material
11/06/2021 19:21:07

I made a solid block to replace my topslide on a new Warco 290V & really didn't get on with it so I completely re-machined the existing top slide, with a slightly thicker gib strip which was doweled in position. The lathe will now handle any cut I can safely take with no problem.


Thread: Ebay and VAT as from July 1st.
11/06/2021 17:11:03

Don't recall many bargains coming from Germany or Francewink


Thread: Issue jogging in 0.001mm steps in Mach3 with Sieg KX3
10/06/2021 16:41:35

I used to find on £100K plus CNC machines they wouldn't move by .001 mm steps so don't stress about it.


Thread: Dividing head - Beval gear ?
08/06/2021 17:57:03
Posted by Me. on 08/06/2021 15:35:00:

Seems to me that most run a 40-1 final drive but how do I work out what the missing gear is.

I take it there is a mathematical formula for such ?

I will add some photos later.

Edited By Me. on 08/06/2021 15:35:27

Not all run a 40:1 ratio.


Thread: My Starrett clamp can cause cancer....
08/06/2021 17:56:03

Jeez the world has gone mad!sad Now someone will pop up to justify the label.


Thread: drilling a bearing ball
07/06/2021 08:21:48
Posted by Paul Lousick on 07/06/2021 03:32:18:

Even if you manage to drill a hole thru the bearing ball and glue it onto the turned body, how concentric will it be to the body ?

Drilling a hole is not an accurate machining operation and attempting to do this on very small parts is even more difficult. (1/8"-1/4" diameter ball)

If the probe is used for measuring it's better to turn everything in one operation for accuracy. Use a ball turning attachment if if you want a better sphere.


I can't see that concentricity is relevant with this application?


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