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Member postings for Tony Pratt 1

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Thread: First Lathe - Colchester Triumph (1960s roundhead) vs Warco WM250v
10/03/2022 17:16:28

Ah the perennial question, a piece of old British iron or a shiny new Chinese lathe, really only you can make that decision. Iv'e used most makes of lathe during my career, some good, some bad, some accurate, some clapped out but I now have a Warco 290V, rough round the edges but it does a good job & can turn parallel no 'polishing' needed, Iv'e worked on some old iron where 'finish turning' was impossible & the emery had to come out. Do you really need a m/c as big as the Colchester? No easy answers on this one.


Thread: Is this distasteful
10/03/2022 08:17:37
Posted by mike robinson 2 on 10/03/2022 07:20:40:

In fact the possesion of blank rounds, empty caes and projectiles are illegal as these can be re-purposed and re-used. I recommend the thread is dropped.

I'm not sure if that is entirely correct, where does your information come from?


Thread: T pylons
09/03/2022 12:20:21
Posted by roy entwistle on 09/03/2022 11:34:16:

Why do we have to buy from Denmark? Why can't we make them ourselves?


It seems like we have to buy / import everything, look where that has led us. angry


Thread: Cheap silver oxide batteries.
08/03/2022 17:24:24

Spot on SOD, the one thing I bought from EBay which I am 99.99% sure was fake were Gilette disposable blades, they were blunt before I startedcheeky. I now stump up decent money & buy direct from Gillette. As they say buy cheap cry twice.


08/03/2022 14:50:17

Be aware EBay is awash with fake/counterfeit/copies of batteries & many other products, it's going to be a gamble whatever you buy.


Thread: Spiral Taps
07/03/2022 12:48:36

Vic, my answer is another question, what make are they, cheapo no name or a decent brand? Thinking about it more, for one hole you may use 3 hand taps taper, 2nd & plug & only one spiral m/c tap so logically the hand taps will last longer.


Thread: How hard is gauge plate?
07/03/2022 09:32:41

Yes that would work & looks like a decent German brand.


Thread: Milling cutter insert identification
05/03/2022 19:39:53

When I worked for a living I absolutely hated the Sandvik website, so hard to find anything I wanted.


Thread: oh my goodness
05/03/2022 09:21:58
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 04/03/2022 20:53:06:
Posted by Roger Quaintance on 04/03/2022 14:38:14:

..puts us all to shame...

Speak for yourself, but don't presume to speak for others.


Could I make a 4 jaw chuck, yes definitely, a 3 jaw would be a challenge though. Would I make a 4 jaw chuck absolutely notwink I have a very vague recollection of chuck making articles published in ME.


Thread: Too lazy or too stupid?
04/03/2022 08:25:37

I must admit I used to be an avid reader but spend too many hours on YouTube these days.cheeky


Thread: At last : Some intelligent engineering to mitigate a climate problem
02/03/2022 09:44:26

Looks good, in light of the current energy & food situation which has been flagged for the last 20 odd years exactly why are we covering over arable land with warehousing, housing & 'solar farms'?


Thread: Warco WM250V Screwcutting
01/03/2022 20:43:50

If anyone has a few hours to waste, try this link, well nearly a linksad  -why-doesn-t-a-thread-dial-work-with-metric


Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 01/03/2022 20:44:20

Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 01/03/2022 20:45:42

01/03/2022 20:22:33

Guess you will have to leave the half nuts engaged at all times, I just had a Google on cutting metric threads on a metric lathe using a TDI & apparently it may not be straightforward, others on here may be able to elaborate I only just had a quick skim read on the subject.  


Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 01/03/2022 20:28:25

Thread: Precision ground flat stones in UK?
01/03/2022 13:01:32

I hankered after one of these but jeez the price & have survived a career in Toolmaking without one, also fancied a granite 'precision' square, don't really need either as I should to be selling stuff off not increasing my inventory.smiley


Thread: How can I cut a 0.75mm radius on a piece of soft rubber sheeting?
25/02/2022 09:50:33

The basic truth is without a bit of investment you can't & I also believe we need more details of use etc, similar to other long running posts.


Thread: Parting tools and inserts
24/02/2022 12:46:48
Posted by DMB on 24/02/2022 12:08:33:

I agree with you,Tony. See my one and only album photo, to view type of holder. I have just tried websites to find it for sale - no luck so far -

Arceuro, Reeves, Axminster, RDG tools, Rotagrip, Warco, Chronos.


Thats strange you have a 'Dickson' style tool holder, they should be readily available. Update, found them on RDG website, not sure about sizes though.


Edited By Tony Pratt 1 on 24/02/2022 12:49:09

24/02/2022 11:31:33
Posted by DMB on 24/02/2022 11:09:28:

I looked at PeWe parting toolholder and my bad language exclamation is unpublishable-is it gold plated? €85 = £68 approx. No way!

In my description above, I forgot to mention my toolholder has a clamp plate forcing the HSS blade tightly in position by tapers and I think, 3 caphead screws. Blade thickest I could get - about 3/32" to resist side - bending. As I said, works perfectly, happy boy!

Vaguely recall that it cost around £20-25.

And that is why everyone buys cheap Chinese crap, me included, it's hard to resistsad PeWe I presume is made/shipped from Germany but is it also made in China?


Thread: WM250 V lathe change gears
23/02/2022 19:06:54

Hi Bernard, are you looking to buy some gears? If so I have a set which was supplied with my Warco 290V not used & surplus to requirements.


Thread: A Great Machinist
23/02/2022 15:14:20

I'm sure none of us would choose to work under these conditions, I'm guessing those featured do not have a choice.


Thread: Always confused over threads and tapping
22/02/2022 11:39:52
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 22/02/2022 11:01:42:
Posted by DiodeDick on 21/02/2022 23:03:21:

Neil Wyatt points out (above) that camera tripod threads were BSW, but are now UNC. The user guide for my JVC camcorder specifies the tripod thread as 6.35mm x 1.25p, with no mention of the thread form or angle.

A rose by any other name?


I wonder if 1/4" x 20 TPI would suit?


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