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Thread: which is the best small milling and lathe machines to buy
03/04/2012 09:29:18

Hi David

Ihave dealt with Warco and Chester, but both my mill and lathe are from Chester, mainly because there are not too far away should i have any problems. Both firms have given me good service over the years, and both offer similar products. I think Chester machines are a bit less expensive, but there tooling is more expensive,so roundabouts,and swings realy! As others will no doubt advise, go for the largest that space and price will allow, but remember that once you have the machines you will also need tooling,wich in the case of the mill could allmost double the cost of the machine itself. If you can manage to get to Harrogate in early May, then you will be able to see all the traders in one place and make a more informed choice. If i was about to spend a fair bit of cash i would realy make the effort to get there,and talk to as many folk as you can to avoid being dissatisfied with what you end up buying Good hunting

Cheers Derek

Thread: Forth road Bridge nuts
31/03/2012 12:37:30

I know a thing called a torque mulltiplier was used to tighten wheel nuts on trucks and buses years ago,do'nt know if they still use them. I think it was a planetary gear device to reduce the amount of effort needed to tighten big stuff.


Thread: Rocker cover racing
31/03/2012 12:22:55

Thank you gents one and all. Stew, and Bogs, you both know where i live,door allways open, and a brew only takes a mo. Ian you are very welcome to pay me a visit for a natter and a brew. I see you do'nt live to far away,afraid i cannot visit folk further than walking distance, as the only wheels i have are on the rocker covers. The track is at the Elephant pub in Shavington,and is part of the classic car meeting on the 8th July 2012,which this year will also have lots of stationary engines as part of the show.

Cheers Dek

30/03/2012 21:21:23

In an unknown land far away,lord knows when,some barmpot invented rocker cover racing. Now being a barmpot myself,when someone started it at a local classic car show, i thought,have a go lad plenty daft enough for me. Well i did, and won at my first attempt. (yes there were others there not just me) The idea is,find an old rocker cover, stick some wheels on and away you go. No power plants allowed, just gravity. The track is about 30ft long with a ramp at one end to get things rolling,and that is about it. Very simple(like me), but good fun,so if any of you out there live close enough to Crewe, Cheshire, and fancy having a go,you have untill 8th July to build one. Send me a pm if you are daft enough, and i will send you all the details Photo's of my efforts in my album.

Cheers Derek

Thread: Warco minor mill/drill
29/03/2012 15:50:21

Hi Mervyn

I do'nt know what the Warco mill you have is like,but my little mill is a seig X1 type,and in order to engage the fine down feed, you have to push in a button on the left hand side of the mill just behind the fine feed wheel. I think it must engage some kind of dog clutch, becausein order to engage i have to keep turning the wheel, whilst pushing hard on the button. Hope this helps!

Cheers Derek

Thread: Tiny brushes
21/03/2012 22:22:55

On the subject of brushes, i use one of the brushes that women use for putting on hair dye, for lots of small cleaning jobs. They have just one row of bristles,about 1 1/2" wide, and are great for cleaning "T" slots ,and lots of other small cleaning jobs

Cheers Derek

Thread: American Popcorn engine .
12/03/2012 15:30:25

Hi Jason

Not sure but i think Stew might just be in south africa at the moment,so a reply might take a while.

Cheers Derek

Thread: What Mill?
09/03/2012 21:58:45

Hi Ray

I bought the axminster version about 10 years ago, and found the length of the table a bit restrictive, so i bought the long table and leadscrew from Arc Euro. I dont know if they still sell these as an "add on", but they sell the same machine with the long table allready fitted (super X1L). The only problem i have had with the machine is a stripped gear,through being a bit to ambitious with a job. New gear was a few quid, and no more problems since. I now have a Chester Champion 20V,but i still use the X1L quite a lot for the smaller jobs, and would not want to part with it.

Cheers Derek

Ps Check your messages, I have sent you a pm.

Edited By magpie on 09/03/2012 22:00:49

Thread: Over engineered?
06/03/2012 19:45:55

I allways avoid ANYTHING that says "new improved", because it is ALLWAYS a whole lot worse than the stuff it replaced. What "new improved" realy means, is we have found a way to make the stuff a lot cheaper to "improve" our profits.


Thread: Northern Modelling Exhibition
03/03/2012 15:47:45

He who pays the piper deleted a post i put on here yesterday. Iput the post on mid afternoon and it appeared as normal, half an hour later it had dissapeared. Will be interesting to see if this one stays on !!!!!

Cheers Derek.

Thread: Thread & Plug Guages
29/02/2012 13:39:52

Hi Deltic

Bet you wished you had never asked the question now eh? Do'nt you just love gratitudewink 2

Cheers Derek

Thread: New "Kid" on the block
15/02/2012 22:13:31
Hi Bob
I just read your profile, and you have hit the nail on the head with your comment---
"SHOULD BE FUN". Welcome.
Cheers Derek.
Thread: Not a question more of an introduction
05/02/2012 12:14:17
If you click on forums, at the top of the home page, then scroll down to the bottom of that page, there is a list of which members are on line. (or have been in the last 15 mins).
Cheers Derek
Thread: Lathe turns convex
25/01/2012 19:28:56
Never had anything to do with Myfords, but my old box ford did the same. The cure was as Steve said above. Lock the saddle,then take up any play by trying to wind it back toward the tailstock. Adjust the top slide,then try again.
Cheers Derek      P.S. This is realy a case of the blind leading the blind, but it worked for me

Edited By magpie on 25/01/2012 19:32:27

Thread: Anyone up for a train race?
12/01/2012 16:07:38
Thanks for that Jason. I am not a train man myself, but me and my grandson loved it.
Cheers Derek
Thread: Homeworkshop
04/01/2012 19:45:40
Hi Folks
Anyone know what is wrong with the Homeworkshop site. I keep getting "cannot connect to this site". Just wondered if it is my computer or what?
Cheers Derek
28/12/2011 17:18:26
John S, (remember you started this again) I agree, too many shows. They should close all of the ones south of Birmingham, and just have MANCHESTER, and Harrogate. To all you southern folk, dont be afraid, you will not fall of the edge of the world just north of watford. Manchester is ideal, motorway right to the door, brand new venue,and somewhere for the wife to go right next door
Cheers Derek
Thread: Is it just me
27/12/2011 19:35:01
Martin, I am with you all the way on this one. My son-in-law's brother has a concession to remove any metal ( or whatever takes his fancy ), from a local tip. He makes a VERY good living from this, because it would appear that it is mostly theives that realise how much scrap is worth. I also strip items that are beyond repair A-for usefull bits, and
B-because seperate metals are worth lots more than when mixed together.
Cheers Derek
Thread: Christmas 2011
24/12/2011 14:51:29
Hi Everyone Merry Crimbo & a very happy new year to one and all.
Neil I never new you could write in GARGLE.
Cheers Derek
Thread: Cadmium, simple test for?
16/12/2011 17:26:43
When i was an apprentice in Rolls Royce ( car Div. ), all the nuts & bolts Etc. were cadmium plated, and came with a thick coating of grease. I often had to go and degrease these in a large Tric tank, i remember being high as a kite after 10 mins doing that. Still here at age 71 so not too much damage !!!!!!! I think !!!!!
Cheers Derek
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