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Thread: Finally sort of know which lathe to buy, but?
21/07/2019 17:36:09

Very well explained Silly Old Duffer. I have had my Chinese build lathe & mill for quite a few years now, and they have done everything I hoped they would and trouble free. The lathe came with 3&4 jaw chucks, backplate, steadies, centres, toolpost, everything you need except the cutting tools. The only extras I have bought for the lathe are a quick change toolpost and lots of holders, none of which I would want to be without now.

If using insert tools, once you have set centre height in each holder that is then fixed, when you change the tip it is still spot on. A great time saver.

21/07/2019 10:04:46

This forum is a great place to get advice on just about any subject you can think of, however, you will get as many different answers as you get posts. When I first bought my machines, both made in China, I had never used a lathe or milling machine before so I was a complete novice. Much of the advice I was given was not really relevant to the things I wanted to do, so I just went my own way and learned which was the best way for my needs.

So far I have had no real problems and I have enjoyed the learning process. As with any hobby, the results will depend on your skill level, patience, and whatever you consider to be a good finish. Keep on asking the questions and be prepared to ignore a lot of the answers.

Thread: Saying hello from Cheshire.
20/07/2019 20:04:30

Welcome to the forum Tommy, from another Cheshire bloke. I too have built a clock, but just the one and I doubt I will ever build another. The build thread for mine is in the clock section, and you will see why I doubt I will ever do it again.

Cheers Dek.

Thread: Unknown object
19/07/2019 23:08:45

It's a fingymajig.

Thread: Finally sort of know which lathe to buy, but?
19/07/2019 23:01:15

Are you suitably confused now Coggy ? wink

19/07/2019 17:40:27

Hi Coggy. I am none to clued up on Myfords, the only thing I know about them is that the original company went bankrupt and the name, and some of the stock was bought by RDG. Any new spares will no doubt come from China as does most of the items sold by RDG. There is talk of them producing new lathes, but where these will be built is anyone's guess. I have owned a Chester DB10 V for many years now and had no trouble with it whatsoever.

Re must have accessories. Apart from the obvious cutting tools, I would recommend a quick change tool post, and a live centre for the tailstock. You will need change gears if you intend thread cutting, but a decent lathe should come with a set. A gearbox will bang up the price quite a lot. Steadies will only be needed if you intend working very long, or very small dia work.

I am sure you will get plenty more advice for other members, as the Myford is a very popular lathe amongst the forum members. Good luck with you quest.

Regards Dek.

16/07/2019 16:02:14

Welcome to the forum Roy, and to a very expensive hobby. Well worth the expense though as long as the wife can turn a blind eye. wink

Thread: Rounded Torx Screw Removal
16/07/2019 08:55:56

I think a lot of the problems with mangled screws, Torx, Phillips, Hex, Etc. is caused by dirt in the recess which prevents the driver from full engagement. Even when the dirt is finally cleaned out, the upper section of the recess has been rounded so there is now less surface area for the tool to grip. I see this happen so often and think when are folk going to learn, clean the dammed recess first.

Having said all of that, I do think that the recess in the Torx screws the Blue Heeler is referring to are often very shallow.

With the tool well supported, try using a small punch to hammer the screw head into shape, the lots of downward pressure whilst turning.

Just my two pennys worth.

Thread: Fibre optic clock
12/07/2019 09:00:29

Bentley Continental S3Bentley Continental S3Sorry James. I never thought to take any. However the mate who owns the Austin took these photos of a Bentley I did some work on at about the same time. I thought you might like this car, although lying on my back fixing the wiring and dash was not my idea of a fun time. Bentley Continental S3

11/07/2019 22:41:22

Thanks for the compliments Howard. thumbs up

11/07/2019 22:37:33

Hi again James. The health problems come with old age, and in my case are self inflicted to a certain extent as I smoke 20 cigs a day. However that has nothing to do with a collapsed vertebrae which has caused far worse problems that the cigs. I just had to reply to your comments because as a retired Rolls Royce coachbuilder I get asked to do lots of jobs on cars. Just before my recent health problems I helped a mate to do a complete restoration on...…. an Austin Seven Special.

10/07/2019 22:41:00

Thank you Neil. Health is not too bad, but not expecting too much improvement from here on in. Close to 79 now and things don't mend as fast as they used to.

10/07/2019 09:06:55

Hi James. I hope you are still there. Sorry for the very long delay in answering but ill health has kept me off the site for a good while. The clock is driven by a synchronous motor which rotates various cylinders through ratchets and cams. The cylinders contain LEDs and a series of holes, as the cylinders rotate, the fibre optics are exposed in sequence to the light from the LEDs through the holes. I hope this makes sense, not sure if it does to me though.

Cheers, Derek.

Thread: What do you use your lathe for?
03/07/2019 08:10:44

Turning things.

20/06/2019 19:54:06

I would love to go and enter my Fibre optic clock, but ill health and lack of finance make it a no go.

Thread: Holding tube for soldering.
04/06/2019 09:39:27

Tin lead Ian, which is why I was not too bothered about loosing a lot of heat. With the bit to be soldered over the centre hole of the table, it only took a few seconds to get hot enough.

02/06/2019 13:02:58

With you on the heat sink problem gents, but as the tube was 5mm thin wall, and the strip was 10mm by 2mm I thought the small pen type gas torch would very quickly get the parts hot enough I didn't bother with a fire brick. Ian, I did spend some time contemplating making a jig but I thought that that would take as long as making the item it's self.

Cheers Dek.

02/06/2019 09:57:09

I recently had to solder a thin wall brass tube to a strip of brass, and wondered how I was going to hold it at right angles to the strip. After much pondering, I came up with this idea and it worked a treat. The ME site insisted on turning the photo 90 degrees for some reason. 100_2127.jpg

Edited By Neil Wyatt on 04/06/2019 16:11:59

Thread: Brede Pumping Station
30/05/2019 22:24:06

On the subject of photos on here, is there any limit to the size ?

Thread: stamford show vandals
19/05/2019 17:09:01

Only when the parents of these mindless thugs are made to pay for every last penny of the damage, and all of them are named and shamed will we start to see any change. This needs to be done for all such acts before parents everywhere start to teach their offspring respect for other peoples property. No release on bail, bread and water until they are sent to gaol.


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