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Thread: Shellac questions
23/07/2020 01:57:44

Hi Chris

Shellac gasket sealant is available from automotive spares stockists. Shellac is soluble in methylated spirits or iso propyl alcohol.

Super Glue to fix  parts and heat to remove it . Acetone is the solvent for Super Glue. Some Nail polish removers that contain Acetone in a high percentage will work. 



Edited By oldvelo on 23/07/2020 02:03:55

Thread: Is a drip feed coolant advisable
22/07/2020 01:59:13

Hi Chris

Here is a link you may find useful for coolant appilication

Drip Feed Coolant

One I have used for several projects is a 2 stroke motorcycle oil injection pump. You can use the throttle cable lever to adjust the flow or drive the pump with variable speed DC motor.


Thread: Message from the prime minister
20/07/2020 22:02:06
Posted by Baz on 20/07/2020 21:06:35:

OK I give up, what is the significance of Ian Johnson1 bottle of Loctite 271 photo.

Neil Wyatt keeps one handy at all times

Thread: Zyto Owners Only. Other Riff Raff can keep out :P
17/07/2020 18:54:26

Hi Perko7

You can adjust a fixed tension on on a belt drive to vary when the belt will slip.

I do this on the mill when tapping threads with a motor that has instant reverse and ramps back up to speed no broken taps for years.

With the wieght of the motor swinging on the tension you have the motor pulling on the belt able to lift up and drop down this will over tension the belt and the motor climbs again is the most likely cause of the oscillations.

A heavy intermittent cut at slow speed will demonstrate this best.


Thread: Mini Lathe Gib strip question
16/07/2020 18:25:32

Hi Keith

The method I used is to clean up the indent with a egg beater hand drill one at a time with the other adjusters tightened up.

Useing a 4 mm bearing ball to locate the end of a 5mm Cup Point Grubscrew < o > explains the layout


Thread: Zyto Owners Only. Other Riff Raff can keep out :P
16/07/2020 18:14:46

Hi perko7

Well done you asked the question and answered with one posting. A factory with motors all jumping and swinging like hammocks in a storm at sea comes to mind


Thread: Poly-Vee Belts
15/07/2020 23:22:31

Hi Chris

Poly vee belts populate my workshop 4 PJ ribs up to 1hp & 6 PJ ribs on 2.5 sawbench.


Thread: Zyto Owners Only. Other Riff Raff can keep out :P
15/07/2020 23:10:13

Hi Paul

Belt tension, speed changing, With a countershaft on self aligning bearings



Swinging the weight of the motor to tension the belt is not best practice


Thread: Cigarette Papers
15/07/2020 04:04:48



Edited By oldvelo on 15/07/2020 04:07:29

15/07/2020 04:01:54

Legge Millicutter Tobacco Cutting Machines use 4 tobacco papers to set the 4 Thou clearance for the knife clearances. Get it wrong and it can be very expensive.

Also used on milling machines stuck to a very lightly oiled work piece when the cutter rotating very slowly preferably by hand would brush it from the work you had 1 thou clearance.


Thread: RJH Linisher Drive Belt
15/07/2020 03:37:42

Hi James

You may find this calculator useful

Belt Lengths and Ratios

The string method can be used if you measure the OD of the pulleys minus 8 mm for "A" section belt.

Calculate both driver and driven diameters. Add together and divide by 2.

Measure the shaft centres and multiply by 2.

Add the Totals of Half Diameters and the 2 shaft centres will give a close approximate belt length


Edited By oldvelo on 15/07/2020 03:42:11

Thread: Motor reduction speed
28/06/2020 22:52:20


Poly Vee Belts with a countershaft is probably a good option with 4 ribs on the primary drive and 6 ribs on the secondary drive.

As Howard points out the small diameter need as big as possible contact area this can be done with a flat idler pulley running on the back of the belt to increase the wrap around.dscf2355.jpg

Proper Alignment and correct tension is critical on Poly Vee Belt Drives as any error in alignment they will climb over the grooves as the ribs are quite flexible rubber and unable to keep the belt on the pulleys.


Thread: Pulley Sizes For An X2 Clone Conversion
25/06/2020 21:15:08


"Is there any reason to try to extend the speed range beyond the standard?"

The 2600 RPM is adequate Only if you use Cutters over 3 mm. You will need to consider a bigger and more powerful motor if you want to increase the spindle RPM. Angular contact bearings on the spindle to handle the higher speed is well worth the expense.


If you are to fit Poly Vee Belt Drive it is just possible to to fit a 3 speed drive to increase torque to the spindle at low speed and a higher speed for small cutters and all round increased in performance over the Gear Driven Spindle.


25/06/2020 04:29:34


You may find this useful this method to fabricate Poly Vee pulleys. "J'Section = 2.34 mm.

Number of ribs + 2 6 X 2.34 = 14.04 mm. The outer flange can be a larger than the diameter by 2 mm to 4 mm than the tops of the finished Vees to provide a guide for the belt.


23/06/2020 21:51:20

Hi William

"does the spur on top of the spindle pulley drive a powered feed?" No it is a slotted disc used to generate a pulsed signal to an ABS Brakes Sensor off off a Volvo to the Rev Counter off a Diesel Engine with a 96 tooth camshaft gear.


22/06/2020 22:28:05


After buying an X2 Mill drill over 10 years ago with 2 speed plastic gears and spring assist on the cutting head. Rebuilt it with Taper roller bearings spindle. Fabricate and fitted Two Speed poly vee belt drive four ribs "J' section. Sold off the motor and controller and replaced with a 1.25 hp DC motor with a AC to DC variable speed Minarik Regenerative Quadrant 4 Drive Controller. Ditched the spring assist for an air spring mounted inside the column with adjustable yoke assembly to get maximum travel of the spindle. Now it is hard to recognise as an X 2 mill both in looks and performance. It is not pretty but is practical.

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15/06/2020 02:09:01

Hi Bob

Try this link Band Saw Tracking

Cover most common errors of tracking


Thread: R8 or morse taper 3?
13/06/2020 16:12:09

Jeremy Never be put off asking questions on this forum they are all fine just sometimes the answers are the silly part.

John Haine has summed it nicely. R 8 tooling for your mill with MT 3 Spindle it does not apply.

11/06/2020 23:42:10

Hi Jeremy

Morse Taper Tooling is what you have. The drawbar on morse tapers needs to hold the tool from falling out. Tighten with the correct size spanner. In the distant past my old mentors advice was put your thumb on the jaw of the spanner and tighten with your pinky and a little light assistance with the ring finger.

One trap with morse tapers is to insert the Cold tool into a spindle that is running Hot then winching it up tight with the drawbar. Very difficult to remove this shrink fitted tool holder.


Thread: Enots semi automatic lubricator
10/06/2020 02:30:53

Hi Vernon

Having had a bit a think about this Oiler with the pump washer facing upwards there may be one way valve in the discharge to the oil drip feed piping as well as the oil control valve.

When the top of the top up the pump chamber is filled with oil. Pushing down the plunger will create negative pressure and pull the oil past the pump washer being by restricted-throttled or blocked by the one way valve.

The spring will maintain the oil supply until it reaches the top of it's stroke.

Hope this Helps


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