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Member postings for Colin Heseltine

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Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
10/11/2019 12:26:43

My machine is a Gate PBM2000 which is a Bridgeport clone. I bought it from a was 8 years old and had never been used. I can check the height if anyone is interested. I have the power drawbar which is brilliant. Has a 3hp motor..


09/11/2019 11:41:44

Bear in mind that although a Bridgeport (or Bridgeport clone) looks difficult to get in through garage doors the head will rotate through 90 degrees and lower the overall height significantly. I have just installed a Gate PBM2000 (Bridgeport clone) in my workshop and I have roller shutters and these are slightly lower than a normal garage door. It still went through. Just make sure you have the internal height. If I needed to remove the draw bar I would need to rotate the head but this is not a huge task, but hopefully will not be required very often.

As Vic says above he is glad he got a knee mill. I have found it a revelation.


Thread: Excel Die Filer
09/11/2019 10:48:19


I used two pieces. A friend of mine came up with a piece of 35mm which I turned down to make the bottom boss. The top was a piece of 7/8" I had in stock. I bored the base out to just under 7/8" and then reamed it. Then bored out for the bottom boss at the 1 1/4". Reaming was a mistake as the reamer cut a little oversize so I had to cheat and Loctite pillar in place.


08/11/2019 20:41:26

Good couple of days and these are now ready for a coat of paint.




Quite pleased how they have come out.


02/11/2019 22:44:16

Finally managed to make some progress on my set of castings. The pillar support just needs the upper arm fixing in place (this I think was pinned but I will Loctite and pin it) and drilling for the lower adjustment pin. The arms still require a .lot of work. I drilled the first one out to around 13/16", then bored it out prior to reaming it 7/8". It was an easy fit on the arm, so I bored the second one out to 0.872 rather than reaming it 7/8" (.875). This was a nicer fit.

First time using the boring head and using the automatic downfeed on the Gate mill. Worked brilliantly. I made a go/nogo gauge (.863/.873) and this made things a lot easier. Raising and lowering the knee by winding the handle (to check bore size) is not lots of fun but I intend fitting a power feed to the knee in the near future.


I am really pleased with the castings, the quality is excellent. Providing I don't make any mistakes my spare support arm castings should be available for anyone else that requires a set.


Thread: Economy Hit & Miss Engine Build.
26/10/2019 09:27:58


Thanks for that. I had a feeling that was what he had done but wanted to confirm.

At present I am reading through the plans book deciding where to start. I need to finish the Excel die filer arms I have just had cast first.


26/10/2019 08:37:44

Thanks, Jason

25/10/2019 21:26:34


Very nice job on this model engine. I have just bough the castings from Engineers Emporium and the small parts kit. I note that the cam is just the 6 mm thick and does not have the extra 6 mm to turn down to press into the bore of the gear. How did you do this as its was not entirely clear(to me) by looking at the photographs.



Thread: DRO magnetic encoders - generic?
17/10/2019 18:20:53

You could also look at the Yuriystoys web site at his TouchDRO project. I use Machine-DRO magnetic read heads with a simple control unit made to Yuriys plans and using an Android tablet as the display. Youmcould use as large or as small a tablet as you want (sofware version permitting) and it connects via Bluetooth so can easily put the display where you can see it.


Thread: Anyone know about buying freehold to a house in the north
17/10/2019 08:12:16

I am just going through this process on my 98 year old fathers behalf so we can sell house when required. Lease had 46 years to run Freehold cost £10800 + survey and solicitors fees (plus vat on fees). With such a short lease time left Banks/Building Societies will not give a mortgage.


Thread: Issue 286 - Bridgeport Article
30/09/2019 16:28:51


I enjoyed reading your article. I gave a Gate PBM2000 which is a Bridgeport clone. It is interesting to see the range of jobs which you manage to do on your machine. My machine came with a Power drawbar and it is a great help particularly with a duff shoulder.



Thread: Excel Die Filer
28/09/2019 15:10:07

Waggoner and Bazyle

You both have PM's.



28/09/2019 15:09:15

Now have the final casting


Three views with pattern on RHS.

A Full set looks like this.



21/09/2019 12:21:37

Jeff, Mike,

Thank you. At least if I cock up the machining I have a spare (or two).


21/09/2019 12:10:03

Kevin see my PM.

if anyone else would like a set please PM me


20/09/2019 23:20:59

I went to collect my casting yesterday morning. Superb quality. Will have a few spares for sales. Took pattern in for the third casting I require and it should be available next week.



Thread: Chester 836 Milling Machine
02/08/2019 11:41:53


Up in the Midlands near Lichfield. My wife has a very good friend who lives in Woodstock.


02/08/2019 11:05:01


My right shoulder is not good so the powerfeed on X and Y and particularly the power drawbar are a godsend.

Nice to have someone with the same machine.

Where are you located.


02/08/2019 10:20:27


Glad to see you have found a PBM-2000. Alain is very helpful. I m shortly going to get a power feed for the Z axis. This will save me problems with my shoulder.

Best Regards,


Thread: It's not engineering but
01/08/2019 21:08:11

Those all look very good. My father made many superb dolls house furniture items and had a number of articles published. We have several dolls houses and I have made furniture for several of them. I also had ago at something a bit different.




This is in a thatched country cottage dolls house.

Carving the trigger and barrel release were fun and then fitting them.

Best of luck to your wife with the furniture.


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