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Member postings for A Smith

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Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'
20/12/2018 12:02:14

I seem to remember that in ME a few months ago, someone, Geoff Theasby?, suggested a design for an EMI projector to deal with these things.......

Thread: How would this lathe tool be used?
23/10/2018 11:54:39

I see that vacant Moderator/Troll position left by the late lamented JS has now been filled. Good Work!

Thread: Parting off - again, sorry
11/10/2018 12:15:22

I use a 2mm inserted tip parting off tool with great success on my Myford ML7. It is fitted in a quick change tool holder. I used to struggle with parting off, things improved when I discovered the carriage lock! and again, years later, when I purchased the inserted tip tool from JB tools. I have a rear toolpost but haven't felt the need to use it, as yet.


Thread: Please help identify these tools
08/09/2018 12:40:39


pm sent.


Thread: Myford Tri-Leva Oils
07/09/2018 12:03:28

For my Tri-Leva, I use the Castrol H32 equivalent, "Hyspin" I think. Cromwell tools sell it in 5l containers. Probably about £15 - 20 by now. 5l lasts many years at the rate I use it, so not up to date on prices.


Thread: What did you do today (2015)
11/10/2015 09:41:32

Just watched Bob Rodgerson's video of his miniature aero engine. Very impressed.


04/10/2015 16:13:04

Splitting this thread is a retrograde step, in my opinion. I think that the new thread will die fairly quickly. As for the complainers who don't want to read about beekeeping or astronomy - if you don't like it, don't read it. If slow downloading is your problem, that's just one of life's many frustrations, don't take it out on others.


Edited By A Smith on 04/10/2015 16:14:17

Thread: 2" minnie build
21/08/2015 11:59:49

Really interesting, I like to see projects in progress. Please keep posting.


Thread: colloidal graphite
04/06/2015 12:09:57

The build up of graphite in the big-end of a motorcycle crankshaft was probably a deliberate mis-direction by people that didn't sell graphied oil. Having drilled out the deposits from several Triumph crankshaft big-end galleries, my belief is that the build up consists of carbon combustion products. (The process involves, unscrewing the threaded plug, usually started with an impact driver, drilling into the deposit in the removable inner tube to make room for a coarse tap, winding the tap in as far as possable and then using the thread cut as a purchase to jack the tube out. Then all that remains is to remove the hardened deposit that was around the outside of the tube..... and a trip to the grankshaft grinder!)

The introduction of an oil filter on the later Meriden Triumphs, when it happened 1969/70 ish, was about 30 or 40 years overdue.

Thread: Speed Controller - error in Circuit
22/05/2015 11:49:23

Neil, Please don't be put off. I was pleased to see an electronics project directly applicable to model engineering and don't see why the occasional article should not be included. There is much interest in spark erosion, DRO displays, tachometers etc. As a further example, I would be interested in a DC power supply project that I could use to power the auxillary milling spindle I am (slowly) building.


Thread: Collet identification
23/02/2014 15:52:36

I've just taken home a Centec 2 horizontal mill that has an interesting vertical head that I assume was made by a previous owner. The vertical head uses the collets in the photo. Could anyone identify them for me please? 3/8th BSF drawbar. Asking in the (probably forlorn) hope that I may be able find some that will allow me to use metric cutters.

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Thread: John Stevenson's next project??
10/10/2013 12:49:23

It's a bit like watching football, horse racing or ballet; collecting stamps or coins. If you're interested, you'll spend whatever you think is needed. Personally, I'd buy ithe Brough if I could afford it.


Thread: What chance have we got?
12/02/2013 21:57:14

You can tell there aren't many rural types on here. Tractor driving at that age was quite common with my contemporaries. After all, if you're too small to lift a bale, you have to find something else useful to do when the grass is comming in.

Thread: Chinese Lathe Accessories.
16/12/2012 09:26:50

Reading this post, there seems to have been some misrepresentation of the OP issue. He bought some spare parts, they did not fit. The resolution was unsatisfactory. Some of the usual suspects seized on this to practise their baiting skills, which in one instance clearly matches his engineering ability.

I went to the Myford closing sale, bought some bits and talked to several other Myford lathe owners. We were all universally gloomy at the news that RDG had bought the name. The consensus was that they would sell the contents of the stores and gradually feed in their normal foreign made replacements.

It's a big leap from being a trader to becoming a manufacturer (Les Harris proved this with his rubbish Bonnevilles), I and others thought it would be beyond RDG, so far that's proved the case. (Very unfortunately, as I like using my Myford & would like a source of fit-for-purpose spare parts.)



Edited By David Clark 1 on 16/12/2012 09:52:17

Thread: Sandown Exhibition
23/01/2011 00:13:13
Thanks for the info and for the alternative suggestion, I'll look into that.
22/01/2011 10:56:34
At the Sandown Exhibition, someone (possibly a SMEE member)was demonstrating a Myford with an extra banjo in the changewheel train. This allowed easy changeover between metric and imperial by operating a simple dog clutch. The banjo casting and an extended changewheel cover are available from this Gent. Does anyone have a contact address? I seem to lost the note that I made at the time.
Really enjoyed the show, by the way.

Edited By A Smith on 22/01/2011 10:57:24

Thread: Hydraulic Oil Supplier
14/09/2010 11:49:44
Buck and Hickman list & stock Hyspin 32 and Magna BD 68.  They sold me 5 Ltrs of Hyspin 32 for £13 (£12 something),  which was the same that their catalogue price without VAT.  If you have branch nearby, it's worth going in and asking.
Thread: Darjeeling Saddle Tank 0-4-0 New series starting in ME 4378
05/05/2010 11:55:48
There's a good example of a "Fireless" at the Waterways Museum in Gloucester Docks.
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