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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Replacing a Canon printer with a Brother Laser?
10/04/2021 20:25:50

I used to operate an expensive Canon colour laser years ago at work and it was very good at colour graphics but still not as good as an Inkjet for colour photos. They were passable in things like documents though.

Thread: Elliot omnimill horizontal lead screw
07/04/2021 10:01:40

I’m not sure of the machine, it may have been a VMC, but it was retrofitted with a ball screw. Not simple as I remember but quite doable as they say.

Thread: Milling Vice Location
05/04/2021 22:17:48

Where do you position your vice on the table? Mine stays in the middle but it may have been helpful today having it off centre by several inches. Anyone do this?

Thread: Buffing and Polishing
31/03/2021 16:30:01

I’ve used these folks.

The Polishing Shop

Good prices, great service and lots of useful information on the website.

Thread: Milling machines - western-made s/h recommendations up to 2k
29/03/2021 22:49:09

If you can get one in good condition these are very good and likely the inspiration for some Far East mills.


As for floors, concrete is horrible under foot compared to wood. I’ve had several of the former and now use the latter although it is on a concrete foundation. My Warco VMC works happily on it.

Thread: Low head Cap Screws
27/03/2021 15:10:59

I’ve done a Google image search for Low Head Socket Screws and out of dozens of images only one or two appear to have what you may expect to be an over size socket. I’m guessing the images on eBay are something of an anomaly. As Michael says they may not be that strong even if available. I’ll make do.

27/03/2021 14:19:50

It seems the answer to this question is nobody knows. smiley

In this instance I’m particularly interested in M5 socket screws. Standard cap head socket screws take a 4mm hex driver. Both low head and countersunk screws of the same size (M5) take a hex driver one size smaller - 3mm.

I just happened to notice in the pictures shown on eBay that some low head screws seem to have a socket for the standard size driver, or at least noticeably bigger than the others. I have two choices I suppose, buy a small quantity and see what arrives or ask the vendor and trust in the reply!

low head socket screws that accept standard drivers for their metric thread are an obvious advantage to me in that I don’t need to keep a separate hex driver to hand.

Thanks to all that replied. wink

26/03/2021 13:18:56

Do all Low Head Cap Screws have the same size hex socket? I would have assumed so but looking on eBay some seem to have larger sockets?


Thread: YouTube stuff....
19/03/2021 11:00:27

I have made a note and will watch a couple. Some interesting topics for sure. Thanks for the heads up. laugh

Thread: Windows for the scrap bin?
18/03/2021 14:07:47

After buying my first iPad I was hooked on using a tablet. We still have a desktop for some jobs but it doesn’t get used nearly as much now. Some of the top end iPads are billed as laptop replacements and I’m not surprised. Battery life in particular is very good.

Thread: Eccentric Engineering T-blade parting tool: A+
17/03/2021 12:07:24

I bought the Chronos version as well and found it very good.

Thread: Collet chuck for Chester 920 Lathe
17/03/2021 12:04:59

Whatever you do Erik, don’t be put off. I’ve found the ER32 collet Chuck I bought for my lathe invaluable. The collets also get used on my Milling machine and WW lathe as well as a spindexer and collet blocks.

Thread: Poor Surface finish
16/03/2021 11:55:19
Posted by Buffer on 16/03/2021 09:17:23:


I can definitely recommend a tangential turning tool form Eccentric Engineering then, the link is on this site. It only has one side to grind and that is flat. It can be done with a linisher, which is what I do or touched on the flat side of the grinding wheel. The jig that comes with it takes care of the angles. It is my most used tool and it leaves a great finish on Steel Ali and Brass with no messing about whatsoever. You just need to give the top and sides a light rub on an oil stone to get a superb finish. It seems pricey but it honestly works very well.

Yes agreed Buffer. I have both bought and Home made Tangential tools and they work very well. I particularly appreciate the built in height adjustment so works great in a four way tool post. I’ve even turned HSS in my lathe with one using a carbide cutter.

15/03/2021 22:24:43

Here’s an idea for you to try Ace.


Thread: DTI's Its all in the name
06/03/2021 14:05:14

According to an article I read some years ago by a company called Long Island Indicator, Mitutoyo don’t make particularly good indicators anyway. Perhaps your Miluloyo is better, but I doubt it somehow! smiley

Thread: ER Collet choices
04/03/2021 21:58:34
Posted by John Haine on 04/03/2021 21:34:30:

I keep on banging this drum, but with a small milling machine you can easily run out of headroom once you put a vice on the table and a chuck in the spindle. Since the range of cutter sizes is quite limited, say 3 or 4 of both metric and imperial, a good option may be to use MT3 collets direct in the taper, once for each size. Not only will you get more headroom but better rigidity.

Agreed. Sometimes though when using small cutters you get more “daylight” around the cutter to see what you’re doing if it’s mounted in a collet Chuck. I chose ER32 as there seem to be lots of fixtures and fittings in this size. The collets get used on the mill and the lathe.

Thread: Slip gauges from Banggood
02/03/2021 11:24:23
Posted by Howi on 02/03/2021 09:22:23:

Just to clarify, VAT is not collectable by sellers outside the EU, so the likelyhood is, you will not pay VAT when the goods enter the UK via China post. Despite the lead times shown for delivery, in my experience 7 - 10 days is usually the case.

A note of caution for those buying from EU sources, check you are not paying VAT twice, i.e lets say goods bought from Germany, the price quoted would have VAT of 19% added, if you are a buyer in the UK you SHOULD pay the pre German VAT price with UK 20% vat added so should only cost 1% more.

Buying goods over £139 is another ballgame all together as no VAT should be paid at supplier end but would be collected together with inport duty etc + handling fee, when goods enter UK.

I mentioned this to a friend at HMRC many years ago. At the time, the VAT in Germany was 18% and I asked if I would get a bill for the other 2% and he said it was possible but unlikely unless it was a very expensive item. The item, £800, came through without any further charges.

Thread: ebay purchases : VAT
27/02/2021 13:25:26

Another order arrived safely today, some ER collets from China. This time it took a couple of weeks so still not bad. It must be a coincidence but post Brexit orders from China seem to be getting here quicker! laugh

Thread: Indexable tool insert replacements
26/02/2021 11:28:49
Posted by William Chitham on 26/02/2021 11:26:32:

I think this thread is typical of a kind that are hopelessly frustrating for a beginner. Lots of people are happy to pitch in with common sense advice like "buy the best you can afford" or "I bought dozens for tuppence and they are great" but at the end the OP is none the wiser and is left to start randomly buying inserts till he or she gets lucky. Why is no one ever prepared to stick their neck out and say "I bought this specific insert from this supplier to cut this material on this lathe and it is excellent (or rubbish!)".


You’re not wrong! smiley

Thread: Fuel Resistant Filament
24/02/2021 21:31:55

What about making a soldered brass one like many old carbs used to have?

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