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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Belt grinder advice please.
25/04/2019 18:48:13

I’ve found this company good for abrasives belts as you don’t have to buy ten at a time like some suppliers.


I like the “no weld” approach of this design. smiley


25/04/2019 17:33:13

I have a much modified Record Power BDS 250 which gets a lot of use in my workshop. The standard belt size is 150 x 1220 but I’ve made an auxiliary platen for the machine and often run 50mm wide belts on it for tool sharpening. I sometimes make my own belts or split 150mm belts into three. Motor power is 0.8 Kw according to RP.

Thread: Stainless Steel Metric Fasteners
20/04/2019 17:51:58

There are several good places on the auction site, I use Kay’s and Boltbase.

Thread: Lathe controls position
19/04/2019 14:01:22
Posted by Alan Jackson on 17/04/2019 18:23:24:

I purposely located the controls for the Stepperhead at the tailstock end for safety


Nice job Alan. yes

Thread: Microsoft Pop Ups
17/04/2019 11:03:22

I remember when someone at work inadvertently turned on the assistant for Microsoft Word. I thought the little animated paper clip was quite amusing but they didn’t like it! smiley

Thread: Kant Twist clamps
10/04/2019 23:03:28

Thanks, I’ll have a look.

Thread: Drill too high? Use a milling machine stand!
10/04/2019 23:02:08

Yes indeed, a very nice job.

Thread: Kant Twist clamps
10/04/2019 17:23:43
Posted by roy entwistle on 10/04/2019 13:52:02:

over where ?

Sorry, should have said UK.

10/04/2019 13:18:36

Apologies if I’ve asked this before but have any of you seen Kant Twist clamps at a reasonable price over here?

Thread: Starrett type clamps
10/04/2019 13:15:24

You’ve made a nice job of those Stewart. wink

Thread: Using a propane cylinder for partable compressed air.
06/04/2019 14:51:51

It depends how you use a Dive Cylinder. I used mine for Airgun filling so they only need to be tested every five years.

Air tanks fitted with a ‘surface use only’ valve, where an integral gauge is fitted as part of the valve assembly, need only be tested every five years – the test being a full, hydrostatic one “


04/04/2019 22:02:30
Posted by Paul Kemp on 04/04/2019 21:46:51:
For those that do have they checked their home insurance to see if it covers pressurised air systems within the home?


There’s no way my wife would let me use a compressor in the home given the noise that it makes! Not that I use any air tools in the house anyway, they’re all in the shed with the compressor.

04/04/2019 21:51:42

I’m still unclear who actually owns the smaller sizes of cylinders. I was under the impression they remained the property of the company. It says here you should have a certificate if you own it.


04/04/2019 21:46:02
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 04/04/2019 15:16:07:

Hydrocarbons can continue to leach off the inside surfaces of propane tanks for a long time after they are emptied, so you can get an air/fuel mixture exiting the tank rather than just air.

If this is correct then there are potentially already 8 tyres out there somewhere with a possibly explosive fuel/air mixture in them?!

The bottom line is why do this though when the proper equipment is commonly available? It’s not cheap but it’s hardly expensive either and it looks well made and has the proper valves and gauge fitted.

04/04/2019 17:25:15

Its probably safer to use this then. smiley


Thread: Long drills
01/04/2019 16:00:34

Nice job Ian, thanks for sharing. yes

Thread: Chester 626 and Warco VMC spindle size
01/04/2019 09:12:10
Posted by Martin Connelly on 31/03/2019 23:36:01:

This has been stated numerous times but let's say it again, the tang does not drive a morse taoer drill, it is for ejection purposes only.

Martin C

No need for the rudeness Martin but many machines, mine included don’t even have an ejection port.

31/03/2019 23:18:13

You can check the dimensions of your socket against this:


It may be that the spindle on your machine was never cross milled to accept tanged tooling? I guess the only way to know for sure is to remove the spindle.

Thread: Fixed vertical metal bandsaw?
31/03/2019 22:47:57

I’ve seen lots of threads on forums over the years about reducing the speed of a wood cutting bandsaw to enable it to cut metal. The only successful conversion I saw however was made by copying the multi pulley system used in the JET bandsaws I linked to earlier.

If you look at the diagram on page 8 here:


You can see the drive setup is considerably different to a standard wood cutting bandsaw.

The drive speeds available on the JET are 3300 SFPM for wood down to 39 to 278 SFPM for steel etc.

Thread: Chester 626 and Warco VMC spindle size
31/03/2019 22:22:04

I’ve not looked into the spindle of my VMC but it must end in a flattened socket to drive the tang on my MT drill bits? Other tooling without a tang are held firm by a draw bar.

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