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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Aciera F3
15/09/2019 22:31:34

A quick search reveals this, any good?


Thread: Mill bit for cutting HSS
15/09/2019 15:24:06

I’ve found HSS cuts quite well on a Lathe with carbide tools. Not yet tried it on the mill though.

Thread: Spiral Flute Tap?
15/09/2019 10:30:23
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/09/2019 09:55:51:

Struggling to follow this discussion, and the terminology


I’m not surprised. No one seems to have read or perhaps understood my OP. I didn’t ask how they worked as I already knew. Your linked document though is very interesting and proves it’s not as simple as I or many others on here thought given the large range of spiral taps available. I don’t think anyone knows the answer to the original question but that’s ok the thread has turned out to be quite informative not least due to your post.

I will buy a number of spiral flute taps and see how I get on with them as I often tap blind holes.

Thread: MT2 or ISO30
14/09/2019 16:30:13

There are indeed lots of cheap Morse Taper tooling around but I’d personally go for the ISO30. I suppose you can get ISO30 to Morse adapters if required?

Thread: Spiral Flute Tap?
14/09/2019 09:21:43

I saw a YouTube video a couple of years back showing the difference between spiral flute and spiral point taps and how they work.

The question was why there were described as machine taps but are now described by some as suitable for hand use.

13/09/2019 18:33:51

All my tapping is done in the lathe or on the mill so I’ll try a couple and see how I get on. Thanks.

Thread: Spring Tapping Guide
13/09/2019 18:05:23

Thanks for that Thor.

Thread: Spiral Flute Tap?
13/09/2019 15:45:16

These are normally described as “machine” taps but I’ve just seen a supplier say they can be used by hand.


Anyone know why they aren’t just called spiral taps? Where does the machine part come from and why aren’t all taps like this? Just being nosey LOL.

I think some of my taps are getting a bit worn so need to get some new ones.

Thread: Spring Tapping Guide
13/09/2019 15:36:14

I have three of these and use them quite often but they have a common problem. They all have 1/2” bodies which is too large for one of the two smaller chucks I often like to use. Simple things I know but have any of you seen a drawing for a 10mm shank version to save me some time on the computer. TIA.

Thread: Why are insert toolholders so expensive?
11/09/2019 21:03:27

Yes, all good points Neil.

As far as toughness of the material goes, I had to trim about 2mm from the bottom of a Sandvik tool holder for work and it was quite hard all the way. I used small depth of cut with a solid carbide endmill.

Thread: O rings.
11/09/2019 15:20:58
Posted by Grenville Hunt on 11/09/2019 14:21:47:

Could you not cut one of your kit O rings to size and superglue the ends as you would with a splicing kit?

They used to sell kits with various sizes of cord, a jig and some glue. I wonder if they still sell them?

Thread: Why are insert toolholders so expensive?
11/09/2019 15:18:32

I suspect one of the critical differences between industrial and hobby tool holders is the tight tolerance of its dimensions. The whole point of modern industrial tool holders used for example in CNC machines is that you don’t spoil the whole point of them by bolting them into an adjustable change holder. The insert or whole tool can be removed and replaced without even thinking if the tool is on centre.

The last tool holder I bought was £14 inc postage and was not too difficult to machine so that once fixed in my four way tool post is always on centre. The most expensive holder I bought was from JB cutting tools at £20 but it is a double sided holder so you can flip it over and cut left or right with it.

11/09/2019 10:34:35

I think the answer is they aren’t expensive. At least in the sizes many hobbyists use. It says here prices from £12.


Thread: Cheapskate Sandblaster
07/09/2019 10:14:33
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 06/09/2019 15:52:49:
Posted by JasonB on 06/09/2019 13:40:34:
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 06/09/2019 11:15:07:

. The con rod was held down on the patio with a welly clad foot for blasting


The only problem I see with that is Mrs Tangler will want the rest of the patio pressure washed to match

Actually, I've given up using a pressure washer on the patio. I find "Patio Magic" more effective, longer lasting and much easier. I had to go and find the Karcher in the loft.


I wouldn’t be happy using a Biocide like patio magic compared to plain water from my jet washer.

Thread: Replacement Milling Machine
06/09/2019 08:46:15

I’ve personally only used knee mills so I think would struggle at first to use a mill without a knee like the super major.

If you can get over this then either mill should work for you. If it were me I’d buy another knee mill though. Please let us know how you get on once you have it. We like machine reviews.

Thread: Arrand facemill TORX size..
05/09/2019 13:11:10

Just to confuse things some companies like Sandvik use Torx Plus screws on their tools. They are designated IP for Internal Plus on the drivers. Screws and drivers are said to be not interchangeable with regular Torx. Picture here:


Thread: Cheapskate Sandblaster
05/09/2019 13:03:44

Jason, I use it for all kinds of things. Biggest project was a Target Crossbow, blasted before Anodising. I particularly like the finish it gives on tools though. After blasting I clean it off and add a coat of Microcrystalline Wax.


05/09/2019 11:24:48

I use this in my blasting cabinet.


Thread: Arrand facemill TORX size..
04/09/2019 18:11:50
Posted by JasonB on 04/09/2019 13:47:05:

I don't use mine a lot and have only bought then from Glanze/Chronos though last time I ordered they were OS of teh shape I wanted.

Apparently it’s a TNMA 1103 according to Chronos.

04/09/2019 18:09:30

I’ve got a spare T8 if you need it Alan. I bought a pack of them to give to friends with some tools I made for them.

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