Here is a list of all the postings Vic has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Built-up edge|
Yes I’ve had alloy like that as well. It was just too gummy to mill so I binned it. I have been given some offcuts that were supplied specifically for CNC machines, no idea of grade but it machines really nicely.
|Thread: Reilang oil cans|
I had one that leaked years ago but the last one I bought is fine. Even so, I think I could put up with a small leak rather than pay ten times the price for a reilang. The reilang is not without its problems either, I read this a while back:
“The only thing I didn't like about the Reilang is the rubber washer. It slips out as you tighten the top. It won't happen the first time when it's dry, only when it has some oil on it. I replaced it with a snug-fitting o-ring, and it's been perfect since”
You shouldn’t have to modify a £30+ Oil can.
Nice Castrol one!
I use one like this but you can get them even cheaper.
|Thread: O ring sizes?|
Thanks for the link GC. I’m sure they go down small enough and the prices look good although I’ve not checked the postage.
The smallest standard size seems to be 1mm CS but I’ve found a specialist supplier that make miniature O rings. I’ve now found a supplier though that has O rings specifically for my needs. Not sure what size they actually are so I’m going to see if the ones I’ve ordered elsewhere fit first.
Pretty sure it was simply bearings I looked at, smallest was 1mm. I’ll check again.
Do any of you know off hand how small a section O Rings are available? I’ve just ordered some 1mm ID 1mm cross section O rings but they may be a bit too big in cross section.
|Thread: Triangular Screws|
On a building project at work many years ago they were using self drilling screws to fix into RSJ’s. The threaded screws had a small “drill bit” on the end and were put in with a special electric driver.
|Thread: What's your favorite Dan Gelbart video|
He is a very interesting character with lots of nice toys. The videos make good viewing.
|Thread: New tool post for my lathe|
All my most used insert tools have a single piece of packing bonded to the bottom so they are permanently on centre height. Just as quick and more rigid than a QCTP and no need to splash out hundreds of pounds on tool holders.
Of course, if you use exclusively hand ground HSS tooling then I can see the benefit of a QCTP but I don’t. I use mainly a Tangential Tool with built in height adjustment or insert tooling.
The last toolholder I bought was deliberately bought over size and the bottom machined to be on centre height.
|Thread: Drill running off course|
It‘s still on eBay for £4.60 for a 5mm.
The 10mm is only £6.70.
Free postage and says it’s located in Cheadle.
|Thread: Issue 286 Spot drills|
I can answer that one. It’s so the tip breaks off the smaller sizes so you need to buy new ones!
|Thread: Indexable tool holders|
I use insert tooling in a four way and they are permanently set to centre height by machining the bottom of the holders or bonding spacers underneath. One of my most used tools is a Tangential though so that needs height setting after sharpening so I made this which is very quick and easy to use.
|Thread: How many Hammers|
When I first started work as a mechanic I had the need of a ball joint splitter so asked the Foreman where it was. He said “it’s in your toolbox” noticing my confusion he walked over to my toolbox and selected a large ball pein hammer. I took about two heavy swings for him to release the joint! As far as I am aware the garage never actually owned a proper splitter and it was a Ford Dealer.
|Thread: cutter slippage using ER series collets|
What type of spanner are you using? I find this type more than long enough for bearing nuts:
|Thread: How to repair old King Dick socket extension?|
There is another option, it may never have had a ball in the first place. I’ve just been out to the garage to check and one of my Snap-On 6” extensions doesn’t have a ball but instead has a rounded pin. It has the same looking plug on the back. Similar to this:
Edited By Vic on 27/09/2019 12:39:42
Whilst I agree that the common method of fitting these detent balls is into a blind hole followed by peening that may not be the case here. What is assumed to be a repair plug may in fact be original? Could not the plug be pushed out, a suitable ball and spring fitted and the plug pushed back in? This does of course assume that the face of the hole doesn’t need some kind of remedial work.
|Thread: Jacobs JT2S taper|
Thanks Clive. I won’t be going to Japan to get an Arbor!
It still begs the question, why do manufacturers make chucks you can’t get the correct arbor for.
What’s the point of the JT2 S (short) taper? One of my chucks has it but I can’t find anyone that actually makes an arbor for it! Even Jacobs themselves don’t seem to make one. Yes I know a JT2 fits but it’s not very elegant and wastes space.
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