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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Nuts!
11/02/2020 23:11:26

Edited By JasonB on 12/02/2020 06:59:54

Thread: silver solder rods
10/02/2020 14:09:59

It’s surprising what some older folk have stashed away. I bought some brand new milling cutters for not much money at a car boot and the guy gave me a couple more to get rid of them.

Thread: Metric V Imperial Measurement
07/02/2020 22:41:48

I bought a router recently that came with 1/4” and 3/8” collets as standard. I also bought 6mm and 8mm collets for it though at the same time. All the new router bits I’ve bought for it are 6mm but I do have plenty of old 1/4” ones as well.

Thread: What bench drill
07/02/2020 18:09:39

As I mentioned in another post I was shocked by the JET drill they bought at work. Dreadful surface finish on the table and base and the column was made from steel tube with a wall thickness of a under 3mm. It was pretty noisy as well. If you’re spending more than £200 then wait for an old English drill in good working order.

Having said all that I commented to a local supplier that a bench drill lounging unused on his workshop floor looked good. It turned out to be a Chinese machine that looked very well made to me. It was over 20 years old he said and had it’s origins clearly marked. He said it was a nice machine.

Thread: What is This?
06/02/2020 18:13:16

I wonder if it’s something to do with metal banding used on crates etc?

Thread: How do I change the "default" lever angle on my Verdict DTI?
02/02/2020 10:29:47
Posted by Paul Lousick on 02/02/2020 06:23:03:

Im not familiar with the Verdict but on all of the ones that I have the lever has a friction grip and simply twisted to the angle required.


Yes all mine work like that.

Thread: New computer possibly required
01/02/2020 11:00:13

Is it worth mentioning that huge numbers of users now use tablets rather than laptops? smiley

Thread: Bench grinder wheels for HSS lathe tools
27/01/2020 11:22:38
Posted by Derek Lane on 27/01/2020 10:22:41:

Something worth noting is that not all grinders are suitable for the CBN wheel.

Any particular reasons? I’m not interested in using a CBN wheel at the moment but may consider it a some point in the future.

Thread: scam alert
26/01/2020 09:14:42

Within the last couple of weeks we’ve had two scam emails, one from “Virginmedia” and another from “TV Licencing”. They were both sent to virgin email addresses so I suspect virginmedia may have been hacked for addresses. I forwarded one to their scam email dept.

Thread: Milling vise mods
25/01/2020 20:16:49

I have the same issue with my vice and mill. I had to mount my vice length ways a few months back so glad I didn’t mill off the end of the vice. I like your solution though so may carry out a similar modification on my vice. Thanks for posting. wink

Thread: Steel for cutter?
23/01/2020 09:10:02

Thanks for the comments and the links folks!

22/01/2020 22:08:01

These are ridiculously expensive for just occasional use. I’m sure I could hand cut something similar myself but what steel to use that I can harden easily? A slice of silver steel would I’m sure do the job but a 2” bar would be a bit pricey when I only need an inch or two. Any ideas of suitable stock sold in short lengths? TIA.

Thread: Help choosing my lathe
22/01/2020 21:57:25
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 22/01/2020 20:53:48:

Hi Swarfy,

It really depends on what you want to make.

If you make model steam engines from old plans dimensioned in inches of scled from imperial sizes,imperial is easiest.

If you are making things to go with modern metric parts, then metric.

If you make your own stuff, whatever you enjoy using most.

Don't worry about resale, at that level it makes little difference and a few quid each way is nothing compared to the convenience of having a machine you are comfortable with.


Yes, good advice.

I’m a bit younger and much prefer inches for woodwork and metric for metalwork! laugh

Thread: Torx Grub Screws?
22/01/2020 20:50:44
Posted by D.A.Godley on 22/01/2020 19:02:23:
Posted by Vic on 22/01/2020 13:49:37:

I would like to use some Torx socket set (grub) screws for some projects but can’t seem to find a supplier. There


At the recent London MX , I noticed that one trader had a range of Torx screws being sold individually , from what I recall , it would have been MA Tooling 07973843142 , or possibly Peak Tools , Of Hope Valley , Derbyshire .

I am sorry I can’t be more definite as to which it was , but the image of the tray at the end of the stand is very clear in my recollection, and if it helps anyone else remember , the stands were close to the displays of boats .

Hope it’s of some help

Thanks for that.

22/01/2020 17:44:23
Posted by John MC on 22/01/2020 17:26:10:

The problem I have found with Torx is that the next size down (to the correct size) key almost fits, without care it can easily be mistaken for the correct size key. If the fastener isn't too tight it will undo. If its tight then rounds out the socket nicely. My local BMW motorcycle dealer hates them because of this, they are frequently asked to remove a damaged Torx fastener by owners who are unfamiliar with them.


I must admit I’ve never had that problem and the Torx carbide insert screws on some of my tooling go down to M2.5.

22/01/2020 17:15:20

I found one size - M5x5 on eBay quite some time ago but they were in Germany and not cheap. Using I’ve found These - bottom of the page.

22/01/2020 16:35:41

Torx are much less likely to round off the socket, particularly in the smaller sizes.

22/01/2020 13:49:37

I would like to use some Torx socket set (grub) screws for some projects but can’t seem to find a supplier. There is one hit that comes up in the UK but it’s for quoting so suspect they won’t be interested in supplying 10 off of a particular size! Not sure of sizes yet but metric from M3 to M6.

Thread: Granville senior lathe
22/01/2020 13:15:39

Maybe some pictures Here may be of help?

Thread: Power Hacksaw Blades
22/01/2020 13:12:36

Many years ago I was given a scraper made from an old Eclipse power hacksaw blade. It was very useful and kept a good edge but I’ve sadly mislaid it. It’s a long shot I know but do any of you know of a possible source for old, used HSS power saw blades? They need to be in the 1 1/2” to 2” wide range so quite large. I’ve actually got several uses in mind if they’re not too expensive.

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