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Thread: Why are insert toolholders so expensive?
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.

Thread: Grinding your own lathe cutters
04/09/2019 13:49:37

I use a belt sander for tool sharpening and I can get a virtually polished surface on tools using a 240+ grit belt. I must try this next time on my Tangential Tool so see if it makes a noticeable difference in surface finish.

Thread: Arrand facemill TORX size..
04/09/2019 13:45:04

Yes I noticed that from the APT site Jason. I do have a T7 driver but I’ve never required it. All my tools with M2.5 Torx screws are T8.

Jason, are there any suppliers you recommend for the little hogger triangular inserts?

04/09/2019 11:31:52

This is quite interesting. I have a large selection of Torx insert screws ranging from M2.5 up to M6. I have several lengths of the M2.5 screws and having just checked they all take the Torx T8 driver.


Looking some more though I found there are some M2.5 screws with a smaller head that take the T7.


Which tools take which screws however remains unclear!

04/09/2019 11:13:35

That’s odd, the TCMT 1102 seems to have a 2.8mm hole through it so should take an M2.5 screw?


I have several tools that use M2.5 Torx screws and the driver for them is T8.


If it does turn out to be a T8 Alan I’ve got several T8 Flag style drivers I don’t use so you’re welcome to one.

I have a “Little Hogger” set of milling cutters that I got from Chronos and one of those takes inserts that look like TCMT inserts but are a little thicker I think. I’ve only ever got replacement inserts from Chronos and these use an M3.5 Torx screw that requires a T15 driver which comes with the set.

Thread: Mini mill or handtools for this job (rectangle with slots)
03/09/2019 20:05:45

I’m not a fan of MDF but Plywood on the other hand can be quite durable and often used for jigs by wood manglers. laugh

Thread: Arrand facemill TORX size..
03/09/2019 19:39:26

If it’s an M2.5 screw then I think it’s a T8. I find screwdriver type better than flag style drivers and are harder to mis place!smiley

Thread: Mains outlets with USB sockets - safety?
29/08/2019 10:58:06

I finally got round to buying and fitting an MK double socket with USB charging, we’ll see if it lasts longer than the previous Wickes one. Interestingly the instructions said it should be fitted by a “competent or instructed person”. It was a bit tricky to fit as the original installer left the wires a bit short.

Thread: Which oil and oil gun
28/08/2019 17:12:19

I should have added that mines loaded with slideway 68 at present.

28/08/2019 15:21:36

I’ve got a flexible spout oiler like this one.


Works fine.

Thread: Lathe rigidity
25/08/2019 19:20:32

I’m sorry if this has been asked before but is there any particular reason why you aren’t using a lathe chuck rather than one on a Morse taper?


Thread: Any one recommend a supplier of 1/4 inch lathe blanks
23/08/2019 22:30:52

I got some 8% Cobalt HSS from Cromwell Tools. They were on special offer at the time so very reasonably priced.

Thread: Outrageous?
22/08/2019 20:09:59

Ah yes, I forgot about the 28 days for delivery! I’m not sure I ever waited that long though. I recently ordered some parts from a company. I asked if the prices were inc or plus vat and how much the shipping was for the parts I required. I placed the order online and got several email confirmations. A week later and the parts hadn’t arrived so I emailed asking if the parts were in stock? No was the answer, lead time is 30 days so you should get them in three weeks time. It would have been really nice if they’d told me that up front then I could have looked elsewhere.

As for eBay I’ve only had one poor transaction and although the pictures of the product were very misleading the full description was actually fair. I use eBay virtually every week for all kinds of stuff.

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