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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Tyres for bandsaw
24/07/2019 10:43:18

Have a look here.


If they can’t help I have heard of folks gluing inner tube rubber on the wheels.

Thread: Lathe tooling
22/07/2019 12:58:42

I agree with Howard about the Tangential Tool. I use one for most of my turning as well. Much cheaper to run on small bits of HSS than using inserts.

22/07/2019 10:03:08

I have several insert tools that get mounted in a four way tool post. Two have thin gauge plate epoxied to the bottom of the holder, one has thicker steel bolted to the bottom of the holder. This keeps them permanently on centre height. I also have another bigger tool holder that I carefully skimmed the bottom off until it was on centre height. I only have a 8 x 14 lathe but it can take tool holders up to 14mm so I use 12mm holders with bonded spacers or cut down 16mm holders.

Thread: What mills have you had
21/07/2019 13:24:59

I had a well used Omnimill but had to sell it as the removal company wanted too much to shift it to the new house. I’ve now got a Warco VMC which is nice enough. It was over budget at the time but I’m so glad I got a mill with a knee. I think I’d struggle without as all the mills I’ve used have had them. If money had been no object I’d probably have bought something like an Aciera. I was offered a Bridgeport in good condition years ago for not a lot of money but they take up far too much space.

Thread: Cruise meeting crash
20/07/2019 15:56:30
Posted by KWIL on 20/07/2019 14:33:37:

How many of those attending the event had insurance they could rely on? ALL modifications have to be notified to insurers, I would bet many have not declared their vehicles correctly.

Yes quite. I knew a policeman who had his Skoda Diesel chipped to add a couple of dozen BHP and I’m pretty sure he didn’t inform his insurers. Some of these young lads have high enough insurance as it is so I doubt they could afford the “modifications”.

I don’t know how some of these vehicles get through the MOT to be honest.

Thread: Wiggler or edge finder?
19/07/2019 22:24:32

There is also the simple bearing edge finder.


Thread: Black Oxide coating
19/07/2019 13:49:45

I had a tour of the Axminster Tools facility yesterday which was very interesting. In the manufacturing dept the guide explained that they have changed to using stainless steel for some of their products due to the fact that the Black Oxide coating applied to ordinary steels is no longer environmentally viable. At least I think that’s the term he used. Interestingly though I noticed they’re still using black Unbrako socket screws. I wonder how they’re blacked and if the process used will change soon? Well worth a trip there if you get the chance, they have some amazing Japanese CNC machines there and they’re installing an even bigger one soon requiring an extension to the building.

Thread: Cruise meeting crash
19/07/2019 10:44:17

I don’t understand either plasma. There are often mobile speed cameras in my area and you can be done for going a few miles an hour over the limit. On the other hand we have motorcyclists racing up and down a local dual carriageway at over double the national speed limit and the police do nothing. This happens most weekends even in winter unless the weather is very bad.

Thread: Rounded Torx Screw Removal
17/07/2019 09:12:33
Posted by Hollowpoint on 16/07/2019 11:03:43:

I had the same problem with a second hand tool. I just hit the carbide tip with a chisel to break it. The screw then just came out by hand.

Good idea! You win the cigar! laugh

Thread: Plan/Design for spanner roll?
16/07/2019 15:32:14

The “spanner” roll I was given on a government training course was brown cotton twill. It was a plain rectangle, the pockets were flat and there was a flap that covered the top end of the spanner’s. I believe all trades including mechanics, carpenters and plumbers were all given the same tool roll.

Thread: Cheap Tipped Tool Set - Maybe not all bad..?
16/07/2019 13:15:51

In spite of grinding to a useable state I’ve still found them rubbish. I know some folks can get on with them though.

Thread: Best way to cut HSS tool blanks from bar?
16/07/2019 13:12:07

Cutting it that way will be fine Jim. HSS has to get very hot to loose it’s hardness.

Edited By Vic on 16/07/2019 13:12:29

Thread: Rusty tooling restoration
15/07/2019 20:40:39

Battery charger and washing soda works really well and doesn’t etch the surface like acid will.

Thread: Any other business?
15/07/2019 20:10:33

I’ve watched many of the Air Crash Investigation programmes on TV. One accident happened because everyone suffocated. Incredulously there is a switch in the cockpit that effectively turns the air supply off. The switch was set to manual instead of auto during maintenance but the pilots failed to notice it.

The flight crew overlooked the pressurisation system state on three separate occasions”


I found the TV series very interesting. Most of the crashes were due to pilot error, poor design or inadequate servicing as I remember.

Thread: Electric Cars
15/07/2019 14:31:00

Oh dear. laugh


Thread: My new lathe a Warco 918
15/07/2019 11:06:08

Ron, if your collet chuck had a standard nut remove it and place it in the cupboard and get one of the Ball bearing type like this. laugh


Quite often I don’t even bother using the spanner for some small stuff, I just close it with my hand.

Edit: Dave beat me to it whilst I was typing!

Edited By Vic on 15/07/2019 11:07:02

Thread: Recent threads
15/07/2019 09:12:36
Posted by David Standing 1 on 15/07/2019 08:32:32:

Ah, it was the Aldi laser level thread?

Still pretty tame in the handbags at dawn stakes I see on other forums, and Facebook! laugh

I believe the electric car thread also had some unnecessary banter. The poster couldn’t even spell it properly, unless he’s Australian. laugh

14/07/2019 21:51:23
Posted by martin perman on 14/07/2019 10:12:39:


I enjoy reading the various topics that crop up on this forum and learn a lot but recently there seem to be a lot of one upmanship, using acronym's that are difficult to decipher and even swearing, putting people down when they have made an opinion and arguing over sometimes silly points. Why cant we all get along and respect each others views or opinions without reducing it to written abuse.

Martin P

I agree Martin there has been some unnecessary rudeness recently. Luckily it is only one or two. Excusing it just because it’s an Internet forum isn’t helpful, there’s never an excuse for rudeness. Use of acronyms is sometimes justified but can also be down to laziness.

There is an “Ignore Member” button you can use if you want to. Unfortunately although I have used this for several members you still see their posts if you’re not logged in. As the antiquated software on here keeps logging me out it’s not so useful as it could be.

Thread: Electric Cars
13/07/2019 20:23:24

“Not to underestimate the difficulties, but I think autonomous vehicles are clearly possible today. Whether they're legal on the public highway or not depends only on our attitude to risk. I suggest autonomous vehicles should be accepted as soon as they achieve accident rates lower than humans. As computers don't get tired, drunk, go racing, show-off, misjudge distances, and aren't distracted by leggy blondes it may be sooner than expected!”

Here you go Dave.


Thread: Any other bowmakers on here?
13/07/2019 17:44:38

Interesting construction Mike, more complex than I would have expected.

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