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Thread: GigaFactory
05/07/2021 12:44:04

I’m actually just as interested in the decline in Diesel cars as we really need to get them off our streets as soon as possible. Luckily the message is getting across. Hopefully the complete ban on using Diesel cars can be brought forward by ten or fifteen years.


Thread: Milling machine in the (wood floored) workshop
04/07/2021 11:08:58

I’ve got a VMC simply screwed down to my wooden shed floor and haven’t experienced any problems with it so far.

Thread: 75mm x 2000mm Belt Linisher Build Thread
04/07/2021 11:06:23

If I need to chop a lump from a big bar I drill it then use a hacksaw. I have seen folks drill at 90° as well before sawing.
I joined the Belt Grinder group on FB, some nice looking machines on there.

Thread: GigaFactory
03/07/2021 20:20:00
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 16/06/2021 00:43:33:

Sorry Bazyle but that idea is just not tenable for many thousands of people who like me could not re-charge a car at home, and in many cases may not be able to do so at their destinations either.

What of all those who live in large blocks of flats, flats above town-centre shops; terraced houses built before motor-cars were common, or even invented? (As I do)

In homes built without drives, on banks well above or below the road level?

In trendy modern housing-estates built to resemble olde-worlde villages, with limited and scattered parking areas?The vague hope was that such pseudo-villages, like the Middle Farm estate (so-called ' Poundbury ' ) near Dorchester, in Dorset, would include or be very close to the places of employment etc. of residents, whom would appear assumed not to have lives outside of home and work. I think it was Government policy not so long ago to encourage such developments precisely to discourage car ownership.

Such motorists have to take pot-luck on where they park; so will need ready access to convenient public charging-points just as most (though by no means all) presently have ready access to convenient filling-stations. And the time to wait in long, long queues.


I think vast numbers of people will be forced off the roads by cost and practicality

Electric cars are very, very expensive new, and not very likely to drop sufficiently in price for any but those who can also afford homes with private drives and chargers. Low-price second-hand battery-electric cars are likely to be too expensive for many because the low price is due to its costly batteries having about expired. Sooner or later the revenue lost by reduced liquid-fuel sales will likely force the government to tax car electricity, and that possibility may be why if you have a high-power charger at home it has to have its own meter.

Practicality? Well, as above. If you cannot charge the car at home you are forced to use public chargers, and what takes 5 minutes now will take (by equivalence) 15 minutes or more, per car - and for less range, so something needing very careful thought.

How do you pay, too? I have seen no charging-points with card-readers, apparently intending paying the unstated cost by "smart"-phone... assuming all motorists have or will want such a 'phone, good 'phone signals, and you don't mind the added 'phone contract and middle-man fees. It assumes the only charger for miles around on a dark cold wet night will be a) working, b) not in a radio shadow, c) compatible with your car and phone - the government making no attempt to enforce both easy payment and single-standard electrics.

For example, from my home in the South of England to my caving-club in Yorkshire is 300 miles / 8 hours by petrol car, with about 100 miles on ordinary roads. To my brother near Glasgow is some 400miles, 8/9 hrs, about 80 miles non-motorway. These would become expeditions, especially in Winter when I would need prepare for far longer times and take warm clothing, hot drinks, and even a precautionary sleeping-bag. At least if I did not carry much with me, both are accessible by train, via Bristol - the club is close to a station on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.


I think many people's lives will become very limited or even very isolated; and all sorts of leisure and social activities, groups, venues etc. will be curtailed or ended, at great financial and cultural cost to the country with little real return for the overall good; climate-change notwithstanding.

Edited By Nigel Graham 2 on 16/06/2021 00:45:55

Do you ever park your car at a supermarket, DIY store, leisure centre etc etc that will in time all have dozens if not hundreds of charging points. Or does everything have to be done now, all at once. It took 25 Years for the first Petrol station to open in the UK.
If you’re driving 300 miles there are several EV’s that can do that. One of the Tesla’s does 400. The Highway Code though says you should be taking a break of 15 minutes every two hours - plenty of time for an EV top up whilst you’re having a coffee.

EV’s are expensive at the moment but the cost is coming down. Second hand models will trickle down as petrol models do. Only the super rich could afford petrol cars in the early days. ICE cars aren’t expected to be banned from our roads until 2050 so there’s plenty of time develop the EV concept.

EV Myths

I don’t yet have an EV but I’m hoping to get one when the price comes down a bit as they are much cheaper to run and absolutely lovely to drive I’m told.

Thread: TNMG inserts
03/07/2021 11:42:34

Thanks Chris. The particular attraction for me is that although they are a similar cost to other inserts you get six cutting tips. I’ll order some polished ones to try.

Thread: Strimmer /BrushCutter any recommendations ?
03/07/2021 11:37:42

Petrol powered tools used by gardeners have really destroyed the peace and quiet we used to enjoy in our village. Virtually every gardening “problem” seems to require a very noisy solution. I’m pleased with our battery powered mower but admit we don’t have a large amount of grass to cut. As for strimmers in particular I dread to think of the amount of wildlife destroyed by them every year. Hedgehogs in particular often seem to fall prey to them losing a limb or worse. I can only hope that Petrol powered garden tools get banned along with cars.

Thread: TNMG inserts
02/07/2021 22:44:56

Anyone use them? I’ve finally got round to trimming down the tool holder for my lathe and was thinking of getting some of the polished inserts for it.

Thread: Mystery DTI
02/07/2021 22:42:12
Posted by Sandgrounder on 02/07/2021 15:51:40:

I use mine quite a lot on my Sieg milling machine, mount in either the drill or collet chuck and it's so easy to run the table along and square up a vice or angle plate etc.


Aha, thanks for that John. I have a Starrett back plunger gauge but never thought of using it like that!

Thread: 75mm x 2000mm Belt Linisher Build Thread
02/07/2021 18:18:05

Looking good so far. Thanks for the write up and pictures, very interesting. wink

Thread: Parting off help!
28/06/2021 16:04:16
Posted by AdrianR on 28/06/2021 13:41:13:

I am completely sold on T shaped blades with a hollow top. Similar to the ones Eccentric Engineering sell, although I have a SOBA 1/2" from Chronos. The swarf is folded slightly which makes it narrower than the slot so less chance of jams. No worries about grinding the top rake, and the tool is held at 0 degrees so no height issues.

Yes Adrian, I agree. Mine were originally from Chronos but I had to buy my last blade from Axminster. They do indeed work very well and must have saved me quite a bit on the cost of carbide parting inserts.

Thread: Cold blue for Aluminium?
27/06/2021 19:42:56

Sand blasting then waxing gives a nice finish to aluminium.

Thread: Dial Gauge
25/06/2021 12:07:31
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 23/06/2021 16:22:25:

I would trust a Starrett quarter-inch to be a true quarter-inch, unlike some of the what-the-'eck diameters on some of my bought stand clamps and bars.

According to my Moore & Wright its actually 6.26mm. laugh

Thread: Bureaucracy with a tinge of Madness
23/06/2021 22:03:16

I’ve had similar problems. Why are they asking for a NI driving licence and why isn’t a UK one good enough. I thought at the time it was a deliberate scam by HMRC just to be awkward and my view hasn’t changed.

Thread: Dial Gauge
23/06/2021 15:59:36

I do have a variety of different fittings for DTI mounts but nothing suitable at the moment. Many years ago I did buy very cheaply a double mount that has 4mm and 8mm holes that fits absolutely nothing I currently have! laugh

I have a 1/4” reamer, slitting saws and a knurling tool, I just need inspiration for the best type of mount to make.

23/06/2021 14:34:06

I’ve got a back plunger Dial Gauge like this:


But it doesn’t get as much use as it might due to the 1/4” mounting shaft fixture. Any suggestions on what I should make or buy to make this more easily mounted on my mag bases etc? Links to products or pictures would be good. TIA.

Thread: To ER is human but ER collets could be divine
19/06/2021 11:24:56

Direct fit collet chucks normally allow you to pass stock right through the head stock which can be very handy. Morse taper shanked chucks work fine but should be secured with a draw bolt.

Thread: Barbeque Time
18/06/2021 22:20:07

Looks to be a common enough job.
15/06/2021 12:51:03

Yes, it’s that time of year fast approaching.

My BBQ uses Patio Gas which I understand is just Propane. It has a push on fitting to the bottle, the regulator is a fixed 37mb. I don’t have an economical supplier of replacement bottles but I do have a couple of the ordinary red propane bottles. I’ve seen fixed 37mb regulators to fit these bottles so is there any reason I can’t swap just the reg and hose over on the BBQ? It’s the same gas at the same supply pressure just a different bottle.

Thread: GigaFactory
15/06/2021 12:42:31

I saw this the other day.


Thread: I Need this exact motor!
12/06/2021 20:13:02

Martin, a couple of questions for you if I may. What are those little “teeth” like objects in the bottom right of your picture? And, will you be using a glass platen on your grinder like some folks do across the pond?

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