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Thread: New mill vice which one
23/02/2021 16:41:31
Posted by Steviegtr on 22/02/2021 20:55:03:

Just had another look on arc. The SG cast iron ones look very nice & would have the benefit of being able to move back or forward due to having slots as opossed to fixing points. mmmm. Any one got one of those models.

ARC No 130-040-03500.


Steve, I have that vice on my generic 626 mill. I find it very good indeed. One of the reasons for choosing that vice was the (relatively) low profile, as I suffered from lack of headroom with taller vices. You will need to supply your own clamps.


Thread: Hello from Yorkshire
07/01/2021 09:27:12

Hi Steve,

Where in Yorkshire are you?


Thread: straight shank adapter for MT2/MT3 drill bits
06/01/2021 09:31:57

Adapters are available - here is an example but rather pricey: Link

I am sure I bought one from Arc but can't find one in the current catalogue.

Thread: Changes to Fusion 360 Terms
18/09/2020 20:24:26

Here's another look at what's changing, and what some of the alternatives are: Fusion 360 changes . No connection etc. I don't think the changes will affect me, and if they do then the paid version at £22/month (over 3 years) is not outrageous, in my opinion.

18/09/2020 11:05:46

I use F360 as a personal, not for profit user. The 'free ride' is most definitely not over. I spoke to F360 support who pointed me to this blog Fusion 360 Blog which explains exactly what is happening. I was concerned about the reference to 10 documents, but the link above explains that this refers to 10 active documents; when you reach the limit of 10, simply archive an active document - make it inactive - and you are able to work on another document. All documents remain saved as archive documents, always accessible.

As SOD says above, Autodesk is not a charity.  However they will continue to provide a product that will do most of what hobbyists need, for free.


Edited for clarity.

Edited By John C on 18/09/2020 11:24:08

Thread: Myford Apron Dovetail Damage
15/07/2020 10:37:46

1. The saddle is still useable. The loss of bearing surface is negligible. The gib will only be damaged if it snags on a sharp edge of the hole. See below.

2, Yes. I would use an oilstone to smooth any rough edges, clean thoroughly and reassemble.

Good news I hope!


Thread: Leadscrew suppliers
08/07/2020 09:17:56


Thread: metal supplies
28/06/2020 11:08:09

Don't know if this was the name mentioned, but M-Machine metals have always been a very good source for me:

They are in Darlington but will post.


Thread: Help with lathe operation would be much appeciated.
23/06/2020 19:14:51


Glad you have had offers of help. I am in N Yorks so not a million miles from you . I would be more that happy to drill your bolts, or even make some bespoke ones. I have an excuse to drive up to Newcastle so could collect if that suits.

All the best,


Thread: Boxford 280 spindle nose runout
23/06/2020 19:09:55

Hi Gav, I have a Boxford 10-20, or X10 as Boxford refer to them, but essentially the same as yours I believe. The bad news is that last night I clocked the runout on the face of the spindle, and it was as near zero as I could see with a 0.01mm clock. Which leads me to suspect that you have a problem with your spindle. I have adjusted my spindle bearings but have never taken the spindle out. Unfortunately I think that if you have a bent spindle you are never going to get good results, although I agree that bespoke back plates for each chuck, assembled repeatably each time, will be your next best solution. I would, however, suggest rigorous re measurement of that runout ensuring you are not picking up any tiny chips or dings.

ATB, John

Thread: North Yorkshire Logging In
23/06/2020 18:58:40

Hi Brian,

Where in N Yorks (only rough location) are you? I'm near Easingwold. Welcome!

Thread: 3D CAD software - what do you use?
18/05/2020 15:54:28

Fusion 360 (free for hobby use) and cura to slice for printing.

Thread: Sharpening Fine tooth slitting Saws
18/05/2020 08:37:07

Hi Pete, This thread may help solve your problem:



Thread: Sanitizer
18/03/2020 21:47:23

Wring = wrong!

18/03/2020 21:45:24

Assumption here - very dangerous! If the OP is thinking about sanitising due to the Corona virus, the current advice seems to be that good old fashioned soap is the best defence - something to do with the way soap interacts with the virus. If this assumption is wring, please ignore.

Thread: Ebay being clogged up by certain sellers
06/01/2020 21:16:42

Reply to Clive:

Yes Clive, I have paid these charges. Paying the VAT is understandable, paying the Post Office £8.00 'admin fee' less so! However, i weigh up the total cost and decide if the item is worth it - it may still be cheaper than buying locally. In the cases I have experienced the item is held at the post office that keeps your undelivered mail and the postie drops a card through your door. You proceed to the post office, hand over the cash (or card) and the item is yours.


Thread: Imperial Fasteners
20/12/2019 19:33:11

Try Spalding Fasteners Wide range and great service.

No connection etc,


Thread: Another post for great service.
20/12/2019 16:31:11

I was after some small UNC grub screws and came upon Spalding Fasteners: Very reasonable prices, no minimum order and very fast delivery.

No connection, just a very satisfied customer. They have a great variety of items and may be worth a look.


Thread: 3D printer recommendations
23/11/2019 08:19:21

+1 for the Aldi printer, Cura software and Fusion 360 CAD.

Thread: Today's 'Live Chat' with TalkTalk
20/11/2019 18:42:59

Thread (continued) drift, but I got a Truecall unit free, gratis and for nothing through ( I think) Trading Standards. Takes few minutes to set up - they say you need an engineer but you don't - and once operational it requires human intervention to get a call to ring your phone ( press a number on your keypad). So all the robot diallers don't make it past the first fence. You can add your 'trusted numbers' to a list so they get straight through. I have to admit to being sceptical, but we have not had one scam call since I installed it. Gets my vote.

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