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Thread: Help: Cordless angle grinder keeps shutting down?
09/06/2022 19:23:26

I have a Makita one, and the larger capacity packs are recommended. They do tend to pull quite a bit of power, so normally use a 5 or 6Ah one.

Thread: Green growth on car roof rails
06/02/2022 15:31:46

A pressure washer will definitely get rid of it, on a temporary basis, but be very careful near the rubber seals as they can be damaged with just a little too much pressure. (Experience teaches!)

Thread: Harrison 250
13/01/2022 16:59:34


These look like the ones I bought from Ebay 154566689162. They have been perfectly adequate for my M250, but you may have needed heavier duty.


12/01/2022 18:57:06
Posted by Norfolk Boy on 12/01/2022 18:11:42:

Hi Spurry, I have an M250 and they are quite low, so can see 2 benefits with that set up, gaining height and flexibilty. I will definitely use that idea. Where did you source the stout looking wheels? I am sure some may think it would affect ultimate accuracy but I would be more than happy with the trade off.


Being 6'3", the increase in bed height does reduce the amount I have to bend. The ability to move the machine at will is a huge benefit too. I guess the wheels would probably have come from Ebay, paid by Paypal 16/6/2010, at cost of £42.50. Cannot recall the exact seller, sorry.


12/01/2022 17:46:47


If you have a look in my album, there are several pictures of the mod. (It is not my original idea BTW.)

The actual raising and lowering action results from a cam action, so not much effort is required. The little odd-shaped piece is the auto lock.


12/01/2022 13:56:34

You could always mount on 5 wheels, which makes single-handed movement a doddle.



12/01/2022 13:46:19

Andrew's comment is correct regarding the factory alignment. My M250 was replaced by Harrisons when I bought it in 1986, because of a problem with the bed to stand joint.

I would agree with Richard that you could remove such bits as the motor, tailstock, end cover and splashback, to make it a little lighter.


Thread: Hi from sunny Norfolk (uk)
28/12/2021 22:53:06

Greetings too!! But have to admit it's been a bit wet and grim in my bit of Norfolk today.


Thread: 75mm x 2000mm Belt Linisher Build Thread
05/11/2021 11:31:35

Clive, I read the title as a linisher for a 2000mm belt, as the tiny linisher I have from Axminster tools uses a 785mm belt.


Thread: Music on TV Programmes.
04/11/2021 17:54:37

Don't, whatever you do, mention the volume of the adverts compared to the volume of the actual programmes.

Thread: Back to Imperial
17/09/2021 19:27:29

What's the betting/odds that petrol will not be sold by the gallon? £6.91 for a gallon - you must be joking!

Thread: Standard Surveying Thread?
15/09/2021 17:42:09

Thanks everyone for all the info. Most useful. yes So the definitive answer is a 55 degree thread or BSW.

I had bought some 5/8" UNC studding, and corresponding tap, on the gamble it was a UNC thread, as BSW is a bit thin on the ground in modern stuff.

The studding does fit the laser base without a problem, so as Jason commented, either will do.

(I have a couple of tripods, lasers, and adapters but all my measurements were so different, so as not to be much use, hence the search to find out 'exactly' what they should be)


15/09/2021 14:11:48

Having read through the interesting thread on the Leica specifications, would anyone have a definitive answer to what exactly is a Standard Surveying Thread.

It is used to attach a laser level to a tripod. The most info I can find is that it is 5/8" and 11TPI. The company I purchased the laser from are of the opinion that it is BSW, but cannot say for sure.

As a coincidence 5/8" x 11 TPI is also a standard UNC thread, but obviously a 60 deg compared to the BSW 55 deg.

In the general run of things, it probably does not not make a great deal of difference, and either would probably be suitable, but only one is correct. I am somewhat perplexed with the difficulty in finding the correct spec.


Thread: TurboCAD Query - Copying Between Drawings
03/05/2021 14:23:38

If an item is Selected then copied via the drop-down menu for Make Copy, the new copy can end up on top of the old one, so you think has not worked, when in fact it has. When tried several times, this can result in lines stacked on top of one another, one problem being that it just looks like one line.


Thread: Honda 125 electrics
28/03/2021 18:04:11

I think it certainly worth a try going through your scenario but with the engine running, before delving too deeply into what could be wrong.


Thread: Running a 3phase at home
23/01/2021 10:07:34

With regard to Stuart's summary above, the VFD option is fine providing the motor on your machine is not too large. On my Harrison M250 lathe, I have fitted a 240v VFD which absolutely superb. The variable speed is used all the time, and even makes changing gears easier, when at minimum speed, (as opposed to turning the motor off).

The mill's requirements on the other hand are too large for a standard VFD, hence the rotary device. The picture shows where it started. It's now moved to an adjoining room, but I can still hear the dam thing.


22/01/2021 22:59:17


You are obviously not as sensitive to noise as me.wink


22/01/2021 19:46:03

Whilst I agree wholeheartedly with Andrew, proper 3 phase is the way to go. It does however depend a great deal on which part of the country you are in. In Hertfordshire, it cost a few hundred, but in Norfolk they wanted well over £50,000, so I'm stuck with a noisy rotary inverter.


Thread: Retractable wheels etc for moving a Lathe ?
27/12/2020 23:01:03

There's always the 5 wheel option, especially useful for the taller person wishing the lathe was higher.winkimg_2863.jpg


Thread: Milton Keynes Metals?
19/12/2020 19:31:09
Posted by Dave Shield 1 on 19/12/2020 18:45:24:

Use M-machine metals very good service. cannot fault them.

Dave S

thumbs up Seconded.

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