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Member postings for Ian Hewson

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Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
25/11/2020 09:51:44

Hi Martin & Novice

Thanks for your posts with tips for the saw, much appreciated, good to know the saw works fine without oil whilst cutting. Always used oil on my larger bandsaw, but from memory it had metal driving wheels without and drive bands on them to wear or perish.


Edited By Ian Hewson on 25/11/2020 09:52:29

24/11/2020 19:51:46

My Aldi saw arrived today, seems a lot better than the Lidl one that was returned faulty. Could do with a support for the saw when in the raised position as it seems easy for it to fall whilst you have your hands underneath using the vice, something I will have to attend to.

The instructions say not to use a soluble coolant whilst using the saw, rubber drive bands I suppose.

What do you use for steel cutting, any suggestions, or just use dry and increase wear on the blade?

Ordered a new blade from Tuff saws as the supplied blades seem a bit coarse.


Thread: rounding off lever ends
23/11/2020 13:55:12

If you have a belt linisher they are great for rounding ends etc, even the cheap ones work well, saves a lot of filing.

learned to file and hacksaw 60 years ago at the R.o.f Barnbow, and it taught me that a machine was much better sweating over the work than me.


Thread: Clearing spark plug thread
19/11/2020 23:56:05

I used an old spark plug that I cut a spiral groove down the thread with an hacksaw when I needed to clean out spark plug threads. That worked well for me.


Thread: Electric vehicles
19/11/2020 11:31:49

It’s not the technology that’s the real problem, but the number of people on this planet that use it.

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
13/11/2020 17:27:28

Seems I was right to think posting that my Lidl saw was working ok might jinx it. It packed up this afternoon, no drive from motor to gearbox as I was cutting some 30mm bar. Packed up and returned to Lidl for a no quible refund.

Now ordered the Scheppach from Aldi, fingers crossed with this one.


05/11/2020 18:01:35

Bought the Lidl saw on Sunday, worked straight from the box, cut 20mm steel with no trouble.

Yes, it’s not toolroom quality, but it’s also not toolroom price. For £99.00 it’s a bargain.

The blade doe’s jump, but no more than on the other larger bandsaw I used to have d before my move.

The vice is easily modified by any competent engineer, if you want to.

It is compact and fills my needs adequately, with a three year guarantee, would I by again? Yes.

The Femi is a nice saw I believe, but is it better value for another £350.

02/11/2020 10:54:19

Just had a look on the Lidl NI web site and the saw is £10-00 cheaper for some reasonsad


01/11/2020 16:08:44

After my post last week about Rage circular saws and deciding against them I saw the heads up on the Lidl bandsaws and piped down today and bought one.

Set it up and tried it, very pleased with it(fingers x that doesn’t jinx it), cut through 1/2 inch mild steel bar like butter. Cut square and clean, fits on the bench nicely, should be just what I need.

Vice may need looking at as there’s a bit of an overhang, but for the money it seems a buy.


Thread: Parcelforce or DPD
28/10/2020 17:05:59

Hi Ketan

had quite a few deliveries from you lately, as I set up my new workshop and I must say Parcelforce have been fine as have DPD.

Great service from you and them.

Might just be lucky where I live as all other firms deliveries have been fine during covoid.


Thread: De-magnetising
24/10/2020 16:53:52

For non too delicate tools, screwdrivers spanner’s etc, a sharp rap on the vice will often demagnetise them.

Thread: Evolution rage2
18/10/2020 19:06:49

Hi guys

Thanks for all the reply’s, think that I won’t be getting one after your advice, noise would be a consideration, just got a nice set of quiet neighbours.

Thanks for your generous offer Alan, much appreciated, but it looks like I will be using the old Armstrong hacksaw for now.

18/10/2020 18:04:41

Thanks for the fast reply Frances, that is the kind of info I am looking for, online videos are all very well, but someone with practical experience of the for our kind of use is invaluable.


18/10/2020 17:51:11

Last year I moved house and sold nearly all of my workshop equipment as we were downsizing.
I have now got withdrawal symptoms and have bought a mini lathe and mill which fit in to my garden shed. As space is limited I was considering the evolution rage 2 chop saw for cutting metal.

Has anyone got any information on these saws regarding performance and noise levels please?

Thread: Spindle Speed
26/09/2020 10:01:49

Look for digital tachometer on the bay, £8-99 or so. Easy to fit and work well

Thread: good service Arc eurotrade
12/08/2020 15:46:51

After moving house a year ago and downsizing I had sold 95% of my workshop.
my new shop is a small shed, so I have gone the route of a mini lathe and mill to while away the approaching winter.

The additional chuck I bought for the lathe had more runout for a sc Chuck, so I contacted Arc and spoke to Ian.

The upshot was he agreed with my assessment and arranged an immediate replacement without any problems.

It arrived in less than 24 hrs.

Needless to say a very happy customer, thanks to Arc and Ian, if only all retailers were like them😀.


Thread: I'm thinking of selling up, whats it worth?
10/07/2020 11:38:00


You won’t get anything like you would think, especially if you need to sell fast, dealers offers are ridiculously low and private sales take time.

I was in the same boat last year and sold, gave away all my workshop for a lot less than it would have cost me to buy.

That said, I have not yet missed the workshop with all the jobs in the new house that appear.

Use it as an opportunity to do new things and you may not be disappointed, good luck with your move👍.


Thread: Mill X axis
19/06/2019 19:26:09

Myfordboys site gives size of motor etc, works well on mine, but I think you will find limit switches are a good idea, you can get more than a gentle hum if you reach too far.

19/06/2019 14:02:46

Have a look at Myfordboys website for fitting stepper motors to your mill, not using arduino for control, but works well for feeding fast and slow feeds. Some pics on my albums of the stepper fitted to my mill, no gearing needed.

Thread: Casting & print source for Ferrabee Pillar Engine?
13/06/2019 08:51:03

The pillar is a heavy lump to turn down, and quite a lot of heat is needed to silver solder the cylinder casting together.

Quite a nice engine to make though. I have some pics on my album of it nearly finished.

I would have posted a video of the finished engine running on air if I knew how.

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