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Member postings for Ian Hewson

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Thread: Sieg X3 Tacho
23/02/2021 13:26:50

on my sx2 I have a hole drilled in the drawbar cover for the sensor, and the neodium magnet just sticks to the drawbar, no glue.


Thread: Winter Gloves ... any recommendations ?
14/02/2021 14:31:58

Would hot hands heat packs work for you, used to use for golf for my wife.
available online.

Thread: Chuck backplate error
08/01/2021 16:31:34

I may be wrong, but I always understood the the registers on the spindle nose were for alignment, the thread was for holding the Chuck on only.

Thread: ME Beam Engine - Water Pump Connections
31/12/2020 12:31:03

Or you could add a baked bean tin and pump water too and fro, as in my engine.

Had to do a screenshot as video of engine running was too large.


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Edited By Ian Hewson on 31/12/2020 12:32:16

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
16/12/2020 17:27:31

Hi Anthony

your antique soldering iron is but a youngster, I am still using my Henley Solon iron that I bought 63 years ago at Valances in Leeds. It is still going strong and is totally original apart from a thinner bit that I made just after I bought it.

Would never have guessed that I would still be using it after all these years, but it is surprising how many tools bought when young are still in use today.

Thread: Free inserts.
12/12/2020 17:02:27

Hi, Me too please.

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
03/12/2020 10:21:33

Hi Keith

Set mine up last week, it cuts 30mm round bar with no trouble, seems a solid piece of kit.


Edited By Ian Hewson on 03/12/2020 10:22:52

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.


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