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Member postings for Ian Hewson

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Thread: Milling power feed
24/09/2018 09:22:15


Check out my thread of last week stepper motor speed control and connections, it shows how I fitted x control to my mill using Myfordboys guide and connections, works a treat!

The wiring diagrams and driver settings are opened at the end of Myfordboys video by clicking on the down button and going on to his blogspot.

Whilst scrap components will work, you have to first source them, and then hope they are ok.

Car scrapyards in this day and age are not the source they were in my younger days and there is a lot to be said for buying new components on the net


Thread: Stepper motor speed control connections
20/09/2018 16:49:53


Finally got the speed controller from China today and wired it in, used spring loaded push buttons for the fwd/rev and on/off control.

Thanks once again for all the help given, especially Myfordboy.

the set up works fine, plenty of power, just needs a swarf cover for the motor and perhaps some limit stops.


Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2018
13/09/2018 20:03:31

Still don’t know how Jason fits it all in to a day, I feel tired imagining how he does it👍

Thread: Beer and Grapefruit
13/09/2018 19:56:11

Can’t have grapefruit due to some of my blood pressure medications, so it seems like I’m not missing out then😜

Thread: Arc
11/09/2018 10:31:23

Hi Ketan

Hope to see your adverts again😀, wouldn’t want you to go!


11/09/2018 10:11:44

Am I looking in the wrong place, or have the adverts for Arceurotrade been removed?

Thread: Stepper motor speed control connections
04/09/2018 11:15:18

Quick update, I have ordered the parts on Myfordboys video and am being sent the connection details that I needed.

Apparently the speed controllers do not have any connection details supplied with them, as a few of the people who purchased them commented on in their reviews.

A lot easier than trying "suck it and see" with easily fried components if you have the relevant connection details to hand.

Once again thanks for all the help offered, much appreciated, I will post on how I get on when the parts arrive and I have fitted them.


04/09/2018 09:58:23

Thanks for your constructive replies, the Myfordboy video is the one that I first saw, but the wiring between the components was not given.

My mill uses a small geared dc motor at present as shown in Mike Weeblys site, but it is a small motor and can be a bit under powered.

Motor length would not be a problem Joe, and thanks for the run through on torque etc, appreciated.

It was just the connections shown in the video are not clear via the screen shots, and I wanted clarification.

03/09/2018 22:54:11

Thanks for your suggestion Bazyle, I am not unaware of electronics, and want to use a readily available module with a rotary speed controler.

I spent most of my working life in the electricity supply industry, and know the pitfalls of wrong connections, that is why after spending time researching the web and not finding the relevant details I asked for help, not sarcasm.

03/09/2018 22:15:42

Thinking of replacing the mill table feed on my Dore Westbury with a stepper motor fed using one of the Pwm speed control units from eBay etc.

I am thinking in terms of a nema23 motor with a quimat 6600 driver with a direct connection to the feed screw.

I see how the motor connects and sets up, but am not sure of the connections from the speed control module to the driver are made.

Has anyone used this set up or knows how to connect it.


Thread: A useful safety addition to the drill press
30/08/2018 23:03:20

Got a cheap x y vice mounted to the base of my Fobco drill, use for 99% of my drilling jobs, easy enough to remove if a larger item is needed to be drilled. Easy to move co-ordinates too.

Use the Dore Westbury mill if more than usual precision is required.

Thread: Clarkson's Horizontal Compound
29/08/2018 17:12:51

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Thread: Myfirst Myford Super 7 Mk1 Lathe - accessory identification
28/08/2018 10:17:58


Number 9 is a piece of electrical cable tray, originally used to support cables over voids etc, probably screwed to the workshop wall as a storage item for the saw table components.

10 is the oil gun

Thread: Solder..?
23/08/2018 12:31:25

Also used for wiping cable glands to pilcswa electrical cables and in the metal pot for soldering weak back ferrules to joint the cables.

Fitting and cable were tinned and then built up with layers of plumbers metal using a torch, metal , pat with moleskin, you had to get it in the right order or you knew about it😩.

Compression fittings used later for jointing

Thread: Are Model Engineering Exhibitions The Same
19/08/2018 21:13:31

Having had my first taste of a model engineering club 58 years ago, and experiencing model engineers behaviour at shows for the last 40 years, I would not go near a club, but put up with exhibitions.

Don’t think the behaviour is restricted to model engineers exclusively though, you only have to use public transport or frequent public spaces to appreciate the downturn in manners.

Having said that there are still some old fashioned ladies and gentlemen on this site who give freely of there help, I think they know who they are and are appreciated.

14/08/2018 16:43:38

Yes, simple answer!

Thread: Lathe tool angles
13/08/2018 18:20:37

X2 Larry!

Thread: WM18 Earth Fault - Looks like Controller blew
12/08/2018 09:46:56

As it’s under guarantee I would suggest you don’t start playing with it, Warco have a 6 month on site option to use.

Dismantling could void your warranty.

Thread: Let's hear it for British manufacturing!
08/08/2018 16:23:48

Not having kids, I and my wife have paid, and are still paying for the needs of ourselves and others at home and around the world, wether or not we want to, I don’t think anything in this word is free, but I do think that it pays to have the best defence you can get.

At 74 I am glad we have and have had world class arms industries to defend me, and the people who are willing to go out and use there products if needed.

08/08/2018 15:34:46

Where would we be without a defence industry, would it be best to just get rid of bae and hide?

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