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Member postings for Ian Parkin

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Thread: Here's an interesting one
17/02/2022 13:28:20

Facebook is full of scam adverts like this one

apparently most people are so embarrassed when they receive nothing like what they thought they were going to get they don’t take it any further …just put it down to their greed or stupidity

Thread: WM18 strip down
16/02/2022 12:37:59

RMA. I bought one some years ago and stripped it down to carry it to my basement workshop.

as you say theres a powerful gas strut from the base to the head and thats the hardest thing to refit.

I didn’t use anything to strip it or refit it other than my muscle power.

Just be careful if theres any shims between column and base.

move the head down onto the table then remove the head…that perhaps weighs 35- 40 kg

other parts are easy to disassemble


Thread: (Another) Mini Lathe Speed Controller Problem
15/02/2022 06:55:01

On the photo is that a piece of curly swarf just under the resister framed by the red wires?

Thread: Plasma cutter at lidl
13/02/2022 17:21:37

Bill if you want one I’ll get it for you Thursday am or Wednesday night after 7pm they usually have them on display and accept them at the till

13/02/2022 14:13:19

Well it has a 16 amp plug on it as supplied but even on full power (40 amps) its only drawing 10 or so

13/02/2022 12:59:17

For some time i had been looking out for the plasma cutter at Lidl and the other week they had a few of them in my local store unadvertised mind..

i bought one and I’m impressed with its performance so far

on test cuts it cuts up to 8mm very cleanly and 12 mm a little roughly.

This model has a built in compressor and is reasonably light in weight.

anyway the Lidl weekly flyer says they will be available generally in store from Thursday the 17th feb

Thread: Chester Conquest Mill Spindle
14/01/2022 12:13:31

I’d grind the bearing through taking care not to cut into the shaft as soon as its through it will slip off

14/01/2022 07:45:12

As this photo

Key removal :jpeg

13/01/2022 21:46:29

I always use a pair of side cutters pliers to remove keys….never fails. Use pliers parallel with the shaft grip the sides of the key and lift it out…

Thread: Largeish bsw taps
29/12/2021 09:52:48

i have had a problem this last few days with 1&3/8” bsw taps

I have had one a presto brand that i chipped a few teeth off being greedy with cutting under power in the lathe.

I always single point cut the thread and then pass the tap through to clean it up.

i bought some nice looking ones off eBay.

came to use them yesterday and i cant get my head around how different they are in sizes

so theres a RLL brand spiral cut one that measures 1.400 across the tips

a presto one that is 1.380

and a CEJ thats only 1.314 across

none of them look worn but the CEJ has in very faint etching “. 1/2 SER. “

Why are these all different sizes and if i try to use the spiral cut one it cuts completely wont pick up the screw cut thread and seems to cut a new form completely.



Any ideas on what’s wrong?

Thread: Skomo Tablr Saw - Brook Crompton motor wiring weirdness
23/12/2021 08:24:00

Does the cover for the terminals not have the wiring diagram for your motor printed on it?

Thread: Tricky Work Holding Problem
10/12/2021 17:08:51

Didn’t you do one of these a year or so ago Martin?

have you a a lathe with a big enough bore to slide the handle down?

otherwise grind (with your belt sander )them square and carefully marking out and drill for a piece of threaded studding to fix new knobs

Thread: Hello from Barnsley
10/12/2021 12:33:26


i'm in sheffield and would be happy to come over and hopefully help you with anything youneed


Thread: Hi
06/12/2021 17:25:59

Welcome Drew from me in NE s7

Thread: Vintage voltage
19/11/2021 19:24:14

I cant imagine that it would be ever economically viable to do this

stripping out the drive chain fuel system engine etc then installing huge battery’s and drive motors on a even 4-5 yr old car would be a non starter done commercially

so many cars are scrapped by the time they reach 10 years old as it is ..theres hardly any old cars running around as daily drivers.

Thread: How much is a life worth
19/11/2021 17:11:50

I fully agree that looking at a mobile screen/texting/watching a video or playing a video game is dangerous and should be dealt with. But holding a phone to your ear…is that so unsafe?

you can have a phone call on hands free legally

you can have a conversation with a passenger legally

you can drive a car with one arm legally with no other modifications.

you can get a cigarette/cigar out and light it with fire…legally?

though someone was prosecuted for eating a kit Kat sometime ago 

you can adjust anything built into the car whilst driving legally…..though going through menus on a modern dash display fills me with dread .

so is holding the phone to your ear so bad?

Edited By Ian Parkin on 19/11/2021 17:13:09

Edited By Ian Parkin on 19/11/2021 17:14:07

Thread: Enclosure for Inverter
14/11/2021 12:41:46

Either metal or plastic will be fine

just a fan to let out the heat and an inlet filter to let cool air in

Thread: Steel prices post lockdown
04/11/2021 13:35:36

Just checked one of my bits was 71 plus vat

at aluminium warehouse who i do use a lot for alloy their price for the same length in 40mm in BDMS is £184 plus vat

so my stockholder is still cheap

04/11/2021 13:21:27

I just called in my friendly steel stockholders today to restock my mild steel and after i had loaded it all in my car was shocked that since the last time perhaps 2 years ago the price had increased from 1000£ Tonne to 2400£ Tonne

this batch was £360


Edited By Ian Parkin on 04/11/2021 13:25:34

Thread: Fobco 7/8 pillar drill
03/11/2021 17:30:16

My drill has a A56 fitted

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