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Thread: Hermes Parcels
10/06/2020 10:29:02

This is what i received from my Hermes.

Dear customer,

We hope that this email finds you safe and well.

We’re writing to inform you that we have recently experienced a technical issue which resulted in barcodes not generating correctly.

This happened to a very small number of parcel labels printed between 2pm on Friday 29th May and 10am on Monday 1st June. As a result, there may be a delay in getting parcels to those identified recipients.

Our systems show that you sent one or more parcels with a label impacted by this, which could result in a delay. You may wish to inform any recipients about this and that the tracking information for these parcels may be inaccurate.

We understand the inconvenience that this will cause and would like to apologise that we have not met the high standards we set ourselves on this occasion. We can assure you that the problem is now fixed and that any labels printed after 10am on the 1st June will not be affected.

Many thanks,

The Hermes Team



the label had the correct address and name on it and the regional area code (sou) for Southampton.

so what does the bar code do?

why does the parcel take 10 days now when the barcode is wrong..everything else is good ?

Edited By Ian Parkin on 10/06/2020 10:29:21

10/06/2020 08:51:36

I have sent 100's with my hermes with no problems of their making

but last week sent one and its still at collection shop.

had an email saying that the barcodes were generated wrong so delays would be about a week

still not got there yet

they are impossible to contact by phone email they have a live chat robot who is useless

but other than this latest issue they have been great

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
23/05/2020 08:49:03


have you got the lathe yet?

Thread: Gas Strut for Mill
20/05/2020 18:08:00

When i installed my wm18 mill i removed the gas strut and couldn’t begin to compress it

seems to work ok on the mill

sorry not much help as to what rating you need

Thread: Using large dies
19/05/2020 14:40:01

John f

I do screwcut on the lathe to size but i run the hex nut dies down after just to make sure they are the right fit

i make chuck adapters for woodworking lathes and its surprising how many dont fit even though I’ve used my spindle or sample threads or nuts so I’ve found that running the tap/die down my cut thread makes them work.

the other day i had a chap send me a commercial 1 3/8 6tpi whit adapter that would not go on his lathe he sent it to me it wouldn’t go on my dummy spindle but running a tap down it cleaned it up..didn’t seem to remove any metal..but afterwards it went on my spindle and the customer was happy.

My original post was about someone agin on a woodwork forum who wanted a die holder 3 1/8” dia to use his round split die to cut a male 1.5 “ 6tpi on a steel bar... I dont think that would be possible at all...but ill stand corrected if someone says they can do it...

18/05/2020 20:27:03

Yes i meant a round split die so it could be opened up a little to start it off

the large dies i have are all hex nut type so i generally use a big pair of stiltsons to run them down

I just cant imagine trying to do a 6tpi whit over 1” from scratch or even trying to tap with a set of 3 taps

18/05/2020 19:19:40

I cut a lot of large whitworth /unc threads usually on the lathe and then run a hex nut die down them to clean them up.

Sometimes its hard work just cleaning the thread up removing a small amount of material.

On a woodworking forum someone has a 1.5inch 6tpi split die and they are wanting to cut threads just with this.

is it at all possible on steel?

what would the forum say is the biggest thread that you can cut with a die from scratch on sized steel?

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
16/05/2020 17:37:23


so both phases are 180 degrees apart?

or in phase?

I can understand that both are at 240v relative to neutral

and 2x 240 =480 live to live but surely they will still be in phase

Thread: Identify plastic glue
16/05/2020 13:37:03

I would have thought that a standard sanitary silicone rubber sealer would work perfectly and come apart again if need be

araldite might be a problem with coming apart easily

Evo do their “sticks like s*** “ adhesive which sticks almost anything and is waterproof but again difficult removing it at a later date

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
16/05/2020 10:45:28

So was Stuarts post a typo about 180 degrees and 500v between phases rather than 415v ?

16/05/2020 08:48:30
Posted by Stuart Smith 5 on 15/05/2020 09:04:32:

What you will have is as you say, a transformer fed from a single phase (2 wire) HV overhead line.

A common neutral but with 2 single phase 230v ( but could be up to 253v ) live supplies 180 degrees apart. You would expect somewhere in the range 440 to 500 volts between them.

Where does this supply come from ?

how do you get 2 phases 180 degrees apart?

15/05/2020 09:56:50

Robert have you ascertained yet if the lathe is 2 speed?

14/05/2020 14:44:47

I thought earlier you said you had 3 phase?

2 speed motors are fussy can probably wire it for 240v 3 phase then put a VFD on it but then it will be single speed

or replace the motor with a single speed 3 hp motor 3 phase with vfd or single phase.

but if you have 3 phase in your workshop leave it as is then all those speeds to choose from.

you select the speed range 1 or 2 with a switch

Edited By Ian Parkin on 14/05/2020 14:51:50

14/05/2020 14:32:51

It sounds ok to me ....I’d consider my lathe to be quite quiet in use but on occasion when i sent video to people it sounds loud and rough

its got a 2 speed motor on too

you will struggle with vfd if you needed to

Thread: Archived bbc programmes available now
13/05/2020 20:50:53

Just been watching some bbc programmes from the 1950s that have appeared on bbc iPlayer

one series called “eye to eye “ has a comparison between London and New York in 1957 narrated and music by Larry Adler

i did a double take as the riff that LA was playing was smoke on the water surely written in the 70s though Richie Blackmore said it was from an inversion of Beethoven’s 5th

anyway good viewing in these lockdown times

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
13/05/2020 16:27:12

Robert sounds good

i had sent you a pm with my number if you still need me


Thread: Cheese grater strip/band
13/05/2020 15:08:24


you ARE on the ball thats exactly what i need

how did you find that?


13/05/2020 15:06:33

Here’s a pic of the roll in question

it doesn’t need to be wound round a straight stip of it would suffice 504f8a58-64de-40b8-9d66-4feb683f0658.jpeg

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
13/05/2020 14:50:45

Yes i can go along in the morning with video camera in hand if the seller is ok to dem it


Thread: Tig Welder recommendation
13/05/2020 13:55:37


i messed about with cheap inverter welders and scratch start tigs but after a while i spent £400 on a esab buddy tig

Its light weight if you need portable HF start and comes with everything you need to do MMA or tig (DC)

so no alloy welding

Best of all it makes me smile everytime i use it which i always feel makes a tool great

also you will get your money back almost when/if you sell it

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