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Thread: bronze bar
22/08/2018 22:46:58

I would recommend John Keatley ( Metals) Ltd , they can normally supply most items we need .

0121 236 4300 Birmingham .

I have no connection to them other than as a satisfied customer .

Thread: Bench Mounting a Warco WM280V
22/08/2018 22:36:27

As you say , a spacer is needed between the Lathe bed mounting feet and the bench top .

I simply cut some ply to fit the space beneath the drip tray , but which supported the feet. The securing bolts went through the tray , the spacer and the bench to ensure complete stability , though the fixing holes in the feet were a challenge to get the bolts through ! .

Thread: Obtaining flat bronze bar
10/04/2018 22:28:01

If you have not yet sourced this material , give John Keatley Metals a call .

They are i Birmingham 33-35 Shadwell Street , B4 6HD. 0121 236 4300. , have a web site which should indicate their stock lines , and are a most helpful company from whom i and many colleagues purchase our model making materials from.

Hope this helps

David .

Thread: Warco. WM280V-F
20/02/2018 19:11:30

Dave ; well done with the album, I am sure it will be useful going forward! .

Les ; Today I turned the Lathe through 90 degrees so that I could access the rear panel, during a check on the wire connections I discovered that ( see photo of connector block 13/12/17 ) one of the two brown wires , which were joined in a white jointer , had come adrift ,though was still within the sheath. Despite it being loose, it must still have been making contact , hence the machine working ? .

Not having connectors of that type , I removed it , soldered the two wires together , and replaced them in the connector block .

I haven’t yet had time to swing the Lathe back , (note to myself , I must try it running before I do that ) but I am confident it will be ok , thanks again .


17/02/2018 22:36:16

Les ; I am afraid I have to own up to an indulgence of laziness! , the Lathe has been performing well and the thought of undoing the 6 clamping bolts and swinging it round through 90 degrees was too much ,However , now you have highlighted my sloth, and since I am spared certain domestic chores this week , I will get the job done .

In fairness , it is remiss of me to ask for , and receive assistance , and then not respond in a way which may help others , thanks for the prompt .

David .

Thread: Anyone shed light on this?
10/02/2018 22:45:22

Top left looks to me like a tangential thread cutting piece from a Landis head ,top right tap removal tool , centre next to reamer appears to be a knurling tool . Pass on other items .

Thread: Warco. WM280V-F
04/02/2018 17:56:44

Les ; you are right I shall have to bite the bullet and crank the Lathe round so that I can get to the rear properly and fix it , thanks .

Dave ; thank you also for taking time out to send photos of the specific bits that I need to examine , most helpful! , as per above , will do

Regards both ,


04/02/2018 14:50:52

Les ; again thank you .

Rather than unbolt the machine and swing it away from the wall , I removed the front plate ( on which the speed indicator is mounted ) and found just behind it the filter board , what luck, thought I .

Not being versed in the arts of the electrician, I could see the terminals you spoke of , but they appeared well protected with no opportunity to touch my meter too, there were also out terminals with similar markings . That aside , I carefully rested the front plate securely, and replaced the plug into the mains socket , I then switched on and to my surprise, the display light up ? . Why I have no idea , but I accepted this stroke of good fortune and replaced all to its normal state .

I have since been starting and stopping the machine quite normally whilst cutting the thread that I started out on .

Les , I must thank you , and all who contribute when the likes of me have a problem , if you don’t fix the issue , you at the very least give us the confidence to have a look and even a go at doing stuff we would probably shirk away from otherwise . Thank you .

All appears well with the Lathe now .

03/02/2018 22:54:48

Les : thanks , how do I identify the filter board , can you direct me in relation to the Contactor ( which caused my last problem and which I now recognise) and the VFD unit , which even with my very limited ability , is recognisable? .

John ; the micro switch bayonet on the change wheel cover was loose when the incident occurred , and it was after replacing the cover that the speed display light panel died . I can understand the logic of the motor not working if the cover was not properly positioned, but I don’t understand why it would cause the speed display to loose power ?

Thank you both in the meantime, for taking interest .

Regards, David .

03/02/2018 17:26:51

Sorry ; it’s me again !

It came to pass , today , that I wanted to do a bit of screw cutting , So , after much faffing about with the gear train to give me the desired TPI , I was ready to make swarf .

As I switched the power on at the socket , I noticed the speed display light up , and then go blank , as in No light .

The fan is working , I can hear that , and if I try to start the machine , I hear the contacts pulling in , but no action by way of spindle movement .

Has anyone experienced such a problem ? And does anyone have a clue as to what the fault might be .

Since it is late Saturday afternoon , I have not been able to obtain any assistance from Warco as yet , but I have every confidence in the forum members .

David .

Thread: Case Hardening
21/01/2018 22:31:00

Chris ,

The Midlands cover quite an area , are you close to Dudley at all , if so I can recommend a place that treated the leaf springs for my locomotive.

They are professionals , did a wonderful job at the sort of price we appreciate, and I have no connection with them other than having once used them .

David .

Thread: Warco. WM280V-F
14/12/2017 19:19:07

Just a quick update ,

Dave and Mike , thanks , you were both quite right in that the wire should be fastened in to A2 .

It was so easy with the rear of the machine accessible, I released the Contactor from its mounting and was able to replace the wire into A2 and fix it good , taking the opportunity to ensure all others were solid also . The Contactor was then replaced , all other bits fitted back , and Hey presto ! I have a working Lathe , ( bliss ) .

It is such a relief that all is well , and also that there are so many knowledgeable members on the forum who are happy to resolve someone’s problems , thank you all .

13/12/2017 22:26:54

Hi SOD (Dave)

Your clearly a wizard of some sort , turning my photo the right way up , magic ! , and since the blue wire was discovered on the base of the box between the inverter and the Contactor , I have every confidence in your analysis being spot on too .

Tomorrow, given time , and managements permision following completion of domestic duties , I shall have a good look at the bottom of the Contactor and try to find the fixing location for the loose wire .

Thank you all who have responded , much appreciated .

13/12/2017 20:14:44

Managed ( without lifting ) to spin the machine through 90degs , and am now able to access the electrics box .

Again thanks to all for your Input , SOD , my workshop is so tight , me and a long handled screwdriver won’t fit at the same time hence spinning the Lathe .


Above new photo of Contactor and below shot of underside


This is upside down ,that said , is that blue wire the one you suspect is missing SOD ? .

I have put a mutimeter over the micro switch and proved that it is making and breaking as it is supposed to.

I shall certainly check that all wires are firmly fixed whilst I have the back open .

13/12/2017 09:11:02

Thank you all for taking time to consider and respond to my problem .

The Contactor is as per this photo,


The wiring diagram is as below.


Thank you for suggesting that I check the emergency stop button and belt/gear cover . Having been caught by that in the early days of ownership , I had gone through that process , but I appreciate your concern .

Taking up SOD’s suggestion of removing the top front plate to access the guard limit micro switch , I discovered ( not

visible using mirror at rear ) that there is a wire which is not connected . I think that it may be a clue as to why my machine won’t run . My god , there’s no flies on us in this part of the world ! .


Above is a picture of the loose wire , the blue one with red tag , Not the faintest where it goes ! And I can’t see from diagram below any suggestion of the terminal block .

Apologies for the quality and orientation of the photos, getting my phone into the space behind the Lathe and getting a meaningful shot was not easy .

12/12/2017 16:32:00

whilst adjusting the position of my chuck guard ( to clear the toolpost ) I inadvertently broke the micro switch which cuts the drive when the guard is raised.

Despite my Lathe being set only 4” from the wall , I managed to remove the rear headstock plate and retrieve the micro switch , following which , I repaired it and replaced it .

With all refitted, the Lathe would not run , called Warco who advised that the micro switch old still be faulty , try connecting its two wires together . This I did but it still will not run .

Using a mirror, and some agility I was not aware I possessed, I have determined that all wires seem to be firmly connected, but I noticed that the Contactor has a button which protrudes. Not being an electrician, but assuming that this button should be depressed , I tried depressing it and pressing the start button on the Lathe . This resulted in the Lathe starting up .

So, my request is , can someone tell me the definitive answer , should that black button on the contactor permanently be depressed under normal conditions , or is something not happening which normally causes it to engage , if so what ? .

Please explain in simple understandable terms due to my Blackcountry , Thick as Wood , persona , ta !

Thread: Rolson Tools Ltd
27/11/2017 15:29:08

From the 17th to the 19th , my wife and I went to York , there was a Dolls House Exhibition which she likes to visit on the Sunday .

We spend Saturday walking York and “Shopping” , but she is very good and always allows me to look into Barnitts , the hardware store , well for a few minutes!

My eye was taken by a pair of 50mm G clamps , I know , but you can’t just walk out with nothing in hand can you ?, however , when I examined them on getting into the workshop on Monday , I found that the gripping face had been ground at an angle and was less than suitable for holding parts properly.

I emailed Rolson customer care , who I turn asked me to send photo shots , which I did . Staggeringly , today , I received a new pristine pair in the post , no argument . This ,I feel, is amazing service , considering its value and the trouble they must have gone too to sort this , I think they deserve gold star listing .

I have no connection with either company mentioned above .

Thread: Large diameter copper tube
11/08/2017 22:14:24

Try P&P Non-Ferrous Metals tel 01384 868080 . They a have a large range of tube and I found their prices quite reasonable .

I have no connection other than being a satisfied customer .

Thread: MEW 255
18/05/2017 18:23:03

The contributor has made a decent fist of explaining how he produces these products , which , I presume are for himself , and not some commercial enterprise , so instead of finding fault in what does it for him , and for which he offers merely a suggestion as to how others might produce similar items , perhaps a somewhat more appreciative view of his offerings should be commented on , or no view ! .

I don't count , but how many of the detractors have themselves committed an article to these pages ? , I am sure it is a difficult task , and one made more so by unwarranted criticism such as contained in earlier posts , no wonder Neil appears to have problems finding contributors .

Thread: Grinding Wheel Blotters
08/05/2017 22:12:29

Terry, Should you still wish to use blotting paper , I could send you an A4 sized piece or two .

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