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Thread: Harrison M250 single phase to 3 phase power supply
08/06/2021 09:50:51

Phone Newton Tesla and speak to them.


Thread: Shaper
06/06/2021 19:37:07

Sean I dont have one but having lifted machines onto trailers I am not sure an engine hoist would get it high enough. Last time I lifted a surface grinder onto a trailer I needed a jcb to get the height. So just check how high you can go.

Thread: Ebay Chancers
04/06/2021 23:01:47

This machine vice on ebay looks like a great bargain for someone. Ideal for precision work.


Thread: APE Microball Height Gauge Adjustment
28/05/2021 22:32:12


Does anyone happen to know how to adjust the micrometer to read correctly on an APE Microball Height Gauge? I have been given one and it seems to read +3 thou when tested on a slip gauge.


Thread: What is the SX3 Drawbar thread.
28/05/2021 18:33:21

It's an r8 so the 7/16 then. Thanks for you replies it's all much appreciated.

28/05/2021 17:23:26


Does anyone know what the Sieg SX3 drawbar thread is? I have just measured it with only a rule to count the threads and it seems to be 11mm x 1.25 pitch or 0.431 inch x 20tpi which I assume would be 7/16x20.
Does anyone know what it actually is?


Thread: Machining castings in the 4-jaw - knocking?
18/05/2021 07:40:22

I understand you want to get the best finish but remember those areas wont show at all on the finished engine.

Thread: Creating your own scale drawings
11/05/2021 21:42:30


Sme Good advice there from all of you actually. I have on and off been doing a bit of CAD work on my model. I ought to update the thread really, it's the RML cannon that I want to make. So far it's going alright but I now know I 'm going to need a bit of help when it comes to working out the gears. Hopefully I'll be able to cut some metal soon.

Thread: Next project
08/05/2021 16:49:23 do some nice stuff.

Thread: Levelling Myford Super 7
07/05/2021 16:56:22

I guess it's not important for some work but I think most people who try to level a bed actually level the bed not just level the error. I would properly level it then do the turning test on about a 4 od 5 in h long bar to take out any taper.

Choice is yours really, does it matter if your parts are tapered?

Thread: Buying a used car
23/04/2021 07:41:17

It's an old private hire car or taxi if if had that many MOTs

Thread: Loco Cylinder Casting Pattern Advice
21/04/2021 20:51:29

Noel thanks for that I will probably get one as I'm hoping to do quite a bit of casting. I'm about as far as you can get from the sea in the UK.

Luker thanks for the offer of sorting out the the gates etc, I'll take you up on that offer. I will probably go for the gunmetal that you listed in backyard foundry part four (85%Cu 10%SN 5% Brass) as I have plenty of scrap copper form my boiler build and I'm pretty sure I can get more quite easily. Unless you think there might be something better that is. When I've finished the model I'll be back in touch.


20/04/2021 22:00:02


The way I do it I think most of the Zinc goes up in smoke!

I'm not sure where I could find any old water pumps, I see online silicon bronze is easy to get but it apparently doesn't machine too well.

20/04/2021 21:02:11

Thanks for the advice chaps. Having read this I do have a couple more questions now.

I think I can understand Lukers idea, part of the pattern is being propped up on sand which makes sense.

Jason, I sort of get your idea after an awful lot of looking at this wondering but I might not be fully there yet. It's really hard to try and imagine that model being a hole in a box of sand! So the boss on the end of the valve part of the cylinder has a rectangle on it to avoid the undercuts that would be at the 1 and 5 o'clock positions (top drawing where the red circle cuts the green line)?

Luker, can you tell me what sort of radius I should put on the corners and what sort of draft angle do you use, that's dead easy to change on the model? Do you increase your patterns for shrinkage? I was thinking of just giving myself an ample machining allowance all over. Where would you put the in and out gates or does it not matter too much? And lastly I was going to dig out your old article (always a good read by the way) on metal composition because the cylinders are available as iron or gunmetal at a whopping £395 for gunmetal. I think you're in South Africa so that's R7800 hence my interest in having a go myself. I have lots of scrap brass and I didn't know if brass cylinders would be any good or if not what's the chance of making a sort of gunmetal from my brass.

Anyway thanks again its all very much appreciated. I cast my smoke box rings recently from brass and they look superb now they're all machined up. I think it's fair to say that all the recent casting articles from Luker and others over the last couple of years are what got me to try this and the silly grin lasted for ages when this lump came out of the sand.



20/04/2021 14:31:51


Having seen so many casting articles in ME lately I have been doing a bit myself and below is a photo of the end of my CAD model for a Black 5. I was going to make a split pattern for sand casting with bosses where the bores are for core prints. Question is as the cylinder and valve bores are not inline I can't split the pattern through either bore so where do I split it to get it out of the sand?  Please ignore the bit at the top as this will also be re shaped to aid removal. Anyone got any ideas?

Many Thanks.

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Edited By Buffer on 20/04/2021 14:34:49

Thread: Recommended suppliers and services
09/04/2021 18:20:24

I have just had good service from Drill Service. I needed some small good quality drills to drill all the rivet holes in my smokebox. I didnt want to snap anything. They sent me overnight all the drills I needed, none of the shiny Chinese things that you get in a set but good quality low helix drills. I will definitely use them again.

Thread: Loco wheel profile chatter
02/04/2021 22:35:47

When I had chatter I slowed the lathe right down and in the end pulled it over by hand for the last few revs and the chatter marks were all scraped away.

Thread: Tom Senior s head alternatives?
01/04/2021 17:00:30


I have just looked at your Tom Senior and your lathe. How have you got such a nice shine on all the bare metal parts? My Tom has that dull brown look about it and I've never really found a good way of polishing it up like yours.


01/04/2021 09:15:51

Some people have raised the coloumn up on a box or bought a scrap machine and taken a slice of that coloumn and fitted it to the bottom. They are getting a bit expensive now though.  I also have a large cube that I used to mount work onto then mill with the knuckle head on its side, in the end I found a vertical head. 

Edited By Buffer on 01/04/2021 09:18:29

Thread: There may be a delay in some deliveries ...
28/03/2021 22:11:28


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