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Thread: ML7 top slide improvement
30/12/2015 23:15:26

Hi Bandersnatch, I mounted the cross slide end casting on a vertical slide and used an end mill to cut the recesses. To enable the cross slide to be positioned I borrowed the top slide leadscrew and end casting and fitted on the cross slide using an intermediate "conversion" plate so the smaller end casting could be screwed to the cross slide. This was a rather crude temporary measure but I only needed to move the cross slide into position to centre the vertical slide holding the work. I used the leadscrew set in the chuck to centralise the hole in the end casting then locked both the cross slide and vertical slide before machining. Malc.

30/12/2015 22:04:32

Hi Clive, These are news to me. I'll have a search around the net. Thanks, Malc.

30/12/2015 19:44:37

Hi all, I have just fitted the Arceurotrade thrust bearing set to the cross slide of my ML7 and am really pleased with the job. I am so pleased with it that I am considering doing the same to the top slide. However the top slide end casting is smaller than the cross slide one and I am concerned that there will be very little thickness of casting left around the edges after boring out to accept the diameter of the thrust bearing. I just wondered, has anyone out there done this mod to the top slide? I have only heard of it being carried out to the cross slide.

Thread: Dewhurst switch
11/03/2015 23:48:23


I have sent you a PM re: the ML7 wiring.


Thread: Height adjustable Workshop seat
01/03/2015 13:21:29

If you find a suitable method of extending the leg let me know, both mine need extending! Actually it's my own fault, when I built the shed I built the floor far too near my ar........

Thread: Remap ?
28/02/2015 15:14:48

Hi Michael,

I was considering it as a volunteer, but have had a lukewarm response from charities in the past.


28/02/2015 13:40:13

Just wondered whether any of you chaps have had any dealings with Remap? Would be grateful of any comments / opinions.Thanks, Malc.

Thread: SPG Tools
05/02/2015 09:12:55

Hi Mike, I tried the websit last night after Robbo's posting, and it was fine!  By the way, Brian, I will try to send you a PM.  I say "try" as I've never done it before.  Malc


Edited By Malc Wilson on 05/02/2015 09:17:16

05/02/2015 09:12:53

Hi Mike, I tried the websit last night after Robbo's posting, and it was fine! Malc.

04/02/2015 22:17:52

Hi Brian, I am on the "Asda" side of town. Malc.

04/02/2015 19:12:16

Hi Gordon, SPG is local to me. I bought my first mini lathe from them and found Simon to be very helpful and obliging. Price was the main reason for my buying from them at the time and being local was another consideration. I have bought a few other bits from them since and have always found them reasonably priced. I have no connection with SPG apart from being a satisfied customer. All the best, Malc.

Thread: Singer 660 A1 sewing machine
31/07/2013 18:45:05

Hi Geoff, you are right, the plastic pin is a rather crude means of locking the nut to the threads. You will need to "shock" the nut loose initially. I used to heel back hard on the treadle, this has the action of forcing the pulley drive disc hard onto the brake. Whilst holding the treadle heeled back , use a well fitting spanner and give it a sharp clout with a metal hammer (or what have you)! to release the nut. Hope this helps,


Thread: ML 7 cross slide mod
03/05/2012 23:36:35

Hi All,

I am considering fitting needle roller thrust bearings to the cross slide and compound slide screws of my ML 7 to reduce the play. Arc Euro Trade do a kit for the job. Has any one done this mod? Is it successful? Are there any pitfalls? I would be grateful of any comments.

Thanks in anticipation


Thread: Vertical slide from India
15/04/2012 21:09:13

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reply, it has given me more confidence to buy the slide. My first lathe was a Chinese model and I was quite sceptical when I first bought it, but it turned out to be OK. Very impressed with your pictures and quality of your projects. I guess I'll have to push the boat out and spend some money- after first consulting my financial controller (S.W.M.B.O) of course! Thanks again.


15/04/2012 10:55:18

Hi all,

I would be grateful of opinions here. I have been looking for a Myford vertical slide for some time for my ML7. Have reluctantly even tried EBay but with no luck. However I see that Chronos are offering one for £105 but of course it's from India. Has any one bought one of these? Are they any good? I am tempted by the thought of a new one for the price of a tatty one off EBay. Obviously the quality will not be the same but for hobby use? What do you think?

thanks in anticipation


Thread: What happened to the Myford sale thread?
16/07/2011 18:19:39
Thinking of going up to this sale tomorrow. Was really looking for a cheap vertical slide for an ML7. Could also use a pair of oilers and cross slide graduated discs. Does anyone think I might be lucky?
Thread: Local clubs etc.
07/06/2011 20:46:51
Hi John,
Thanks for the reply. As you say, you are not that far away from me - I will keep you in mind.
06/06/2011 21:14:58
Have now retired and been "playing around" with a mini lathe for about a year now - just wondered if there is a local club or other interested parties nearby? I am in the Hinckley area (Leicestershire)
Thread: Lathes??
01/06/2010 16:27:10
Hi All,
Many thanks for your replies to my beginers question "Lathes??"  You comments are welcomed, I have made a note of all of them and am still shopping around.
Thanks again,
29/05/2010 19:28:29

Hi All,

                        I’m new at this forum lark but I would be grateful of a few opinions.  I am considering buying a small lathe.  I don’t have a specific job in mind for it but numerous times in the past I have muttered  “If only I had a lathe this job would be a doddle”!  So, as I have now retired my first idea was to buy an old lathe and renovate it as a project.  However, having looked on ebay I am amazed at the prices being paid for what seem to be heaps of rusty metal.  Also, (not knowing a lot about lathes) I would prefer to talk to a real person who has used the lathe before I part with my cash.  Initially I was interested in the Unimat  lathe and then saw one of the Sieg C1 (Chinese cheapo) machines which I am told is of a similar size to the Unimat.  This was the first time I had seen an actual machine and I was immediately struck by their size – they were far smaller than I had envisaged. My original idea was to buy a lathe that could be stored away when not in use and then lifted on to the bench when needed, but having seen the Sieg C1 I felt that the Sieg C3 lathe was as small as I dared to go even though I have limited room.  So, do I buy an old lathe to renovate or a newer more compact “Chinese cheapo”?  The mind boggles!  I would be grateful for your comments.

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