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Thread: Chinese Scales
30/09/2011 22:06:29
Not being an electronics kind of person, I don't know if this link will help, but I remember reading about it when I built my Shumatech DRO.
 
 
 
Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 30/09/2011 22:06:53

Thread: oil
30/09/2011 21:04:42
Nick.
Do I even need to mention the Austin Princess and the Austin 1800/2200, AKA the Land Crab?
 
 
Martin.
30/09/2011 20:49:12
Posted by Andy Belcher on 30/09/2011 20:26:03:
Derry,
 
I am aware of how soot is formed, that is why I used the inverted commas.
 
It is a substance that looks like soot, and that is the word used as it was described to me by Century Oils, Shell Oils and Harley Davidson many years ago. Who am I to argue?
 
Also, no car or bike engines share common oil with the gearbox; I have changed and rebuilt enough of them over the years.
 
Otherwise, you are agreeing exactly with what I said.
 
 
Andy.
You can't have heard of the Austin/ Morris Mini, 1100/1300, Maxi, and Allegro etc, along with their many variants.
 
These cars not only shared the same engine oil to lubricate the gearbox, but also the final drive assembly.
 
These weren't brilliant cars, but they didn't seem to suffer because of the type of lubricant, which by the way, was normal 20w/50 motor oil.
 
Martin.
 
 
EDIT  ***Beaten to it!!!**

Edited By blowlamp on 30/09/2011 20:50:06

Thread: Parts for Bantam Lathe
27/09/2011 13:39:36
Posted by Nigel Barraclough on 27/09/2011 13:25:53:
Have you tried Colchester ?
 
Spares
Tel: +44 (0) 1924 412603
Fax: +44 (0) 1924 415008
Email: spares@colchester.co.uk
 
Regards,
 
Nigel B.
 
...And make sure you're sitting down when they tell you the price.
 
This place might also be worth contacting if you get stuck http://www.latheparts.co.uk/
 
 
Martin.
Thread: A Challenge - How Would You Machine This Part?
26/09/2011 13:43:22
Agreed Phil.
 
Look at the ridiculous way that food resides on the worktop, whilst precious metal has to make do with the floor.
 
A classic case of mistaken priorities - I'm genuinely shocked
 
 
Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 26/09/2011 13:53:31

Thread: Fine cuts on Brass
26/09/2011 10:06:53
Neil is quite right.
 
A 1mm wide parting-off tool isn't going to be rigid enough or be of the right geometry when used for conventional turning.
 
I don't know why you would need a mirror finish on Meccano parts, but you won't get it straight from the tool anyway, no matter what lathe you have.
 
To get that kind of finish, I usually use a very fine file (No 6 cut) to remove the ridged surface left by turning, followed by the careful use of a Water of Ayr stone and Brasso.
 
 
 
Martin.
 
PS. Have you got another name - I can't bring myself to refer to you as 'Old Fart UK' all the time.

Edited By blowlamp on 26/09/2011 10:14:19

Thread: Tapping in a straight line
26/09/2011 09:07:08
 
You can make a similar contraption from a modified portable drill stand.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: Buying a Lathe
25/09/2011 17:51:25
Ron.
 
I don't want to jump on a first-time poster with the 'hard sell', but I've got a very nice Boxford VSL (4.5" centre height) lathe that I would consider selling, or, if it helps you make a decision, you could just come and have a play and a fiddle without any pressure to buy at all.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: Acceptable runout on mill
24/09/2011 09:07:12
Nic.
Did you try reaming and blueing the socket as I suggested?
Are the bearings in good condition and what are their dimensions?
 
To check for a bent spindle you could could pop it between centres in your lathe and check for runout in various significant places, rotating by hand - not under power. This assumes there are centres at each end that would probably have been used when the spindle was originally ground to size.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: ME issue 4270
21/09/2011 10:10:55

...And just to prove my point, the following bold text was left out of my previous message, even though it was present when I pressed the Add Posting button.
 
I'm running Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, so nothing unusual there and zero problems on other websites.
 
Martin.
 
 
Martin.
21/09/2011 10:02:55


Posted by Steambuff on 21/09/2011 09:31:41:
Martin,

 

I have no problems posting or viewing the free sample issues. (I can view the sample issues even when I am not signed in)

 

Dave

 

Dave.

I used to be able to view the 'Try for free' issue, but not now - I just get the same error message as before.

I find that posting here can be very hit and miss because, more often than I'm happy with, you can lose the lot after clicking the Add Posting button!

20/09/2011 12:30:00


Posted by Diane Carney on 20/09/2011 11:08:09:
Please note: Digital Issue 4270 is now repaired. There was a fault, now corrected.
 
The' Try for Free' does seem to be working fine from this end - this has been checked also.
 
Diane
 
 
 
I've tried 3 times to post a reply here and it's been dumped on all occasions
Try for free still doesn't work for me.
For God's sake get some decent software!
 
 
Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 20/09/2011 12:36:30

19/09/2011 17:27:00
Did you know that the 'Try me for free' thingy isn't working?
 
It just throws this message:
Sorry, you do not have access to the digital editions
 
 
Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 19/09/2011 17:27:28

Edited By blowlamp on 19/09/2011 17:27:50

19/09/2011 16:04:43
Can PDF's be password protected?
 
If they can, then I would have thought it should be possible to issue a subscriber with one when they sign up, so only they can access their files - no?
 
 
Martin.
Thread: How to tram a mill
17/09/2011 17:47:25
Posted by John Haine on 17/09/2011 17:36:30:
...and by the way, it's much easier to use a "finger type" DTI rather than a "plunger Type" since you can mount it on a mandrel so the dial is horizontal facing up, and you don't have to peer round the back of the mill to see it.
 
 
+1 on this way of squaring the spindle and is the way I do it - very simple too, with no need for anything else in my opinion.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: Hacksaw blade tension
17/09/2011 00:56:51
Posted by EtheAv8r on 16/09/2011 23:42:07:
... and now I am fighting with DraftSight and Cut-2D in the hope of one day being able to pass a file to Mach3 and make something!
 
Edmund
 
Edmund.
If you want a test file to cut on your mill, just let me know what you're after and I'll draw something up and generate some Mach3 compatible g-code for you to play with.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: degreasing
12/09/2011 23:14:58
I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this stuff Citrus Cleaner, worked like a charm when I was degreasing some really mucky stuff. You don't need much and it smells very nice too - it's a little bit pricey, but as I say, it does go a long way.
 
 
Martin.
Thread: DRO Scales - BW Electronics
10/09/2011 16:57:36
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Edited By blowlamp on 10/09/2011 17:01:52

Thread: Small compressor
10/09/2011 11:58:01
 
 
Martin.
Thread: Acceptable runout on mill
08/09/2011 11:14:32
 
A common enough bearing arrangement, except, as you have already said nic, the bearings are flanged and therefore unusual.
 
Are the bearings noisy?
 
You could also put some 'blue' on a Morse taper and pop it into the spindle to check the fit, before pulling anything apart.
 
 
Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 08/09/2011 11:41:59

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