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Thread: Model Engineer's Handbook printing error
19/04/2019 14:54:59


That does not fill me with confidence, If they send me one that is the same, I will do you a swap. between the two editions we will have a complete book each.

19/04/2019 10:21:35

I just received a copy of Tubal Cain's Model Engineer's Handbook. It has printing errors.

It has two section 8's "Steam and the steam engine", the end of section 10 "Boiler Work" is missing and the whole of section 11 "Piston and gland seals" is missing.

If you have a copy you may want to check yours, or hold off from buying one for a while.


Thread: Which triple expansion engine
15/04/2019 18:42:17

A few weeks back there was a thread saying about the poor quality of some Reeves castings and the terrible customer support. In a nut shell, apparently they are selling castings they know are bad.

Thread: No 20 machine oil
13/04/2019 19:57:27


Yeup, defiantly was oil filled. After removing the motor, I lay the head down and forgot about the oil. I now have a nice puddle on the new workshop floor.

FYI this is it.


Edited By AdrianR on 13/04/2019 19:58:46

Thread: How to get that high end paint finish
13/04/2019 19:15:12

Re brushes, I have heard bristle for oil and synthetic for water.

I also dampen synthetic with water, and dampen bristle with white spirit before starting.

Another thing to improve bristle brushes is to use fabric softener after washing them out with soapy water and dry overnight wrapped in kitchen roll.That is after cleaning them with white spirit of course.


13/04/2019 10:28:55

When I painted my canal boat, the sign writer I knew gave me an additive to make the paint flow. I think it was owatrol-oil They also do one for water based paint, but I have not tried it Floetrol



Edited By AdrianR on 13/04/2019 10:29:27

Thread: No 20 machine oil
13/04/2019 10:23:22

Hi Dave,

The Morris oil in your example is the one I just ordered. So all good.


13/04/2019 10:02:39

Hmm, just been reading about zinc (ZDDP), it too can corrode yellow metals.

I did contact Warco about their headstock oil. They say it is suitable for the BH900 but wont tell me the ISO or SAE, so I am not too keen to put it in the mill. Plus it is quite expensive.

So these two, including delivery only £4 difference in cost; Lubron zinc free or Morris liquimatic which also comes in a nice old fashioned tin. I think the tin wins, order placed.

Thread: Lathe on machine feet
13/04/2019 09:15:05

I used to instal XRay machines, we used M16 chemifix. The ones in the glass ampules with a stud were the best. We used a template, so the positioning was good, but still only within a couple of mm rebar permitting. This did not matter too much as the holes in the machine were 20mm dia.

The thought of trying to get 8 M12 bolts accurate enough for the M12 holes was bothering me. Now I know how stable the lathe is, I think I can just use M8

I was looking at the type with the fixing tool, I have used them before, I always preferred the type with the spring loaded expanding shell. You can always get them back out, and expand a lot which is good for over size/bad holes.


Thread: Simple WorkshopTips
13/04/2019 08:49:19

One of the best things I ever bought were a pair of scruffs builders trousers. The built in knee pads and the flap pockets and tool lops are super useful. I use them all the time, from building to gardening. I would also recommend braces not a belt, much better for carrying a full load of tools.

Steel toe cap boots and trainers. Great for shifting heavy things e.g. plywood just stand it on your toes and walk it along. Also protects the toes when kneeling.

An old EPNS tea spoon kept in your pocket. From opening paint tins, scraping swarf out of awkward places to planting up seedlings.

Thread: No 20 machine oil
13/04/2019 08:38:33

I have been reading about the effects of sulphur used in the EP additives on yellow metal bearings. Are hydraulic oils free from sulphur and compatible with yellow metal bearings?


Thread: Lathe on machine feet
11/04/2019 16:37:54

Well I tried the lathe on the pedestal with the machine feet in the exiting holes. Two finger push at the right frequency had it rocking, good job it was still tied to the engine hoist. Remove the machine feet it takes a both arms shove to even get it wobbling.

I can't tie it to a wall is as it is in the middle of the room, it makes the best use of space. I had hoped to not need to bolt it down as It gives me the option to move it if I get its position wrong.

If I bolt it down, do I need to use M12 (the size of the holes) or would M8/M10 be OK. Trying to get 8 holes that accurate in concrete will be not fun.


Thread: Drill too high? Use a milling machine stand!
11/04/2019 08:33:54

Thanks for posting this, I had never even considered the height of the bench for the pillar drill. In my old workshop it is so high it is a stretch to change belts. I need to build a bench for my mill, maybe I can just make it longer and have the drill on it too. A new meaning to a Mill Drill I guess cheeky


Thread: Lathe on machine feet
11/04/2019 08:23:20

Thanks guys, I think I will put the lathe on the pedestal without the machine feet to see how out of true it is. Then decide to either give up with the machine feet and shim, or use Davids method.


10/04/2019 16:36:12

I am installing a Warco BH900 on it's Warco pedestal using machine feet. So far I have not put the lathe on the pedestal as I am not sure if it is stable enough. If I lean on the front or back of the pedestal it topples over.

The holes in the pedestal are only about 175mm apart and the pedestal is 425mm.

Has anyone installed a BH900 or Chester Craftsman on machine feet?


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
08/04/2019 20:49:25

Wow what a coincidence, that looks just like the one I bought wink

Thread: No 20 machine oil
08/04/2019 18:22:53

Excellent ISO 68 SAE 20 is the same oil as the lathe needs.

I was thinking of Lodexol if I can find it in a smaller quantity or Liquimatic

Anyone know another?

08/04/2019 18:06:21

It is Chinese, the original manufacturer/model is ZX-16 It was sold by Engineers Tool Room as the BMD-16

08/04/2019 17:27:21

In the manual for the mill i have just bought it specifies "No 20 machine oil" Could this be SAE 20W? would that be a suitable oil for a mill gearbox?


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
08/04/2019 17:13:02

Bought a Warco BH600 lathe and Engineer Tool Room BMD-16 mill today. Perfect weather and despite my worries the moving it went very smoothly.

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