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Member postings for Matt Harrington

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Thread: Sieg / Syil spindle on y axis
28/02/2022 10:23:30

Jason, Yes, a CM1 would be rather nice in the workshop!! From what I remember, the x and y travel are similar. Still, we can all dream.....


27/02/2022 10:13:46

Jason, that makes sense as I can see the restrictions of the Y movement on the Sieg and not on the Syil. Hence the Syil is a copy....


27/02/2022 09:30:19

Jason, The Syil Y Stepper is at the front of the machine and the Sieg, as you say, near the back yet they still have similar travels. As said, I was talking about physical limits rather than those constrained by the limit switches.

Clive, I'm actually wondering why the table movement is restricted moving towards the column rather than bringing the spindle 'out'.

The fact that both machines are similar, makes me think they came from a common design.


25/02/2022 16:59:00

I was wondering what reason there was as to why both a Sieg KX3 and a Syil X4+ have very similar physical limits on the y axis. the max -y is approx 1" into the table and the max y+ is say 2" beyond the table (nearer to the back of the machine - if any of that makes sense!!)

This is not normally a problem as a vice sits on the bed but it did get me wondering.

Anyone managed to increase the limit to the table edge at the front for the y axis?


Thread: Kennedy Hacksaw Dashpot Oil
14/09/2021 08:43:37

Bernard, I think that is what the little lever is for (on the damper pot) - to set the rate of fall of the blade depending on the material being cut.

Thread: 10TB HDD
23/05/2021 18:10:50

+1 for FreeFileSync - been using if for a few years and works well.


20/05/2021 13:45:41
Posted by Brian G on 20/05/2021 12:47:47:
Posted by fizzy on 20/05/2021 12:22:56:

hdd backup has had its day, and im glad to be rid of them after so many fails. Everything on my pc is automatically backed up to the ms cloud so i can access everything anywhere. Will the cloud fail - unlikely given who runs mine.

What worries me about cloud storage is that there is no historic back up which I would need in the case of accidental deletion, overwriting or ransomware. All our family's shared files are kept on mirrored disks in a Synology NAS which in turn backs itself up to another NAS at my son's house. Either of these can be left backing up to a portable drive caddy without any of our PCs being tied up.

I'm not a total luddite though as I still use OneDrive to back up the data on my local disks.

Brian G

Edited By Brian G on 20/05/2021 12:48:05

Brian, certain cloud backup systems have historic backup and will retain iterations of files as required. You are, in fact, doing cloud backup - it's just that your son's NAS is the cloud. Your approach is a cost effective solution.


20/05/2021 09:27:52

What would you back it up to? Another 10Tb drive?


Thread: Myford Super 7 Toolpost issue
07/05/2021 13:20:20

The only disadvantage is that the tool post needs to be oriented so that the holder drops below the level of the top of the top slide. This means you can't orientate the tool post to an angle - but you can orientate the slide - if that makes sense.


06/05/2021 23:16:01

Jason, I'm interested to know why my last post was edited by you.


06/05/2021 10:50:33


These guys claim their topslide casing is used for all '7's:



I always thought the ML7 topslide was of a different size. I'd be interested to know for sure....


Edited By JasonB on 06/05/2021 12:24:38

05/05/2021 12:04:47

Jason, the 250-001 holders are the same ones as sold by other vendors and to be honest, I have never had any issue with rigidity. In fact I also use a modified version of these holders on some of my Tripan toolposts, again with no issue. Matt

05/05/2021 09:40:30

Matt, What QC system is on the Myford at the moment? You can get a suitable low cost QC system that takes 12mm at a good price on Banggood (and UK stock and thus quick delivery). You could then sell on your exsisting one....Just a thought.


Thread: Kennedy Hacksaw Dashpot Oil
02/05/2021 17:30:16

Sorry - I see Bill has already highlighted the oil which I missed for some reason.....

02/05/2021 17:28:42

I see mto remember somewhere that ISO140 oil was the correct 'stuff'. Anyway that is what I use for the damper and it works well. Mine is converted to v-belt so no flat belt issues like I used to have...


Thread: Importing a power table feed
26/04/2021 11:43:06

Like Pete, I had the same thing the other day for an ebay item coming from China. Interestingly the total price didn't change and the tax was part of the final price. However, I was soon informed that there was a 'customs' issue and would I like a refund. This was probably because there was no profit in the sale. Ironically, I found a similar item on Amazon (and UK based) at half the price - so it does pay to shop around.


Thread: Laptop with a SD card slot
12/04/2021 13:35:59

I use this type of reader:


Just make sure that it doesn't foul nearby USB ports. I tend to transfer from the SD card and then remove ( or the otherway around!)


Thread: Can any of you guess what this is from?
11/04/2021 23:12:27

I could be completely wrong but is it an overhead drive unit for a Jones Shipman Cylindrical grinder? Model 520?


Thread: Myford Super 7 spanner sizes
10/04/2021 09:42:41

As Steve says, my 'go to' spanner for day to day stuff is a quality Bahco adjustable.


Thread: Set Screws on TTS Gauge Holders
10/04/2021 09:38:37

Interesting stuff. Can someone explain why you would use this device over something like a 3D CNC probe and say ProbeIt addon for MACH3? Trying to understand the differences.


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