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Thread: Lathe idenification
11/04/2019 06:24:25

Hi Gerard,

My first guess would be an Asian clone of the Emco Compact 8. I have the original and I am very happy with the lathe.


Thread: Steam Boiler
09/04/2019 06:25:59
Posted by Boiler Bri on 08/04/2019 20:27:44:

Has anyone read the code that the Australians use for stainless steel boilers?


I only found these on the Internet, seems you have to buy a copy, others may be able to find it.




08/04/2019 15:41:40

Most states in Australia accepts model boilers made from "Duplex" stainless steel. Have you contacted your club boiler inspector about using Inconel steel, you may have trouble getting it certified.


Thread: Suitability of hot rolled steel for machining
05/04/2019 06:12:32

I too use a lot of hot rolled steel, and use carbide tools to get rid of the scale. It works well for the things I make but it is a bit more difficult to get a nice finish like you get with a free cutting steel.


Thread: Knurling speed
03/04/2019 05:30:28

Hi Maurice,

I tend to do my knurling jobs at a somewhat lower speed than for turning but it seems you can use the same speeds as you would for turning. I found this and this on the web that may be of help.


Thread: Completed models - just out of interest
24/03/2019 10:12:26

Hi Bill,

I have kept some of the model steam engines I have made, other I have given to friends. Occasionally I run the models just for fun.


Thread: More Workshop space, shall I or not..?
23/03/2019 17:15:05

Hi Ron,

I know what you mean about small workshop, mine is about 2.5m x 1.7m so may be slightly larger. I assume you are also thinking about putting the railway in your shed if possible to free "the other space" for your lathe and mill. Let us know what you end up with.


Thread: Microsoft Word
17/03/2019 14:35:41

I usually use PDF when sending/publishing files, works on most computer systems.


Thread: Windows Update (Again)
16/03/2019 14:12:31

Hi Brian,

You are not the only one that have troubles with the Windows Update, I have set mine to not update automatically so I can decide myself when to update.


Thread: Digital angle gauges
14/03/2019 04:52:07

Hi Garth,

The one I have still works after several years, I do have to replace the batteries after a year or so.


Thread: Tangential tools ?
13/03/2019 05:23:00

Hi Will,

As John, I have made my own tangential tools. They work very well and as others have said, they are easy to grind. If the work has a hard skin I use carbide tipped tools for the roughing cut and a tangential tool for the finishing cuts.


Thread: Recommended way to obtain a back issue
10/03/2019 05:14:07

Neil (Stub Mandrel) has a MEW index here. Another index here.


Thread: KX1 CNC Mill Clearance Offer
20/02/2019 15:11:46

Congratulations with your new toy Jason, I guess you will keep us posted on your CNS progress.


Thread: Inverter Rating
13/02/2019 19:28:14

Hi Nick,

Have you read this thread?


Thread: Alternative materials
12/02/2019 11:03:51

Hi Rik,

If you only run your machines for a short time and not 24/7 I think brass should last for a long time. I assume you will provide proper lubrication. I often use brass instead of gunmetal, and have had no problems, but I only run my small engines for a short time - less than 30 min. - and always oil moving parts.


Thread: Decoding Ser# of Emcomat 8.4/8.6 Lathe
11/02/2019 05:08:14

My Emco Compact 8 purchased in 1976 has the number B17606082 stamped on the bed, if skipping the B1 part, may be it was manufactured in June 1976. So may be four numbering systems? Or does B1 just mean Compact 8?


Thread: B7 BP steel
08/02/2019 06:59:55
Posted by Bill Phinn on 08/02/2019 00:39:51:

P.S. Can anyone tell me how to get round the fact that when I insert images from my albums they often seem to flip top to bottom?

Edited By Bill Phinn on 08/02/2019 00:43:19

Use a bitmap or photo editing program (for instance the free GIMP or Paint.Net Classic) to orient the photo the way you want and save it before importing into your Album.


Thread: Fly cutter bits
07/02/2019 15:18:14

Hi Paul,

I hope this link may also be of help.


Thread: Getting started with gear cutting.
30/01/2019 04:57:38
Posted by Robin Graham on 29/01/2019 23:28:54:

First thing on this path is to learn to cut gears, so I'm looking for recommendations for books/tutorials etc which might help - I have Ivan Law's WP series book which is great in some respects, but doesn't really tell me what tooling/machinery I need within the limitations of my workshop.


For machinery you will obviously need either a lathe with vertical slide or a milling machine, and a dividing head. For tooling you will need an arbor to hold your gear cutters and some gear cutters. You can buy gear cutters from RDG, or you can make your own. I have made my own gearcutters, I also made my own dividing head. To hold the gear blanks I made an arbor with one end fitting into the MT mandrel of the dividing head, the other end fitting the hole in the gearc8gears_0568.jpg blank.


Thread: superheaters
29/01/2019 17:54:32

Hi Peter,

The subject has been discussed before, here are a few links:





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