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Member postings for Thor

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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:





Thread: Myford 33t and 34t gears for metric threads
28/01/2019 05:12:04
Posted by Peter Spink on 27/01/2019 23:59:42:

Hmm, was thinking of going this route but 33T and 34T changewheels not on the Myford or RDG site anymore.

At £263 for the metric conversion kit I wonder why 🤔


The 33T seems to be available.


Edited By Thor on 28/01/2019 05:12:40

27/01/2019 10:13:47

Hi Mike,

It seems the 33T is available from RDG.


Thread: Round indexable tips.
27/01/2019 05:03:44

Hi Brian,

I have seen milling tools with round inserts, something like this, and profiling lathe tools.


Thread: The Diamond Tool Holder
20/01/2019 10:37:45

I have made two of them, excellent tools. I use them for finishing cuts.


Edited By Thor on 20/01/2019 10:37:58

Thread: Cutting a large chunk of nice aluminium into workable pieces
20/01/2019 06:30:51

Lucky you. A friend got a similar thickness off-cut of marine aluminium alloy and we used an angle grinder with an abrasive disk intended for use on aluminium and its alloys. A few cuts were made using a hacksaw, we had less than half your temperature though. I have used a chunk of it to make a housing for a small turbine I'm working on.


Thread: Chariot
17/01/2019 05:01:18

Hi Bill,

I had a look in your album and the carriage and compound slide looks very nice, well done.


Thread: Use of Colour on Drawings
15/01/2019 16:17:55

My preference would be No 2, as Andrew I think No 3 obscure detail and makes it more difficult to read for my old eyes.


Thread: lathe to cut 26tpi
15/01/2019 07:23:05

Hi Robert,

Welcome to the forum. You don't say what your budget is but may be a lathe with a 10 in. swing, and I assume you want an imperial version if you cut a lot of imperial threads. If you want a new lathe the Warco 250V is one option and seems to be available in an imperial version. A second hand British made lathe in good condition would be another option.


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