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Thread: Junior Hacksaw Blades
16/09/2018 06:51:59

I always used Eclipse blades because of their superiority but found that my supplier had sold out and could only offer me another make.....Bahco, made in Germany. It is sad to say and with great regret that I have to admit that the Bahco blades are imho better than the Eclipse by a good margin.


Thread: D bits
31/08/2018 20:36:40

Thanks Brian. I shall try one out on a vertical boiler I am building.


31/08/2018 06:09:41

That O ring check valve looks interesting. Is the O ring mounted on a spring loaded plunger?


Thread: ME Vertical Boiler & Hand Pump
27/08/2018 12:54:17

Thanks Phil. Thanks also for the Searchable Index- very good.


27/08/2018 09:00:55

Was there a previous series on a vertical boiler published in ME some time ago? I seem to remember seeing it in one of my bound volumes. I have started to plough through them but there is so much material I have given up.


Thread: Moped Restoration -NSU Quickly/Chinese scooter- constant rebuilds
31/07/2018 11:40:03

I had an NSU in the late fifties and hated it. It was so "uncool" but it was needs must at the time. I would love to get my hands on one now though and I think it would now classify as "supercool". So well made and reliable although as I recall I was very prone to punctures as I couldn't afford decent inner tubes. The spark plug needed regular dewhiskering and having dewhiskered on one occasion I loosely screwed the plug into the cylinder head and forgot to tighten it up. Believe it or not the engine started with only about two of the threads engaged....a bit rough, but it started. Amazing. Saw one in the ring at the Carrington Steam Rally this year, going like the clappers with the blue smoke coming out of the exhaust.

Mick (Boston)

Thread: Self starting small steam engines
28/07/2018 09:25:56

At the risk of boring the forum to death on this subject, I have had some further thoughts overnight (dangerous territory). I intend to make a boiler feed pump which will be actuated by a drop link from the rotary valve at the flywheel end of things. The pump will obviously be a load on the engine especially at the beginning of the delivery stroke. If the links were adjusted appropriately would this provide the necessary "brake" to stop the engine at the required place? Is there a method of calculating this or is it a trial and error exercise? As ever, your thoughts are valued.


27/07/2018 14:35:28

What are you intending the engine for Ed?


27/07/2018 14:15:09

Thanks Jason / Bazyle, That sounds good. Gauging the depth of the recess will obviously be the subject of trial and error. I was wondering about the inevitable "click, click, click...." as the plunger engages the recess but a plunger with a teflon tip might solve that problem. You never know, this could become an essential add-on for non-selfstarting engines. Thanks for the assistance everybody but any other suggestions still welcome.


27/07/2018 10:15:14

I have been playing with it this morning and I have found that I can get 100% self starting on very little air (5-10psi) if I position No.1 cylinder at approximately 45 deg. after tdc. I can find no other position which will give me repeatable results. Perhaps a small cam....such as a round headed rivet....on the flywheel circumference with a light spring loaded plunger playing on the flywheel circumference might encourage it to stop in the required position. Would this be the basis of the idea that Bazyle refers to? Experiments continue.


27/07/2018 08:12:05

This is the engine. How would your cam/spring idea work Bazyle?


27/07/2018 08:09:50

marine engine jpeg.jpg

26/07/2018 21:35:10

Duncan and Bazyle......would you kindly expand on what you have said above. I will post a picture of the engine in the morning which might assist on the cam/spring and sprag clutch ideas.


Edit:- I was tinkering with the idea of a solenoid operated spring mounted rod which would "flick" the flywheel if necessary. Unnecessary complication agai I suppose.

Edited By mick H on 26/07/2018 21:37:40

26/07/2018 17:36:39

Is there any angle other than 90 or 180 which although not guaranteed, might provide most likelihood of self starting?

The engine has a rotary valve by the way.


26/07/2018 15:18:46

I recently purchased a small marine engine with 2 x 5/8" single acting pistons with 11/16" stroke. The cranks are at 180 degrees so that when one piston is at tdc the other is at bdc. The motor turns over quite sweetly with low pressure air. If the air is turned off then on again it will sometimes self start......probably about 25% of the time, but as the engine is destined for a boat it will be mighty inconvenient if the engine stalls midstream in the river.

Other than remaking the crankshaft and setting the cranks at say 90 degrees are there any other simple wheezes to promote self starting.


Thread: vertical boiler thread
12/07/2018 15:25:39

Thanks Jason. I did mention those woods and trees. Just interested in whether the chappie got it fixed.


12/07/2018 10:40:06

No more than a couple of days ago there was a thread about a leak on a water tube on a vertical boiler. Has the thread been removed because I now cannot find it? Mind you, I am well known for not seeing the wood for the trees.


Thread: Steam boiler identification and advise
12/07/2018 07:32:27

Could you repost the photo Keith?


Thread: EN15 Phosphor bronze?
07/07/2018 21:02:06

This stuff is quite definitely not steel. I suppose the mark might be a local code.


07/07/2018 12:51:08

Sorry Hopper.... and well is EN15.


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