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Thread: Motor Gland
16/11/2021 23:19:48

Looking closely at the lower photo, the thread appears to be Ø16mm. A vernier or digital caliper could confirm this allowing for the thread size minus the thread depths and as Simon suggested, measuring the thread with a thread gauge would help.

There are plenty of cable glands on the RS Components web site of 16mm ...and other sizes of course.

Alternatively it might be worth making enquiries with brook-crompton-parkinson-motors.


Thread: Compressor Problem!
17/10/2021 00:45:44

Hello Dave,

- Check for any water in the tank and drain it if necessary.

- Check the motor and crank bearings for any binding. Probably not a five minute job.


Thread: Drill powered nibblers - buying advice sought.
02/08/2021 17:57:59

With regard to nibblers specifically and having repaired several Makita's in my day job, I wouldn't choose to buy one myself. The motor ingests the crescents and there goes the motor.

The replacement parts are also very expensive, at least for Makita. Registering for a longer warranty, if available, is definitely a recommendation.


01/08/2021 00:16:52

Hi Robin, what radius cuts do you need to make? I cut a 90mm diameter hole the other day in some 3mm steel plate with a jigsaw and filed to finished size.


Thread: Windows for the scrap bin?
18/03/2021 18:58:27

I spent an hour this morning looking at why the latest (March 2021) Windows 10 update causes our PC's at work to flash when the start button menu is selected.

Eventually figured out that transparency in the display settings was the culprit. Disabling it has restored the PC's to a usable state and they're even a little faster in use, as would be expected.


Edited By Ed Duffner on 18/03/2021 18:58:49

Thread: mitre saw use for roughing out/ vertical milling mild steel?
07/03/2021 23:44:46

I think it would be handy to know what material Jon is trying to cut and which type of cut he is thinking of using to rough it out. A sketch maybe.

The way I'm reading it is, the 4mm slot in mild steel was a description of the capability or lack of, of his milling machine.

If the material in question is aluminium for example, there are aluminium blades made for mitre saws, but great care would have to be taken making cuts in solid stock. Personally I wouldn't attempt that.

Bulk material can be removed by chain drilling and/or a hacksaw, or a roughing cutter, or a fly cutter if it's a face. It just takes longer on a small machine like many of us have.


Thread: Sourcing Cable Glands of a specific type
25/02/2021 19:09:14

They look similar to FP200 cable glands, but the glands we used had a 20mm thread.

I believe they are commonly called Stuffing Glands. There are a few here at CEF


FP200 was (is) a substitute for MICC "Pyro" fire resistant cable.

Thread: De Walt 240V Portable Band Saw in UK?
20/02/2021 14:19:38

Martin, I believe there are different warranty agreements for different countries/regions and some spares are available in some countries, not others. Some locations have different electrical legislation and parts requirements.

If a part is required later in the life of the tool, you may need to import that too. Before parting with your money it might be an idea to contact Dewalt and ask them. They are part of the Stanley/Bostitch group and have a useful website

I know Makita make these tools but we have not had one in our shop for repair yet. We are a warranty agent for Makita but not Dewalt.


Sorry Bryan, I'm usually spot-on with with their or there, I do know the difference and it's one of my annoyances too. smiley the way, you are supposed to end a sentence with a full stop. devil Let's leave it there and move on, shall we?

20/02/2021 12:15:12

Hi Martin,

Did you mean the DWM120K? ...the DW120K is a right-angle drill kit and has been discontinued.

Repairing and servicing power tools is my day-job and if I were to buy a new tool I would also research the cost and availability of spares and see what the company offer in the way of warranty.

Sometimes a new electronic speed controller or armature for a motor is more expensive to buy and have fitted than buying a new tool.

Dewalt also tend to obsolete spare parts for there machines at a surprisingly high rate in my humble opinion. They are good tools though, if somewhat over-engineered.


Edited By Ed Duffner on 20/02/2021 12:15:26

Thread: Radio Interference
15/02/2021 18:54:53

At work we have a DAB radio (Planet Rock at the moment), when I put a tool battery in the Hitachi charger it pulses interference into the radio and the sound is cut off during each pulse.


Thread: Mill mechanical Slideway Swarf covers
16/01/2021 16:30:18

An effective solution and probably easy to clean. yes

I have been trying to think of a way to add the type of cover they have on large CNC machines. The multi-sheet telescopic type that remain flat.

As a temporary measure I have installed a high temperature barbecue grill mat (from amazon) cut to size. It does need to be managed occasionally but it keeps the swarf off the ways.


Thread: A white xmas
29/12/2020 11:33:23

Lovely and sunny here in Bristol but too cold to venture into the shed. Talking of defrosting the freezer, I did mine a few weeks back, also aided with a heat gun. The roof of the freezer now has a non-flat feature! blush


Thread: Mery Christmas Everybody
25/12/2020 13:59:50

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all!

Take care,

Thread: Cheap Ultrasonic Cleaners
19/12/2020 15:54:30

We have one at work, purchased last year from ebay. I think it has 2 litre capacity. We bought the proper carb' cleaner (also from ebay) which mixes with water and the chap who cleans the parts in it says it works very well.

It apparently can be the difference between a carb' working or not. It's used on plant hire machine service and customer repairs.

I'v not used it myself but have seen it in operation. A slight criticism would be the lid rests on the tank, metal to metal and can make a bit of a racket.


Thread: banners
18/12/2020 16:34:57

I use firefox and the corrupted layout has been there for months if not years. This isn't a criticism of the web site, it's probably just a browser setting and/or the way Firefox handles CSS. I'm seeing exactly the same as in Grindstone's picture.


Edited By Ed Duffner on 18/12/2020 16:35:10

Thread: BT e-mail
13/12/2020 13:12:56

In Outlook (and possibly other email client programs) I believe there is also an option to request a receipt when the sent email has reached the recipient's email server.


Thread: Why are gas struts on mini mill conversions not rated to fully lift the head?
05/12/2020 12:07:28

Does the mini mill not have locks for the z-axis 'way' and quill when taking x, y cuts?


Thread: New scam to beware of
02/12/2020 19:33:38

"... If I understand correctly, spaces cannot be used in any eMail address or URL


Spaces can be used in URLs but they are substituted with %20 when processed, at least for the internet. Email addresses are a different animal.

The only useful info to capture from a dodgy email is the X-SourceIP: embedded in the email header which gives the true IP address of the computer the email was sent from. Email addresses visible in the email itself can be and usually are fake.

I had a couple of text messages (not emails) last week supposedly from the Halifax saying that unauthorised transactions had taken place and I need to click a link for more info. I'm not with the Halifax. The messages were deleted and the numbers blocked.



Edited By Ed Duffner on 02/12/2020 19:52:27

Thread: Parts Washer Pump
02/12/2020 19:09:01

The company we got a replacement pump from is Safetykleen. I'm afraid I could not obtain a part no. just yet.

Incidentally the internal seals had gone on ours and there was fluid in and around all the electric parts, still working in that condition. Could have been interesting.

Here are some photos of the pump we took out.

untitled1.jpg untitled2.jpg pump3.jpg


30/11/2020 18:57:01

Hi Matt,

My Brother recently bought a new pump for our wash-tank at work. I'll have a look tomorrow and see if we still have the part no. and supplier info. Will update accordingly. I think they're a bit pricy though.

Our tank is filled and topped up with white spirit but also contains 2-stroke, 4-stroke and diesel, plus oil and grease from the parts we service.


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