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Thread: Smart and Brown Model A Fine feed adjustement
18/07/2022 22:23:03

On the subject of S&B ,if i could interrupt ...On a Model M fine feed , how do you trigger it off ? Am i missing an adjustable " Stop" ? Or is the onus on the operator to hit the knob down just in the nick of time ?( which is what i do...) Also what are the knurled parts for either side of the apron where the power feed axle enters and exits ?

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Thread: Giving an aged look to alloy
23/04/2022 22:39:58

What would happen if it was placed in a poly bag filled with oxygen ? Would brass tarnish overnight ?

Thread: Rising costs of materials
12/04/2022 16:42:24

3 x 6m lengths of 30x6 black rolled delivered just cost 40 quid . (Local fabricator ..i asked if he'd put my order in with his to get free delivery )

Not too bad ?



Edited By Hacksaw on 12/04/2022 16:42:59

Thread: Metal Cleaning Using Vinegar?
29/01/2022 00:04:48

My favorite is lemon juice . Tesco's sell big bottles for a quid . Buying several bottles at once gets questioned sometimes at the till , if that's all you're buying .. I just say i like pancakes , and they laugh laugh

Thread: Just Finished, I think!
11/01/2022 16:29:07

(off topic ...) My fraudulent cousin I adored ( he's gone now ) also played a mean lead guitar in a Beat group in the 60's and pretty good was they, too . Claim to fame , as support band , he shared a dressing room one evening with a young guy called Paul.. The gig was at the Invicta Ballrooms , Chatham I think the date was 12th January 1963... and the other group were pretty good he said.... laugh

10/01/2022 17:52:18

That's brilliant .smiley


I was in awe of my grown up cousin when i was small in the 60's . And he thought the world of me , always buying me Dinky toys and showing me " Magic tricks " .. He worked at Chatham Dockyard refitting submarines. He made a skeleton clock ,(in dockyard time...) it was under a glass dome in his mums house . Corrr , I thought , he must be really clever ..all those wheels filed out and shiny , and it worked... Then he got married and moved away to Rosyth when the dockyard closed , we kinda never saw them again , i was heartbroken ! Forward a few decades , he's retired and he comes down south to visit relatives , and we meet up . I mention my memory of the clock .

. " Christ no " he says " I didn't make just one ..I made dozens !! Well i didn't actually make them blush, I only cut out the frames see , Chatham High Street was being developed and in every skip would be a shop clock..Fusee movement wall clocks ..they were worthless then..So me and my mate would pull out all these clocks , take them to work , get a sheet of brass from the dockyard stores... take the clock to bits ,mark out where the wheels go onto the sheet off brass , draw a pretty frame and cut it out . Then reassemble it with the new frames and then you've got an 18th century clock !! Whatever you do you mustn't leave any file marks..or else you get rumbled! We'd go over it for hours with flour paper . Then you'd got to a junk shop and buy a Victorian stuffed bird in a glass dome,chuck the bird away and use the dome for the clock .. And it didn't matter if , you got it wrong and they didn't work , as no-one expects an old clock to run !! "

"Then we'd send them to an auction....slip them in with other junk we'd found ..wink Until one day the auctioneer said to me ' Ere ' 'Arry , where are you getting all these antique clocks from then ? ..surpriseSo i stopped doing them .

What a fraud ! And i idolised him !!

Edited By Hacksaw on 10/01/2022 17:53:41

Thread: Lidll
04/01/2022 00:10:46

I opened the old 16 v battery earlier today . It has a printed circuit board , packed with i.c.'s inside . i thought I'll just put that back together....I can't fix that .but I'm sure it had 4 cells.. I've used it a bit , it was 16v .

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And the new 20v one fully charged ............20v ..go figure !

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03/01/2022 14:47:59

A new 16v parkside original battery for the old drill is 17 quid online . It still charges but it is dying . The drill is tired too though! I don't know anything about Li ion but it was at 3.5v dead flat an hour ago .I've charged it till the light went green (3/4 hour   and it's now at 16.2 v . And the old drill is working ok , but only for an hour or so ..

Lidls often have the newer "x " fit 20v batteries for cheap.  


I've many a time run it down to flat and then slippped in the charger for ten minutes to finish a job..and then not charged it fully for a while . is that a good way of ruining a Li ion battery ? It's been charged hundreds of times !

Edited By Hacksaw on 03/01/2022 14:51:20

Edited By Hacksaw on 03/01/2022 14:53:28

03/01/2022 14:12:25



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Parkside Drill update , purchased May 2017 until January 2022 . Well, it just about holds a charge still after much abuse . Rubber bits peeled off , the casing hasn't broken or cracked . The Drill /Screwdriver selector switch did fail recently causing it to jump into neutral when drilling , along with a dreadful screech of mashing gears !! .A detent spring holding the selector in place , had just disappeared.. when i took it to bits to look . A new one was made which kind of worked .. Anyway for 29.99 it did ok !!



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I saw that Lidlls was selling drills again today .Gone up to £39.99 .This time they're up at 20v 2Ah..slightly larger ,a fair bit heavier .You get a set of screwdriver bits and a few drills ,which appear good quaility . ( As good as the 107 drill pack i bought last week ! ) The chuck is all metal now. Now the other good thing is the 20v battery is interchangeable with the Parkside Impact gun i have , that is 4Ah .It does make the drill somewhat heavier though . Pics




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Edited By Hacksaw on 03/01/2022 14:15:32

Thread: Brittle stainless steel
24/11/2021 23:37:56

Yeah ,I know they're dreadful things, but they do come in handy for rapid local heating !

I'm a Noel too . I was born on Xmas day laugh

24/11/2021 21:56:33

I have a fair bit of stainless steel bars i acquired free some years ago from a friend. Large bars were tagged as 303 , and it machines and forges beautifully . There is also some 8mm bars ...

Now today i bending some tight radius bends on some black steel 8mm bars , heating a short area with a few seconds of carbon arc torch to yellow heat , and then bending . And then i ran out of 8mm black steel ! As its for a simple non stressed job , i thought i'd use a bar of the stainless .. I got it locally hot , bent it ..and it snapped like a bit of brass would ! I was surprised . Is it not 303 ?

Thread: Pulling cog off Albion Type C gearbox
30/10/2021 11:03:34

A friend of mine went into Muffetts ,Tunbridge Wells, to ask about having a cog made . .. They said No ..cogs are made of wood... cheeky

Thread: Large grinding wheels
09/10/2021 18:14:13
Posted by Dave Halford on 09/10/2021 17:13:35:

Or a Flintstones car.

Any car would do ...If i bolt it to a car hub , jack that wheel off the ground , have it in gear and start the engine ... I could sharpen edge tools and stuff wink

09/10/2021 16:09:12

Thanks ! A quick google brings up said machine ! Every day a school day

09/10/2021 13:40:24

I bought two of these at a collective auction .No one wanted them...i bid 2 quid and they were mine ! They're 20" x 12" bore and 8" wide . I can't find a picture of the machine they would fit must be huge . I only use them as bases for my water butts... Would they be used like a bench grinder , or horizontally on the flat sides ? grinding wheel.jpg

Thread: New Member, New Lathe. Smart & Brown Model A (Mk 1/1.5?)
08/09/2021 21:29:25
Posted by Martin Connelly on 08/09/2021 10:57:02:

I would point out on my Model M that I took the original 3 phase motor off and put on a new modern motor as I was going to use a VFD and they are good at damaging the insulation and bearings if used on older motors. The new one, even though it is a higher power rating, is lighter than the old motor by a significant percentage. Since the tension on the belt is a result of it supporting the weight of the motor on its hinged support it is more prone to slipping with the new motor and I have to have a couple of heavy lumps of metal on top of the motor to give sufficient tension to the belt. Maybe if the Model A is similar you do not have the original heavy motor on your machine.

Martin C

I have a Model M too , and the same occasional slippage .. that never crossed my mind ! It does have a hefty old 2hp Single phase motor , but i'll try that extra weight trick ! Or a brake shoe spring perhaps. I've been putting violin bow resin on the belt !

I did see a Fordson Major PTO driving a sawbench with a flat belt and the farmer had a stick of resin ? he held to the belt .

Thread: Drill powered nibblers - buying advice sought.
01/08/2021 14:13:44

I've got one too. Yes , noisy . Yes , very messy sharp bits , ( I clear up best i can with a welding magnet if it's steel ) I often have a dog in the workshop, who loves getting arc eye , metal splinters in his paws , and the vice tommy bar whacking him on the head !

Unless it's a more substantial one than mine , it'll struggle on 1.5mm steel . Needs plenty of practice to cut curves accurately .. the steel needs lubricating on the cut line . Forever jamming , and they dislike being pulled back in a cut for a second go ..

I've often thought if it was mounted upside down on a table so it was rigid like a router table , It could work better . But then the bits would be firing straight at your face ..?

Thread: We thought the Aliens had landed
20/07/2021 13:00:11

There's one in Buxted , East Sussex too , just off the A26 , in our horses old field ..diamond_305.jpg

Edited By Hacksaw on 20/07/2021 13:01:13

Thread: The worst 'upcycling' tragedy ever?
01/06/2021 23:04:20

I'm going to have a go too..

I found this " Aerograph "water separator from an old compressor , it shines up well smiley

I like shiny old tat..blush

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It should be plain sailing to convert to a wall light enlightenedenlightened

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23/05/2021 23:56:34

I'd be tempted to pull the handle down..... devil

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