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Pero23/03/2016 04:40:27
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Hello – my name is Pero ( alias used for the protection of the guilty ) … .and I’m a lathe-aholic ( this looks like it should be the right forum for one with my affliction ). However I have not purchased a new lathe for a few years and while I admit to looking at the pictures of the Super Adept I have yet to be seriously tempted.

I am a three year trained engineer ( half a day a week for half the school year between ages 12 and 14 – the other half was woodwork ). This extensive training has disadvantages and advantages – I’m not always ( ever ) sure what I am doing but not having drummed into me what I cannot do (apart from basic safety, sometimes ignored at my peril ) I will probably have a go anyway. My first lathe was a Myford ML7 purchased some decades ago with the intention of eventually building a traction engine but initially used for making fittings for RC racing yachts and the usual range of repairs that come the lathe owners way. I have since owned a number of lathes, both larger and smaller, but not sold any and in my cluttered workshop the ML7 remains the mainstay of current operations.

I have been looking in on the forum on a regular basis for some time and hope I can contribute a little from time to time, although probably not on machining techniques where I tend to apply the same rule as I do with motor vehicles – if it sounds right and it feels right it is probably more or less OK.

As I am now at last officially semi-retired I plan to get the workshop organised and start on a few of the stationary engines casting sets I bought to learn a little about the operation of steam engines before tackling a traction engine. Queries of a technical nature are bound to follow…

Russell Eberhardt23/03/2016 09:27:04
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Welcome Pero. It must be nice to have a workshop big enough for a collection of lathes!


Neil Wyatt23/03/2016 09:37:45
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Hello Pero,

Glad you've decided to dive into the forum.


mechman4823/03/2016 11:13:12
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Hello & welcome Pero

' – I’m not always ( ever ) sure what I am doing' ... join the gang... face 20


Pero24/03/2016 10:24:04
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Thanks to all for the words of welcome.

Russell - unfortunately lathes started escaping from the workshop some time ago. Fortunately half of them are small enough to sit quietly on shelves ( in the adjoining garage ) and do not take up too much room. The real space guzzlers are the big lathe (410 x 1000 mm) and 'matching' vertical mill. Once you allow for the machine footprints, operating and maintenance space around them plus room for the accessories a sizable chunk of floor space has disappeared.

However, I'm sure there would be a lot more available space if I could just get myself a little more organised. Perhaps one job at a time?


the artfull-codger24/03/2016 19:07:28
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Hi Pero [& wecome of course] perth eh!! there's a model engineering club there I've been meaning to pop along to when I'm next in perth,I go to my daughters in Joondalup,poss be going later on in the year,might even see you if you're nearby.



Harry Wilkes24/03/2016 21:28:47
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Hello and welcome Pero.


Pero26/03/2016 01:18:53
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I am more or less due west of the city - but not so far as to get my feet wet. If you let me know a bit closer to when you are coming I might just have the workshop sufficiently organised to allow safe entry!


the artfull-codger26/03/2016 12:33:30
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Hi Pero,

Thanks for that I'll keep you informed,Mrs Artfull's going over for a month next week [yesss in the workshop!! & no moaning]] but it'll be later in the year for us.



Rick29/03/2016 11:28:29
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Welcome Sandgroper to the forum.

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