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dcosta11/10/2018 23:34:08
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Hello Peter, good evening.

After the bellows of my BF20 milling machine broke down, I bought a new bellows from my supplier but, in the meantime, using a cheap Chinese curtain I made a temporary substitute that I have not yet removed (after almost 5 years) to apply the standard bellows.
And they have worked beautifully ...

In addition I have material to make more than 10 curtains for replacements.

See, please, some pictures in the following *** LINK ***

Best regards
Dias Costa

Neil Wyatt13/10/2018 16:44:55
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I fitted blessed bellows to my mill.

Now every time I switch it on it shouts "Gordon's alive!"


I'll get my coat...


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2018 16:45:04

Michael Gilligan13/10/2018 17:39:19
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 13/10/2018 16:44:55:

I fitted blessed bellows to my mill.


laugh very flash, Neil


Peter G. Shaw13/10/2018 21:00:19
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Just to let everyone know what I am going to do:

I have installed the folded and varnished cardboard between the table and the column. OK, it may well require some manual assistance to fold up because it is somewhat stiff, but it is an experiment. (I wonder if paper might be better. More experimenting required!)

Also, I am going to try a piece of car/van/lorry inner tube for the front piece. (I can't remember what it was meant to be when I was given it by a tyre dealer.) It will be fastened to the table, and left loose at the outer end. As with the one above, it will be an experiment to see how I go on.

Incidently, when I say table, it is actually the piece between the table and the base - I do not know what it is called - on a lathe it would be a saddle.

The other suggestions are all noted in case of future use.


I have seen that photo somewhere else on another forum.

Cheers all,

Peter G. Shaw

dcosta13/10/2018 22:05:14
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Hello Peter, good evening.

Curious...I only showed those photos in this forum. Maybe someone has copied them to other places...
The link I made available in my post shows only one photo. The following *** LINK *** shows a collection of them all about bellows on my BF20.

Best Regards
Days Costa

Peter G. Shaw14/10/2018 09:42:25
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Yes, strange indeed. When I saw your linked photo, I immediately thought I have seen that before somewhere. I have had another look to see if I can find it, but failed. I think the problem is that before I posted on this forum I did a lot of searching on the internet and now find it impossible to replicate how I found the photo.

The only other possibility may be that someone else has done something similar.

One of lifes many mysteries.


Peter G. Shaw

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