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Cornish bodger09/06/2019 08:53:52
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Could I have some advice on engineering reference books that preferable have imperial and metric measurements as at the moment I use the web for my charts and info and I'm going to drop my phone one of these days with the oil over it!

Mike Poole09/06/2019 09:08:01
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Most people have a Zeus book in their toolbox and they have wipe clean pages, a copy of Machinery’s handbook is very useful but a paper copy would not like oily fingers, electronic copies are available.

Mike

Journeyman09/06/2019 09:09:40
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The Zeus data tables are useful (and greaseproof) from Amazon for £5.40 or there is the Metalworkers Data Book by Harold Hall, one of the Workshop Practice Series, also from Amazon.

The Engineers Black Book is quite useful if you can find one at a sensible price some one on Amazon selling a used copy for £70 !

John

Edited By Journeyman on 09/06/2019 09:14:43

SillyOldDuffer09/06/2019 09:44:08
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Machinery's Handbook is probably the most complete, about £70 new but widely available second hand. Mine is the 22nd Edition, Metric & Imperial, about £10 from Abe Books I think. For use in a clean environment - not an oily workshop.

Dave

Plasma09/06/2019 10:18:42
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Engineers black book is definitely the best pocket reference you will find, mine was 20 quid from msc a few years ago. Contains so much information it's very useful for many jobs.

I did find a metric imperial conversion chart on line, blew it up to A3 size and laminated three copies for putting near to my mills and lathes. I can check sizes instantly in large print so no fumbling for books or charts. I also did a tapping chart using excel to show all my favoured tapping sizes.

Mick

Nick Clarke 309/06/2019 10:21:29
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Model Engineers Handbook by Tubal Cain (Tom Walshaw)

Plasma09/06/2019 10:33:27
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Just seen 3rd edition at 25 quid on sutton tools website. Grab one immediately!

mechman4809/06/2019 10:58:25
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Newnes Mechanical Engineers pocket book, ISBN - 0-434-91988-8; mine is the 1st 1990 edition full of info that you will ever need for every day use, not oil proof but excellent ref book. My instant grab book is the Zeus ref pocket book metric revision 95, oil / water proof- Buck & Hickman, around £6, available from B & H or Amazon. I have also downloaded ref /conversion charts from 't'internet & laminated them for garage/man cave use, stuck on cabinets with magnets, usual disclaimer applies.

George.

p.s. I also have the 'Model Engineers Handbook' by Tubal Cain.

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Speedy Builder509/06/2019 12:33:37
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I wouldn't manage without one of these.

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jimmy b09/06/2019 12:37:58
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Posted by Plasma on 09/06/2019 10:33:27:

Just seen 3rd edition at 25 quid on sutton tools website. Grab one immediately!

Me too! Ordered one yesterday!

Had the 2nd ed for a couple of years, new ed has more pages too!

Jim

Cornish bodger09/06/2019 20:50:30
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Thank you people this is helpful, was looking at the zeus book but wasn't sure how complete it is but I'm going to have a look at these other suggestions. The disc thing is an interesting idea.

mechman4810/06/2019 23:48:44
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Spotted a Shetack disc on e bay Sat. promptly ordered it... £8 :61p inc. postage, waiting for it to pop through letter box in the next day or two.

George.

Plasma12/06/2019 15:32:51
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Just got my black book through the post, it's an improvement on the second edition and contains so much data.

Also mine has a hologram in the back cover you can quote when leaving a review to claim a free large size wall chart of decimal equivalents. Bonus feature.

Regards Mick

Nigel Graham 212/06/2019 17:07:00
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Tracy Tools make a poster-size chart for hanging on the wall - dimension conversions one side, thread tables the other.

I suspended mine from an ordinary hook, via an old twin-clip, straight arm clothes hanger; so quick to turn round to view the other side; and these are the two data sets you are likely to use more often than the rest put together.

Mike Poole12/06/2019 17:09:24
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Monument tools still list the small shetack tapping chart Shetack A pity the shipping is more than the toolsad

Mike

Edited By Mike Poole on 12/06/2019 17:12:13

jimmy b12/06/2019 18:24:34
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My new Black Book came today!

Jim

DC31k12/06/2019 20:35:26
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Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 12/06/2019 17:07:00:

Tracy Tools make a poster-size chart for hanging on the wall - dimension conversions one side, thread tables the other.

Could I ask how recently you have verified that statement? I have the same chart and want to buy another one but cannot find it on their site. Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

Ian S C13/06/2019 11:29:50
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I have a centre fold chart in the workshop, can't remember if it came from Model Engineer, or Model Engineer's Workshop.

Ian S C

mechman4813/06/2019 12:01:20
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Posted by mechman48 on 10/06/2019 23:48:44:

Spotted a Shetack disc on e bay Sat. promptly ordered it... £8 :61p inc. postage, waiting for it to pop through letter box in the next day or two.

George.

It's arrived... thought it would be larger diameter than it is, still clear & readable though

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George.

Mike Poole13/06/2019 12:32:38
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There are 2 sizes of the Shetack , 105mm and 144mm.

Mike

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