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Meddings Drill - Help Finding Grommets or Glands

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Woodlikesbikes16/09/2019 21:12:36
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Good Evening, First Post here.

I'm in the process of restoring a Meddings LF1 mk2 pillar drill. I am trying to find either replacement grommets or maybe cable glands for the holes where the power cables enter/exit the main body of the drill.

Originally (I presume it's original) it had open rubber grommets (doughnut type). It was a bit mangled but it measure approximately 20mm OD, 8 mm panel thickness, 18.95 mm total thickness. I've spent several hours with google trying to find something similar but no luck. Everything I've found is for very thin panels. I've put them somewhere safe so cannot post a picture.

Failing that I could use cable glands, but it needs to have a long thread (and not cost £10 for one gland!).

Can anyone point me in the direction of some thing that might be suitable?

Many thanks in advance.

Oldiron16/09/2019 22:43:28
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Nip down to your local electrical wholesaler ( Senate or City Electrical or similar) and explain the problem to them. Most are very helpful. They will have a range of stuffing glands that will almost certainly sort you out. From plastic to S/S & Gas tight. 50p > £20. Failing that contact Meddings but be prepared to pay through the nose. Hope that helps.

Edited By Oldiron on 16/09/2019 22:46:23

Michael Gilligan16/09/2019 23:07:39
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Maybe worth browsing through: **LINK**


peak417/09/2019 00:13:09
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Hello, It would seem that you need to search for Long Cable Gland 20mm, as normal ones only have an 8mm thread on the panel side.

e.g. THESE have a 15mm thread, so would ho through your panel and leave enough for a nut on the inside.


David George 117/09/2019 07:43:20
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Hi and welcome to the forum. It helps to say roughly where you are based as suggesting some things are more useful to someone from Australia is different to someone from Newcastle uk, and if you were somewhere near to where I live you could have a gland or grommet from my collection as a retired electrical engineer.


Neil Wyatt17/09/2019 10:39:13
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You could 'mould' strain relief using Sugru or Kintsuglue, wrap round lead, push into threaded hole, then 'mould' into a tail.


Woodlikesbikes18/09/2019 14:05:08
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Thanks for the pointers.

Have found three electrical wholesalers nearby so will try then first.

I've found a few long black cable glands but £10 plus a piece is ridiculous!

Sugru might work. I'd not thought of that and I think I have some left from a shoe repair.

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