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Baz23/02/2020 14:14:19
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Oscillating engine with a form of reversing gear?

JasonB24/02/2020 20:38:36
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That's it, having recently repaired a Mamod traction engine for someone I thought I would see if I could come up with a similar reversing method for a simple engine.

duncan webster25/02/2020 17:16:35
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Over the last couple of weeks I've finally finished off my ELS fitted to a myford 254. Not the one being described elsewhere,this is the Joe Noci version.

I'd like to publicly thanks Joe for patiently responding to my multitudinous e-mails, most of which were needed because of my own ineptitude.

I'll now be able to cut all those imperial threads which have been such a pain beforehand. I'll probably never recoup the time I've spent, but it was educational and fun. I've attached some pictures. All I need to do now is make a belt guard

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stepper first fit (small).jpgpsu with driver (small).jpg

Ian Skeldon 225/02/2020 19:02:33
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Looks excellent Duncan, hope it works well for you.

Neil Wyatt25/02/2020 19:12:39
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NIcely done, Duncan.

If you want to send me a short description and a few hi-res photos we could feature it in MEW, with due acknowledgement to Joe, of course!


duncan webster26/02/2020 00:05:16
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Neil, I'll send you an e-mail tomorrow

Joseph Noci 126/02/2020 05:45:22
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Duncan, I see from the photo the stepper HAS an extension shaft, so a rattle damper is easily fitted.

No doubt you will fit one ( a few??) in pursuit of the 3mm pitch @ 500rpm....


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Martin Kyte26/02/2020 09:04:57
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Nice one.


David Davies 826/02/2020 11:49:25
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NIcely done, Duncan.

If you want to send me a short description and a few hi-res photos we could feature it in MEW, with due acknowledgement to Joe, of course!




Joseph Noci 126/02/2020 12:49:14
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Paul White ( a self admitted octogenarian+) also built up one of these ELS systems about a year ago, on a lathe older than he. I seem to remember he did also post something on MEW forum, but, as usual, I am useless with the applicable search engine..Can't find it! Or maybe it was the gear hobber he posted about?

Frances IoM26/02/2020 16:01:42
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Surely Joseph could be persuaded to write up some articles for MEW re the many ingenuous + exceptionally well produced electronic-mechanical workshop adaptations he has shown on this forum over the last few years
David Caunt26/02/2020 17:19:35
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img_0973.jpgMaking this Harold Hall mill sharpener jig has given me 5 firsts.

1. Working with Cast Iron.

2 Turning a taper.

3 Straight boring

4 Boring a taper.

5 Using a slitting saw.

The indexer and guide blades are made but not fitted.

The finish is nothing to shout about but I'm looking forward to using it.


Edited By David Caunt on 26/02/2020 17:22:12

Jim Nic29/02/2020 21:13:35
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At last I have finished Muncaster's double acting oscillator and when I figure out how to get my u-tube video linked I will post it and some pictures.



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Jim Nic29/02/2020 21:43:40
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There now follow some still pictures and a vid of my finished Muncaster double acting oscillator:

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My thanks to Geoff Walker 1 for generously gifting me some drawings and a cylinder casting for this engine. I hope I have done it justice.


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Edited By JasonB on 01/03/2020 06:54:57

Brian H29/02/2020 22:24:30
1637 forum posts
108 photos

Looks good Jim, congratulations!


JasonB01/03/2020 06:56:30
18077 forum posts
1988 photos
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That turned out well and now that I have altered the video link it runs well too.

Ron Laden01/03/2020 07:46:06
1913 forum posts
365 photos

Looks good Jim and also runs nicely, well done.

Jim Nic01/03/2020 12:11:15
244 forum posts
149 photos

Jason thanks for fixing the link. I always have a battle getting them to work but I thought I had cracked it this time as it worked OK for me.


mechman4801/03/2020 17:46:08
2662 forum posts
410 photos

Nice piece of workmanship there Jim; whisper quiet.


geoff walker 102/03/2020 12:33:44
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Hi Jim,

Just read your p.m., thank you.

Engine looks and sounds great, well done.

So pleased you enjoyed making it.


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