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Mark Hollis31/05/2021 22:27:25
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Good evening all, my name is Mark and I have recently purchased a Fortis lathe. I have been in the motor trade for years and always wanted a lathe. Fate had it that I bought a Fortis lathe from Devon & found out afterwards it was built in Truro.

I’m sure I will be asking advise when I get into it and have purchased a manual off the site already.

Brian H01/06/2021 07:49:07
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Hello Mark and welcome. Congratulations on your new acquisition. If you have any questions at all then this is the place to ask them.


Cornish Jack01/06/2021 09:02:17
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Welcome aboard - sounds like a properjob, my 'andsome!



Chris Evans 601/06/2021 09:04:13
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Welcome along Mark. Enjoy the lathe.

Mike Hurley01/06/2021 09:35:35
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Welcome Mark. Once the staring at the new lathe phase is over (we all do that with new toys) do you have any ideas what sort of things you're looking to do with it? Interested in any particular field or just looking to get general machining experience, There are chaps on here that are more than willing to help whatever the route.


All the best. Mike

Bazyle01/06/2021 16:36:02
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When you figure out the search facility on here (front page not the one at the top of this page) you will find several threads by Fortis owners. One in Scotland which is not actually surprisnig as there used to be a lot of seagoing connections eg fishing boats made in Appledore delivered to Aberdeen which was the equivalent of 'just up the M5' back in the day.

Harry Wilkes01/06/2021 18:35:30
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Welcome to the forum


Mark Hollis01/06/2021 18:49:55
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Thank you all for the welcome. Mike I am not too sure yet, general experience first I thin but my other half has a market stall in Par which she keeps asking me to make things for, mainly model motorcycles and the likes.

I’ve also been asked for model railway components from a neighbour but not sure what he wants exactly.

‘Tis definitely proper Bill & I’ll get there Dreckly I’m sure.

It’s handy to know others have a Fortis too Bazyle, hopefully I’ll be able to get some useful tips along the way.

cheers n gone now

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