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Derek Lane11/02/2022 11:11:46
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Whilst shopping this morning I cam across a pack of two drain cleaning brushes and thought to myself (Yes I have done a lot of thinking today) that they would come in handy for cleaning out the through hole of the head stock.

A bottle brush may do just as well

I got them from B & M



Edited By Derek Lane on 11/02/2022 11:12:23

roy entwistle11/02/2022 11:22:40
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I use a 12 gauge shotgun brass or bristle cleaning brush


John Baron11/02/2022 11:43:51
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Yes I use my 12 bore cleaning kit as well ! The brass brush does a good job !

mark costello 111/02/2022 21:12:06
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I would need a 54mm for My Colchester. And couple of swabbies.

Robert Dodds11/02/2022 21:20:21
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Oh for the days of coal fires and a Flue Brush.

Bob D

Nick Clarke 312/02/2022 07:57:21
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Posted by Robert Dodds on 11/02/2022 21:20:21:

Oh for the days of coal fires and a Flue Brush.

Bob D

And as a kid looking out of my bedroom window and not being able to see the other side of the road! sad

John P12/02/2022 10:40:53
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Posted by Robert Dodds 11/02/2022 21:20:21

Oh for the days of coal fires and a Flue Brush.

Bob D

Happy Daysclean sweep.jpg

Nigel Graham 229/05/2022 17:47:22
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... That sort of ..."coal fires and Flue Brush..."

Oo-er! To what size of lathe have we progressed from one that fits round a plughole-gunge brush?

Still, I like Derek's suggestion, though do wonder how you are meant to wash a plughole brush used as such without simply rinsing the gunge whence it came.

If it's too short for your particular lathe it would seem simple enough to cut the original handle off and fit the brush stem into a hole drilled into a length of dowel.

Regarding using a gun-brush, a boiler-tube brush may be a good alternative.

I usually just push a ball of kitchen-roll paper through the spindle, using a suitable rod or dowel.


For cleaning out the chip-tray I find a child's polythene toy beach-spade, with a blade about 2 inches wide and a short handle, makes an effective "dust-pan", used in conjunction with an old paint-brush. It fits neatly in the trays around the machine feet in both of the lathes, and the mill.

Edited By Nigel Graham 2 on 29/05/2022 17:51:16

not done it yet29/05/2022 20:14:37
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A shotgun barrel brush would need to be for at least a 4 bore for my lathe, and only just ,at that.

Those look OK, but I’m mystified why the bristles need to be all the way along them -150mm would be more than adequate? Shotgun barrels are generally between 24” and 32” long and I’ve never seen a gun-cleaning kit with more than a 3-4” brush head.

peak430/05/2022 11:05:37
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Posted by mark costello 1 on 11/02/2022 21:12:06:

I would need a 54mm for My Colchester. And couple of swabbies.

Seek out Radiator Cleaning Brushes, some of which seem to go up to that size, but not all; The one I use is 40mm on the Warco GH1330 with something like a 37mm bore.


old mart30/05/2022 13:53:29
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Seeing that photo of the chimney being swept reminded me of my father sweeping the chimney where we lived and he kept adding canes. The brush managed to bend down level with the gutter. He was very lucky to get the lot back down the flue without breaking the chimney pot.

I have a set of the small mixed sizes from ebay, the smallest is about 1/16" and the biggest is 1".

 The Smart & Brown model A has a 63/64", 25mm spindle bore. A brush would work best if it could be pulled right through from the right hand end and then cleaned before repeating.

Edited By old mart on 30/05/2022 13:55:23

Edited By old mart on 30/05/2022 13:57:57

Mike Poole30/05/2022 14:52:07
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Posted by roy entwistle on 11/02/2022 11:22:40:

I use a 12 gauge shotgun brass or bristle cleaning brush


+1 for one of these, they all seem to have a threaded end to attach a rod of your desired length to pull through the headstock bore. 12 gauge seems ideal for the 2 morse taper on my Myford . The self ejecting tailstock taper is more of a problem at it tends to push any debris up the taper which either needs the shop vacuum or the barrel removing to clear out the rubbish.


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