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Steven Francis09/05/2022 08:48:33
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Hello all, I'm new to hobby engineering so whilst I will use the search function and attempt to read as many threads / posts as I can....expect many of the usual questions.

I haven't used a lathe since my college days 35+ years ago until Iast week when I purchased a new ' bench lathe. I'd started off my working life on the YTS with day release; electrics, machine shop and welding. Most of which stuck and has fared me well over the years.

Costs of buying simple parts, having other bits repaired or modified, postal turnaround and at times the sheer poor finish of parts received nudged my decision.

So I'm the proud owner of an Amadeal 210, which will be used for making airgun parts -my #1 hobby.

It is what it is...but with careful consideration I believe the 210 will what do pretty much everything I need.

So...be warned... be patient laugh

Thor 🇳🇴09/05/2022 15:07:17
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Hi Steven,

Welcome to the forum.

Thor

Steven Francis10/05/2022 08:39:50
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hi and thanks

Hopper10/05/2022 09:00:02
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Welcome to the forum. I know nothing about air guns but I imagine the 210 should do you nicely for that kind of work. At least the spindle is big enough to take a barrel through it if needed. Have fun.

(And the search function halfway down the MEW homepage works better than the one at the top of the forum page!)

Howard Lewis10/05/2022 14:47:14
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Welcome to the Forum.

With a lathe, all manner of projects, repairs and modifications become possible.

If you can find a local model engineering club, do join it, to meet with like minded individuals.

On here, in ME and MEW and at the club, you will find help, encouragement and inspiration.

Howard

Steven Francis10/05/2022 19:45:27
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Posted by Hopper on 10/05/2022 09:00:02:

Welcome to the forum. I know nothing about air guns but I imagine the 210 should do you nicely for that kind of work. At least the spindle is big enough to take a barrel through it if needed. Have fun.

(And the search function halfway down the MEW homepage works better than the one at the top of the forum page!)

thank you.

This version has a 38mm spindle bore, chosen because I will be able to get pistons and cylinders in without needing to work off the tailstock.

not done it yet11/05/2022 11:14:36
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Posted by Steven Francis on 10/05/2022 19:45:27:

thank you.

This version has a 38mm spindle bore, chosen because I will be able to get pistons and cylinders in without needing to work off the tailstock.


Ahh, looks like you work on springers, mostly?

My first was a Webley Vulcan of about 1960 vintage. Still got it, but don’t use it often. I have found the Air Arms S410 and S200 PCPs very accurate and consistent,.

Steven Francis11/05/2022 17:39:31
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Posted by not done it yet on 11/05/2022 11:14:36:
Posted by Steven Francis on 10/05/2022 19:45:27:

thank you.

This version has a 38mm spindle bore, chosen because I will be able to get pistons and cylinders in without needing to work off the tailstock.


Ahh, looks like you work on springers, mostly?

My first was a Webley Vulcan of about 1960 vintage. Still got it, but don’t use it often. I have found the Air Arms S410 and S200 PCPs very accurate and consistent,.

tbh anything I can play with, there are few cheap springers lined up to to make into silk purses,

Can ooh and ahh over the garage tuners projects but if you haven't got the equipment to tunn a crown or make a top hat ...you're in the debt of those who can.

But mostly I shoot precharged...lots of smaller bits to make and modify for those too

Bill Dawes11/05/2022 18:43:26
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Although I have worked in engineering since I left school, 65 years ago!, I too hadn't touched a machine since my apprentice days, Bought my first lathe about 10 years ago and stuck a piece of bar in and started maching just as if it was last week not over 60 years since I had used one. Doing it properly of course is another thing, one thing I had to learn was getting the operations in the right order to ensure you don't machine one side and find you can't hold it properly to machine the other side.

Enjoy.

Bill D.

Steven Francis11/05/2022 23:06:03
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Posted by Bill Dawes on 11/05/2022 18:43:26:

Although I have worked in engineering since I left school, 65 years ago!, I too hadn't touched a machine since my apprentice days, Bought my first lathe about 10 years ago and stuck a piece of bar in and started maching just as if it was last week not over 60 years since I had used one.

Doing it properly of course is another thing, one thing I had to learn was getting the operations in the right order to ensure you don't machine one side and find you can't hold it properly to machine the other side.

Enjoy.

Bill D.

Thanks for the tip I've been there already laugh

Thanks for the welcome @Howard Lewis

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