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mini lathe circuit board

October 8, 2017, 12:28 pm

The KBIC/KBLC motor controller circuit board which drives my Chester Conquest mini lathe has died, yet again. I am fed up with repairing it (and I am usually a patient and repair-y type guy, I n... Read more »

Dart drills

September 9, 2017, 12:38 pm

Cheap ones are, well cheap and usually nasty. Dormer are a bit too pricey (and Connect even more so), Dart seem more my price range, but are they any good? Ta, -- Peter F Read more »

Welding Masks?

September 3, 2017, 9:48 am

As per my other post, I'm considering buying a small Mig Welder. I will, obviously, need a welding mask and I've been looking at the 'automatic' ones. Some seem very cheap. Are they any good? I'... Read more »

MIG Welding Gas vs No Gas

September 3, 2017, 9:42 am

I recently found myself wishing I'd invested in a small welder (yet again*) when trying to make something. So, I'm looking at the options of buying a simple one, suitable for basic 'fabrication'.... Read more »

Metric thread on an ML7

August 15, 2017, 11:29 am

This ought to be simple so I'm probably missing something. I'm trying to cut a 1.5mm thread on an ML7 with 8TPI lead screw. I have a 127 tooth gear but no 21 tooth. Duncan Munro's Ml7 Gear calcula... Read more »

Regretted having started :-(

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August 12, 2017, 4:22 pm

Having yesterday sorted out my small hand tools drawer, and sorting like-minded tools into chinese take-away plastic containers found this afternoon that the drawer woould not open. After much cus... Read more »


August 9, 2017, 3:53 pm

I've only just heard of this, and, as my Meccano set (with some bits dating back to 1910) is getting all bent and rusty, does anyone have experience of this as a prototyping tool? I did dally with... Read more »

"Time" to cut it "Shortt"

August 9, 2017, 12:42 pm

On the basis that my latest book, Electrical Timekeeping by Frank Hope Jones (1943 reprint) has just arrived, might I suggest that any further discussion goes to email (mine is correct subject to ... Read more »

fao rickman

August 8, 2017, 3:37 pm

Since you asked, the Woodward account agrees with your assertion that the synchroniser on a hit acts to increase the force of gravity, although I think it would be better expressed by expressing th... Read more »


August 7, 2017, 9:50 am

Just looking at the mechanism in the master free pendulum, what happens if the two pendulums are PI out of phase, for this suggests that the light gravity link will drop on the wrong side of the m... Read more »

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The best rated discussions

Harrison L5 Toolpost

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Hi all, I am looking for a quick change tool post for my Harrison L5. Arceurotrade are local to me, so I think I'll pop down there to get one of their model 100 or 200 ones. How do you know what size... Read more »

Combined Lathe / Mill

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We are currently looking at combined lathe / milling machine. The Clarke CL500M / Warco (seems to be the same machine as the clarke wearing different clothes). Also seen the Chester Model B Super. ... Read more »

Warco Mill trips RCD!

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Hello everyone, I recently was given a old Warco Milling machine in fantastic condition. I installed this into my workshop, (alongside my Myford super 7) plugged it in, switched on, and pludged the g... Read more »

Tool and cutter grinders

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The recent discussion of HSS versus replaceable tip TC tools has reminded me that it is long past time I got myself a decent T&C grinder. Some time ago, I was quite tempted by the thought of buildin... Read more »

elliott 00 omnimill manual

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Anyone got an elliott 00 omnimill manual available??? Read more »

Oerlikon Mig Welder

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Looks like we will have bought an Oerlikon Solomig M260C Mig welder, mainly for home stuff. Does anyone have any experiences of these welders? Apparently they were made by a company called MaxWeld an... Read more »

Using Thread Parallels

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Anyone an expert on using Thread Parallels? Presumably they need a table of sizes, or at least a constant thickness to add to get the target size. Is it just a case of putting the root one and the c... Read more »

Warco BH600G lathe discontinued ?

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Hi, Spurred by another thread I checked Warco's site but cannot find any references to the BH600G. This had a comprehensive series of articles on modifications in one of the ME mags and seemed to ... Read more »

buying advice

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Ok folks. I am still pretty new to model engineering, only been into it for 2 o 3 months. To start with I bought myself a mini mill, which has bee great so far. But now I am starting to realise the ... Read more »

Chronos Wooden Tool Chest - Any Good?

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Hi All. I'm considering getting one of the wooden toolmakers tool chests from Chronos, and would appreciate opinions. Are they well made and built to last? Are the brass bits solid brass, or brass ... Read more »

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