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  1. #2146
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    I would love a manual bed like that, I have an electric one at work which is a PITA because you have to plug it in, then trip over the chord.

  2. #2147
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    Default Electrakleen model makers mill

    I bought this gorgeous little cutie yesterday, it was on a Brisbane area FB sales forum, thanks to wheelinround for the heads up. I've done the googling and looked on lathes.co.uk but can't find any history on the brand. The Electrakleen transfer indicates the mill was made in England, it has a 1/4 HP BTH motor, wiki suggests that BTH branded motors were last produced in 1960.

    As per most mills it has X, Y, and Z travel, the really cool/upmarket feature is that it has a built in 8" rotary table. The rotary table has a quick disconnect drive so the table can be rotated by hand, the spindle can be swung 90 either side of vertical. Its a 2 man lift, probably 80kg or so.
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    Spacer, indexing head, V blocks
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    Various cutters, taps, clamps and a rotating T slot table
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    This is the type of project the previous mill owner tackled with the mill. It is for sale separately on FB
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  3. #2148
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    Nice little machine Bob, and a nice array of accessories too.
    Kryn
    To grow old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

  4. #2149
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    Bob
    Whatever you paid for the mill - it was a great score! What a little beauty.
    Looking through a lot of English model engineering magazines, it amazes me what can be achieved with small fairly basic machines, in sometimes tiny workshops.
    Pete

  5. #2150
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    Hi Bob,

    What a beautiful little machine though I reckon it's a bit more than a model maker's mill. It's a jig borer. Have a look at the offerings of BCA, Excel and Sigma amongst others - BCA Jig Borer - Miller

    Bob.

  6. #2151
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    Bob if I'd known it was just that big I'd have scored it myself, I thought it to be twice that size. Oh the mind runs wild with how and what it an do . Glad I sent it through.

    Ray

  7. #2152
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootur44 View Post
    Great unit , I’m going to get a 6” or possibly a 8” in a month or so and I want that brand - getting get write ups lately.


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    get one that has four or more T nut slots

  8. #2153
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    Why is it everyone else finds these little beauties, never me. Jealous as!

  9. #2154
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    Right place at the right time, or ask others if they know of a ???. Sometimes you have to wait, and wait and wait.
    Kryn
    To grow old is mandatory, growing up is optional.

  10. #2155
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    Just purchased a set of Yato HSS taps.They are a 21 piece metal cased set of 7 sizes, M3, M4, M5, M6,M8 and M10 with a start, intermediate and plug tap for each size.

    I consider the $78 I paid to be of excellent value given they have a lifetime warranty.

    I know the brand Yato sounds like its a Japanese excavator, but it is not.

    The brand is actually Polish and from their website, the Yato brand Tools are even exported to China, believe it or not.

    The locally availble brand quality is just what I have been looking for. The vice grips ,I noticed, had chrome moly forged jaws. I am stoked to have at last, some quality tools becomming available once again in my neck of the woods.

    Grahame

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  11. #2156
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    Hi. Could you provide the link, please. I looked and can't find that set online.

    What you've got there are probably DIN 352 taps. As you may know already, they are quite different - and much better than - "taper, intermediate and bottoming" taps. They actually are "progressive" taps, 1st, 2nd and final cut. If you look closely, you can see that the one marked with a single ring on the shank cuts a small partion of the thread form for the ENTIRE LENGTH of the tap. The one marked with two rings cuts a futher part of the full thread for its ENTIRE length, and the one with no rings cuts the full thread depth. They all have a very short lead in.
    In use, they ALL cut a fixed amount of metal in a very short lengh, unlike the "ordinary" sets of 3 taps. The latter ones cut more and more of the thread form with ALL three taps, and therefore the force required gets larger as you cut deeper, until the full thread form is cut with ANY of the three taps.

    You will love them and never go back to ordinary taps.
    Here is a larger picture (of a different brand) to show the thread forms:
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    Cheers, Joe
    again completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

  12. #2157
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhovel View Post
    Hi. Could you proved the link, please. I looked and can't find that set online.
    Drill Bits, Taps, Stud Extractors, Hole Saws Archives - We2u

    and scroll down

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhovel View Post
    Hi. Could you proved the link, please. I looked and can't find that set online.

    What you've got there are probably DIN 352 taps. As you may know already, they are quite different - and much better than - "taper, intermediate and bottoming" taps. They actually are "progressive" taps, 1st, 2nd and final cut. If you look closely, you can see that the one marked with a single ring on the shank cuts a small partion of the thread form for the ENTIRE LENGTH of the tap. The one marked with two rings cuts a futher part of the full thread for its ENTIRE length, and the one with no rings cuts the full thread depth. They all have a very short lead in.
    In use, they ALL cut a fixed amount of metal in a very short lengh, unlike the "ordinary" sets of 3 taps. The latter ones cut more and more of the thread form with ALL three taps, and therefore the force required gets larger as you cut deeper, until the full thread form is cut with ANY of the three taps.

    You will love them and never go back to ordinary taps.
    Here is a larger picture (of a different brand) to show the thread forms:
    Tap set.jpg
    this is weird...how come 3 taps show up when one does a reply with quote but it doesnt show up original post?

  14. #2159
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    Oops
    Sorry guys,

    I did n't intend to mislead anyone.

    Joe, there is a Din 352 designation on the outer cardboard packet. There is also marked "Item number YT- 2976 obviously the product number. I was truly unaware of what I had in terms of thread form.I incorrectly assumed as there were 3 of each they were the old style 1st,2nd and plug tap. Thanks for putting me straight, Joe.

    Eskimo, WE-2U is the site where I took the illustration from.
    I have corresponded with Glen Toovey from WE-2U and he is sending me some catalogues as there were not a lot of Yato tools in the local bolt shop, but what was there certainly got my interest up.

    I did not know about the lifetime warranty with the taps at time of purchase ,it was Glen who pointed it out.

    Cheers
    Grahame

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    Bob
    What a little beauty, I would walk barefoot over broken glass to get a lovely mill like that !
    I do not need it, but it would be just great to own & very practical with many uses.
    Well done.
    Bruce

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