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    Thanks @pippin88, I had a look at those and they...

    Thanks @pippin88, I had a look at those and they may actually bolt directly on, or with some slight modification. The wheels I have also use that bolt pattern I think. Going to look further into it.
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    A new drill stand cabinet

    Hi all,

    Hope you enjoy this little photo montage of my newly completed drill stand cabinet. I didn't think it deserved a long running build thread with updates, just a little show & tell at the...
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    On closer inspection in your second photo the...

    On closer inspection in your second photo the bolt that goes through the square tube is where your back gear lever used to be.

    If you are keen to have it you can get all the parts you need to...
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    Hi @mathuisella Unfortunately to me it looks...

    Hi @mathuisella

    Unfortunately to me it looks like your lathe has been modified and the back gears are gone. As evidenced by the whole pulley arrangement.

    Typically you throw a little lever...
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    I keep a copy of this handy by my lathe for this...

    I keep a copy of this handy by my lathe for this reason, the 2nd last page is what you need. (info for south bend but the same applies)

    Cheers,
    ratters

    391705
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    Well I just popped out to the shed to solve the...

    Well I just popped out to the shed to solve the mystery for you but as it turns out mine doesn't have such a hole!

    Sent from my SM-G986B using Tapatalk
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    Hi Delux, Mine is the same colour scheme,...

    Hi Delux,

    Mine is the same colour scheme, under the LED lights in my shed it really just looks black in photographs but you can see it in my thread about building a new stand

    I went out and...
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    If the paint shop has some technical data for...

    If the paint shop has some technical data for mixing up this colour maybe they could kindly pass it on to you so you can share it here? My lathe is also the exact same dark navy blue/grey with the...
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    Congrats! When I first got my Hercus I was in...

    Congrats! When I first got my Hercus I was in the same boat, no experience and nobody to teach me.

    YouTube has been my teacher and resources like this forum and the 'textbook of turning'.
    ...
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    Really loving your work! It is giving me...

    Really loving your work! It is giving me inspiration to do this myself one day when time permits.
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    Thanks for sharing Brett I'll be following along!...

    Thanks for sharing Brett I'll be following along!
    AMH is a great resource isn't it, I've placed a few orders myself over the years.
    You could even convert the machine to a model A without too...
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    Thank you everyone for the replies. And guess...

    Thank you everyone for the replies. And guess what, I am an idiot. I should have looked at some comparison photos earlier, the oiler git was not sheared off, it never existed. Apparently the oil...
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    Hercus 9" elbow oiler gits - thread type

    Hi all,

    I purchased an elbow oiler git, the toilet seat type, to replace one which appears to have been sheared off many years ago by a previous owner on the apron. Initially I tried to see if I...
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    Thanks for the info guys I ended up getting an...

    Thanks for the info guys I ended up getting an A35 V belt locally and its the right one. I have some new headstock spindle oiler felts to go in at the same time while its all apart.

    It's a...
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    Hercus 9" A model headstock belt

    Gday,

    Wondering if anyone can confirm which length of belt I need for the headstock pulley on my horizontal drive model A?

    I noticed that the motor kind of bobs up and down as the machine runs...
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    Keep in mind that cartridge brass has approx 30%...

    Keep in mind that cartridge brass has approx 30% zinc content and will be giving off toxic fumes, more so than other brass like round stock or plumbing fittings.

    Have never melted spent cartridges...
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    Well this project is pretty much wrapped up! All...

    Well this project is pretty much wrapped up! All the major components and tooling got a good wash and scrub, re-assembled and oiled. The re-location of the original power switch is still...
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    Regarding Indian products, my experience has not...

    Regarding Indian products, my experience has not been super great. I purchased a brand new Crompton Greaves (made in India) 240v 4-pole electric motor to replace the one which died on my Hercus 9"...
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    There is nothing worse than cutting brass on the...

    There is nothing worse than cutting brass on the lathe for getting absolutely showered with chips and covering the immediate area.

    I keep a strong magnet from an old hard drive at the lathe for...
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    I love how neat and compact that setup is, really...

    I love how neat and compact that setup is, really takes away all that bulk at the back of the machine.
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    This one here, very handy little unit with strong...

    This one here, very handy little unit with strong magnets in the base.

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/empire-205mm-true-blue-magnetic-billet-torpedo-level_p5660532

    Sent from my SM-G986B using...
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    Finally! After a bit of critical thinking about...

    Finally! After a bit of critical thinking about how to move it from my carport into the shed on my own without any lifting gear, I managed to get it to its new home. It was sitting on a table which...
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    Thanks @markpest - very interesting. Cheers!

    Thanks @markpest - very interesting. Cheers!
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    What attachment is this?

    Hi guys,

    Just perusing the online classifieds and came across this listing, and I would like to know what attachment is included, the long handle with red knob? I have never seen one of these...
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I got it straightened...

    Thanks for the advice guys, I got it straightened out today and pretty quickly too.

    As @racingtadpole mentioned it really didn't take much with the press. Nowhere near the kind of force I...
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    Guys I have run into a bit of an issue here and...

    Guys I have run into a bit of an issue here and would appreciate some advice.

    Not sure why I didn't pick up on this before but the tailstock end of my RHS beam is not quite flat where the lathe...
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    Getting closer now. The parts washer is up and...

    Getting closer now. The parts washer is up and running and the stand is pretty much done too. As I install the lathe I will probably re-do the switch wiring because mine is still the original setup...
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    I do have a few various pumps kicking around but...

    I do have a few various pumps kicking around but really wasn't confident about using them with something flammable like kerosene or diesel so I just bought a 12v diesel transfer pump for some peace...
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    That is a nice idea Bob, I think once the lathe...

    That is a nice idea Bob, I think once the lathe is up and running I will make up some leveling feet.

    In the meantime I have knocked up a stand for the parts washer, just waiting on a pump to...
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    A strange thing happened. After I welded the...

    A strange thing happened. After I welded the side panels and drip tray on there was some warpage of those pieces here and there, which must have induced stress into the frame. Prior to doing the...
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    Some more progress pics, it's coming along quite...

    Some more progress pics, it's coming along quite well now. The welding of the sheet metal back and sides was a challenge, in more ways than one. It took me a good bit of practice on scraps before I...
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    Haha that is true now that you point it out! I...

    Haha that is true now that you point it out!

    I was considering having the beam under the chip tray but decided I wanted the extra height above the tray. The trade off is that the drawer feels a...
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    Coolant is something I have never used or really...

    Coolant is something I have never used or really know much about to be honest, but I could definitely work something out for it still. In regards to the drawer I can see what you mean once its...
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    I fitted the drawer up today. Runs rather nicely...

    I fitted the drawer up today. Runs rather nicely on the rails and I am very happy with it. I will have to take the drawer out and the rails back off when I do the final paint job though. Next task...
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    That's a beauty! I like the extra width, plenty...

    That's a beauty! I like the extra width, plenty of space.

    I actually picked up an old hand trolley with solid rubber wheels when I was scrounging for scrap metal, to do exactly as you describe. ...
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    A new stand for my Hercus lathe

    Hi guys,

    My poor old Hercus Model A has been dismantled and in storage for 3 years now due to moving house and me deciding that it will not be re-assembled until I have a decent stand to put it...
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    I suppose the plaster reverses the surface finish...

    I suppose the plaster reverses the surface finish from the sand mould to the lost foam instead? I think you need to have a go and show us all how it went :2tsup:
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    Hi Eskimo, I have not tried this myself yet but...

    Hi Eskimo, I have not tried this myself yet but in a YouTube channel I follow called 'Makercise' he was able to get a very smooth surface finish on his aluminium parts by painting his lost foam with...
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    PM sent!

    PM sent!
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    5" Burnerd chuck backing plate

    Hi gents,

    Anyone have a spare backing plate laying around with 1.5x8 TPI threads to suit a 5" Burnerd chuck? Or maybe even a junk chuck that could be parted out? I just acquired a nice Burnerd...
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    I'm also a novice Hercus owner, and although I...

    I'm also a novice Hercus owner, and although I have a full set of Armstrong tool holders for use in the lantern post I ended up buying a chinese knock-off AXA quick change tool set and haven't looked...
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    I built a simple naturally aspirated gas burner...

    I built a simple naturally aspirated gas burner not too long ago for use in a forge similar to what you are doing, and I found that the key was ditching the BBQ regulator and getting an LPG gas...
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    That's a big help Simon, thankyou! I reckon I...

    That's a big help Simon, thankyou! I reckon I can probably run with it based on the pic but if I'm getting stuck I might get you to run a mic over it for me.
    Cheers!
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    Taper turning attachment - setup help

    Hi guys,
    I have a project which requires a taper longer than I can cut with the compound so I need to use my taper attachment, however I haven't used it before and I think I'm missing a part. Can...
  45. Thread: Brass hammer

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    I bought a 1 foot piece of brass round bar from a...

    I bought a 1 foot piece of brass round bar from a local supplier for about $40. Also been collecting scrap brass so that I can cast some myself one of these days.
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    Yeah it will never look that good again, rust and...

    Yeah it will never look that good again, rust and work scars will take over in no time I'm sure. It was a really enjoyable project actually, I'm tempted to make another smaller one, god knows what...
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    Brass hammer

    Hi all,

    Decided it was time I produced a soft blow hammer, on account of me using a regular claw hammer and brass drift for things like tapping end mills into the head-stock and removing chucks...
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    I don't know actually I haven't tried disengaging...

    I don't know actually I haven't tried disengaging the belts, will do tonight and see what happens. Are you suggesting that maybe a belt misalignment could produce the vibration? I would be chuffed...
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    Update on this - So the motor continued making...

    Update on this -
    So the motor continued making popping sounds accompanied by blue spark flashes until it did a big one, which tripped the circuit breaker for the garage. I decided that was enough...
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    Thanks CliveD I'm more than happy with how it...

    Thanks CliveD I'm more than happy with how it works, been a long project too being 4 months from start to finish! Once I get time again to play with it then yes I think a steel ball will be the next...
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