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    I bought some ones like this (of different grits)...

    I bought some ones like this (of different grits) a few years ago and really like them:
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    Hey Bob, no troubles. I'm learning here and am...

    Hey Bob, no troubles. I'm learning here and am happy for the input.

    Greg.
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    Hey Pumpkinate, re pics just Google "clarkson...

    Hey Pumpkinate, re pics just Google "clarkson autolock r8" and choose images and you'll see it. A commodity item.
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    Clarkson autolock - I like it

    Recently I picked up a clarkson autolock chuck for the mill. I'm a bit of a newb so didn't really know too much about them.

    I got it for a song because it came for free with another item.

    Over...
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    Mate, your secret is safe with us. 😁

    Mate, your secret is safe with us. 😁
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    Bob, you have too much time on your hands. I envy...

    Bob, you have too much time on your hands. I envy you! 😀
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    heh, heh. I had noted your requests for photos,...

    heh, heh. I had noted your requests for photos, but as they were on posts that had photos I figured I knew what you meant. No stress. :)
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    Thanks all for the 'likes'. More pics: ... I...

    Thanks all for the 'likes'. More pics:

    ... I wanted the hacksaw to be mobile-ish so it got some small roller feet - they were very cheap at $3-4 each.

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    With the...
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    There is not much point in a hacksaw that does...

    There is not much point in a hacksaw that does not cut somewhere near perpendicular to the workpiece. Sure, if for lathe only you can face stuff off. If for welding/fabrication - nope.

    This old...
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    The machine is very worn. Like ... it has been...

    The machine is very worn. Like ... it has been flogged and after it went beyond normal repair - flogged more.

    As an example of wear - this is from the main shaft.

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    The main...
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    Hercus hacksaw refurb - pic thread

    Hi all,

    First, although this thread is about a Hercus machine, it is more about general restoration and machining and not specifically Hercus, so posting here and not in the Hercus area.

    Now,...
  12. Hi all, I ditched the last cheap Bunnings rollers...

    Hi all, I ditched the last cheap Bunnings rollers for another (cheap Bunnings) type - the blue type I showed in some pics in a previous post had no great way to secure them to the machine so when...
  13. Solved

    Steve, Shed, Gavin, and all who offered advice: we're finally there - it is working now, and very well to boot.

    I made this 'cap' for the valve thingo. Yes, I made it badly, but it was an...
  14. Wow - I picked up about 30 NOS HSS blades for it...

    Wow - I picked up about 30 NOS HSS blades for it for like $60. Might last me then ....
  15. Interesting Shed: "I don't think that it makes...

    Interesting Shed: "I don't think that it makes that much difference to blade life". I would have thought the rubbing on the backstroke would kill the blade. There you go.
  16. Steve, I might try that thank. I'll need to...

    Steve, I might try that thank. I'll need to bodge up something to keep the darn bearing from going rogue, but I'll try that and see what happens.

    With dropping at that rate you'd best not lift it...
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    Jim, I get my 12L14 from ABC Specialty Metals...

    Jim,

    I get my 12L14 from ABC Specialty Metals in Melbourne. Run by a couple easy going Brits. I have no idea whether they mail or not but I have found their prices to be pretty good.

    Greg.
  18. the machinist with no hands - worth a watch

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87Ga2R7IghA26_0mPjicHw/videos

    Makes pretty cool stuff from what he has, including his own lathe. It seems he has no hands - occasionally, you see a prosthetic...
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    I come across those as well. All very...

    I come across those as well. All very impressive. The 'still' from the vid above where the guy is pasting the body-filler on is pretty impressive. I wish I could do it that quick ... and with...
  20. Hi Shed, thanks - I tried the...

    Hi Shed, thanks - I tried the ball-bearing-resting-on-top thing. When the ram is lifted the sudden influx of oil dislodges it and the bearing then just roams around the innards. With nothing to...
  21. Hi Shed, thanks. A contraption like that has...

    Hi Shed, thanks. A contraption like that has passed my mind. I had a pretty frustrating day on this yesterday - testing stuff. I do wish a Hercus hacksaw owner would chime in here with a pic or...
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    Thanks for vid link Kryn, I am absolutely going...

    Thanks for vid link Kryn, I am absolutely going to give that a go at some stage. I have made a spreadsheet and diagram for myself of all the angles and trig and measurements etc. I liked the...
  23. Back to the shed. Some more photos. I did...

    Back to the shed. Some more photos.

    I did some experimenting with it today. Back to iso68 hydraulic. When working, that should be fine - so I'm aiming to make it work nicely with that.

    The...
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    As it happens, I needed some iso 68 hydraulic oil...

    As it happens, I needed some iso 68 hydraulic oil so today I went to the guys I mentioned above (no affiliation btw). A 20lt drum of said oil was the princely sum of $80. 5lt was $25. Repco wanted...
  25. Apols.. I haven't been able to get back to shed...

    Apols.. I haven't been able to get back to shed to take more pics. Will do.
  26. Shed/Steve - thanks. It might be experiment...

    Shed/Steve - thanks.

    It might be experiment time. If a ball is at the base, then something needs to stop it coming out. If the ball is on top something needs to stop it just coming off. I...
  27. Thanks Gavin. That setup is way different to...

    Thanks Gavin. That setup is way different to mine! Mine is belt drive to a darn big steam engine size pulley. But .. it sounds like the end result is counter clockwise. That is how i have the VFD...
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    I bought a 20lt drum of proper way oil from these...

    I bought a 20lt drum of proper way oil from these guys: https://www.oilstore.com.au/ for like $120. This stuff: Slideway Oil | PEAK OIL. I kept 5 litres and passed on the rest at cost to forum...
  29. Thanks Gavin, very much appreciated. Looking from...

    Thanks Gavin, very much appreciated. Looking from the left side of the machine (the side with the pulley attached to the main shaft) does the pulley/shaft rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise?
    ...
  30. Oooohhhhhh.... I was wondering if it was somehow...

    Oooohhhhhh.... I was wondering if it was somehow supposed to function as a valve!

    That just might be it. Nice one!!!

    Can any hercusaurus owners confirm?
  31. Steve, Michael, Gavin - thank you. These old...

    Steve, Michael, Gavin - thank you.

    These old things are not complicated - no piston rings and such - just a smooth fit inside of a bore. Well, two actually. There is a hole at the base where oil...
  32. Hercus hacksaw hydraulic lifter - oil and other questions

    Hey all,


    I posted over on the Hercus area a week ago with no luck - so, posting here.


    I am getting an old hacksaw back on its feet and am trying to figure the hydraulic lifter. With 140...
  33. What oil for Hercus hacksaw hydraulic lifter - and position of eccentric?

    Hey all,

    Getting an old hacksaw back on its feet. I've put ISO 68 in the hydraulic lifter reservoir and I believe I have flushed out the air but no lifter joy happening.

    What oil should I use...
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    PDW, Simon, Techo1, Bill - thank you. PDW -...

    PDW, Simon, Techo1, Bill - thank you.


    PDW - I used an online calc then slowed it down from the recommended. Felt too fast. :)


    Simon - I am ditching the chinesium boring head. But I get...
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    Thanks Michael, I won't say the finish was...

    Thanks Michael,

    I won't say the finish was amazing, but acceptable. Likely I could have run it faster - I was on about 500rpm or so for the 1" bore. The 'wear' thing is maybe realistic. The...
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    That's a lot of replies for two hours! Don't you...

    That's a lot of replies for two hours! Don't you guys have jobs!! :)

    Thank you all, very helpful and valid points there.

    Some more info. The quill is has no detectable slop - it is in very...
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    How did I bore a taper?

    Hi all, newb question here - I used a boring head for the first time the other day. I've used the lathe up until now. I used the auto-downfeed on the mill to widen a 1" ID 3" deep bore out about...
  38. Thanks Bob. Nice. Shaper looks familiar :) ...

    Thanks Bob. Nice. Shaper looks familiar :)

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  39. Bob(s) - thanks. Got a pic of that alba on a...

    Bob(s) - thanks.

    Got a pic of that alba on a trolley? I have an alba 10" also and on some blocks of wood. Not that stable feeling.
  40. For a few bucks each I got these at bunnings. ...

    For a few bucks each I got these at bunnings. Actually, I've had them them for a year but forgot - I bought 6 in case I needed them to help move the Bridgeport around the workshop.

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  41. Peter, if tis one of the reasons *why* I wanted a...

    Peter, if tis one of the reasons *why* I wanted a BP (or clone). The very first thing I did on it used the power quill feed facility. Marvelous.

    I'll be using it again tomorrow to clean up the...
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    As my mother used to say "I never remember a...

    As my mother used to say "I never remember a name, but I always forget a face".

    :)
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    Steve, Joe, Bob - thank you. Looks like I might...

    Steve, Joe, Bob - thank you. Looks like I might have to get me one. :-)

    A saw a megger operating yesterday actually. A good Samaritan forum member PM'd me about offering help on getting the...
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    Thanks Bob - roger that. I figured it might be...

    Thanks Bob - roger that. I figured it might be ....
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    Thanks Michael, Bob, Joe - and of course a Megger...

    Thanks Michael, Bob, Joe - and of course a Megger is not a large prehistoric shark .... :-) I did have to look it up.

    Okay, I'll do what I can (without a Megger ... ) but I kind of suspected a...
  46. Thanks Gavin - much appreciated. You have a...

    Thanks Gavin - much appreciated.

    You have a rubber seal on the lift!! Fancy stuff.

    There are no rivet holes on my machine in that area. Interesting.

    Thanks again,

    Greg.
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    The usual - 3ph onto 1ph but ...

    Hi all,

    Just giving some love to a 1940's Hercus Hacksaw. The motor and its housing are 'of the period' and I would like to keep it if possible. It is 3ph wired for star and no junction box to...
  48. Thank you Gavin - doesn't need to be anything...

    Thank you Gavin - doesn't need to be anything special. I'll not be reproducing anything from it! ... yet .... I am more curious than anything. I am new to the Hercus world ... (though I do own a...
  49. Thanks Gavin, Any excuse to duck out to the...

    Thanks Gavin,

    Any excuse to duck out to the shed during the evening eh - good man - I do the same!! he heh. :)

    I have two small holes on mine that look like it could have been for a plate -...
  50. Thanks Ray - honestly, without the support of...

    Thanks Ray - honestly, without the support of encouragement and kind words of all the garage-bound photo-sentitive weirdos here (present company excluded) stuff like this would be a lot tougher. If...
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