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  1. Harry, have a look at the Harvey Tools factory...

    Harry, have a look at the Harvey Tools factory tour, I'd be surprised they couldn't help you out

    Helicalsolutions nearly 58 minutes
    Helical Solutions: Behind the Scenes - In The Loupe - Machinist...
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    Hi Joe, What is Rustblaster? Any pics of the...

    Hi Joe,

    What is Rustblaster? Any pics of the de-rusted files?

    Ken
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    Split Nut, Welcome to this forum and...

    Split Nut,

    Welcome to this forum and congratulations. I hope you got a few accessories with it.

    Mal, one of our members, carries a good range of parts and services, his web site is

    ...
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    Gazz, I admire your enthusiasm but feel you may...

    Gazz, I admire your enthusiasm but feel you may be wasting your time.

    I reckon you are much better off buying a second hand lathe, eg, a Unimat3 for small hobby turning or a Hercus 9" lathe.
    ...
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    It would seem without a quill, the O mill's...

    It would seem without a quill, the O mill's capabilities are very much limited.

    How would drilling holes be achieved and what about tapping?

    Were there ways around these limitations?

    Ken
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    Aboga EM835 or Hercus O mill?

    I have an Aboga EM 835 mill/drill and have the opportunity to swap it for a Hercus O mill.

    If I make the exchange should money change hands? If yes, how much and which way?

    The Hercus mill has...
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    j3dprints, I would highly recommend a 9"...

    j3dprints,

    I would highly recommend a 9" Hercus or Hercus 260 for a beginner. All the bugs have been ironed out, no sand in the head castings, most parts available and all your questions answered...
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    Just out of curiosity, if a rim fire 22 shell is...

    Just out of curiosity, if a rim fire 22 shell is struck from the side of the rim, will it detonate?

    Ken
  9. I'll second what Grahame said, a few years back I...

    I'll second what Grahame said, a few years back I purchased some ready made pen spring clips. Unfortunately I can't recall where I got them.

    Definitely try the guys on the pen forum, they will...
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    ppdmiami and others. No, I am not making a...

    ppdmiami and others.

    No, I am not making a gun. As a product designer, now retired, I'm always keen to know how things work.

    Ken
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    Simple trigger/hammer mechanism

    Does anyone have a simple illustration of a trigger/hammer mechanism such that when the trigger is drawn back slightly, the trigger is lock and only when the hammer is fully pulled back will it fire....
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    Engineering in wood

    I had no idea so much meticulous work went into making an acoustic guitar using hand tools and engineering measuring gauges.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAeXskZHC2o

    This video will put a...
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    Barrel rifling

    This is just a question out of curiosity.

    Take a barrel 22 cal, how many grooves should there be a 75mm barrel and how much angular twist, ie, quarter of a turn, more or less?

    How deep should...
  14. What a terrific series, well worth a watch. Ken

    What a terrific series, well worth a watch.

    Ken
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    I would also like to know where to get taper...

    I would also like to know where to get taper rolling bearings for the Hercus 9", and the bearing numbers. Maybe they are the same as the 260, I'm not sure.

    I believe a set of precision 3 bearings...
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    Hi John, welcome back to the forum and...

    Hi John, welcome back to the forum and congratulations on picking up the Arboga.
    I have the mill/drill EM 835 still not in my possession yet until I make room.

    Will drop in shortly for a cuppa
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    Pete F, is NEMA 23 going to be strong enough...

    Pete F, is NEMA 23 going to be strong enough especially if you need to mill a radial slot?

    Just a thought.

    Ken
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    BobL. Q1. Are you referring to the band saw or...

    BobL.

    Q1. Are you referring to the band saw or
    Q2, Are you referring to the scotchbrite wheels ?
    Q3, How much dough did you outlay?
    Q4. How about some more pictures?

    Ken
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    I suggest you get them water jet cut after you...

    I suggest you get them water jet cut after you dock off each unit. It would be a three stage process, cut first face including the hole, rotate 90 degrees, cut the second face and second hole.

    I...
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    Malicious site ahead

    What's been going on with the forum re the site being hacked?

    Is it not possible to shut the hackers down immediately?

    Losing the forum for a couple of days is worse than losing a leg.

    Ken
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    To save members looking this up, here's a link, ...

    To save members looking this up, here's a link,

    Stuart 10V Unmachined

    This looks like a terrific project, look forward to build photos.

    Ken
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    Xpro, nice looking machine. I love using my...

    Xpro, nice looking machine. I love using my little Unimat, the same machining principles apply as with the larger lathes with far lessor chance of a crash or serious injury.

    Have fun, it's a...
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    Hi Gus, welcome to the Metalwork Forum. A...

    Hi Gus, welcome to the Metalwork Forum.

    A photo or a link to your machine might be helpful in getting a mentoring response.

    When I acquired my Unimat 3 lathe and mill, I just mucked around with...
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    Peter, that newspaper article you posted is...

    Peter, that newspaper article you posted is interesting if only I could read it. If you know, what language was it written in?

    Ken
  25. Buy both, check them out in the flesh, then sell...

    Buy both, check them out in the flesh, then sell the one you don't want to keep

    Ken
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    Very interesting Bob, do you reckon it would...

    Very interesting Bob, do you reckon it would remove rust stains on a lathe bed?

    Is this stuff expensive?

    Ken
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    Ingenious Greg, nothing more satisfying than...

    Ingenious Greg, nothing more satisfying than making your own tools. The savings in your pocket will buy another bottle of red!

    Ken
  28. Thread: sad news

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    Sad news indeed, in my opinion what the Hercus...

    Sad news indeed, in my opinion what the Hercus family started and succeeded with will never be repeated again in Australia with local manufacturing disappearing out the back door.

    Hercus, gone,...
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    Nick, if I were you I would replace the worn nut...

    Nick, if I were you I would replace the worn nut with a new one from here, Hercus 9 or 260 imperial crosslide spindle nut --part Nos.22, 5H725

    Mal is one of our members and has a fair range of...
  30. Good idea Gra, I'm still finding it hard to tell...

    Good idea Gra, I'm still finding it hard to tell the difference between putty and high tensile steel when buying taps.

    Ken
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    I think they are called Gits oilers. You might...

    I think they are called Gits oilers. You might find something here Oil Hole Cups and Covers | GITS Manufacturing
    or here. Oil Cup: Business & Industrial | eBay

    Ken
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    Smart machines

    I love some of those Youtube videos showing smart thingamebobs,
    for eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vACDDCOf7Fk

    Do you have a favourite video?

    Ken
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    Tools at Aldi Sat 28 May

    A few good tools coming up for sale at Aldi's the Saturday 28 May.

    In particular a drill sharpener at $9.99, right angle drive same price and a band saw. I'm sure with the right blade, it could be...
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    Do plumbers stew plums? Ken

    Do plumbers stew plums?

    Ken
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    joe88, Look no further, one of our members,...

    joe88,

    Look no further, one of our members, allterrain50, aka Mal, may be able to help or at least advise you.

    Mal is anxious to maintain the Hercus heritage.

    Australian Metalworking...
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    I reckon Steamwhisperer would have a few up his...

    I reckon Steamwhisperer would have a few up his sleeve that he might part with.

    Ken
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    DESEL74, That's a great start up collection,...

    DESEL74,

    That's a great start up collection, reckon you have too much time on your hands.

    Ken
  38. Thread: I'm pee'd off

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    Hi Joe, I couldn't find his apology or forum...

    Hi Joe, I couldn't find his apology or forum credit, got a link?

    Ken
  39. Thread: I'm pee'd off

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    Hi Joe, I posted my displeasure on the...

    Hi Joe, I posted my displeasure on the Homemadetools forum, not FB

    Marking gauce with micro adjustment - Page 2

    Ken
  40. Thread: I'm pee'd off

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    I went back to "his forum" and added more...

    I went back to "his forum" and added more comments.

    Thanks for all the above support.

    Ken
  41. Thread: Entry Gates

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    I'd skip the in-fill panels altogether, looks...

    I'd skip the in-fill panels altogether, looks great without them.

    Ken
  42. Thread: I'm pee'd off

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    Very disappointing when your ideas are blatantly...

    Very disappointing when your ideas are blatantly ripped off and claimed to be their own.

    JohnQ, I did put a link in the other forum. I doubt anything will happen.

    Ken
  43. Thread: I'm pee'd off

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    I'm pee'd off

    Back in 2007, on this very forum, I submitted a post on a miniature marking gauge that I designed and made.

    Mini lathe/mill project No.4 Marking gauge

    This evening I came across a forum I've...
  44. Mr Durden, it seems a real shame that "made in...

    Mr Durden, it seems a real shame that "made in Australia" was not mentioned. Why was that? Was that at the request of the Southbend?

    The quality of Hercus lathes was second to none, in my opinion....
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    I just wish I could join in, in this discussion....

    I just wish I could join in, in this discussion.

    I have a 9" AR, the bed sits out on the verandah, the rest of it lies wrapped in tissue paper in a spare room.

    Everything has been stripped,...
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    unwatchable Ken

    unwatchable

    Ken
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    Hi Mal, pity the supplied photo is indistinct,...

    Hi Mal, pity the supplied photo is indistinct, makes an id difficult.

    Mal, has the history of Hercus been written up in detail. For example when did they start and by whom?

    What affiliation did...
  48. Thread: What Mill?

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    I doubt you'll find any mill under 6" tall! Ken

    I doubt you'll find any mill under 6" tall!

    Ken
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    What is the item No.? Ken

    What is the item No.?

    Ken
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    Adjustments after regrind?

    Mal, after a bed regrind, what other issues have to be addressed in terms of alignment?

    I'm sure the head stock and tail stock will be ok, that leaves the saddle. How is the relationship between...
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