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  1. I think I might just put them away in another...

    I think I might just put them away in another cupboard. Yes the battery drill is not as fast as the Metabo.
    Thanks for the suggestions

    peter
  2. Thats a great idea for cutting tube. Be good if...

    Thats a great idea for cutting tube. Be good if you were doing a lot of boiler gauge glasses.
    peter
  3. re purposing old 240V electric drills - ideas

    Gday All.
    I started looking for something ( a length of flexible coolant nozzle which I saw about 6 months ago but has since vanished) in my shed today. Still haven't found what I was looking for...
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    The company who made them was called Purcell...

    The company who made them was called Purcell Engineering. I think they were at Auburn at some point.
    I used to have an old Purcell Lathe. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it or the badge...
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    I don't suppose this was a garden ornament in its...

    I don't suppose this was a garden ornament in its previous life. :D
    peter
  6. Thread: Bush Fires !

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    I've seen this image posted in various places....

    I've seen this image posted in various places. Presumably to demonstrate how the nasty nasty "greenies" have allowed the vegetation to over grow everything. However no one ever says that the photo...
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    Simon. Lucky you. Sad to see something like...

    Simon.
    Lucky you. Sad to see something like that in that condition but at least it appears to be salvageable.
    Good one.
    peter
  8. Maybe you have too much air pressure? Can you...

    Maybe you have too much air pressure? Can you back that off?
    Just guessing

    peter
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    I called Callington Haven this morning and spoke...

    I called Callington Haven this morning and spoke to one of their sales blokes (Daniel). Turns out Tool Mate fluids is a reseller of Callington Havens products. They just rename the stuff.
    I told...
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    I found this the other night...

    I found this the other night
    https://www.callingtonhaven.com/metal_cutting_fluids.php
    so I filled in their form asking about 5 litres of CalCool S1 and a price.

    Got a reply back from what...
  11. Possibly some sort of sprag clutch? peter

    Possibly some sort of sprag clutch?
    peter
  12. Thread: Bush Fires !

    by bollie7
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    Apart from hazard reduction burning there's not...

    Apart from hazard reduction burning there's not much can be done. Changing the building codes in fire prone areas would help a lot, but it would require a radical change in thinking on house design...
  13. Thread: Bush Fires !

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    BaronJ In spite of all the "experts" making...

    BaronJ
    In spite of all the "experts" making claims as to why and how, I think its a lot more complex than that.

    We live near Newcastle NSW and yesterday we made a 200klm (each way) trip north of...
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    Thanks Grahame. Until now I didn't realise...

    Thanks Grahame.
    Until now I didn't realise there was a data section. I've never scrolled that far down the page. oops.

    peter
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    I'm running Linux Mint at home. To save, its just...

    I'm running Linux Mint at home. To save, its just right click, then select "Save as". It then gives the option of where to save it but it saves as a .HTML file, not a PDF.
    I didn't actually take...
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    I think that's the brand that H&F sells. p

    I think that's the brand that H&F sells.
    p
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    Free Engineering Handbook PDF

    I just came across this free engineering handbook PDF via the Make-a-Key site.
    I've only skimmed it for now but it looks interesting.
    Apologies if this has been posted before.
    ...
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    I've been doing a bit more reading and I'll...

    I've been doing a bit more reading and I'll probably end up staying with staying with the semi synthetic soluble cutting fluid. Just have to be more vigilant with the corrosion side of it.
    I...
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    Expensive rat food.:) p.

    Expensive rat food.:)

    p.
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    Thanks Bob.That's a good idea. Hadn't thought of...

    Thanks Bob.That's a good idea. Hadn't thought of that. I should have though. Sometime I think I might be getting early onset dementia


    That's my issue. Its a a 6 X 3 metre shed so not much room...
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    That's what I've been doing on the few machining...

    That's what I've been doing on the few machining jobs I've been doing lately but its a stop gap for me. Plus I really need another arm when doing it on the lathe.
    I suppose being trained to use...
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    I saw that as well but there's not that rubber...

    I saw that as well but there's not that rubber much on my machines -That I know of anyway.
    Apparently Lanotec is better from that respect but at almost $400 for 20 litres its not on my menu.

    p
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    Coolant - yet again

    Gday All.

    Is anyone using Inox MX3 in their coolant system?
    I've finally gotten around to trying to get my coolant systems on the lathe and mill operational again.
    Up until 2009 I had been using...
  24. Something else that no one has mentioned yet....

    Something else that no one has mentioned yet. When you file up the tips make sure they come together flat at the thickness you will be welding. I have one a similar size to yours that I've had for 45...
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    Tony, funnily enough, when I did my...

    Tony, funnily enough, when I did my apprenticeship we were taught to be lefties when filing. Some of the other blokes had trouble doing that but I was lucky as I'm fairly ambidextrous. The thought of...
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    BaronJ. Thanks for that explanation. Its...

    BaronJ.
    Thanks for that explanation. Its actually the best I've seen yet.
    I don't use my 3 jaw all that much and when I do its not for jobs that need repeat-ability. I'm not on the clock at home...
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    Interesting answers . I'm not disputing any of...

    Interesting answers .
    I'm not disputing any of them but I still don't get how using 1 or all three pinions can change how the chuck tightens. Unless there is a large amount of wear (or poor...
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    Tightening a scroll , self centring chuck

    I had my 3 jaw scroll chuck apart to day to clean it out which brought to mind something that I've read about a lot.
    That is that "a scroll chuck should be tightened using all of the available chuck...
  29. Go for it. Its not my idea though, I also copied...

    Go for it. Its not my idea though, I also copied it. :)
    It is slower than using the back gear, but I'm not on the clock at home.
    I used mine again yesterday and a modification I'd suggest is weld...
  30. Thread: Calculators !

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    I've got one of the circular ones somewhere. I...

    I've got one of the circular ones somewhere. I used to use it regularly back in the day when I was in industry. They have an advantage in that they can be easily carried in a tool box. Id forgotten I...
  31. Tarted up

    Yesterday I jokingly said to those who matter, (in regard to the aluminium clamp on my spindle spanner) "Paint or Polish?" The overwhelming consensus was "polish". So after a couple of hours of...
  32. Lathe screwed spindle locking spanner - MkII

    My little McMillan lathe has a screwed spindle (as in chucks screw on, not stuffed spindle :D) I've had it since 2003 when I inherited it from my Dad. At some point during Dads ownership he managed...
  33. If you got some 65mm bar really cheap, and if you...

    If you got some 65mm bar really cheap, and if you could get access to a lathe big enough, you could turn the ends of the bar down to 2.5". then all you would have to do is bore the table bracket to...
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    Hahahahaha. Love it. I haven't heard that...

    Hahahahaha. Love it.
    I haven't heard that version before but living only about 20 mins away I've heard "Tronta" and "Trona" plenty of times.
    peter
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    Gday Mike. Toronto Canada? or Toronto NSW...

    Gday Mike.
    Toronto Canada? or Toronto NSW Australia?

    peter
  36. A lot of chucks (good ones at least) have the...

    A lot of chucks (good ones at least) have the taper size etched onto the body of the chuck somewhere. Usually near where the capacity is etched.
  37. Heres an interesting short story about a Tough...

    Heres an interesting short story about a Tough DP. It was the silvery with a hint of green colour too.
    Back in 2015 I was helping my aunt sell off most of my late uncles equipment. He had a Tough...
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    Thanks Dave, but nothing particularly special...

    Thanks Dave, but nothing particularly special about it. Unusually for me, for once a job went easy.
    peter
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    Thanks Bob. I have a support ring on the column...

    Thanks Bob. I have a support ring on the column below the table arm. Lift the table, lift the ring until it's supporting the arm/table and clamp it. Then I can swing the table to any position and...
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    Quick and easy Drill Press table lifter

    My old Richardson Drill press doesn't have a factory table lifter. I assume that back in the 1930's you were expected to just use brute strength.
    Anyway I've got arthritis in my hands now so the...
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    Another method that hasn't been mentioned is...

    Another method that hasn't been mentioned is system used on Bridgeport mills (and clones).
    Only one arm and the centre boss slides along the pinion shaft with a detent to hold it in place. Flange on...
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    J.C I have a Richardson as well. A lot older...

    J.C
    I have a Richardson as well. A lot older than yours. I've had mine since around 1978 and it was old when I got it. It originally had flat belt (3 speed) pulleys on it and a 3 phase motor. That...
  43. Thread: Bush Fires !

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    BaronJ. I tried to take some pics of the smoke...

    BaronJ.
    I tried to take some pics of the smoke one day last week on my way home from work to post up here for you to see. Unfortunately the camera in my phone manages to filter most of the smoke...
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    Sold.

    Sold
  45. Thread: More tools

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    Cancelled

    Disregard this. I've managed to stuff up the pictures. :(( I'll try and sort it tomorrow when I'm not so tired.
    Peter
  46. Thread: and more tools

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    and more tools

    Sandvik T-MAX RH Neg rake tool holder with centre pin.
    20 X 20 Shank. Never been used.
    37 new tips.
    Asking $80 plus postage.

    PM me if interested.
    Peter

    383582383585383583383584
  47. Thread: More tools

    by bollie7
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    More tools

    T-MAX square insert RH turning & facing. 20 X 20 shank. Never been used.
    comes with. Approx 56 new inserts.
    Asking $100 for the lot plus postage.

    pm me if interested.
    Peter
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    Carbide insert tool holders and inserts

    Gday everyone.
    I'm going through my 50 years of accumulated stuff and starting to decumulate stuff I will never use.
    I have some 1980's vintage insert tooling that are too big for my lathe. I've...
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    Buyer Beware - Postage costs

    Buyer beware. I got caught by Australia Post today.
    I sold a cutter to a member on a Facebook machinist page and agreed to post it.

    Had a look on the Aus Post site and they are promoting a "if...
  50. Different names for the same thing in metal working

    I was txting Dave J today and during our conversation we got around to different names for the same things in engineering.
    Example - Threaded bar. I know at least 4 names for it. When I worked in...
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