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    Last order I had was one of the Ecogoo VFDs from...

    Last order I had was one of the Ecogoo VFDs from AliExpress.
    Ordered 1 Dec, shipped 7 Dec, delivered 15 Jan - so 6 weeks.

    Steve
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    I can help you out with that. Will send you a...

    I can help you out with that.
    Will send you a PM later tonight.

    Steve
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    Easy - just team up with a right hander and buy 2...

    Easy - just team up with a right hander and buy 2 pairs of gloves. Keep the rights for you, give him the lefts :)

    Steve
  4. Looks great. Iím also a fan of that epoxy enamel...

    Looks great. Iím also a fan of that epoxy enamel paint. Itís easy to use and seems to hold up well.

    Steve
  5. I just put a clamp meter on mine. 240v input...

    I just put a clamp meter on mine.
    240v input was 3.9A, the VFD was showing 2.7A

    I tried putting the meter on the motor side, but it was showing 10A - obviously not right. Itís only a cheap meter...
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    I also used to use a TIG glove on my right hand,...

    I also used to use a TIG glove on my right hand, but kept on forgetting it was only a TIG one and picking up something hot with it.

    Now for short welds on the bench etc like you I usually donít...
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    You can buy ďpairsĒ of LH welding gloves - ie 2x...

    You can buy ďpairsĒ of LH welding gloves - ie 2x LH gloves instead of one left and one right.

    Iím guessing Iím not the only one that always wears out the left glove first.

    I picked up some...
  8. Yours is the 4kW version .RC. ? I just...

    Yours is the 4kW version .RC. ?

    I just received another 2.2kW one today and it doesn't have the big caps like that, so I suspect they are probably related to the extra current through yours, to...
  9. Thanks Frank. There's very little config to be...

    Thanks Frank.
    There's very little config to be done on these ones out of the box to get to the point where you've got a motor running on the standard 50Hz frequency. From there, tweaking minor...
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    Thanks Greolt. I'm hearing you about adding up...

    Thanks Greolt. I'm hearing you about adding up the costs ;)
    That looks like a really practical build and mechanically simple with the v-rollers etc. Most builds I've seen online use linear bearings...
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    That's pretty much my experience. We spent a...

    That's pretty much my experience. We spent a couple of months in Africa a few years back, and shipped back a couple of pieces of stonework for the garden. I think the total for purchase and shipping...
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    I find an adjustable height stool far more...

    I find an adjustable height stool far more convenient than what I imagine an adjustable table would be.
    For me at about 185cm tall, nipple height is still quite a comfortable height to weld at and...
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    Iíd be really keen to see a few photos and hear...

    Iíd be really keen to see a few photos and hear your thoughts on the build. Things that worked well, or that youíd do differently with the benefit of hindsight.

    Steve
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    Mine is about 920 to the top surface. Works well...

    Mine is about 920 to the top surface. Works well for me both standing and also when sitting on a stool for TIG work.

    Steve
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    Thanks Greolt. What machine do you have - a...

    Thanks Greolt. What machine do you have - a commercial one or did you build your own?

    Steve
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    No problem Ian. PM me your address and I'll get...

    No problem Ian.
    PM me your address and I'll get it sorted.

    Steve
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    Bugger. I was just about to say I was interested...

    Bugger. I was just about to say I was interested :(

    Steve
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    Thanks Matt. Steve

    Thanks Matt.

    Steve
  19. Thanks for the offer RT, but thereís nothing...

    Thanks for the offer RT, but thereís nothing specific Iím after at the moment.
    I was more thinking it might suit someone to have this one delivered and get rid of a 3ph one they werenít ever going...
  20. Free - 1/2hp single phase clutched motor - VIC

    Came off an industrial overlocker. Pull on the lever to engage the clutch.

    If you want it free itís pickup only, but if you are within about 100kís have a 3ph motor you want to offload we might...
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    Free - 95mm boiler brushes - VIC

    Iíve got qty 9 brand new 95mm boiler brushes here if anyone can use them.
    Thereís one 127mm one too.

    Pickup in Lara 3212 or happy to post at your expense.
    ...
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    Price drop to $50 Any takers?? Steve

    Price drop to $50

    Any takers??

    Steve
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    QCad is 2D only - so you canít extrude into a 3D...

    QCad is 2D only - so you canít extrude into a 3D body.

    TBH, I havenít used QCad much since I started using FreeCAD when I needed something to design things for my 3D printer.
    Although itís...
  24. Another thing to consider if using a DC welder is...

    Another thing to consider if using a DC welder is polarity.
    Electrode positive puts more heat into the work and gives better penetration.
    For thin stuff using electrode negative gives less...
  25. Generally there's no drama with screwing a...

    Generally there's no drama with screwing a leadscrew completely out of its nut, so IMO no need to mark the travel or add a stop.
    One place where it IS good to have a mark is on the chuck so when...
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    All done - itís now living at Simonís :) Steve

    All done - itís now living at Simonís :)

    Steve
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    No dramas. Since Kryn was in first Iíll just make...

    No dramas. Since Kryn was in first Iíll just make sure he doesnít want to get someone to pick it up for him.
    Otherwise - itís yours.

    Steve
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    Hi Kryn, Sorry - but its just not worth the...

    Hi Kryn,
    Sorry - but its just not worth the hassle posting this one. Its pretty heavy and with the plastic fan on the end it would need to be well packed or its going to destroy itself in transit.
    ...
  29. Looks good! With it being a WW saw and the top...

    Looks good!

    With it being a WW saw and the top pulley youíre probably better with grease as thereís the possibility that oil could drip onto the piece youíre cutting and spoil it.

    Steve
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    Free VIC - 1.5hp treadmill motor

    Motor and a cheap ebay speed controller. Think its an SCR one?
    The flywheel/pulley is keyed - not threaded.

    Works fine - I was thinking of using it for a belt grinder but havenít got around to...
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    Large 3ph Parkanson Bandsaw -VIC

    Picked this up a while back but it turned out to be bigger than I expected and Iíve since found a more suitable bandsaw for the workshop.
    Before I start stripping it for parts I thought Iíd see if...
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    Haha - I know that feeling! What surprises me a...

    Haha - I know that feeling!
    What surprises me a bit is the lack of DIY plasma table kits locally. Plenty of CNC routers, but Iíve only seen a couple of plasma ones.
    Out of interest I did the...
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    Might be worth considering a metal filled epoxy. ...

    Might be worth considering a metal filled epoxy.
    I know you can get a copper one but not sure about brass.
    Would be cheaper than getting silver solder and flux, and no heat involved to mess with...
  34. Pete, just some random thoughts without any...

    Pete, just some random thoughts without any personal experience in building one.
    Iíd be inclined to stick with standard steels, use a stiff core for the bits that will be a PITA if they bend etc...
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    Sydney tools have an Italco brand 120A inverter...

    Sydney tools have an Italco brand 120A inverter with 15% duty cycle for $99.
    12Month warranty.
    If it were me Iíd grab that instead of the Lincoln at almost 4 times the price.
    To put it in...
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    Hey Rusty - did you ever get any further with...

    Hey Rusty - did you ever get any further with this?

    Steve
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    Thanks John. If I wear the press out any time...

    Thanks John.
    If I wear the press out any time soon I'll be having a serious discussion with the manufacturer...... ;)

    Steve
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    Simple Lathe feet

    My lathe has felt a bit short since I put the new concrete in the old part of the workshop. It raised the old floor level by about 50mm.

    Turned up some feet/raisers from some old hydraulic rod. ...
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    Quick and dirty toe jack

    Needed a tie jack to get the new feet under my lathe.
    Just a piece of 10mm angle and a couple of other bits of scrap so I could use it with the small porta power cylinder.
    ...
  40. The local mob I use for laser cutting can do up...

    The local mob I use for laser cutting can do up to about 25mm at a push and nice clean cuts at 20mm. They normally provide the material but will cut yours if you provide it (I've always just got...
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    If it were a linisher Iíd be using it! For...

    If it were a linisher Iíd be using it!

    For starters I need to be able to walk from one end of the shed to the other without having to do the sideways thing to get past obstacles.
    Any more room...
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    3ph 14Ē Pedestal grinder - VIC

    Another project uncovered in the cleanup - it needs a new home.

    3ph 3hp 14Ē pedestal grinder.
    Iíve never run it, havenít even pulled the terminal cover off the motor. Came from a business that...
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    Atlas drill press - VIC

    Atlas model ADC.
    Needs a motor but otherwise complete and seems original apart from the horrible brush overhaul done by the previous owner.
    Minor drill damage to the table.

    I bought it a...
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    This is CNC, but its just a form cutter plunge -...

    This is CNC, but its just a form cutter plunge - no toolpath control.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ppCe9LUGY

    Could be done on a manual machine with a boring bar and form tool.

    Steve
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    If you haven't already got a decent...

    If you haven't already got a decent auto-darkening helmet then I'd say that will be the best thing you could do up front. If you can't see it you can't weld it!!
    There have been a few threads lately...
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    Chris, if you feel like a drive down my way...

    Chris, if you feel like a drive down my way you're welcome to have a play with the inverters I've got here. I don't have a specific stick welder but both my MIG (Unimig) and TIG (10yo chinese...
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    Thanks for the kind words Russ - but if youíd...

    Thanks for the kind words Russ - but if youíd seen me struggling to work out how to fit the tynes today you might reconsider!!
    Almost had to phone a friend for advice but resorted to YouTube instead...
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    Duty cycle aside - I've had a couple of cheap...

    Duty cycle aside - I've had a couple of cheap MIG's before buying something half decent and they were crap. Crap wire feeders, crap controls, crap leads, crap torch. Just crap.
    Did I mention they...
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    Axially the bores have to be centered from the...

    Axially the bores have to be centered from the faces that the side gears run on. I measured those faces to the ends where the bearings sit and both ends were the same, so meant I could just center...
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    Have you checked that the MT2 arbor actually fits...

    Have you checked that the MT2 arbor actually fits in your RT?
    Only asking as I found on mine that while the taper is MT2, the table doesn't have a full depth taper, and a standard arbor doesn't go...
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