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    I absolutely love it. Little touches like this...

    I absolutely love it. Little touches like this are practical but really bring a sense of fun to the shed.

    Legendary.

    Hmmm....I have a couple Bosch and Metabo blow-moulded tool cases stored...
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    Nice work, Bob. Is that VFD display/tacho really...

    Nice work, Bob. Is that VFD display/tacho really mounted inside an old blow-moulded screwdriver/socket set case?

    If so...outstanding! :2tsup:



    Moz
  3. Thanks for the tip! Haven't tried the reaming...

    Thanks for the tip!

    Haven't tried the reaming yet but who knows, if the result is a bit average I might yet give the lapping a go. As I said previously, if I really stuff it up I can always just...
  4. For those still awake: Today I purchased a new...

    For those still awake:

    Today I purchased a new 3-16mm keyless chuck and Mt2 arbor. So at least the MT2 arbor is fresh.

    I also ordered an Mt2 reamer. So, step 1 in this experiment will be to...
  5. I've purchased a little bit of Chinesium carbide...

    I've purchased a little bit of Chinesium carbide tooling already and thus far, my experience has all been positive.

    (Mind you, I am very new to all this.)

    In particular, I am using a negative...
  6. I'm not sure it's exactly an apples-to-apples...

    I'm not sure it's exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, but virtually everything I buy for my Tig welding is Chinese made and it does the job just fine for a tiny fraction of the cost of the...
  7. A large collection of holders? C'mon man, that...

    A large collection of holders? C'mon man, that won't scare me off!

    Some year ago I bought an ACDC Tig welder. Ask me how many torch heads, cups, gas lenses and so on I have.

    "I regret...
  8. That is GREAT information Chris, thanks so much....

    That is GREAT information Chris, thanks so much. Knowing that I can potentially run 16mm, 14mm and 12mm tool holders in an AXA 100 post is a huge help. And also good to hear that you feel this is a...
  9. Michael, Ropetangler - My sincere thanks for...

    Michael, Ropetangler -

    My sincere thanks for your input. Yes, constantly messing around backing off fasteners, shimming and changing tool holders drives me nuts! Seems that it's just a chore that...
  10. Thanks for the feedback pc. Do you have the AXA...

    Thanks for the feedback pc. Do you have the AXA 100 yourself?

    'Bring it off?' As in sand, linish or similar?

    Don't have a mill, but if my evil plans come together I will hopefully be able to...
  11. AXA100 type quick change tool post feedback?

    Me again, sorry.

    So, I have a Hercus 260 as some of you will know. New to turning, love it, I'm out there every evening after work having a go and getting the hang of it.

    'Turning is learning'...
  12. Yeah, it is for sure. I did the classic...

    Yeah, it is for sure. I did the classic 'propellor' trick with a steel rule in between the centres and it spun as flat as a tack. Apart from the wear inside the tailstock quill, this old lathe really...
  13. Yeah, 60 degrees is what I have now, so happy...

    Yeah, 60 degrees is what I have now, so happy with that.

    Setting the compound that way was a mistake, pipeclay. Just teaching myself, learning as I go. Always very conscious of what is where, but...
  14. A couple pics of me turning up a centre using...

    A couple pics of me turning up a centre using some SS bar.

    Nothing spectacular, just learning pics. Have since revisited this - spun the spindle speed up higher and changed the angle from 45 to...
  15. Update on this for those still awake: Did some...

    Update on this for those still awake:

    Did some practise turning on Friday, just turning up a dead centre, with pretty good results. Limited in materials...would like some cold rolled bar but only...
  16. Hey, nice idea...thanks for sharing! Moz

    Hey, nice idea...thanks for sharing!



    Moz
  17. Hi Scotty. Really appreciate the offer but...

    Hi Scotty.

    Really appreciate the offer but hey, I'll give it a go - first with reaming, then the drilling/boring route. The way I see it, if I stuff it up too badly, the decision to buy a new...
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    China - My apologies, on further...

    China -

    My apologies, on further investigation that chuck isn't the right fit for my machine.

    Good luck with your sale!



    Kym
  19. Scotty - I appreciate your point of view on this....

    Scotty - I appreciate your point of view on this.

    Kryn has offered to loan me a reamer, so this might be my first port of call in this pursuit. I hope I won't need to go so far as reboring the...
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    Pipeclay - Thanks. Yes, not sure if I'm...

    Pipeclay -


    Thanks. Yes, not sure if I'm mistaken but I am seeing Hercus at 1.75 X 8tpi and this chuck at 1.5 X 8tpi...don't want to risk damaging my spindle nose threads...will do some more...
  21. Kryn - Have not raced in a couple years but...

    Kryn -

    Have not raced in a couple years but still have race bike (in avatar) and will get back into it. Pitted for nephew recently at ASBK/Asia Cup round at The Bend. Always working on, modifying,...
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    Thanks china. I'll just do some asking around...

    Thanks china.

    I'll just do some asking around to make 100 percent sure it'll fit my Hercus 260 spindle and if it does, I'll be back in touch soon to sort out how to get it from NSW to SA....
    ...
  23. No worries Steve, thanks so much for having a...

    No worries Steve, thanks so much for having a look, anyhow.

    And thanks to everyone else who has chimed in with wisdom and offers. :peace2:


    Moz
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    You still got this one, China? Pretty sure...

    You still got this one, China?

    Pretty sure it's a fit for the Hercus 260 threaded spindle, so definitely interested.


    Moz
  25. Pretty sure they are the same quill, Steve. If...

    Pretty sure they are the same quill, Steve.

    If quill is in decent condition I'm definitely interested. Let me know via direct message how much you want for it.

    Really appreciate the help and...
  26. Hey thanks Kryn, that's great! If you find it...

    Hey thanks Kryn, that's great! If you find it then yes, please, let me know (Direct Message maybe) and we can work out some postage or I can come visit you where you are, whatever is easy. Murray...
  27. Yeah, I reckon that's where I'm headed now. Why...

    Yeah, I reckon that's where I'm headed now. Why not? Get the ol' girl in perfect nick from front to back.


    Moz
  28. Thanks guys. Chris- yeah, saw that one, may...

    Thanks guys.


    Chris- yeah, saw that one, may well wind up going that way. There's a lot to be said for the (comparatively) easy availability of parts for the Hercus lathes, isn't there?

    Greg...
  29. Thanks Steve, good tip. And a reamer is way...

    Thanks Steve, good tip.

    And a reamer is way cheaper than a new quill...although I have to admit that the anal retentive perfectionists in me would really like to fit a perfect, new quill...
    ...
  30. Thanks caskwarrior. Pardon my ignorance, I'm...

    Thanks caskwarrior.

    Pardon my ignorance, I'm new at this - won't the reamed tailstock quill then be oversize for the drill chuck arbor?

    Or am I nuts?

    (Probably the latter).


    Moz
  31. Hercus 260 tailstock quill - replace or refurb?

    Hey all.

    Well, since picking up my Hercus 260 ATM from a local school for the princeley sum of...a carton of beer, it's been mostly smooth sailing and pleasant discoveries. I hooked up a cheap VFD...
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    Sincere thanks to everyone for the comments,...

    Sincere thanks to everyone for the comments, advice and effort.

    Nadroj, no, as yet I have not levelled the lathe. It is in my garage at the moment; it ultimately must move to my shed, so I will...
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    Bill - Good thinking and for me as a serial...

    Bill -


    Good thinking and for me as a serial tinkerer, reminds me of something I did years ago to repair a drill - I cast the part around an existing thread using JB Weld! I just put Vaseline on...
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    Thanks again for the information and opinions,...

    Thanks again for the information and opinions, guys!



    Moz
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    Some great advice here nadroj - thanks so much! ...

    Some great advice here nadroj - thanks so much!


    Moz
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    Chris, Michael - Thanks so much for your help...

    Chris, Michael -

    Thanks so much for your help and advice, plus that PDF file. Chris, yes, compound much worse than the cross slide in the case of my 260, not sure why. I welcome all and any...
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    Thanks for this Michael. The backlash seems to be...

    Thanks for this Michael. The backlash seems to be constant along the whole travel of the slide. Of course I'd love to adjust it out, but for the moment - as I start out and build experience - I guess...
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    Tuning out backlash/slop/play?

    Sorry guys, I warned you I'd become a pest with my incessant questions...

    So, my 260ATM has backlash in the compound handle/collar as well as the cross slide. As you turn the cross slide it takes...
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    Hey all, thanks for the input. Seems like...

    Hey all, thanks for the input.

    Seems like 'elbow height' is the rule of...erm, thumb, so I'll go with that. Space is pretty limited unfortunately. Steve, I think the suggestion to plonk the lathe...
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    Thanks Kryn. Sorry, should have made that...

    Thanks Kryn.

    Sorry, should have made that clearer, yes, what I'll be fabricating is a base/cradle for the standard cabinet that will incorporate retractable castors as well as levelling...
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    260 - tall order?

    I have my Hercus 260 at home and the next step is to fabricate a base for it that will incorporate heavy duty castors and 4 big levelling feet/screws.

    The lathe is on a standard Hercus cabinet at...
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    Thanks nadroj...still trying to get past the bit...

    Thanks nadroj...still trying to get past the bit about 'cleanliness' though!

    ...in the past 6 months my shed has hosted my installing a kitchen, building a cafe racer, modifying my race bike and...
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    Chris - I really appreciate that. My thing...

    Chris -

    I really appreciate that. My thing (until now) has been aluminium Tig welding. I have never so much as spun up the chuck on a lathe, so any and all information is much appreciated.
    ...
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    I'll keep that in mind...thanks Chris. I don't...

    I'll keep that in mind...thanks Chris.

    I don't mind admitting I'm pretty excited about getting this lathe fired up. Lots of 'firsts' for me. I'll buy the VFD this week, fit it after the Phillip...
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    Good advice, never would have occurred to me. ...

    Good advice, never would have occurred to me.

    "I'm just going to put on this motorcycle helmet and hide behind the cabinet for a sec. I need to remove the chuck, so I'll just use the emergency...
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    Thanks heaps for your reply, Bob. I think that...

    Thanks heaps for your reply, Bob.

    I think that I'll go with the VFD option then...it was always leading by a nose. And yeah, as soon as I saw those twisted wires I grimaced, so that'll be fixed at...
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    Motor/junction pics

    Gentlemen -

    Motor and junction box pics attached. Feedback and opinions welcome. Still leaning towards VFD, but then, I'm new at this.

    Moz375667375666375665
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    Thanks guys...I'll post up pics of motor...

    Thanks guys...I'll post up pics of motor nameplate and junction box later today.

    My 260 is a late model, the motor is an Elektrokovina 0.55kw, I know that much.


    Moz
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    VFD vs 240 single - Hercus 260 options

    Hey folks.

    So I have my lovely Hercus 260 ATM home. But I have a 240v single phase home, not a 3 phase home.

    I'm leaning towards a cheapo Huanyang VFD to fire up the lathe. I have a couple of...
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    Cheers Bob! Moz

    Cheers Bob!



    Moz
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