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    Buying a new Mill.....Advice Please

    Hey folks :) Looking for some honest advise.

    I'm planning on buying a milling machine for my workshop. I am considering buying the HAFCO HM-54GV Turret Milling Machine
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    MIG Wire Recommendations

    Hi Guys

    I am looking in stocking up on MIG wire and looking recommendation what brands are the best and what are good value for money
    I am looking for Stainless steel wire for 304SS, General...
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    Fish-mouthing rod or tube

    I'm making a large "clap-trap" for catching Indian Mynas. The frame is made from 8mm 304 SS. As I don't have TIG I have silver soldered the joints with 56% silver solder. To improve the strength of...
  4. Practicing MIG (lots of newbie questions inside)

    What is the best way to get confident with mig and make some half decent welds?

    I know the obvious answer is just start welding some scrap together and go from there.

    But Being completely new...
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    6x26 mill questions

    Good evening collective wisdom...

    I have a "toptech" 6x26 mill. (same factory as optimum)

    I want to install a tacho on the spindle, but not sure exactly where it could fit.

    This is a photo...
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    Metal straight bevel gear

    Hi guys,

    Recently stripped down my Taiwanese generic cabinet saw, with a view to servicing the rise-and-fall mechanism, to discover the larger straight bevel gear, which drives the rise-and-fall...
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    Gas safety valve??

    Gday fellas,

    Iím new to MIG welding (never even attempted), bought all my gear to get started (unimig viper 185).

    Hoping to lay some beads and practice this arvo went and got a size E...
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    Gas V Gasless MIG.

    Hi all,
    Renting Argoshield from BOC and thought I'd buy my own bottle when it finally ran out. I use it on small jobs, use the stick for big jobs and BOC are making more from my renting bottles than...
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    TIG for heating and bending metal?

    Hi. I've seen a couple of videos in which the operator uses TIG to heat and bend metal. My question is whether this is a practical application for TIG - i.e. are TIG machines designed / suitable...
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    Morse Taper MT2 and 2MT

    I'm about to purchase my first lathe. :)
    The lathe's specs say the tailstock has a Morse Taper MT2.
    According to the manual my drill stand has a 2MT Morse Taper (B16-2MT).

    Is there any...
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    Chop Saw Stand?

    Hello all.


    I am a 2nd year University student studying Industrial design.
    For one of my projects I am looking at developing a Stand for Chop Saws.
    As I have seen that there is a lot of Chop...
  12. Advice on adjusting an AL-50GA compound slide

    Yes, I know the poor old AL-50GA from the rabbits is the bottom end of the range, but I have had it for many years. Within its limitations, it works fine.

    Now I want to remove a small amount of...
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    Digital Height Gauges

    I'm thinking of buying a digital height gauge. Don't need a big one...about 150mm should do.
    Don't want to spend a fortune as I don't know how often I will get to use it, but I want one that works...
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    Tapping tiny threads sucks

    My job at work today was to drill and tap a bunch of M2x4.5mm blind holes in 4140. This is an ongoing job, so we have various jigs to hold the parts how we need them. We power tap the first 2mm in an...
  15. Thread: What Is This?

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    What Is This?

    Gíday Iím wondering what this is? All I can see is thatís itís AEG. What is it? What does it do? I was talking to the old bloke that owns it and he has no idea either. Sorry for the bad photos itís...
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    Mandrel bracket

    I've got this piece of angle I picked up from the dump shop specifically for making a mandrel bracket to make a couple of gears.
    It's 13mm thick and about 90mm wide. For further size judgement the...
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    Clicking on the wrong icon !!!

    Hi Guys,

    A apologies from me to all those that I have clicked on the wrong Icon asking for pictures. :oo:

    Thanks to the kind soul that pointed out my error :o


    Read the full thread at...
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    hercus mill dividing head plates

    I am an owner of a hercus mill. It came with an original hercus? dividing head but there is only one dividing plate that has a variety of hole circles on both sides. My google readings indicate there...
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    For the hydraulisists

    For those who tinker with hydraulics. This is why seals should be replaced after a while.
    IMG_0559.JPG
    This is the piston from a bit of kit that was stripped down today as there was a suspicion...
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    C & J 4jaw chuck.

    I have dug out of my stash a C & J ( Crowe & Jorgensen) Made in Australia 4 jaw chuck.
    Its a 4 1/2Ē CO45#.
    I donít remember where this came from, I have the chuck key.
    It was full of old...
  21. Thread: qctp

    by MWF FEED
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    qctp

    hi
    which qctp do most of you think is best suited to a hercus 9"
    steve


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    Paint stripper

    It wasn't that long ago that paint stripper did just that ... strip paint. Not any more. Apparently methylene chloride was the ingredient that did the stripping but legislation has had it banned so...
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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,...
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    Compressor drier desiccant

    Anyone know where to get a couple of kilos of indicating type desiccant for a compressor drier. Got a large stainless and brass filter housing I want to use to make a drier. Will hold about 1.2 Ltr...
  25. Surface Grinder or T&G Grinder, which is best for adapting?

    I'm keeping an eye out for either machine. Really only want one due to floor space.
    There's a tool and cutter in the area and wonder if I should snatch it up or wait for a surface grinder

    Now I...
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    How corrosion inhibitors protect metal

    I trust this homebrew inhibitor youtube video might be of interest to some?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpRr...w&pbjreload=10

    Regards


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  27. Thread: Forklift woes

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    Forklift woes

    Sometime ago I had a post about replacing the petrol engine in a forklift with a diesel.
    Well still trying to locate a working replacement diesel that does not have any electronics in the fuel...
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    Pipe thread sizes

    What's the deal with pipe threads?? (Seinfeld voice optional lol)

    I needed an adaptor to get from a standard Nitto fitting to push fit hose, so I measured the OD of the thread, which was roughly...
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    Brake controller induced voltage in wire

    Have an interesting issue on a truck I am wiring up for a trailer.

    The truck is 24V. The controller is a 24V-12V controller of a cheaper variety as the truck is of off highway use only.

    I also...
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    Thread Chasers

    Another Newbie Question. I recently acquired a bunch of P&N thread chasers.
    P_N_Thread_Chaser_Int_6.jpg
    Was just wondering how these were held. Did they have a timber handle...thus hand held or...
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    WOOHOO IT'S HERE New Forum - MEMBERS VIDEOS

    Members Videos is a new forum. If you have a video of a project, machine, tutorial, etc, etc, this is the place to put it.

    If you already have a video in a thread or post and would like to move...
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    Mist coolant and breathing

    I've been thinking about getting myself a misting device to use at work because the existing flood coolant on the lathes and mills is both messy and hard to direct, but I'm a bit concerned about how...
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    Hollow Draw Bar

    I'm making a hollow draw bar for locking my MT4-ER40 collet chuck into my Hercus 260 spindle bore. I'm planning to use NB15 galvanised water pipe which has an OD of 21.3mm and an ID of 16.1mm. To...
  34. Harrison M250 Cross-slide Dual Scale Problems

    My M250 has always exhibited slipping of the dials on the cross-slide, initially not too serious and easy too recognize and allow for.

    But it got worse during a recent screw-cutting job and the...
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    12L14 Steel purchasing online

    Does anyone else living far away from a metal supplier like I do have a source for ordering 12L14 steel online?

    Cheers
    Jim


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    Tapered Gibs !

    Hi Guys,

    I have a question, how do I go about making a tapered gib strip ?

    As some of you will know I'm in the process of making a modified Books tool and cutter grinder, (see projects). I've...
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    Collets sizes and types plus and minus

    hello, newby member here seeking opinions on which type of collet to go for. I have a few imperial sizes but I find metric collets would be to my advantage. On checking to see whats around ebay lists...
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    the machinist with no hands - worth a watch

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87...mPjicHw/videos

    Makes pretty cool stuff from what he has, including his own lathe. It seems he has no hands - occasionally, you see a false hand, and then...
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    Paging the brains trust...

    Since coming back from Tas, I've had a backlog of projects that I'm slowly working through. Next on the list is one that I can't work out the 'best' way to do it, so interested in other ideas or...
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    Baby Linisher/Belt Sander

    Hi All,
    Thought I'd share this.

    I saw this thread on HMEM: https://www.homemodelenginemachinist...inisher.31326/

    Here's the machine in question:...
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    Joe's power hacksaw

    A few months back Joe put up a small power hacksaw for sale
    Portable power hacksaw
    Which I managed to snag. Partly bought for curiosity, but also occasionally I fabricate with stainless steel and...
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    Homemade Gear Cutting Hobb

    Had this emailed to me and found it interesting, enough that I'd put it here for the benefit of the newer Members and others. He used the Hobb to make a set of change gears for his lathe, hence the...
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    Belt grinder wheel bore size

    Hi all. I'm struggling to find a supplier that makes or custom machines a 5" drive wheel to suit my drive shaft of 28mm. Anyone got any suppliers to suggest? I'm in Oz but can order internationally....
  44. Stainless steel (316) rectangular tubing required - please help

    I am looking for some 316 st st tube 100mm x 75mm with 3mm wall. Someone has just informed me I should be able to purchase this with radius corners. I could do with the radius about the same as a...
  45. Thread: Wish me luck!

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    Wish me luck!

    I have to drill some 16mm holes through 2 x 6mm 316 stainless steel plates on a boat in situ. In fact the holes in question just need enlarging from 12mm to 16mm. I have a decent Black and Decker...
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    Steelmaster machine levels

    I am looking for a machine level and found these on eBay. Only one feedback was that when compared to another level they were not accurate. That to me doesn't prove anything as no claim to validate...
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    Help - drilling deep holes in steel

    I need to drill two holes 125mm long for 1/2 inch bolts.
    I can only allow about 1mm off centre at the far end.
    It's a drill press job.
    I have a 1/2" 2MT drill bit that's long enough.
    Any...
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    Salvaging Useful Parts from Printers

    There's a lot of handy things to salvage from inside the common printer.





    Read the full thread at metalworkforums.com...
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    Recipe for homemade Way Oil

    Found this in an email that was sent to me, so I thought members are always asking about Way Oil, I'll post it for all to see.Recipe of the day: DIYSwede's microbrewed ISO 68-ish Way Oil -...
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    Change wheels wanted

    Hi all.

    Wanting to finish off my Aussie made round bed lathe, and I need some gears..
    14DP with 5/8 bore and 1/2 inch wide... 55, 60 and 65 teeth... hoping someone has some spares kicking around...
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