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  1. Rick is using them more as a filter than delivery...

    Rick is using them more as a filter than delivery system as pipeclay says.
    The trimmings at work do three things
    They wick, syphon and filter

    Yes! Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. Whilst the...
  2. Asian Geared Head Lathes - Spindle Bearing Lubrication

    I'm in the process of putting back together a Mach Turn 325 by 1000 that I purchased as for parts / not working.

    Something that occurred to me which might be useful for other owners of geared head...
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    Graysonline - watchmaking lathes

    Seems to be a number for sale, located Hamilton, QLD.
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    Nice work! You're allowed keep your craftsman...

    Nice work! You're allowed keep your craftsman inside the house??!! :U
  5. Thread: Lathe Question

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    The coat hook repurposed to replace the broken...

    The coat hook repurposed to replace the broken halfnut lever is very steampunk !!
  6. Thread: Hercus wiring

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    If "All I know about electricity is you turn the...

    If "All I know about electricity is you turn the light switch and the light comes on" then I really recommend you wait for a sparky to become available.

    I had a look at some of the wiring diagrams...
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    Would really appreciate it if someone has a...

    Would really appreciate it if someone has a wiring diagram for one of these, 2011 model.

    Thanks!

    Rick
  8. "poor labor relations" - code for militant /...

    "poor labor relations" - code for militant / rabid unions.

    I knew that they had they had stuffed South Bend Lathes (the company where the workers went on strike against themselves, they were all...
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    Hi Stuart, Thanks, good idea looking for US...

    Hi Stuart,

    Thanks, good idea looking for US 1340 manuals and info. This is a photo of it:

    347723
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    Mach Tech Turner 320 by 1000

    If anyone owns one of these, could they please provide the following information?:

    - Motor HP and frame size (for 240V model)
    - OD of motor pulley

    Would also really appreciate a copy of the...
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    I had a Sheraton once that had this issue. The...

    I had a Sheraton once that had this issue. The tips of the locking pins were cut on an angle to match the taper, and the tips of them had bent upwards. The bend at the tips meant that they wouldn't...
  12. Thread: Bed wear

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    Murray, I would say as long as you're not doing...

    Murray, I would say as long as you're not doing permanent damage or mods to either, go for it! However, the reality is that you can have some pretty serious bed wear, and it never gets anywhere near...
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    Hi Lyle, did you manage to get that one Qld one...

    Hi Lyle, did you manage to get that one Qld one that was on gumtree for $150 with a vice? If you did, well done!
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    Does anyone have any experience with using the...

    Does anyone have any experience with using the link / joint type V belts? Would avoid having to get right in amongst it for a simple belt change!
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    4 off 9" on Gummie

    If anyone is in WA:http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/willetton/miscellaneous-goods/lathes-hercus-metal-working/1071798808
  16. Thread: Hercus Colour

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    This is the colour match formula (white knight...

    This is the colour match formula (white knight epoxy enamel) based on the inside panel of a Model 0 milling machine, the inside of the panel was in good condition and seemed to be the pretty typical...
  17. Thread: Hercus Model 0

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    I ended up pick up the machine this morning in...

    I ended up pick up the machine this morning in torrential rain, not great but it was outside anyway, broke it down into the major components, relatively straightforward. One tip, the column side...
  18. Thoughts on repairs to the tumbler arms: Bore,...

    Thoughts on repairs to the tumbler arms: Bore, drill or ream either all or part way through to the OD of the original extensions. Then insert a bush that protrudes the same distance as the original...
  19. Thread: Hercus Model 0

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    I will definitely take photo's of 2 slot versus 3...

    I will definitely take photo's of 2 slot versus 3 slot when I pick it up as I will have one of each next to each other.

    I don't believe that there are any accessories with it, but it will be...
  20. Thread: Hercus Model 0

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    Thanks for the thoughts on picking it up, I've...

    Thanks for the thoughts on picking it up, I've decided to wait until I get back to do it myself. I don't think this was listed on ebay for very long, maybe only 10 minutes, I got into work and...
  21. Thread: Hercus Model 0

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    Hercus Model 0

    Just picked up this one up on ebay for $300, should clean up nicely !! :U I'm going to have to get my brother in law to pick it up, I've written him some dis-assembly instructions, but can't...
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    That's an amazing purchase !! The original...

    That's an amazing purchase !!

    The original owners wife would have killed him if she knew how much he'd spent, particularly on quality accessories !!
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    Hi Mike, nice find !! The right price too !! I...

    Hi Mike, nice find !! The right price too !! I believe that the "H" in ARH means that you have a hardened bed, so even nicer !!
  24. Thread: oil

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    Hi, This is my understanding of readily...

    Hi,

    This is my understanding of readily available lubricants that should be used on small lathes.

    (Unless the manufacturer says otherwise, or what the manufacturer says is not available, in...
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    Ex Hercus "Asia Planer"

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    Just noticed this, no idea if the claims made in the auction listing are correct:

    Kearns Auctions - DUNCAN TOOL & GAUGE - 10 ALLAN STREET, MELROSE PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA - TUESDAY 12 JUNE...
  26. Thread: Compound Slide

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    My observation has been that the majority of...

    My observation has been that the majority of hercus compounds rest screws run out of backlash adjustment quite quickly, ie. the ball handle runs into the spindle shoulder. My quick and dirty fix is...
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    Hi, The RH bracket looks fine, for the 9"...

    Hi,

    The RH bracket looks fine, for the 9" models this does nothing but support the leadscrew.

    The LH bracket also looks fine, there is a larger diameter bush that is pinned to the leadscrew...
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    Model A 9" - Correct Colour?

    Hi All,

    I was recently given a Model A - S/N VB A1753.

    Based on S/N information I have seen, this would put production at around January 1947?

    This lathe has sentimental value and I would...
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    260 broken feedbox lever repair

    Just successfully completed a repair on a broken feedbox lever (cast iron). I have used this technique a number of times on different lathes of different origin, including chinese / taiwanese to...
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    Hi Mal, Buying in components: I wouldn't go...

    Hi Mal,

    Buying in components:

    I wouldn't go near India, but I have found the chinese to be quite reliable, and concerned about quality, and pretty easy to deal with. I wouldn't hesitate to go...
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    Hi Mal, I think the key to keeping the cost...

    Hi Mal,

    I think the key to keeping the cost down is to be imaginative about how you design it, make it and what components you buy in.

    DESIGN

    I think many of the key points have already been...
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    Hi Mal, From my point of view the only...

    Hi Mal,

    From my point of view the only requirement is that the arrangement allows axial movement, so that backlash can be minimised by tightening the nut.

    The forces involved are very low, for...
  33. Thread: Hercus OLM279

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    Hi Ben, Just so you know, the ozmestore collet...

    Hi Ben,

    Just so you know, the ozmestore collet sets are not ER25, they are something else. May or may not be important to you.

    Rick
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    Cast Iron Repairs Rob, depending on how you go...

    Cast Iron Repairs

    Rob, depending on how you go with using cast iron rods, I've had just as much luck with the MIG with the gas turned up flat out.
  35. Thread: Meranti

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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
  36. Thread: Meranti

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    Meranti

    Hi, does anyone know a timber supplier that stocks meranti? Looking for sizes 40mm square and smaller.

    Thanks!
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    Hi Ant, The motorbike fork oils are a good...

    Hi Ant,

    The motorbike fork oils are a good source of the right grades that are otherwise difficult to come by in smaller quantities, I used them for some time on my plain bearing C model.

    For...
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    Yep I was wrong, the correct conversion ratio is...

    Yep I was wrong, the correct conversion ratio is 127/125, not 127/120 !!


    I put this into a spreadsheet, see below, note that 57/56 is your next best compromise after 64/63 if your in a pinch. ...
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    Question here guys, maybe I've missed something:...

    Question here guys, maybe I've missed something:


    Perfect conversion requires:

    127/120 = 1.058333


    The hercus compromise conversion:
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    Hi Greg, I had a Super 7 for a while, but...

    Hi Greg,

    I had a Super 7 for a while, but didn't do heaps of work on it. I think the thing that you would miss the most on the ML7 is the lever operated clutch.

    I don't really consider one to...
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    There is one on ebay right now: Hercus 9"...

    There is one on ebay right now:

    Hercus 9" Lathe 127/100 tooth gear to suit. | eBay
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    There are plenty of digital scale (as per digital...

    There are plenty of digital scale (as per digital caliper) type systems about now for quite little money. No experience using them, but they seem to look OK.
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    In the future there is potential for something...

    In the future there is potential for something like this to work. The days of cheap chinese machinetools are drawing to a close. But, I don't think it could be done exactly as it was because some...
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    Hi Anthony, Your assembly method is the one...

    Hi Anthony,

    Your assembly method is the one that I normally use. The parts are generally a VERY neat fit so using the tailstock cam to pull them together is usually the only way to go.

    Maybe...
  45. Thread: Hercus O Mill

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    Hi Ben, If the screws appear to have play in...

    Hi Ben,

    If the screws appear to have play in them, I wouldn't be overly concerned about that, if you have a lathe, all pretty fixable. What is probably more important is to gauge the wear on the...
  46. Thread: Hercus O Mill

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    Hi Ben, From the little that I have seen, I...

    Hi Ben,

    From the little that I have seen, I don't think many of them have done much real work. So what I think you're looking for is people having done the wrong thing with them such as having...
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    Hi Cooper, For about the last 12 months I've...

    Hi Cooper,

    For about the last 12 months I've been promising to make Mal a batch of dials.

    Work and a CNC lathe meltdown has prevented me from managing to do this!:-

    Plus it is actually VERY...
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    Hi Localele, I got it for $1000, it's three...

    Hi Localele,

    I got it for $1000, it's three phase, ex-school, it was basically complete except the tailstock clamp was missing and one knob off the belt tension lever was missing and no thread...
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    260 ATM approximate year of manufacture?

    Hi All,

    I just picked up a 260 ATM from a secondary college, S/N 20433. In great condition apart from the usual dings to the paint, hasn't done much work at all, seems to still have some shipping...
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    Hi Pipeclay, I think you are right on the...

    Hi Pipeclay,

    I think you are right on the alternate gear, 45 instead of currently fitted 44. I just picked up a 260 and it has 50 and 45 mounted on the norton box input shaft. I would assume...
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