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  1. Purcell Conemaster 3 phase metal lathe

    Hi folks, we have a Conemaster 3 phase metal lathe. Hasn't we used for awhile but no reason why it shouldn't still work, some pics are attached. Anyone have any ideas on what a machine like this...
  2. Vertex dividing head BS0 Spindle nose and Hercus not the same?

    I have just taken possession of a Vertex BS0 dividing head. It is supposed to be a 1" x 8 Threads per inch spindle nose. It measures at 1" x 8 t but my 3 Hercus 1" x 8 backplates won't even make...
  3. Setup for grinding small annular cutters.

    SAM_0709.jpgSAM_0710.jpgSAM_0711.jpgHello again.
    Small cutters are hard to regrind. With little space between the flutes the wheel has to be dressed up fresh with the diamond only advanced a thou...
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    Setting up to grind large countersink

    SAM_0708.jpgHello from the Old Goat.
    I thought this might be interesting as I time the countersink to the grinder's cam. Just like timing a car engine the procedure has only a few steps but the...
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    Ultrasonic cleaner for cutting tools

    SAM_0705.jpgHello from old BC.
    This is a cheap ultrasonic cleaner, $35.00 from Aldi. I use hot water and dish drops to clean the cutters before I inspect and regrind them. It takes 3 mins for each...
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    Emco maximat super 11 cd lathe

    Hi Guys

    I have an Emco Maximat Super 11 CD lathe which was my Dad's and we are looking at selling it.

    It has the accessories as shown in the photos and manuals as well.

    I haven't be able to...
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    Alternative to Fusion 360?

    Good Morning Everyone,

    Apparently Fusion 360 is going commercial and no longer available for free.

    Anyone know a good free alternative?

    Thanks Ben.


    Read the full thread at...
  8. Local supplier of 4 point t handle socket wrenches?

    Hi all, anybody know of a local supplier of the above? These guys:

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    Many thanks,

    Greg.
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  9. Workshop press build - hydraulic questions

    I need to upgrade my old 6T Supercrap press to something of a larger physical size and force.

    I've already decided on a rough design and have some of the material collected, including a used...
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    2 x 48 sanding belts

    I have one of these on the way: Multitool Upgrade Kit | 84 Engineering

    Ive been online looking for 2x48 belts, but its a bit overwhelming. Im seeing everything from the cheap brown oxide ones...
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    Parting off question

    Is there a way to make the stub be on the material that still in the chuck and not have the stub on the part that you've just parted off?

    Regardless of any changes I make in my parting off tool,...
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    Front end treatment.

    These are some wheel spacers and dust covers I made. Spacers are stainless with ally dust covers pressed in place. The speedo drive is replaced with a stainless spacer with ally dust cover, going...
  13. Evolution Rage 2 or BS-4A Horizontal Bandsaw

    Looking for a bit of advice. I would like to buy one of the above for home workshop use and am unable to decide what would be best for me. From reading forums the downside of the Rage is the noise...
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    Super dooper charger

    Hello from BC.
    I'm helping to modify a Holden V 6 to change up to a 30% increase in airflow. It had to be modified to include stays to resist an increase to 25 psi boost. The lower face is perfect...
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    My favorite Machine and a mini review.

    Today my favorite machine is the radial drill.

    I used it to cut 32 x 40mm holes in 2inch plate.

    The annular cutter was from M and G.

    After cutting through 64 inches of steel it feels just as...
  16. Thread: DDTI Thread

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    DDTI Thread

    I'm making an adaptor for a DDTI the thread sizes was supposed to be 2.5mm :roll::doh: after much cursing and searching to find size variants seems there are a few. I discover these are NF #4-48. My...
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    Rebuilt/New tractor slasher paint help

    G'day Everyone

    I am currently rebuilding a tractor slasher for my Dad. It is actually more of a new item as I have rebuilt the gearbox with new bearings and seals and the actual slasher deck I...
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    BM-30A Lubrication

    I've just had my new BM-30A mill delivered, reading the manual has me a little confused - maybe other owners could help...

    According to the manual there should be oiling points for the 3 sets of...
  19. Waldown c-0 tool post grinder quill dilemma

    Hi all,

    I have a Waldown c-0 grinder. It has two quills, one for external, the other for internal.

    The internal quill has a 0.003" larger OD than the external quill. The external quill (the...
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    Looking for solution to problem

    Hi Gents,

    I want to fit a LH Or a RH accelerator pedel to my car and be able to swap quickly, so the wife is able to drive my car. ( I'm an Amputee).
    I want them to be removable so I don't loose...
  21. Suggestions for a makeshift large tap wrench

    I need to tap a 3/4" BSPT hole in a boss for a project I'm working on. I bought a tap online but tonight when I pulled out my biggest tap wrench I fount its about 2mm too small to take the square on...
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    Insert tooling beginner question

    Hi all

    I am looking for some advice on lathe insert tooling. I have an Emco super 11 and so far use HSS tooling via an eccentric engineering diamond tool holder. This has been a good setup but Id...
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    Why did this stop cutting?????

    I have a 180mm diam. piece of G.C.I. mounted in the 4-jaw, and a brand new not cheap 127mm hole saw, (Bi-meatal Coblat) in the tail stock.

    Running the lowest RPM I can achieve (130RPM) it started...
  24. Steel Single cab ute tray to trailer project

    Sso not like I really needed another project but I have made the decision to build a bigger trailer, my box trailer is good but I find its limits every now and again.
    I picked up a used, steel ute...
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    Straight Edge.

    Im after a medium size straight edge, 300 mm

    Im not wanting to spend more than about $80 Au at present,
    So , Im not expecting to be able to buy a high end precision edge.

    I will be mainly...
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    New Chuck backing plate run out

    I recently purchased a new Independent 4 jaw chuck for my lathe and a blank backing plate.

    The backing plate came threaded to suit my lathe but requires machining to fit the registration recess in...
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    Protecting Cutting Edges

    I am soon to commence sharpening my old cutters, mills and drills etc. What do people use on the cutting faces to protect them? The obvious answer would be to dip them in melted candle wax but that...
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    Perpendicular hole

    I'm building a tramming instrument for my mill consisting of an upside-down T-shape with two dial gauges about 180mm apart.
    The horizontal bar is 16mm square and needs to be perfectly perpendicular...
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    2020-2021 Plane Building Challenge

    2020 2021 Challenge


    Build a Woodworking Plane



    I wish to extend an invitation to all members of the MetalWork Forums to join in our 2020 -2021 Plane Building Challenge. Details of the...
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    Help with a new lathe

    Hi all,

    Looking at upgrading my Hercus 9c now after a few good years on it. I bought it off an old toolmaker who owned it for 40 plus years so it was, and still is in great nick. But realising...
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    Home anodising

    Hi fellow metalworkers.
    I'm exploring the possibility of home anodising some small parts---BLACK.
    They are knobs etc for rifle scopes.

    I can't find anywhere that sells small amounts of genuine...
  32. Thread: Toolex lathe

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    Toolex lathe

    Hi all,

    I've decided to upgrade the Hercus 9c i've had for the past few years. It's served the purpose I needed it for but im getting tired of changing gears/belts and its limitations aren't...
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    Arc or gassless mig

    Hello readers

    I have a tendency to overthink things which can then lead to limited progress. This has been the case with getting a welder and learning to use it.
    So in an effort to combat that I...
  34. Thread: Premo Apron.

    by MWF FEED
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    Premo Apron.

    This post is related to my earlier post; 'Broken shaft'

    I have a Premo apron which has been damaged.
    The Broken shaft posting has had replies that helped my thinking in what to do. I think I...
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    Aluminium found.

    I went to Capral on Thursday and bought a couple of slabs of aluminium, thickest I could get was 25mm, so I settled for that. That meant making a 10mm spacer. After waiting ages for the bandsaw to...
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    Tool makers buttons

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    Hello from the old goat again.
    This is a follow on from my last post about modifying a steel boiler.
    The first pic shows a drill in the collet...
  37. If anyone needs Bridgeport spindle bearings...

    Thought I'd put this up in case anyone needs some, or might want some for a stash. I discovered recently when I dug into my Supermax clones spindle that the bearings in there now are just regular...
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    Which bolt into cast iron in firebox?!

    Bit of a weird one this, but hoping someone here will know the answer!

    I have a problem with my wood stove. The cast iron baffle plate basically just rests on a couple of tabs at the front and the...
  39. Quickest method for curing failing chrome passivated zinc coating.

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    I had a thousand easy clean paint stirrers made in China. They are made out of mild mild steel before being zinc coated and chrome passivated. Unfortunately about 800 have...
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    BECON 2-Speed Hand Drill

    I have had an old BECON drill hanging around in the 'round tooit' box for years.
    I inherited this German made two-speed hand drill with a box of tools from my father and remember getting into...
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    Where to buy quality drill sets

    I am sick of buying poor quality drill sets. I know poor man pays twice and in this case I have paid too many times, so its time to buy a decent set.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of a...
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    Compressor ID help

    I picked this up today. Only taken me about two years after the owner said I could have it.

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    Someone had fitted a Victor lawn mower motor to drive the compressor....
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    Free Lathe Safety on Facebook

    I was waiting for my friend Bollie, (Peter) from this forum to sign up and he has.

    If you are on Facebook there is a new site with minimal posts called lathe safety.
    They are offering a free...
  44. Thread: Tight place..

    by MWF FEED
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    Tight place..

    There was a little tight places to weld yesterday..
    32 similar welds through opening that's 300mm wide and 320mm long.

    Took a short video about it.
    Material is 316 stainless. Wire is Kobelco...
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    Well done Sutton

    A couple of weeks ago I posted about having destroyed two tap wrenches trying to tap some very sticky metal from a 4-jaw chuck.
    I tried to get a replacement handle for the $90 wrench, only to...
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    Hafco AL-960B lathe install clearance?

    I want to place the AL-960B lathe close to a wall behind it, leaving enough room for easy access for motor belt adjustment etc.
    There are no suggested clearances in the instruction book.
    Would...
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    Recommendations for decent files

    Who makes decent files these days? Most of mine are over 30 years old and I'm due for some replacements to last the next 30!

    I'm mainly after some good flat files in second cut and smooth for ...
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    A tapered drill bit.

    Hi everyone, I have been tasked to make a quantity of file and rasp handles for a guy with a mild hand disability to a design that suits him. Fairly normal except that it takes me so long to drill...
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    Welding stainless steel ?

    It won't happen for a couple of months or so as moving house has priority , I want to make new fuel tank for my 9n tractor from an old stainless steel sink . I had a bit of practice on some old milk...
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    Black powder copy in wood

    One of our club members made this recently
    Hammer locks and trigger works
    Cylinder rotates when as it should.
    Cylinder can be removed, as one can do with remington BP firearms.
    All wood except...
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