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    Sticky: I wouldn't do that - the remaining machine would...

    I wouldn't do that - the remaining machine would be worth maybe 1/4 of the value with the VH and tooling.

    Took me quite a while to find a VH for my Victoria U2 mill. Now I have 3 that can be made...
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    Do you need/want: A casting. A machined...

    Do you need/want:

    A casting.

    A machined casting.

    A machined & ground casting.

    A completely scraped and guaranteed accurate dovetail straight edge.
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    Bit of a digression but still... If it's the...

    Bit of a digression but still...

    If it's the plug for the DH spindle you don't need to have an internal taper, just the external taper to fit the DH then a male centre out far enough for the job....
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    Bob, FWIW I cut all my gears on mandrels between...

    Bob, FWIW I cut all my gears on mandrels between centres. Ideally you make a hardened ground mandrel with a very slight taper and push the gear blank on it firmly enough so it won't move.
    ...
  5. Yeah. Sorry I couldn't go by & see about getting...

    Yeah. Sorry I couldn't go by & see about getting the missing part of your grinder off of him, the timing just didn't work out. Besides he de-listed the surface plate.

    I used to deal with one place...
  6. And, funnily enough, I knocked back a Tos...

    And, funnily enough, I knocked back a Tos cylindrical in really excellent condition, internal grinding spindle as well as external, all hydraulic feeds, ex-TAFE machine. $900. Price was fine -...
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    I still have an inch leadscrew, nuts and...

    I still have an inch leadscrew, nuts and threading dial from the collection under the canteen building that Bob gave me, back in the day. I even found the half nuts just before I came away while...
  8. Thread: QCTP brand ?

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    Pay the $50 - they're a right shyte to make....

    Pay the $50 - they're a right shyte to make. Voice of experience.....

    My next QCTP will be an Aloris type. The Dickson on my Chipmaster is really excellent but I don't like making the tool holders...
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    That's exactly how the fence on my old Woodfast...

    That's exactly how the fence on my old Woodfast table saw works.

    Except the idiots used a right hand thread so I always turn it the wrong way!!!

    PDW
  10. Thread: Whisperings

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    Looks OK - needs to get nicely black before it...

    Looks OK - needs to get nicely black before it looks original though.....

    BTW somewhere at home I have a small box full of those boiler level glasses - you can have them if you want them, I only...
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    The guilty flee when none pursue..... PDW

    The guilty flee when none pursue.....

    PDW
  12. Thread: The Holden Story

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    I have a Holden Rodeo 4WD flat tray utility -...

    I have a Holden Rodeo 4WD flat tray utility - best ute Holden never built. Made by Isuzu in Thailand.

    Just like shipping, aircraft et al - if you can't build competitive stuff, don't expect me to...
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    Possibly not, but I'll likely be broke if I go...

    Possibly not, but I'll likely be broke if I go there. Fortunately, there's little room left on the truck already - I had to ship 3 crates home from Sydney as it is. I blame those unnamed people who...
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    Of course they did, they called them...

    Of course they did, they called them 'blacksmiths'......

    Yah, I understand the 'historical accuracy' bit but IMO - and yes, I *am* opinionated - this can go too far.

    I use as classic examples...
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    Like I said, weld it - done & dusted. Could have...

    Like I said, weld it - done & dusted. Could have done half a dozen for spares in the same time you've been making one to the wrong size :-)

    OK you have stupid rules to abide by, get a certified...
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    Get a lathe with a 40mm or bigger spindle bore....

    Get a lathe with a 40mm or bigger spindle bore. Problem solved.

    Or as people have said, support the outer end with your choice of techniques. Live centre or pipe centre works for me.

    PDW
  17. Thread: Whisperings

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    Personally, I'm just agnostic about steam...

    Personally, I'm just agnostic about steam engines....

    PDW
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    Make sure you get one with the extra option that...

    Make sure you get one with the extra option that auto-expands the shed by 25% and lend it to me when you're done with it.

    PDW
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    You need rigidity, HP and decent spindle speeds...

    You need rigidity, HP and decent spindle speeds to get the best out of them.

    IOW if you have an RF45 type mill, don't bother.

    PDW
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    Don't need to - I have one I've not used...

    Don't need to - I have one I've not used yet......

    PDW
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    Nice machining, but as an ex-shooter myself, I...

    Nice machining, but as an ex-shooter myself, I never had much time for people who did things like that to their firearms. Sort of like bolting bling onto a car......

    PDW
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    I have a brand new engine crane with a rating of...

    I have a brand new engine crane with a rating of 500kg with the boom fully extended, 2 tonnes in its most retracted position. Ebay seller, Chinese manufacture.

    It's quite well welded but the...
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    Do you have any idea just how much force it takes...

    Do you have any idea just how much force it takes to brinell a headstock bearing?

    I thought not.

    It won't hurt the spindle or the bearings. Having said that, I wouldn't do it if I had a choice....
  24. Thread: Whisperings

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    I would have fabricated it using a threaded pipe...

    I would have fabricated it using a threaded pipe toe welded to the flange. No thread cutting needed. My boat has quite a few of them for seawater intakes.

    PDW
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    Know what you mean - I have some white peppermint...

    Know what you mean - I have some white peppermint that's like that.

    Some years ago I saw a youtube video where the splitter was a flywheel about 6' diameter with axe heads welded to it. You pushed...
  26. Thread: Stuck chuck ....

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    The moral is - get a lathe with a camlock or at...

    The moral is - get a lathe with a camlock or at least L series spindle nose. A problem avoided is a lot better than a problem solved.

    I only have one lathe left with a screwed spindle nose, and...
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    They're not the only ones. If you ever hear the...

    They're not the only ones. If you ever hear the phrase "I'll try my very best to <insert subject>..." from a Javanese or pretty much anyone from Hong Kong, the Australian translation is "In your...
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    There was a cold snap? I've been going about the...

    There was a cold snap? I've been going about the place wearing a T shirt. Bit of sailing, far too much work indoors though.

    I've bought another B/port J head to fit to one of my machines as an...
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    Has it stopped snowing yet? I'm trying to decide...

    Has it stopped snowing yet? I'm trying to decide when to return home and get back to work...

    Lovely warm & sunny day here in Sydney, think I'll go and sit in the sun, have a coffee, take it easy....
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    Not on my Monarch CY...... having said that Bass...

    Not on my Monarch CY...... having said that Bass Strait will be frozen solid before I'd make something like that for a price that low......

    PDW
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    Also, they're from the Government and here to...

    Also, they're from the Government and here to help you.....

    PDW
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    Not for the price you can buy them off of that...

    Not for the price you can buy them off of that supplier.

    PDW
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    You & Phil can share the cell, I don't smoke.......

    You & Phil can share the cell, I don't smoke....

    Might have some of those green wheels in a job lot I picked up some years ago. When I get home in another month, I'll take a look. If I remember by...
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    I just turn mine on and it's at speed..... A...

    I just turn mine on and it's at speed.....

    A friend of mine has been busy fitting new motors and VFDs to my Hercus T&C grinder as he needed it for some projects and I didn't need it any time soon....
  35. The marketplace section sucks IMO, I rarely look...

    The marketplace section sucks IMO, I rarely look at it.

    As for pricing, last Thursday I was offered my choice of 40 taper ER32 collet chucks for $50 each. There's an eBay sale running where...
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    Sticky: FWIW I've been to that place a month or so back...

    FWIW I've been to that place a month or so back to look at an item he had for sale. The gear looked to be very well maintained.

    Downside, the seller isn't really a very helpful type, there's no...
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    Pretty sure you're right but it's a very hard...

    Pretty sure you're right but it's a very hard nylon type material. The place that advertises replacement rollers on eBay - KK Materials Handling - isn't all that far from where I am ATM so I plan on...
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    I really would *not* put plastic over the steel....

    I really would *not* put plastic over the steel. It will deform quite badly, sag and increase rolling resistance markedly.

    Voice of experience here - I had some nice wheels with a very hard...
  39. Thread: Whisperings

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    It's a form tool. If you grind away half a...

    It's a form tool. If you grind away half a cylindrical shape, it's relieved on both sides.

    Widely used in gunsmithing to make one-off rifle chambers etc. You can't take much of a cut is the main...
  40. People should look up pipe charts..... saves a...

    People should look up pipe charts..... saves a lot of internet misinformation.

    I use a fair bit of pipe in different schedules. OD stays the same.

    PDW
  41. Goes on nominal bore size so you likely want 25mm...

    Goes on nominal bore size so you likely want 25mm NB Sched 10 for light wall, standard wall is Schedule 40.

    I never buy threaded pipe so can't help there. OD is supposed to stay the same...
  42. Buy black or painted pipe, it's cheaper, and weld...

    Buy black or painted pipe, it's cheaper, and weld the fittings. That way they won't leak (as much)....

    PDW
  43. Thread: Keyway in shaft

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    Standard rule of thumb I've always used is 2 dog...

    Standard rule of thumb I've always used is 2 dog point screws 90 deg apart, one bearing on top of the key. This takes out all play from pulley to shaft and positively restrains the key. Assumes there...
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    What did they load onto the skates???? I moved...

    What did they load onto the skates????

    I moved my HBM with a pallet jack under the headstock and 2 heavy machinery skates under the TS end. I was over the weight capacity of the pallet jack but...
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    That Lantaine is almost as heavy as the Herless...

    That Lantaine is almost as heavy as the Herless and about the same size and ergonomics therefore same feel (or lack of). Yet it isn't camlock spindle. It's even more expensive. No way I'd prefer it...
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    Actually, no. I dial in a cut, engage the...

    Actually, no.

    I dial in a cut, engage the power feed, disengage, measure.

    I do not give a damn about 'feedback' all I care about is, the tool is cutting nicely and the depth of cut is...
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    OK - how many lathes other than antique South...

    OK - how many lathes other than antique South Bends et al *don't* have that feature? I never even thought of it as a cam lock tailstock, 3 out of my 4 lathes lock like that.

    The one that doesn't...
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    Complete, utter and absolute rubbish. There are...

    Complete, utter and absolute rubbish. There are *heaps* around in good or better condition. You need to know something to pick a good one from a worn out POS, but there are lots of good old lathes...
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    Not trying to pick on you but I think you need to...

    Not trying to pick on you but I think you need to revise your terminology a bit. I've never heard of a camlock tailstock. It typically applies to headstocks and that Herless has a D1-4 camlock...
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    Buy the Herless on Gumtree and don't stop to...

    Buy the Herless on Gumtree and don't stop to think about it. That - assuming condition is OK - is a far, far more useful and quality lathe than a brand new H&F one in your budget.

    I looked at all...
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