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I don't know where in Hertfordshire you are, but there are a number of us in the area who will always help for beer tokens.
I'm just north of Royston, there is John Coates in Old Welwyn who might help, there is Bob Culver in Letchworth.
If I can be of help just shout.
I've a Colchester Chipmaster 5x20 with both 3 and 4 jaw chucks plus a Harrison baby universal Mill
I’m currently trying to make some sort of workshop out of my single garage. Got 3 bikes including a C Rapide.
I had to sell a rather dated pillar drill, a wood turning lathe and a large free standing circular saw
due to house move.
Now sort of starting again as regards useful machines an I’m down to an electric grinder
and free standing disc/belt sander.
Have managed so far without a metal turning lathe but I do need another drill or mill drill.
There’s quite a few hobby type machines that would fit the bill and a fairly small footprint is important.
Someone suggested that the Clarke CL500M lathe and mill drill from Machine Mart is good value and would save getting seperate machines. Could just about accommodate one.
Otherwise just a hobby mill drill would do as I’ll have a solid bench and vice for basic thread tapping and general use.
I guess many Vin owners are kitted out with lathes.
Any ideas appreciated.
Thanks. That’s a good solid lathe but will have to pass on it I think. Got too much stuff at the mo and need to get a workshop designed with bench, shelves etc.Hi
I have a Myford ML7 with loads of tooling and has had a brand new Screw Cutting Gearbox fitted.
Has done many a job over the years and saved a fortune in parts.
Would you like Photo`s ?
Regards Alan Swansea 01792234598
Have a look at
All the mini lathes seem to be made in China but the ones supplied by Arceurotrade have got quite a reasonable reputation & the company seem quite good if you look on any of the model Engineering forums.SIEG SC4-510 HiTorque Lathe - Belt Drive with Brushless Motorwww.arceurotrade.co.uk
A friend has the SC6 & it seems far more robust then mine.
Draconian, but with good reason.Lathes are indispensable in my opinion. Couldn't live without one truthfully.
When I was in High School if my metal shop teacher, Mr. Thomas Peters, noticed a student leave a chuck key in any machine, he would take the key, walk out to the football field and throw the key as far as he could. Then he would return to the shop, take the offending student out to the edge of the field and tell him not to return to class until the key was found. Failure to return to class with the key after three days meant a failure for that semester. If he didn't catch you before you started the machine and the key went flying, well that was a instant failure for the semester. Mr. Peters explained all this in the first week of class so you had plenty of time to look for a new elective. Failing a semester in the first year meant you couldn't get a co-op position during your senior year. Failing more than a single class in any semester or failing more than one semester of a year long class meant repeating that year of high school. With that hanging over your head you become conscious of where the chuck key is at, better to forget where you put it on the bench than have is tossed into a field or fly across the shop. Mr. Peters would let us make all sorts of mistakes, get away with all sorts of things, but that was the unforgivable sin. It didn't matter if it was a key in a drill chuck in a tail stock, same rule applied.
Good idea. Someone who reviewed a Sieg SX2P mill mounted it on 20mm wood batons to make wheel adjustment easier.Anyway, try to lay hands on some before buying, ergonomics can be a nuisance all the time , even more so with very small lathes. Your hands get in your way with handles too close to each other. So have a look at ALL components of likely buys.