View Full Version : Geriatrics rule !!

John Stevenson
04-28-2007, 04:49 PM
Ok I always thought a Geriatric was a German fast bowler up untill now.

As some of you know I have been involved in developing a CNC kit to fit the Sieg X3 series of milling machines.
These are offered as kits or for anyone who doesn't fancy getting involved I can fit one to a new machine.
Our local Sieg agent recently sold a kit to a guy to convert a previously bought X3, about 18 months old.

Taking the kit and the set of instructions he started to fit the kit but had a problem with the mounting holes in the brackets not lining up to his bed. I think this was caused by early machine being built as one off's in the factory and later ones are different in that the brackets and beds are CNC drilled, part of their improvement policy.
Any way a simple mode to the holes in the bracket got that sorted.
Second problem caused the mains fuse to blow because idiot features here had the wiring diagram fine but transposed two colours in the text. Again soon sorted.
So this week I had a phone call to say all was well and the machine was up and running fine.

What made this special for me was this guy is 82 years of age with no formal or practical electrical or electronic training or background, he retired at 60 as a tool and die maker working manual machines only.
Start to finish it took him about three weeks but no idea how his time was spread out during this.

I can do one in two days starting with a crated machine, ripping all the screws out and fitting ball screws, motors, mounts etc., and then wiring up followed by a day of running tests but I have done a fair few now so three weeks is not an extended time bearing in mind that it wouldn't be solid.

So there is hope for us all.


04-28-2007, 07:02 PM
See posted link on "old guys " playing the WHO!

You are only 'old' when you do not want to try new things!!
Glad to hear it John!!
Got a friend at 78 who just statred to use the web
Now if I could only get him off the porn sites!! :D

04-28-2007, 07:32 PM
When you get a kit for the griz. 7 x 12 lathe let me know.I am pushing 50 and not getting any younger.

04-28-2007, 08:00 PM
Now I don't feel so bad.I'm 55 and I'm retrofitting a Seig X2 that fell of a truck, to CNC. What with work around the house and real work-work, I'm having a time getting it ready. I should have the motor mount for the Y axis this week, so that the x and y axis will be ready for testing next weekend. 82. I hope to be able to post pictures when I get to that stage.

04-28-2007, 08:31 PM
Geriatric? I just became a Great Grandfather today! :eek:

Tyler Ryan born 2:45pm, 7lbs, 7ozs, 19" boy!

Norman Atkinson
04-28-2007, 08:35 PM

All the World's a stage and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts.

And I have just been out and bought my second Mini Cooper.

Wanted an asbestos pocket for a shroud!!!!!!!!
Just in case!


04-28-2007, 10:36 PM
Norm, Have you ever seen the video of the Mini assembly line in action? It's pretty impressive. Lots of Mini women running around, stripping the masking off for the two tone painting process. Den


Norman Atkinson
04-29-2007, 04:05 AM
My thanks for pointing the production line.
I grew up with the first 'real' minis in 1959 when they were 497 and we took one over the Monte Carlo Rallye route. Bought the first Cooper- a 997cc one in 1963 for 565 but I dare not admit to saying how much this new beast cost but I can admit that the Accessories Pack with Air Con cost the same as my first car. The zenon lights pack cost a whole old ADO15 Mini!

Must be mad- I tell you.

Had the new one up Cairngorm which is the highest road in the UK yesterday.
Aviemoron read Aviemore, Speyside. Came down from Aviemore to Newcastle -250 miles in 4 hours including a stop in Auld Reekie to give my remaining prostate remnants, a twirl!!

Nice motor which was doing over 46mpg. Can't be bad, eh?

So, off to pay for the flight to Hong Kong in November.

No good sitting in wheelchair in front of the retirement home saying 'I wished that.......' is it? So off to the Second Childhood and Mere Oblivion- tomorrow.
Or whenever- or when I remember?

Just think that you have it all to come to.


John Stevenson
04-29-2007, 04:55 AM
Norm me old mate,
Are you going to the Harrogate show, May 11th, 12th and 13th this year ?

If so see you there, same stand in the club hall.


Norman Atkinson
04-29-2007, 06:16 AM
Oh, dear this memory!

Diary says ' No to Friday' but Saturday seems promising.

Your usual tipple, me Lord?

And I did not mean into another skip either.

Skip my loo? You can hum it.

Cheers, John
See Ya!


John Stevenson
04-29-2007, 06:23 AM
Yes please Norman, white this time.
That red took all the paint off the headstock and gave the dog a headache :D


Alistair Hosie
04-29-2007, 06:55 AM
congratulations ken well done give the young couple my blessings kindest regards Alistair