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Boats69
11-20-2016, 02:33 PM
I don't see a sticky for this, maybe worthwhile starting one ....

Boats69
11-20-2016, 02:48 PM
I'll kick-off, maybe others will follow?

I am quite new to this, being ogling hobby lathes for years with no idea of the detail - never bought one due to many other commitments. I bought a little Chinese lathe (new) last November and got thoroughly challenged (and disappointed) but learned a huge amount - in spite of the challenges I managed to make some useful tools, a ball turner among others. That was followed by a second hand mini-mill that was quite reasonable in performance and greased the rest of slippery slope - with that and the lathe I made a boring head and rotary table.

I then bought a thoroughly abused Emco Super 11 that I restored, it was nightmare to get parts but I got it sorted (partly by buying a second, partly serviceable Super 11, and partly through the amazing help of people all over the world!). It is now running really smoothly and is complimented by an Emco FB2 - also rescued from the edge of disaster.

It has been a fun journey and I am learning a huge amount about materials, cutting tools, heat treatment, measuring and patience ... I quite enjoy making tools. And cutting threads. Next up are gears ...

Oh yes, I am from Southern Gauteng, in South Africa.

plunger
11-20-2016, 04:11 PM
I'll kick-off, maybe others will follow?

I am quite new to this, being ogling hobby lathes for years with no idea of the detail - never bought one due to many other commitments. I bought a little Chinese lathe (new) last November and got thoroughly challenged (and disappointed) but learned a huge amount - in spite of the challenges I managed to make some useful tools, a ball turner among others. That was followed by a second hand mini-mill that was quite reasonable in performance and greased the rest of slippery slope - with that and the lathe I made a boring head and rotary table.

I then bought a thoroughly abused Emco Super 11 that I restored, it was nightmare to get parts but I got it sorted (partly by buying a second, partly serviceable Super 11, and partly through the amazing help of people all over the world!). It is now running really smoothly and is complimented by an Emco FB2 - also rescued from the edge of disaster.

It has been a fun journey and I am learning a huge amount about materials, cutting tools, heat treatment, measuring and patience ... I quite enjoy making tools. And cutting threads. Next up are gears ...

Oh yes, I am from Southern Gauteng, in South Africa.

I think there are only three active members from S Africa. i maybe wrong. What we have in common is we all have emcos. Welcome to the forum.You will find many very helpful talented members on this forum ,even though they live far away and talk funny and use that horrible imperial system;)

plunger
11-20-2016, 11:55 PM
Are you still working or are you retired and enjoying your hobby.I think as S Africans we dont have it as lucky as our overseas members who have nice budget stores where they can buy stuff dirt cheap.Its also a pity our esteemed leaders are trying everything in their powers to weaken our Rand to the dollar to make matters worse.

Mike Amick
11-21-2016, 03:38 AM
Welcome Boats69 ..

I enjoy hearing Plunger talk about the differences there, so another S. African is cool.

And I also have a super 11.

Puckdropper
11-21-2016, 04:47 AM
Hi! I'm Puckdropper. I had dreams and realized a metal lathe would help me realize them. I'm still working on it, but I was right.

I just used my metal lathe to make a couple brass set screws for my RAS, after the old ones broke. I have a collet adapter for my lathe, and I noticed something neat: if I pull the adapter off the lathe and take it to the vise the slots in the collet provide a great guide to align and point your saw. It allowed me to cut a couple slots for a screwdriver pretty close enough to center that the set screws went in easily.

Boats69
11-21-2016, 09:36 AM
Are you still working or are you retired and enjoying your hobby.I think as S Africans we dont have it as lucky as our overseas members who have nice budget stores where they can buy stuff dirt cheap.Its also a pity our esteemed leaders are trying everything in their powers to weaken our Rand to the dollar to make matters worse.

I work fulltime so only some evenings and weekends for this absorbing hobby! I have to agree with your comment on stores - it is challenge here - so the overseas guys get my hard-earned cash. It is just a frustration waiting for the deliveries when you needed something yesterday.

loose nut
11-21-2016, 09:49 AM
I'll kick-off, maybe others will follow?

I am quite new to this, being ogling hobby lathes for years with no idea of the detail - never bought one due to many other commitments. I bought a little Chinese lathe (new) last November and got thoroughly challenged (and disappointed) but learned a huge amount - in spite of the challenges I managed to make some useful tools, a ball turner among others. That was followed by a second hand mini-mill that was quite reasonable in performance and greased the rest of slippery slope - with that and the lathe I made a boring head and rotary table.

I then bought a thoroughly abused Emco Super 11 that I restored, it was nightmare to get parts but I got it sorted (partly by buying a second, partly serviceable Super 11, and partly through the amazing help of people all over the world!). It is now running really smoothly and is complimented by an Emco FB2 - also rescued from the edge of disaster.

It has been a fun journey and I am learning a huge amount about materials, cutting tools, heat treatment, measuring and patience ... I quite enjoy making tools. And cutting threads. Next up are gears ...

Oh yes, I am from Southern Gauteng, in South Africa.

Unofficial forum, rule - No pictures, it didn't happen.

Show us your work. People here like tool porn.:D

wdtom44
11-21-2016, 10:28 AM
I am in western Rhode Island, retired, and have a few machine tools which I use mostly to make parts for and repair tractors and equipment. I recently got a 12" Vernon shaper, have a 12" Lodge and Shipley lathe, an 10" Logan, a Rockwell vertical mill, a few drillpresses, and other misc. tools. I like old machinery and enjoy working on it and using it.

mattthegamer463
11-21-2016, 12:31 PM
I'm in Brampton, Ontario, 26 years old, just getting started with home shop machining. Got started with my shop a year ago and have a Rong-Fu-style round column mill/drill, 10x18 taiwan lathe (both Craftex brand from Busy Bee Tools, the local import tool shop) and 4x6" horizontal/vertical metal bandsaw. Also do a fair bit of woodwork, mostly simple stuff. Have a 3hp cabinet table saw, dust collector, 6-1/8" craftsman jointer, craftsman wood bandsaw. Lots of other tools.

Mostly focused on making tools lately, which helps me make more tools even faster. Modifying my machines to improve their usefulness as they are pretty lacking in convenience features.

I also like film photography and built a darkroom in my house, and I occasionally use the tools to make camera modifications and parts, as well as equipment for the darkroom.

Side note, I'd love to get to know somebody in the area as I don't have any machinist friends, or really even any serious maker-type friends.

wern
11-21-2016, 02:24 PM
Welcome Boats69,

At last someone in my province, also with an FB2 Mill and Emco V13 Lathe among other tooling.

Werner

JRouche
11-21-2016, 03:07 PM
I think there are only three active members from S Africa. i maybe wrong. What we have in common is we all have emcos. Welcome to the forum.You will find many very helpful talented members on this forum ,even though they live far away and talk funny and use that horrible imperial system;)

Hahaa. Hey, its not just you Africans that have the Emcos. There is a nice lil 120 on my bench :) Welcome Boats!!

Doozer
11-21-2016, 03:58 PM
Hi, I'm Doozer.
People sometimes think I am a jerk,
but I care a whole lot.
It's an engineer thing.

-D

Boats69
11-21-2016, 04:08 PM
Welcome Boats69,

At last someone in my province, also with an FB2 Mill and Emco V13 Lathe among other tooling.

Werner

Awesome! I was looking at that V13 advertised locally for a good price, but ca'tn bring myself to making an offer - the S11 is just the right size for me and space is limited. It is great to see many Emcos in use.

Boats69
11-21-2016, 04:10 PM
Unofficial forum, rule - No pictures, it didn't happen.

Show us your work. People here like tool porn.:D

Have a look at my rotary broach over in the tool thread so long ... I'll post some more when I get around to taking some more pics.

ponderingjunkman
11-21-2016, 06:39 PM
I don't post much, but I'm replying just to see my join date.