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    Paul, beware it really is the fuse and if so why...

    Paul, beware it really is the fuse and if so why did it blow. He might have burned out the motor. Otherwise it is probably a better bet than a RAS for your initial application and as a sliding mitre...
  2. Thread: Music wire vs W2

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    'Music wire' or 'Piano wire' is not named because...

    'Music wire' or 'Piano wire' is not named because it is the wire used for the notes in the instrument. Pianos were the first high volume product to need lots of thin springy wire in the key...
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    Some relatives in Oz have a sort of kangaroo...

    Some relatives in Oz have a sort of kangaroo sanctuary, or hobby farm and they come over at dusk for feeding. fairly common though over there. I've got a picture of me cuddling an orphan joey...
  4. Another question. If the battery shouldn't be...

    Another question. If the battery shouldn't be discharged below 20% does the typical claim of 300 miles range actually mean 300 + 20% in emergency or 240 except in emergency? That would mean even in...
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    What kind of house do you guys live in that you...

    What kind of house do you guys live in that you can nip up to the top of the chimney that easily? Never mind. In my country estate I just have the butler find an orphan boy from the village to send...
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    Is this the height adjustment? The ali or perhaps...

    Is this the height adjustment? The ali or perhaps Mazak part would be easy to cast and last through the warranty. Brass would be fine. You might be able to make it longer if there is room to give...
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    So we haven't answered the OP's original...

    So we haven't answered the OP's original question. They so sound like good rods. I used to have a set of bamboo rods, the key added value was they had a square steel anti-rotation spigot at each...
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    Oh for a mere 10%. Called Value Added Tax in the...

    Oh for a mere 10%. Called Value Added Tax in the UK at 20%. When you've already paid 40% income tax on the money you don't get much for each 100 you earn.
  9. Thread: DIY Fab shop

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    There are still some of the operations Richard...

    There are still some of the operations Richard mentions in the uk. One of my friends runs one in in the school where he works as the tech teacher. However 10 a session soon mounts up to buying your...
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    Amazing that the handle is still in such good...

    Amazing that the handle is still in such good condition. We get a lot of old forks and spades given to us in the Men's Shed with rotten shafts but the cost of a piece of good wood for a replacement...
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    If you look up the Drummond hand shaper it came...

    If you look up the Drummond hand shaper it came with a vice with one swivel jaw.
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    I think their marketeers have been looking at...

    I think their marketeers have been looking at those pictures posted earlier of overloaded pickups. I looked at the tech spec on the uk website for this thing and the second most important thing they...
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    Anyone got a youtube account that could just put...

    Anyone got a youtube account that could just put up a comment to say forget the lathe crap and put up some pictures of the planer. Plus ask him no to try to 'restore' it.
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    Wibbly-wobbly. Table looks it's about 1/16 thick....

    Wibbly-wobbly. Table looks it's about 1/16 thick. Typical problem of most recent designs. If you look at an old pro-shop grinder from the '50s the emphasis is on lots of solid cast iron. HH's one is...
  15. Thread: Making a gear

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    I don't know how relevant to watch wheels it...

    I don't know how relevant to watch wheels it would be but one of the advantages of using flycutters at high speed with minimal metal removal per revolution is that the very thin and flimsy material...
  16. Thread: Reducer Sleeve?

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    There are loads of them on UK ebay. Come up...

    There are loads of them on UK ebay. Come up everyday under a search for 'lathes'. If you can just find one and click on it you will be besieged by adverts and every search will include a few for the...
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    Please make sure it works on the computers normal...

    Please make sure it works on the computers normal people actually use, not just the super powerful new ones geeks develop software on using geeky browsers and geeky plugins. I get really pissed off...
  18. Thread: Timesaver Lathe

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    Your best bet if the name isn't coming up in...

    Your best bet if the name isn't coming up in searches is to post some clear pictures. It is probably a more common lathe rebadged for Hermes.
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    Some interesting responses. My original post...

    Some interesting responses. My original post deliberately did not mention age though the examples were all 50+ so had ample time to build basic mental acuity. I also specifically was not referring to...
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    Understanding gears and simple engineering

    I am starting to despair at the level of intelligence of people coming into the home engineering field.
    This week alone on two other forums newcomers indicated an astonishing lack of understanding...
  21. Thread: Shop Made Tools

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    Sticky: Don't you want just two points of contact along...

    Don't you want just two points of contact along that vertex so filing some relief in the middle and leaving the corner 'as sawn' would do. Nice clamping action though.
  22. Thread: OT- Volt Meter

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    You want to be able to monitor the battery in its...

    You want to be able to monitor the battery in its quiescent state before you have put a load on and before you have started charging it. Therefore a simple push button not a toggle. If you use a...
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    Probably originally part of some industrial...

    Probably originally part of some industrial machine, from a press to a printer to any kind of production set up. However the guy may have 'collected' it to make an end vice or wagon vice, for metal...
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    In an hotel near Leeds they have one wall of the...

    In an hotel near Leeds they have one wall of the dining room lined with old books, many of them encyclopaedias. I spent an interesting evening reading one from the 'late forties/early fifties. Read...
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    Found a nice if long video of how it works...

    Found a nice if long video of how it works.
    So the pivot point, cam shape and the slope the cam pin rides on is crucial to how it works. Surprised it hasn't been copied.
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