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    Anybody use one of these? Opinions good or bad?

    I have a horrible cheap import boring head that has the detent groove in the micrometer adjuster so badly machined there is around 0.015" backlash in it.
    I can live it with providing I keep measuring the bore but it's a pain and I would really like a better one.

    The Wohlhaupters and Narexs that come up on e-bay are nice but far too rich for my pocket, and I came across these APT Made in USA items on Froogle.
    The price is comparable to the UK sourced far eastern imports as the exchange rate for us is still pretty favourable, and is still a lot less than a similar Criterion.

    I can get it bought & shipped via brother-in-law in NY, but I know nothing about how good or bad they are, and I was hoping you guys could give me a bit of feedback.

    Peter

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    You gotta look at it like, Can I fix it, or is it worth it to replace it? Personally, I would figure out a way to shim, the slot. Even cheap tooling can be fixed. Just takes time.

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    • #3
      APT is a good quality US manufacturer. I have not seen their boring heads in person, but they run about 1/2 the cost if comparable sized Criterion.

      I see no reason they would not be a good purchase. Maybe some US manufacturers are finally discovering that offering a quality product at a reasonable price is a good business plan.
      Jim H.

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      • #4
        I have one and its very good. Seems to be well made and very repeatable. If any complaint, I wish the graduations were alittle bigger for these bad eyes.

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        • #5
          Bad Eyes

          Git Yourself a big magnifying glass. Really helps. Youll have the eyesight of a Buzzard using one. I bought a Narex head years ago i really like it. Its got so many features just amazing czech device.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by daryl bane
            I have one and its very good. Seems to be well made and very repeatable. If any complaint, I wish the graduations were alittle bigger for these bad eyes.

            good morning.

            i also have an apt boring head. mine has a 3'4" straight shank that is integral with the head.

            so far i am happy with it. like Mr. Bane, i think the gradations could be a little bigger, but i am old and everything could be a little bigger. reading glasses are a pain in the ass.

            good luck, whatever you do.

            peace.
            billr.
            ........i dremel. therefore i am..........................

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            • #7
              I had one and a different experience than Daryl, mine didn't feel very good in setting and the dovetail didn't adjust easily. I never was able to get it to slide easily enough that I could set it reliably and lock - it always went from "too loose" to "too tight". I returned it for a Criteron DBL-202 that I've never had trouble with. Since the designs are so similar I think I just got one of the APTs from the wrong end of the tolerance curve.

              I also have a Yuasa that's a lot like the 202, and except for the metric screws (inch reading, though) it's the equal of the Criteron.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by billr
                reading glasses are a pain in the ass.


                peace.
                billr.
                Bill, The glasses are supposed to go on your head.

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                Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by daryl bane
                  I have one and its very good. Seems to be well made and very repeatable. If any complaint, I wish the graduations were alittle bigger for these bad eyes.
                  I've seen that APT boring head at a local shop -- like Daryl says, they're very nice.
                  I have a set of APT cobalt boring bars, and they're very nice.

                  One warning though -- I think APT, like many other vendors, has begun to outsource a lot of their tools, so I don't think all APT tools are Made in the USA.
                  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                  • #10
                    [[so I don't think all APT tools are Made in the USA]] So, what is?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Millman
                      [[so I don't think all APT tools are Made in the USA]] So, what is?
                      I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic Millman, but my point was that there are two "grades" of APT tools being sold on Ebay, so make sure that the APT boring head you're buying is really Made in U.S.A.

                      I've seen some of the APT import stuff, and it was the run of the mill Chinese import, with the same APT circular logo on the front of the box and holder. As far as I can tell, the only way to tell is look for the U.S.A stamp in the actual tool.
                      "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                      • #12
                        [[head you're buying is really Made in U.S.A.]] Lazlo, you are a smart guy; my question is how does Anybody Really know what is made in the US? The tags you will see, does not mean it is solely made in the US. Distributor and manufacturer may not be the same.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Millman
                          my question is how does Anybody Really know what is made in the US? The tags you will see, does not mean it is solely made in the US. Distributor and manufacturer may not be the same.
                          Yeah, that's sure as heck true. I bought some Brown & Sharpe stuff ("Ultra Precision Parallels", 1-2-3 blocks, V-blocks,...) that were obviously made in China, but they sure don't advertise them as being imports.

                          I haven't run across any tools that were stamped "Made in U.S.A." that weren't though...
                          "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Peter Neill
                            Anybody use one of these? Opinions good or bad?

                            I have a horrible cheap import boring head that has the detent groove in the micrometer adjuster so badly machined there is around 0.015" backlash in it.
                            I can live it with providing I keep measuring the bore but it's a pain and I would really like a better one.

                            The Wohlhaupters and Narexs that come up on e-bay are nice but far too rich for my pocket, and I came across these APT Made in USA items on Froogle.
                            The price is comparable to the UK sourced far eastern imports as the exchange rate for us is still pretty favourable, and is still a lot less than a similar Criterion.

                            I can get it bought & shipped via brother-in-law in NY, but I know nothing about how good or bad they are, and I was hoping you guys could give me a bit of feedback.

                            Peter
                            Peter

                            Don't know about APT but might have a Lushington no 2 spare in the next week if you're interested.

                            Charles

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                            • #15
                              Wohlhaupters on Ebay

                              Peter,

                              Have you tried www.ebay.de ? There are more Wohlhaupters over in Germany, so prices tend to be lower there. Don't forget that the ones you're looking at are boring heads only; they can't do facing. I picked up a UPA/5 Wohlhaupter like this one but on a 40 int:

                              http://cgi.ebay.de/Wohlhaupter-UPA5-...QQcmdZViewItem

                              on ebay.de for € 500; boxed, perfect condition and with all the accessories.

                              Regards,

                              Ian
                              All of the gear, no idea...

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