Hi, I've often thought about buying tools etc from the US, but it seems like any savings made would be negated by the import tax paid on UK arrival.
Someone sent me this though. Anyone uses this or similar?
Well, to answer my own question, they are owned by Apex Tool Group. They are in good company as it appears Apex also own Cleco, which is a legendary name in Aircraft Engineering tools. They also own Weller soldering gear, Xcelite and Jacobs Chucks.
The Irimo spanners I have are all made in Spain, I bought them 35 years ago though. The Expert stuff we have at work all had "Expert by Facom" written on the packaging. All the rest of the tools at my workplace are Facom. And very good they are too.
I agree with Fastdruid's final statement. I didn't separate mine as I was concerned about the relationship between the column and the base. I do not know if unbolting the two and then re-mating them would cause alignment or twist issues or not. Therefore I decided not to split them.
I have TIG welded aluminium parts to repair them after they had been corroded from being in the sea. What I did was to remove all of the corrosion with a flapper disc and stainless steel wire wheel. Then I took out the pits with a small carbide burr in an air die grinder.
I used 4043 filler...