And still able to earn its crust, absolutely astounding really.
Good man on two accounts. Firstly for saving a lovely machine and secondly for having more than one lathe. Gives me hope that I'm not totally weird for thinking the same! Good idea to get the Hiab lorry in. Saves so much angst when struggling.
I feel the same - definitely worth saving - glad it went to a good home.
I wonder how many machines from the Far East will still be giving good service after 100 years?
Having said that they aren't daft in India and Pakistan - they buy up all the old British machines rather than new Chinese ones.
I can see it going full circle in a few years - people buying old British machines from India and bringing them back to the UK
But weird is available in multiples too..... [sorry lads, I'm just jealous of the space needed for that one ]
Just dropped the motor off at the rewinders, he dates it as early 1940's and will give it some love and attention
Not sure i think some of the thai machines will be about, there tool making shouldn't be confused with china.
Korean also. They don’t do things by halves
Korean is the good gear
Old skool skills still respected in Korea. Some of the best welders in the world come out of Korea. Then again they do start at about age 9 in school, by age 12 they’re training for world skills. Freehand Burning, I’ve never seen anything like it, you’d struggle to get as neat a cut with a Koike motorised torch and a straight edge. Machines. They pretty much pioneered many construction and welding methods utilised in shipbuilding, including rutile cored wires.
Britain flushed skill down the toilet 40 years ago
So this week, I have mostly been busy with evaporust. Now normally I just go for you ordinary citric, but given what I was playing with I wanted to be sure of strength.
21 Collets had to be cleaned in degreaser, into the evapo in a large jamjar in the ultrasonic at 55 degrees for a few blasts and
finally a blow down with air rub over to remove anything left and covered in ACF50. (This can be washed off as and when I come to use them)
Thankfully all have made it, none of the internal bores were affected by rust and the threads all held up (12 TPI)
Some marks through use over the years, but this hopefully has stopped the deterioration
Great capacity from 1/4" through to 1 1/2" some are marked Hardinge, but these where produced for just 2 models so are rare
Chuck also stripped and cleaned, some wear on the teeth but nothing that affects use...
Much fun was had removing the original BA cap heads on the front as this had been mashed over time
5mm allen key ground had to be ground to fit
Only thing missing is the huge C-spanner to take the chuck off, I can see a laser cut one been the order of the day
LH thread collets?
@Pete. 1.750 x 12TPI LH thread yes
I’ll Swap you a spanner For the shaper
How big is the C-spanner, I may have something suitable (doesn't fit anything I have), think they're for L-type spindles...?
Dave H. (the other one)
The chuck is 5.400" OD the slot is around .400 wide
we started doing that after the war
@Pete. No 5999
Been busy sorting the accompanying chucks and steady.
The steady has led to looking at paint which I am not sure on just yet.
Really happy bunny today ..Ebay came up trumps with a new set of jaws for the 'obsolete' 12" 3 Jaw
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