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Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
I wouldn't swap my lovely little Peatol (Taig) lathe for anything. I've had it over 30 years and it's never ever given me a moment's trouble. I had a new drive belt about 20 years ago and bought a spare but of course that's gone somewhere. It uses a British Thompson Houston 1/4 horse motor, whose fan blades are almost all broken off, but which still runs perfectly. My son recently got a Peatol with all available extras, even a book on making goodies for it, for £200 off ebay and was a lucky man to find it. And yes, Minicraft (also known as Maxicraft) were a great make. I never paid more than £25 for any one attachment. Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Ahhh! MiniCraft, Good stuff. I have their 'Buffalo' drill (with chuck), miniature jig saw, and table circular saw. All driven off the same variable power supply. Can't get spares for the saw blades any more 😭😭 Bought the whole set about 40 years ago in a special offer from the AA (Automobile Association NOT what U lot are thinking!) . Drill been dismantled and cleaned / re-greased 4 or 5 times but still goin' strong 👍 Proxxon not cheap, but good, well made. My lathes, milling machine and grinder are all Proxxon. They just go an' go an' go. Cheers, Doug 😎

Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi Doug, I dread to think what a Proxxon version of a Jacobs chuck would run to. They seem to be outrageously expensive things. I only have a Proxxon drill because it was on a deal too good to miss, but the electronic speed controller went nappoo after a few weeks, so I cut it out and wired it direct, so it's flat out all the time. Having said that it has tolerated that for literally years since. I also use the Proxxon transformer to power my other mini tools, which are all the much missed and very reasonably priced Mini(Maxi)craft stuff. I have a circular saw, orbital sander and disc sander and all are plugged into the Proxxon power box when required. The circular saw must have cut miles of deck planking by now! Cheers, Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Agree Martin, I thought you previously meant hassle with purchasing from Germany! Maybe the cutting takes two minutes but the setting up longer and at the end you've expended two or three not exactly cheap cutting discs🤔 Like Mike I also find the discs useful for accurate cuts in thin sheet material; mostly non ferrous metals and plastic. But not in hardened machine tool steel! Check the spindle threads on you 'Lidl' drills. You might find (like I did) that it's the same as the Proxxon so you can get a spare chuck from Proxxon to fit!😉 Did the same with my mini milling machine as it also came with a collet set. Have ordered from Tracy dies with slits and dimples 😊 Strangely on their site the die diameter wasn't given but they answered my mail query by return so I also ordered the appropriate die holder / wrench. Cheers, Doug 😎

Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
If you have a lot of cutting of steel sheet to do, no doubt, but the setting up of a die safely outside (sparks, etc.) and the buying of discs that will be worn almost away, not to mention the doing of it is hassle, especially with a Dremel. As Doug found, Tracy Tools were easy to deal with and he'll have a set of threading tools, all I assume with splits and dimples, like the one I just did his shaft thread with. I already have several sets of useful bits for my Minidrill, which is a Proxxon or one of three others that have cropped up in Lidl's over the years, cheap. The Proxxon has a Jacobs chuck, the others, alas, are collets. I find the discs useful where I can't get a saw in. But slitting a die? No thanks, in my world that's hassle. Cheers, Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
No hassle Martin it takes less than 2 mins to do, and the discs are really useful for other cutting jobs, I use them instead of a hacksaw for cutting thin mild & stainless steel sheet.

Windows, stoopid question. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Good tip Mike 👍 thanks. What hassle Martin? Reichelt are on my side of the channel and the delivery is much cheaper😉 Could use an angle grinder for other jobs too, but not the huge things in most DIY stores. Will check what Reichelt has. As for Dremel; recently bought a set of their Speed-Clic cutting, sanding and polishing attachments. Amongst them were a couple of diamond tipped metal discs. Haven't tried 'em yet though. Anyway new proper cutting dies and a decent holder, + tail-stock die holder are on their way from Tracy. So I should be armed for the next task in this area - threading the 4 shafts on my Belfast 😊 Cheers, Doug 😎

Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
For what Tracy Tools charge, Mike it really isn't worth all that hassle. Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Doug Dremel do cut off wheels which will cut through a die, it may take a couple of discs. However if you have a 4" angle grinder you can also get cut off discs at 0.8mm thick which would do the job. Dremel - Angle grinder -

Windows, stoopid question. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi John, I wondered about cutting slits, BUT figured the steel would be very very hard and my Dremel cutters wouldn't manage it, (my other cutter is for bricks an' such), AND the damn things have no dimples, they are hex nut shape 😭 Figured I'd screw up my drills trying to put a dimple in it🤔 Recovery system On Hold till I get my cutter and PTB renovations 'on the road'. Cheers, Doug

Windows, stoopid question. by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Doug create your own split dies by cutting through with thin cutting discs in a good mains powered mini grinder. Cut through the middle dimple on the edge.This will enable spreading for first cut.Closing down bit by bit 'til a good fit achieved on the screw thread without any slop. I've fallen for solid/restoring dies sold on line etc as cutting dies too.The edges of the split form the cutting edge. Got to be very clean thin cut though. If you can arrange for the cutter and the die to be held rigid as you cut and take it slowly to avoid heating. Some of your cutting oil might help too.It might take a few discs .If you can find metal cutting circular saw blades they may work better/cleanly.👍 P.S. How's the recovery system coming?

Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
Problem with that method is you would have to make the window hole fit the window, with railway line frame, because once you'd bent the rail up to fit it would be very difficult to rebend to fit the hole. However, if filing out the hole to fit the finished rail frame is not a problem, I would say the finished item (if you use flat bottom rail with the flat base to the outside) could be quite impressive and as rail is nickel silver would polish up a treat and look like chrome, but it would be a very fiddly and rather long winded process. Don't forget, when you bend that rail to a tightish radius, the flat base of it will bulge a bit so you would have to file it back to line up with the rest of it on the straight bits. Keeping it trimmed exactly at the joint and in line with itself would be your other problem. Cheers, Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by Jimbo Petty Officer   Posted: 8 days ago
Well back to the windeys,thanks for the info on windey fitting,been wondering meself how best to glaze I iknow. Never tried it but my mate says he makes his frames from>> model railway lines the flexy type>> glued round the glazing and poped in the hole,anyone else done it this way ? Jim

Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
Well at least they went to a good home. I have an Adept shaper which I am restoring in the Winter. Martin

Windows, stoopid question. by marky Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
Myford went into liquidation in 2011 with only a staff of 20 remanding on the faitful day my work bought a lot of tooling at the liquidation sale for our 4 super 7s we gave 3away to folk who could make use of them as students are more interested in Laser printers than real engineering now a days ,getting rid of the shaper in the next day or two as the cost of the guarding is making it not viable good old H&S so its going to a good home to a nice man who makes steam locomotives