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    having spindle cutters ground

    I can recommend Brigg Taylor of Profile Design Tooling.
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    How to charge old Black + Decker 18V A9277 drill batteries

    You were lucky not to have a fire, pumping over 10x rated current into them... If you send me the old charger, I’ll have a go at repairing it. The other charger you tried might be sensing a short circuit and shutting off.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Thanks, I’ll give them a try.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Any recommendations for a good metal supplier? I tried Metals4U, who took a week to post my order. Note £16 delivery charge. I can’t imagine how you can switch off the lights and lock the doors to your business on a Friday evening, with an order from the previous Monday morning still unprocessed.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Thanks. I’ll get some decent dies. I have cut plenty of threads before, but never on something I’ve made myself. So if I can’t test the fit of the thread during cutting, I’m aiming for the effective diameter as a minimum size.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    I have some questions about screwcutting. For smaller, and metric, threads, I tend to use taps and dies. I understand the tapping drill size needed for internal threads, but for external threads, what size do I turn the piece down to? For example, for M6 should it be 6.00mm? It always seems...
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    I had another go at the toolpost handle - certainly a deep cut and slow feed seemed to help. I did get lots of long, blue ‘stringy bastads’ coming off. (I’ve been watching Doubleboost). For sharpening the HSS I have a Wolf bench grinder or a Tormek T7 which should do the trick.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Here it is, installed in a nook with shelf for bits and overhead light: I’ve made a few things - brass bush for the spindle moulder, turned down a spare bolt to size, cut a BSW thread, and made a thick washer for it, and a prototype quick change handle for the toolpost: The toolpost handle...
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Thanks for all the advice - I’ve got hold of a Boxford VSL. Pics will follow! I did take on board the suggestions for Chinese machines, as I’m not against them. I learnt how to use a spindle moulder on a Charnwood W030, and didn’t regret buying it. Loads of features for the money - I’d have to...
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Boxford VSL any good?
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    Motor continuity confusion in bench grinder

    If it’s the same as mine it’s a single phase, permanent run cap set-up. Two wires to cap, two to run.
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    Motor continuity confusion in bench grinder

    Cable ties?! Anyway, glad you got it sorted.
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    Metalworking lathe buying advice

    Looks like the consensus is to ditch the brake skimming idea. Fine by me - I don’t have the time, budget or patience to work on classic cars. You need all three. There’s a tri-lever Boxford on the bay, crappy stand but loads of tooling...
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    Motor continuity confusion in bench grinder

    I picked up a similar Wolf grinder for £10 recently, literally on the scrapheap. The scrappie said it was no good, but the fault was just a wire off the cap! Again, a TCC visconol but this one was still going strong. A very good grinder and well worth restoring. I didn’t need a bearing puller...
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    Motor continuity confusion in bench grinder

    Yes, you’ll need to strip down to the stator and rewire from there, and add a new cap. It usually involves softening (heat gun) and untying the bindings to release the junctions between the winding wires and outgoing flex, soldering on new flex and retying. If you can’t find a local motor shop...
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