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    Machinery transportation - Cheshire to Surrey

    Just checking if anyone knows reliable man/van services who could collect some heavy-ish bits of machinery - one-off requirement - and transport from Cheshire to Surrey, ideally storing it for a couple of weeks in between but that's not essential. Probably 2 items about 200lbs each -...
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    Out-of-true jaws on a vise I'm restoring

    What is it with vises ? seems you can never have enough of them. I'm fixing up an old steel Woden bench vise at the moment and have found that the beds for the jaws are not at 90deg to the body of the vise itself ... here's the vise : ...and here's a top-down shot. You can see the misalignment...
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    Collecting stuff from Auctions

    I imagine some people here will have experience of buying stuff at auction - workshops and factories closing down, that sort of thing. I wondered how collection normally works for large items ? (I've only grabbed small things up to now). Is there usually flat level access to heavy stuff, do you...
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    Sourcing some hex bar

    Where would people look to source relatively unusual hex steel bar ? I'm trying to help a friend locate some 7/32", so imperial, EN1A or similar, free-cutting. MetalSupermarkets only do 1/4" (and even then not as a stock item). I'm thinking as it's imperial then people supplying stuff for old...
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    Diesel shunting engine and Dean Smith & Grace 80-inch lathe for sale

    Slightly tongue-in-cheek, and apparently I don't have enough posts to put this in the For-Sale section, but there's a upcoming auction selling off the assets of a railway preservation group in Wales, with some rolling stock and serious machinery. Thought people would like to take a look - go on...
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    Fixing up an old lathe

    So I went and bought an old lathe. Something I have been meaning to do for a while, to satisfy the longing not so much for turning metal (although obviously that's in there somewhere) as for restoring some old iron and learning about it. I had originally thought of something like a Colchester...
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    Compressors - old or new ?

    Compressors seem to be a topic that stimulates conversation on this forum, so here goes : I'm looking to buy one and have the obvious choice of new or used. I would like an old one - partly because I like taking things apart when I buy them, and partly because older ones seem better made. So...
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    Moving heavy stuff + a couple of pics

    I am likely going to want to move a lathe shortly - from the Midlands to the SouthEast. Not a massively heavy one - probably 500-600lbs plus a bunch of accessories. Can anyone suggest a person or transport company who (a) is working currently and (b) would do this carefully, ie is used to...
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    Brick, Beautiful, Damp, Chilly...

    I am (finally) coming out the other side of bringing up kids, running a small business, etc etc and this year's (summer) project is to properly sort out the workshop. I say "workshop", this is actually the brick-built single garage that we no longer use to keep cars in : It's single-skin, built...
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