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Review - Amadeal XJ12-300 Mini Mill - a small milling machine that is just right for the model maker.

Mini Mill Gas Strut Conversion - a worthwhile modification to this milling machine.

Mini Mill Digital readout - this has transformed my life with this mill.

Mini Mill Belt Drive - there are no kits available for the Amadeal XJ12-300 so had to do my own conversion.

Worth noting that the gearbox on these machines is not that great, see: Mini Mill Gearbox Problems.


Review - Antex Soldering Iron - This is the 25W Antex XS25. Heats up quickly, nice to handle and flexible cable makes it easy to use.

Arc Euro Trade

Review - 3MT Direct Collets - These are significant improvement over a chuck for holding tools in the milling machine.

Review - Precision Tool Vice - This is not a general purpose vice, but a precision vice.

Review - Radius End Mill - This particular tool creates a radius of 3mm and worked a dream on mild steel.

Review - Solid carbide End Mills - These are not cheap, but if you need to machine very hard materials then this is one of the options

Review - TiN End Mills - Great price and must admit that I wouldn′t buy any milling bits without the TiN coating.


Review - Axminster AWVFS Variable Speed Fretsaw - A solid machine that is built to last and does exactly what it is supposed to.

Review - Axminster - Heavy Duty Flexible Shaft - A powerful foot pedal control motor that hangs from the ceiling with a flexible shaft and interchangeable handpiece.


Review - Bayard Flat Nose Pliers - They look nice, but the joint is very poor.


Review - Boley Watchmakers lathe - A tiny lathe, or should I say antique.


Review - Bosch PMF 180E - the multi-tool designed for sanding and sawing.


Review - Crown Tools Bullnose Plane - A miniature plane that is great for when you want to plane right into a corner.


Review - Draper General Pliers - These are a smallish pair of general pliers.

Review - Draper Screwdriver Bits - A 7 piece screwdriver bit set.


Review/Make - Unimat 3 Pillar Drill - the Unimat 3 system has not been in production for some years, but here we take a pillar and head unit bought on ebay and turn it into a small pillar drill.

Review - Emco Unimat 3 - The small lathe for the model maker. Very easy to use and you get great results.

Engineer Inc

Review - Engineer Inc Jewellers Screwdrivers - A set of crosshead and flat jewellers screwdrivers.


Review - Erbauer Drill & Impact Driver ERP408KIT - 10.8V Lithium Ion cordless drill and impact driver, very high torque and great quality.

Review - Erbauer Drill Bits - a trade pack of 150 drill bits in total.


Review - Expo Tools Long Nose Pliers - A cheap pair of pliers that are great value for money.


Review - Glanze Profiling Tool - a 6mm diameter cutting tool.

Review - Glanze TCT Tools - With the Warco 240B lathe I needed some larger carbide tipped cutting tools


Review - Hobbymat MD65 - I've been using this lathe for over 25 years, not made anymore, but they do crop up on ebay. A solid very useable mini lathe.


Review - Keiba Combination Pliers - these pliers have a bearing that makes their action silky smooth - nolonger pliers that jam.


Review - Maykestag End Mill - An exceptional end mill. These are not cheap, except if you find one on a car boot sale.


Review - Lufkin Rule - A small 6 inch rule with conversion tables.

Machine DRO

Review - Digital Caliper - A 150mm/6" digital caliper.

Maplin Electronics

Review - Maplin Power Supply - Often I need a power supply of some form in the range 5 to 15V.


Review - Microclene MC100 - A dust filtration unit, this is a great unit for the model maker, low power consumption and quiet enough to be left on all the time you are at work.


Review - Naro Driver - A screwdriver that you don′t really need, but need to buy one for that one time when no other screwdriver will work.


Review - Picard Planishing Hammer - definitely not the cheapest of hammers, but the head is finished to a mirror finish, the handle is exquisite and the balance overall is superb.


Review - Proxxon MBS-240e Bandsaw - A small bandsaw. If you really have no space then this is just about ok, but just remember that a bandsaw will probably be one of the key tools in your workshop and so worth investing in the right one for your work.

Review - Proxxon KGS-80 Chop Saw - A small chop saw.

Review - Proxxon FKS-e Circular Saw - A small circular saw for the model maker.

Review - Proxxon KS-230 Circular Saw - A miniature circular saw for the model maker, great for stripping down wood up to 1/4 inch (6mm) thick.

Review - Proxxon FBS 240/e Drill/Grinder - A 240Volt handheld drill/grinder.

Review - Proxxon DS-230-e Fretsaw - A fretsaw (scrollsaw) designed for the model maker.

Record Power

Review - Record BS250 Bandsaw - A great bandsaw for the model maker.

Review - Record Power AC1 - A dust filtration unit, this unit really is for the larger workshop.

Review - Record Power DX1000 - A cheap dust extractor that is not so quiet but does the job very well with respect to removing dust and wood chippings.


Review - Soba 12mm HSS Lathe Tools - These are not cheap, but a great way to get a set of tools to start working with.

Review - Soba Tailstock Die Holder - A 2MT diestock holder that has a sliding joint and adapters for different die sizes.

Review - Soba Vice - A heavy milling machine vice.

Spear and Jackson

Review - Spear & Jackson Predator - this is the small tool box handsaw.

Swann Morton

Review - Swann-Morton Scalpel - A must have for the model maker.


Review - Angle Plate - Warco - A small angle plate - perfect size for use on both large and small milling machines or lathe.

Review - Warco Arbor Press - a very simple rack and pinion press, but perfect for loads up to around 0.5 ton.

Review - Warco Lathe ER25 Collet Chuck - A collet chuck for the lathe gives you a very precise way of holding round items and hold them very firmly without damaging them.

Review - Warco 8" Heavy Duty Bench Grinder - this really is a heavy duty solid bench grinder that is more than capable of anything a model engineer can throw at it.

Review - Warco 110mm Rotary Table - Just slightly larger than 4" diameter, a very solid main casting and worm drive.

Using the HV4 rotary table to cut gears.

A set of long T-nuts to extend the usable diameter.

Review - Warco WM240B - Belt driven, 240mm swing, 400mm between centres.


Review - Wixey Angle Gauge - A small digital angle gauge.

YS Tools

Review - YS Tools ER25 Collets - A set of collets, 3MT chuck and parallel shank chuck that will fit in the lathe chuck.


Review - Worx 14.4V cordless drill - have had this for 6 years and has functioned perfectly until last 6 months when charging has been necessary before every use.