Mini Mill Belt Drive

June 18, 2017 Nigel 2

These mini milling machines (eg Amadeal XJ12-300) with the back gears suffer from gearbox failures and mine did some time ago – read about the experience of changing the gears for metal ones. Even after [more…]

Sanding Disc

June 18, 2017 Nigel 0

My bandsaw got to the point where it was very tired, the guides needed replacing, bearings in the wheels were struggling and it was a 3 wheel variety with an unusual blade length. All in [more…]

Mini Mill Gas Strut Conversion

June 12, 2017 Nigel 0

The spring that lifts the head of the milling machine (Amadeal XJ12-300) has been annoying me for some time. One big issue is the force is not consistent. However, it looked like a big job [more…]

Mini Mill Gearbox

June 11, 2017 Nigel 0

This is the Real Bull XJ9512 milling machine or for this particular case the Amadeal XJ12-300. I’d been using my mini mill (Amadeal XJ-300) for around 2 years and all was fine. Then I pushed [more…]

Warco Lathe Face Plate

June 10, 2017 Nigel 0

I have had this Warco WM240B lathe quite a lot of time and this was the first time I needed to use the face plate. I have to say that the faceplate that was sent [more…]

Laser Alignment

April 17, 2017 Nigel 1

This started with a pack of lasers that had optics to create a cross-hair image. My original thought was to fit one of these in a holder in the chuck and then the cross-hair would [more…]

Warco ER25 Lathe Collet Chuck

March 19, 2017 Nigel 0

When you buy the collet chuck you have to buy a backplate for your particular lathe. In this case for a Warco WM240B. The backplate is made from cast iron and was pre-machined to fit [more…]