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…]

Soba Optical Centre Punch

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Opening the case I got hit by a very strong smell of glue, a proper wow. The set consists of the base unit that has two holes through it, two optics (one with cross-hairs and [more…]

Incra Protractor

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Marking out angles or divisions on a board can be difficult to do accurately. Incra Rules are designed to solve that issue by cutting the fine divisions through the thin steel plate used to make the measurement device. The [more…]

Arc Euro Digital Caliper

December 29, 2016 Nigel 0

Must admit that I bought this as a bit of a gimmick as I already have a perfectly functioning digital caliper – machine-dro.co.uk Digital Caliper. The treat with this one is the large display and [more…]

Carbide Roughing Endmill

October 15, 2016 Nigel 0

An afternoon at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. The event this year, 2016, was rather quieter than last year and did not feel like it had the number of stands or models. I did go [more…]

Warco WM240B

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

It has taken me months of looking and comparing lathes to get to the point where I ordered this lathe. I looked at the Quantum lathes and on paper they look great, but when I [more…]

Proxxon Bench Circular Saw FKS/e

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Specification 220 – 240V motor, 50/60Hz. Electronic speed control, with feedback effect, for speeds of 4,400 – 6,800rpm. Overall size: 300 x 262 x 170mm (without extension wing). Weight approx. 5.2kg. Table size: 295 x [more…]

Proxxon Bench Circular Saw KS 230

October 8, 2016 Nigel 0

Specification Machined, die-cast aluminium table of 160 x 160mm. Super cut blade 58mm dia., 80 teeth, individually set and sharpened, is included. Quiet, high performance 230V motor for prolonged use. Graduated mitre stop. Base of [more…]

Unimat 3 Motor

July 26, 2016 Nigel 0

The weakness with the original Unimat 3 was the motor. It was designed to have a continuous rating of just 8 to 10 minutes and would get very very hot – too hot to touch [more…]