Change Gears and Pitch

change gears on a lathe

When cutting threads on the lathe we need to look at the change gears and pitch. The change gears on the back of the headstock that connect the headstock rotation to the leadscrew rotation along with the leadscrew pitch determine the pitch you will cut. The gears shown here on a Hobbymat MD65. The spindle … Read more

Underside of a Warco Top-Slide

Warco WM240B topslide

I’ve removed the top-slide before, however, have you seen the underside of a Warco top-slide? Perhaps more interesting is the top of the cross-slide? Not sure if this is unique to the Warco WM240B. The top slide is bolted down with a collar and two M8 bolts. This allows the top-slide to be rotated for … Read more

Free Turning on a Metal Lathe

free turning metal

Some time ago I did some free turning on a metal lathe. Namely a Hobbymat MD65 and I was turning a steel spinning top. My approach at that time was to use a technique that mimicked that of wood turning. I ground a broken HSS centre drill into a lathe tool. The round bar of … Read more

Erbauer Drill & Impact Driver 10.8V

I first reviewed the Erbauer Drill & Impact Driver 10.8V back in September 2014. Just over 7 years on and they are still going strong.  Specification Drill Driver: 2-Speed Variable & Reverse 10mm Keyless Chuck 15 Torque Settings + Drill Automatic Spindle Lock Impact Driver: Variable Speed & Reverse ¼” Chuck All-Metal Gearbox Trigger Switch … Read more

Sand Bag Damping Sheet Metal

sand bag damping sheet metal

Sand bag damping of sheet metal is not new. Using sand bags to dampen down structures is not new, not even to this blog. Previously I used sand bags to dampen the column of the Sieg SX2.7. They added a very small, but still significant level of damping.   The trouble with large thin sheets of … Read more