Hilshear

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

This is a fantastic view of this vice mounted shear called a Hilshear. The gearing is nice and high which you can see if you compare the pivot point to gear meshing point. The cutting [more…]

G-Clamp AM-TECH

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

These are a cheap make that you find on garage forecourts and on market stalls. I saw these small clamps and thought they were worth testing at the very low price of £1.40 each. Copper [more…]

Angle Plate from Warco

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

The Angle Plate from Warco was another buy from my trip to the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition. A small cast iron angle plate. Nominal: 3″ x 2.5″ x 2″ Measured: 75.4mm x 63.5mm x 50.5mm [more…]

DIN 875 Flat Square

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

A review of a DIN 875 Flat Square, an engineers square. Must admit that I saw this small flat square and immediately had to buy one. The number of times I have been working on [more…]

Clamping Kit

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

With any milling machine a set of clamps is a must first buy, a clamping kit has a selection of T-nuts, bars and studs. My clamping set is screwed to the wall behind the milling [more…]

Soba Tailstock Die Holder

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

A review of the Soba Tailstock Die Holder. Normally I use a standard handheld die holder and push this against the bar to be threaded with the tailstock and then start to cut the thread. [more…]

Antex XS25 Soldering Iron

January 27, 2018 Nigel 0

A review of the Antex XS25 Soldering Iron. I′ve had a 15W Weller soldering iron for around 15 years and up until last weekend was no trouble. Then it just stopped. So time to look [more…]

Soba HSS Lathe Tools

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

A review of a set of pre-ground Soba HSS Lathe Tools in 12mm high speed steel. This is a bit of a cheat as it is not that hard to grind your own lathe tools, [more…]

high speed steels

High Speed Steel

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

High Speed Steel, abbreviated HSS and commonly just listed or described as HSS. A hard steel, about 6 times harder than carbon steel, used for metal cutting tools as it remains hard even at dull red [more…]

Tapers

January 1, 2018 Nigel 0

Jacobs Taper The Jacobs Taper (abbreviated JT eg JT0 or JT3) is commonly used to secure drill press chucks to an arbor. Taper Large End Small End Length Taper/ Foot Taper/ Inch 1/2 Included Angle [more…]