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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    I’ve used those tap extractors. I’d say I had about a 70% to 80% success rate in cast iron. In steel and brass, not so good - about 30% to 40%. Make sure the holes are blown as clean as it is possible to get and use lubrication ( penetrating oil etc ) with plenty of careful rocking back and...
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    Anybody with the hand skills required to be able to call yourself an engineer should be able to grind a left hand cutting edge on a normal right hand. It’s not perfect but if the screws have been sheared off it’s good enough to power them out. I’ve done it myself and it works. Regards Tyrone
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    Yep, done all those things. Broken screws, taps, drills, - “ Failure Is Not An Option “. Regards Tyrone
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    The “ Proto “ ones were the square section style. Maybe I got some counterfeit ones but they were quite soft and I was only using them on ordinary screws. The biting edge went really easily so I binned them. The secret with the spiral ones, don’t go too big with the extractor, and make sure you...
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    Especially the old ones. Regards Tyrone
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    I used the spiral broken screw extractors for about 40 years and I still haven’t broken one. Sounds like some guys on here have “ a touch like an angry rhino “. Getting out broken screws, drills, taps, is all part of the job, it’s an essential skill set. On the other hand the “ Proto “ ones...
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    2” BSP ratchet hand die were the dies are dull. You don’t need to go the gym. Regards Tyrone
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    What Is Your LEAST Favorite Tool

    Me too. Regards Tyrone
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    A Spitfire or a Mustang are things of beauty but how long would they last against a modern jet fighter. Same with the SIP’s, they belong in MoMA for sure, in a modern work shop ? Regards Tyrone
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    Kearns 'S' Type Horizontal Boring Machine

    How long did that take back in the day ? Regards Tyrone
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    To get the best out of a SIP it needs to be in a temperature controlled environment. I’ve never seen one just sat out in the shop. I seem to recall they recommended that the machine be sat on a concrete base about 6 feet deep that had to be isolated from the surrounding concrete. Regards Tyrone
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    If you going to take up that much floor space you may as well buy a medium size radial arm drill and have done with it. Quicker, more capacity and with the right tooling you can power tap as well. Regards Tyrone
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    “ Kearns-Richards “ made Hor bores with a taper boring facility on the facing slide. They had a screw - cutting facility on the facing slide and travelling spindle also. Regards Tyrone
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    Over here there’s no way in the world that someone would pay that sort of money for a machine like that. Knock a nought off and then maybe it’ll sell. Even the modern ones go for low single figure £ thousands, and I mean low. I’m not an expert on SIP machines but that one must be getting on for...
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    Are there jobs out there for a Jig Borer?

    The clue is in the name. Have you got any jigs that need boring ? Regards Tyrone
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    Are the Base and Column Separate on a Lagun FTV-4?

    They got me out of jail years ago. I was working on a big slotter/vertical shaper. The rotary table was hinged at the back so you could tilt the table to allow you to cut taper keyways. I had it on the overhead crane and I was lifting the table up at the front to clean under it before putting it...
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    Are the Base and Column Separate on a Lagun FTV-4?

    Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Regards Tyrone
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    Are the Base and Column Separate on a Lagun FTV-4?

    Anybody really interested in how the pro’s do it - look up Metalock Malta on the internet then click on “ repair “. That shows you how it should be done. I can’t do links, sorry. Regards Tyrone
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    Are the Base and Column Separate on a Lagun FTV-4?

    No, that’s amateurish and nothing like the repair I’m referring to. These guys have hardened jigs that enable them to drill a series of rows of interlocking holes across the crack/break at 90 degrees. The rows of holes are about 3” long. The drill holes are about 1/4” or 5/16” dia. They drill...
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    Are the Base and Column Separate on a Lagun FTV-4?

    The guys I worked with specialised in repairing breaks just like that. It wouldn’t have been a problem. The first time I saw them in action they were repairing a big bearing press that had been snapping in half on the column by the night shift guys. Three fat bastards swinging on a pipe on the...
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