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  1. That is an Abene. Swedish made, good reputation,...

    That is an Abene. Swedish made, good reputation, although I have no personal experience. At that price it would be worth having a bid.
  2. Prices in UK are probably better than other...

    Prices in UK are probably better than other countries at the moment. I don't know if you specially wanted a duplex mill like the Thiel, but a quick scan of UK Ebay shows a Hitachi Seiki vertical (a...
  3. Not entirely true for the UK sold Thiel 159s. All...

    Not entirely true for the UK sold Thiel 159s. All the ones I have seen have dual geared dials Imperial and metric on all four main handles. My mill also has Heidenhain scales and DRO which makes the...
  4. That would obviously make a big difference, but I...

    That would obviously make a big difference, but I suspect that originally the mills were suppled with whatever the customer had ordered. There were a lot of accesories shown in the manuals, different...
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    Whitworth threads are more common in modern...

    Whitworth threads are more common in modern products than you might think. They are the basis for ISO pipe threads, used world-wide (but not much in USA).
  6. The model numbers and the split between Ruhla...

    The model numbers and the split between Ruhla (East Germany) and Thiel (West Germany) makes it very confusing when comparing models. I have no experience with the E German mills, but I can say that...
  7. magnusrm - I have looked at your later photos of...

    magnusrm -
    I have looked at your later photos of the gearbox internals and they do seem to show a full complement of gears. I think it would still be a good idea to check all gear selections just to...
  8. Magnusrm- I found the photo of my feed gearbox...

    Magnusrm-

    I found the photo of my feed gearbox from a similar angle to yours.

    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=302077&d=1602859235

    I think you have had a...
  9. Magnusrm - Nothing wrong with that. I can't...

    Magnusrm -

    Nothing wrong with that. I can't imagine how someone managed to get it so tightly locked, but nothing is broken so all fine.
  10. I have run the mill with that cover removed for a...

    I have run the mill with that cover removed for a short time. You will need to cover everything near and wear overalls and face mask. The oil will go everywhere. The oil flinger really works well and...
  11. magnusrm - You are definitely making progress....

    magnusrm -

    You are definitely making progress. As you say, the long pin behind the small screw at the rear of the cover was causing your problem getting the cover off.

    The rear lock should not...
  12. The UK version of that was a Ryder vertical...

    The UK version of that was a Ryder vertical automatic. The first company that I worked for had many of these, used for parts like brake drums. They were a very productive machine, so much so that we...
  13. The inner gearbox covers have dowels that locate...

    The inner gearbox covers have dowels that locate them to the main casting. However, from memory I think there are tapped extractor holes close to the dowels to aid in taking them off. Have a look for...
  14. magnusrm I'm not sure what you mean by...

    magnusrm



    I'm not sure what you mean by locating plungers on the cover. If you mean dowels on the joint between the Aluminium cover and the main cast iron frame, I think it is quite possible...
  15. magnusrm, Please ignore my query about geared...

    magnusrm,
    Please ignore my query about geared dials. After looking at your photos more closely I can see that you have metric only dials.
  16. Hi Magnusrm- Thanks for your PM regarding your...

    Hi Magnusrm-

    Thanks for your PM regarding your Thiel. I will answer as best I can here rather than via PM just in case the information is useful for any others who come here.

    Starting from the...
  17. Thiel 159 has this. My reading of the manual is...

    Thiel 159 has this. My reading of the manual is that it is supposed to help reduce the recoil(and noise) from highly interrupted cuts as ballen describes. I can't say that it is entirely successful...
  18. That was my first thought, but the pins on those...

    That was my first thought, but the pins on those wrenches are too big. I could have made new pins and pressed them in, but it was just as easy to make a special tool.
  19. The lower gearbox is fairly well sealed and so...

    The lower gearbox is fairly well sealed and so the oil tends to stay clean for a long time. The upper gearbox is not really sealed at the top and it is fairly easy for contamination to enter. I would...
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    I don't think Mayflower sailed from Leiden,...

    I don't think Mayflower sailed from Leiden, although some of the settlers certainly came from there to England in the Speedwell. The Mayflower made several false starts but eventually sailed from...
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    There are two manuals. The 'operating...

    There are two manuals.

    The 'operating instructions' are useful, but non-essential in my view. Most of what they contain you can work out by yourself, or reverse engineer from the mill.

    The...
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    I had a Vincent Comet as an apprentice. In those...

    I had a Vincent Comet as an apprentice. In those days in UK they were nowhere near the cost of Vincents today and it was quite possible for me on fairly low wages to ride it to work as my sole means...
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    Ring oilers work very well if they are correctly...

    Ring oilers work very well if they are correctly designed and run with clean oil. For interest we have a Royce dynamo in the museum where I work which probably dates to the 1880s - before Royce...
  24. Making new fasters to replace or fit original...

    Making new fasters to replace or fit original ones is something we need to do occasionally in our museum. Our mill engines date from about 1840 so right at the start of Whitworth's standardisation of...
  25. That would be well worth a rebuild.

    That would be well worth a rebuild.
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