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  1. That would be well worth a rebuild.

    That would be well worth a rebuild.
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    Tantalum caps do fail unfortunately. They pop and...

    Tantalum caps do fail unfortunately. They pop and make a horrible characteristic smell. You may even be able to detect the smell if the failure is recent.
  3. Definitely check the motor rotation before you do...

    Definitely check the motor rotation before you do anything else.

    You can be misled by the rotary controls for the feed gearbox. They can sometimes appear to engage a gear when in fact you have a...
  4. I notice that you have a single phase motor....

    I notice that you have a single phase motor. Typical industrial inverters expect to run a 3 phase motor. Perhaps they would still work with only one motor phase connected, but I have my doubts. Of...
  5. I remember one of those, but never had anything...

    I remember one of those, but never had anything directly to do with it. I remember it because it was by far the loudest machine of its type I have ever experienced. Not because it was cutting but the...
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    Rick - This is our museum:...

    Rick -

    This is our museum:
    https://www.nmes.org/
    and
    Bolton Steam Museum - Home | Facebook

    It is located in Bolton, England.

    As far as I can recall we have no Ashton gauges. UK had many...
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    Test gauges such as this, and dead-weight testers...

    Test gauges such as this, and dead-weight testers in particular are used by us occasionally in our mill engine museum. We have a large collection of steam pressure gauges, far more than we can...
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    Maybe there is more to the Budenberg gauge name...

    Maybe there is more to the Budenberg gauge name than meets the eye. I had always thought of them as a British company, despite the name and based in Manchester. Looking at the history of the company,...
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    This is the Burma rice mill that John.k...

    This is the Burma rice mill that John.k mentioned.
    YouTube

    Rice arrives, is unloaded by hand - women labour partly. Meanwhile, the maintenance team are repacking the valve rod and the piston...
  10. Will you need to sell your S&B to buy the...

    Will you need to sell your S&B to buy the Schaublin? I have a 1024 and I would not make this swap. My example is old, but turns straight, produces beautiful finishes and is accurate. It has done...
  11. Jim - I have never seen one of those and it...

    Jim -

    I have never seen one of those and it looks quite useful. I will have to keep a watch for one for sale.
  12. A big mill engine can can continue to run for a...

    A big mill engine can can continue to run for a short period with the main steam valve closed because of the partial vacuum in the condenser. The low pressure cylinder(s) 'sees' the below atmospheric...
  13. I was thinking of another reason why an engine...

    I was thinking of another reason why an engine might keep on running with the main steam valve shut. Condenser related.
  14. That is the barring engine for the beam engine....

    That is the barring engine for the beam engine. We have added a little electric motor with a belt around the flyheel of the barring engine to give us a convenient way of turning the engine very...
  15. Flywheel explosions, whilst not common were...

    Flywheel explosions, whilst not common were certainly not unkown in mill engines.

    Governor failure was one possible cause of a runaway, but there were others. The energy stored in an overspeeding...
  16. I don't think we have released any photos of the...

    I don't think we have released any photos of the complete electric barring machine - only perhaps of one of the parts of the mechanism where I had to revise the design significantly to handle the...
  17. Tyrone - I have never worked at Ellenroad, but...

    Tyrone -

    I have never worked at Ellenroad, but have visited of course. They are only a few miles away from Bolton where my museum is located. If you haven't been there I would certainly recommend...
  18. If you would like to see some photos of flywheels...

    If you would like to see some photos of flywheels assembled in the way that Joe described, take a look at this website:
    https://www.nmes.org/

    Particularly the Crossfield Mill, the Diamond...
  19. Fearns circular slide rules were quite popular in...

    Fearns circular slide rules were quite popular in UK for all kinds of specific jobs. This one is a production engineers slide rule, and quite handy for quick speed, feed, hp, batch etc calculations. ...
  20. Duncan - I used IDEF0 quite extensively a long...

    Duncan -

    I used IDEF0 quite extensively a long time back. Also IDEF1X (for entirely different purposes) and dabbled in IDEF3. For BPM, I think there are probably better choices than IDEF3 these...
  21. I do get my wife to help when shifting machinery...

    I do get my wife to help when shifting machinery in my own workshop (nothing like the heavy stuff above). She has only one task, which is to stand well back out of range of any hazard with a phone in...
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    A few clarifications. The reason that these...

    A few clarifications. The reason that these Kubota fittings have BSP threads is nothing directly to do with those fittings or other parts being made in UK and therefore having a 'British' thread. BSP...
  23. I made a new motor mounting plate when I...

    I made a new motor mounting plate when I converter my Mk1 1024 to inverter drive. That meant a lot of time getting all the fixing holes in the right places since the new motor was an entirely...
  24. I have had the same experience as Tyrone with...

    I have had the same experience as Tyrone with these gearboxes. They work well when they are properly adjusted, then you can leave them alone for years. The linkage from the gearbox to the control...
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    I agree entirely with using coolant on grinders....

    I agree entirely with using coolant on grinders. I don't think you can acheive consistent tight tolerances without it, but they are generally better designed to resist coolant ingress than the mills....
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