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  1. Neither is perfect but both can work OK. ...

    Neither is perfect but both can work OK.

    Option A requires the digital phase converter to be derated so it can run on single phase input. Bigger converter will cost more.

    Option B needs a 3...
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    If you don't mind doing the job in two cuts, one...

    If you don't mind doing the job in two cuts, one from each side, Makita make a 18 V cordless metal cutting saw. Type DCS553. Goes to 57 mm - 2 1/4 inches deep so will just make it.

    I have its...
  3. 3 ft of 3/4 nylon showed me that trick. "Look...

    3 ft of 3/4 nylon showed me that trick.

    "Look Dad I can almost touch the floor!"

    Once was enough thank you.

    Clive
  4. Had about 2 ft of inch thickwall tube out the...

    Had about 2 ft of inch thickwall tube out the back of my Smart & Brown 1024 last week. Wobbling about as much as I'd care for but not rattling. A fair while since I had 3/4 bar out the back but maybe...
  5. Inexpensive holders for the common 1/4" hex...

    Inexpensive holders for the common 1/4" hex screwdriver et al bits frequently use a simple ball and split spring ring device to hold the bits in.

    The retaining ball sits is a partially drilled...
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    Do you have a second door into the garage? If so...

    Do you have a second door into the garage? If so orientate the mill (and drill) so a long workpiece can poke out through that door.

    My Bridgeport is pretty much into a corner but orientated so...
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    $64,000 question is whether they are going to...

    $64,000 question is whether they are going to develop into an honest agency platform matching suppliers and buyers is a mutually profitable way or continue with the current "vulture" perception of...
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    Unless you plan to do inside sawing necessitating...

    Unless you plan to do inside sawing necessitating the blade be split and re-joined I'd not be that worried about the blade welder.

    I grabbed my Startrite vertical around 15 years back because it...
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    In a similar situation I converted a hole saw...

    In a similar situation I converted a hole saw into a crude "line borer thingy" by fitting a round guide stub into the centre of the hole saw. Nice running fit and maybe an inch sticking out. Put a...
  10. In the absence of better information I'd treat...

    In the absence of better information I'd treat them as Riv-Nuts, Clinch nuts or similar. Basic engineering layout and load paths when installed are very similar.

    Riv nut data is pretty easy to...
  11. This is the sort of issue where I find it well...

    This is the sort of issue where I find it well worth investing in an hour or so of quality time with the CAD program so I can see exactly what is going on and explicitly see the effect of tolerance....
  12. If the thread is cut clean then a thread...

    If the thread is cut clean then a thread micrometer is just as easy to use as a normal micrometer and will keep track of variations just fine.

    Which in my view is what they are for. Relying on a...
  13. +1 for what Tyrone says. Opticals can be a...

    +1 for what Tyrone says.

    Opticals can be a right pain to get fitted up right and removal is rarely easy. The professional, factory accessory, set-ups like the Heidenhain fit on Bridgeports can be...
  14. Tom Scanned the English section of the...

    Tom

    Scanned the English section of the Hydrovane 3 series handbook for you. Send me a PM with your E-Mail and I'll shoot it over tomorrow.

    Not a lot of information there but it does have...
  15. No great mystery about it. Hydrovanes of that era...

    No great mystery about it. Hydrovanes of that era with simple relay controls came configured as standard to either run all the time, usually feeding the attached airlines directly, or in the more...
  16. Newall for bullet proof. If fitting several...

    Newall for bullet proof.

    If fitting several machines mid range import plus a shared spare head is significantly less costly. My Sino set is over 10 years old now and still going strong. For around...
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    Its odd that backplates are so expensive in the...

    Its odd that backplates are so expensive in the USA.

    In the UK semi-finished D1-4 backplates are around £100 - £150 from reputable industrial suppliers like Rotagrip, for example TOS 160 mm is...
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    A ton and a half may be an under-estimate. No...

    A ton and a half may be an under-estimate.

    No experience of the Adcock Shipley 2 series but I helped install a Victoria P2 machine of similar capacity which was certainly less heavily built than...
  19. Might be worth looking into UK based suppliers. ...

    Might be worth looking into UK based suppliers.

    Couplings for IEC size motors seem to be fairly readily available here at not too silly prices. Whether of the right size and type I know not.
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    Getting back to the tool post issue. I'd be...

    Getting back to the tool post issue.

    I'd be inclined to cut a proper relief for a reasonable diameter around the centre stud to ensure that clamping occurs on the outer part of the tool post....
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    Realistically if you have a good roof with plenty...

    Realistically if you have a good roof with plenty of life left or, possibly better, put a new roof on first with properly designed receptacles for the panel fixings odds are that by the time the roof...
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    Further to the comments from Thermite the basic...

    Further to the comments from Thermite the basic lantern toolholder can be made more rigid and more repeatable when switching tools by using a flat washer of suitable thickness instead of the standard...
  23. For internally threaded dowels I've always run a...

    For internally threaded dowels I've always run a nut down a suitable length of threaded rod onto a washer sitting on spacer or suitable stack of whatever.

    Long socket or modified box spanner and...
  24. ISO 30 will be the machine spindle taper that the...

    ISO 30 will be the machine spindle taper that the collet holder fits into.

    OZ 25 is the collet type. In general OZ collets are essentially the same as ER collets and work in the same way with...
  25. Something you will have to make yourself methinks...

    Something you will have to make yourself methinks from a reasonably obdurate steel.

    ER 50 collet nuts are readily available so the hard part is done for you. Block merely needs a simple taper and...
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