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  1. John, some photos would be helpful. If I have...

    John, some photos would be helpful. If I have understood, your FP1 is MT4 with a solid bronze spindle bearing. Cheers. Bruce


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    Dennis, if you have an air compressor, put a rag...

    Dennis, if you have an air compressor, put a rag behind the gear so that the mess does not get in the bearings, and blow compressed air on the gear. That might thin out the layer of marking compound.
  3. I've got another bore to lap, this time 60mm...

    I've got another bore to lap, this time 60mm (2.4"). It's rougher inside than the one I did before, so I left more material to remove, about 0.2mm (0.008") in diameter. I want to try your style of...
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    Dennis, I've never done gear meshing or used gear...

    Dennis, I've never done gear meshing or used gear marking compound. So probably what I am saying is wrong. But to my eye the I thought that the mesh pattern after removing the shims was this:
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    The Y bellows do not limit travel. They...

    The Y bellows do not limit travel. They compress/collapse into the metal cover in back.

    The Z bellows do limit travel. But when you have set it up correctly, you can remove them in less than 2...
  6. My advice: call Uncle Franz. (1) Send a short...

    My advice: call Uncle Franz.

    (1) Send a short email explaining the problem with a couple of photos to [email protected] . Tell them your machine serial number and type.

    (2)...
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    Hi Dennis, I hope that after all of the...

    Hi Dennis,

    I hope that after all of the challenges and problems, you have got your FP2 into operation. Have you been able to use it?

    If you need to make shim washers or trim them to size, it...
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    I was once shown a nice system used on Thiel 140...

    I was once shown a nice system used on Thiel 140 or 150 manual mills.

    A long small-diameter plastic tube is placed into a slot on one side of the way dovetail (or perhaps behind the gib strip). To...
  9. To those of you who are grinding your own...

    To those of you who are grinding your own cutters, I would be grateful if you could please post a few closeups of the cutting edges. I have ground a handful of bits but I normally use insert...
  10. What tooling should I use in this boring bar?

    In my collection of stuff is this (probably home-made) boring bar. It's about 50mm (2") in diameter and about 200mm long, and I'd like to use it for making some clean 60mm holes in cast iron. It has...
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    If you are missing leadscrew handwheels I may...

    If you are missing leadscrew handwheels I may have the right style/size.

    A handful of comments based on the photos:

    - At first I thought that the machine was rusty, but it seems to
    be dried...
  12. The Deckel manual calls for "general purpose...

    The Deckel manual calls for "general purpose roller bearing grease" at the two lubrication points of the dividing head. Since this is low-speed operation, provided that you are not flooding the...
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    Hi John, I'm glad this was helpful. If...

    Hi John,



    I'm glad this was helpful. If your questions were *not* answered in those links, please ask here, perhaps attaching a photo or two for guidance. There is tremendous expertise...
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    A few years ago I needed some thin washers for...

    A few years ago I needed some thin washers for adjusting the position of a bevel gear in the support (the one at the top of the feed shaft, in between the bevel gears that drive the X-axis clutches)....
  15. This is a tricky issue. In the 1955 FP2 manual...

    This is a tricky issue. In the 1955 FP2 manual they want gearbox oil in that reservoir. In the 1964 manual they call for way oil. I think this is because the design changed. There is a post of...
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    The threaded shaft and flange are indeed the...

    The threaded shaft and flange are indeed the Y-axis lead screw. The gray half circle next to it is the back cover and attachment point for the Y-axis bellows. I have NOT seen the right angle...
  17. Well done! Please could you spend a minute and...

    Well done! Please could you spend a minute and post a table showing which pins of the DB15 were connected to which of the RSF colors? That will help the next person with this question.
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    Does it have the horizontal head? I don’t see it...

    Does it have the horizontal head? I don’t see it in the photos.


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    Welcome, and congratulations on the nice machine!...

    Welcome, and congratulations on the nice machine! My Deckel is FP2 #4224 and is from 1964, so I think your machine must be from 63 or 64 and very similar.

    Please edit your post to embed the...
  20. The one on the left looks like a surface grinder,...

    The one on the left looks like a surface grinder, is the one on the right a centerless grinder?
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    Dennis, I realise that I am not sure how the gear...

    Dennis, I realise that I am not sure how the gear mesh is set. Perhaps the 3 setscrews are only to set the preload on the thrust bearing, and the gear mesh is set with thin spacer or shim washers. I...
  22. John, I think I have a spare set of 7EL brushes,...

    John, I think I have a spare set of 7EL brushes, which you can have (I ended up buying a BL40). Ping me on the weekend and I'll rummage around for them. Cheers, Bruce
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    I assume you mean the bevel gears that drive the...

    I assume you mean the bevel gears that drive the X-axis lead screw clutches. The only way to remove these is by pulling down the top one of the two bronze bushings that sit under the central gear....
  24. Hi Richard, Since the bronze 6" costs more...

    Hi Richard,



    Since the bronze 6" costs more than the cast iron 6", there must be some advantage. What is that?

    Cheers,
    Bruce
  25. Yes, they are the same. See the last page of the...

    Yes, they are the same. See the last page of the spec linked in post #5. It reads as below. This is effectively the same as the Heidenhain 11 microamp spec.

    Microcurrent Sine Wave
    7-16mA (11.5...
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