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    That does look like a lot of bed wear. I'm not...

    That does look like a lot of bed wear. I'm not sure I'd have paid good money for the machine. If the price was low enough to enable me to have the ways re-ground and the saddle " Turcited " that...
  2. I've never come across one but they look a...

    I've never come across one but they look a quality lathe Sami.

    Regards Tyrone.
  3. I worked at a place that had shop full of " Wards...

    I worked at a place that had shop full of " Wards ", there must have been about 30 machines, 2's, 3's, 7's etc. Day shift and night shift, they were nearly working 24 hours a day most of the time....
  4. It looks like an old " Ward " No2 or No3. The...

    It looks like an old " Ward " No2 or No3. The rugby ball shaped end caps on the side of the headstock are typical of the smaller " Ward " capstan lathes. Plus the Fast/Slow and Forward/Reverse...
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    That's a bit more revealing. The long lever under...

    That's a bit more revealing. The long lever under the speed selector dial is the locking lever. To change speed you move the lever to the left, change speed with the dial, and then move the lever...
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    I was wondering how the " Oerlikon " was getting...

    I was wondering how the " Oerlikon " was getting along. That was a very nice machine indeed. We're talking driving a " Maserati " versus a " Lada " in automobile terms comparing the two milling...
  7. The UK is an object lesson in what not to do to...

    The UK is an object lesson in what not to do to contain the crisis. Our response has been inept in every way apart from throwing money at the economy, and even that is looking increasingly futile.
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    Do you mean sales brochures or operators...

    Do you mean sales brochures or operators handbooks ? I gave all my " Elgamill " stuff away after I retired but I would bet that the " Tony's Lathes " internet site will have copies of both.
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    Yes, re-aligning the table can be a pain at...

    Yes, re-aligning the table can be a pain at times.

    Regards Tyrone.
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    If you've got a " Bridgeport ", or any other...

    If you've got a " Bridgeport ", or any other milling machine for that matter, don't back the column into a corner. It limits your ability to hang long jobs off the end of the table.

    Regards Tyrone.
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    Yes that's true. Regards Tyrone.

    Yes that's true.

    Regards Tyrone.
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    In my experience the swivelling table isn't as...

    In my experience the swivelling table isn't as much of a plus as it might appear to be. In reality they rarely get used. Only pretty specialised jobs require a swivel table. That's why people who buy...
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    We used glycerine filled gauges on the...

    We used glycerine filled gauges on the lubrication units back in the day. I can't recall who's make they were but probably they were " Budenberg ". They were definitely made by a British maker.
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    I liked them Sami, they were idiot proof. Wearing...

    I liked them Sami, they were idiot proof. Wearing my maintenance fitters hat that's a big plus. As you say, not very refined but they did the job. The lever for engaging the " X " feed had some...
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    If you look at the photos Jim has posted in post...

    If you look at the photos Jim has posted in post No 16 you'll see that the more modern " Stanko-Mill " has the push buttons in exactly the same place. For one or two other reasons that I've spotted...
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    I worked on the horizontal machines with the...

    I worked on the horizontal machines with the powered over arm as well Jim. I liked them, you got a lot of machine capacity for your buck. They came with a 3 axis DRO, Rapids all around, a very good...
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    They came in two sizes Sammy. The one in Jim's...

    They came in two sizes Sammy. The one in Jim's photo is the smaller version. The bigger version had an " X " axis hand wheel on the front of the table near to where the push buttons are.
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    That's a the Russian " Stanko mill " Jim. The...

    That's a the Russian " Stanko mill " Jim. The dial type feed selector low down on the knee is a clue. As is the locking lever for the spindle speed change on the left hand side of the column. That's...
  19. One shop I worked in the big " Butler " planer...

    One shop I worked in the big " Butler " planer had been put through the wall between bays to save working space. The back end of the bed went through into the next bay. The operator had created a bit...
  20. I did a lot of shaping in my early days. I always...

    I did a lot of shaping in my early days. I always found it very soothing. There's something hypnotic about it, it's the same with planing. I never felt the same about surface grinding.

    Regards...
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    I can't put a name to it but it looks more...

    I can't put a name to it but it looks more European than A " Cincy " or a " K&T " to me. Check the data plates on the motors or the style of fasteners.

    Regards Tyrone.
  22. The old guys I worked with would fix a piece of...

    The old guys I worked with would fix a piece of flat bar, or even another planing tool, to the clapper box pointing upwards. They'd trap a large compression spring in between the bar and the ram...
  23. The V-3 was actually a sort of fixed long range...

    The V-3 was actually a sort of fixed long range multi stage artillery piece. It was installed near the French coast facing Dover with the intention of bombarding the port. As far as I know they never...
  24. There weren't any DRO's in those days and " throw...

    There weren't any DRO's in those days and " throw away tips " were unheard of. Skilled men were really skilled in those days. I was lucky enough to serve my time under the guys that had served their...
  25. I thought I noticed they'd added some compression...

    I thought I noticed they'd added some compression springs on one of the clapper boxes to aid the return action. That's an old trick.

    Regards Tyrone.
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