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  1. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Yo guys,

    More than likely some of the older boys (naming no names) may have used a lathe once or twice, for machining little parts and bits and bobs on your home projects?

    Looking at broadening my horizons and add some feathers to a pretty bald cap.

    Cheers,
    HW
     
  2. static zap
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    More sensible than killing the bearings in your
    mains drill ,
    with a file / hacksaw--angle grinder -oh-yeah .
    ... Side-load..Mr Broadband advert...
    ( have some more chores to do before I'm allowed one!)
    ----Pillar drill there's a thought---
     
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  3. HumbleWorker 91RT
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    Best get doing them chores then eh!
     
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    did do, many years ago. all the lathes and other machine tools we used were calibrated in thousanths of an inch. none of the stupid milli thingies.
     
  5. ruston
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    Yes me too , I had a spell in a famous fishing factory making world class reels and rods.
     
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    back of my mind, remember the tolerance on a RR Merlin crankshaft was 0.5 thou.
     
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  7. ruston
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    During the war the factory I mentioned made parts for that engine too . Small world.
     
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  8. PEG
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    I am lucky enough to have access to a range of lathes and milling machinery.
    Always handy when making parts for old or bespoke tackle,with sometimes better results and materials.

    In fact,i have to use one this week,if you can believe it...to align the crank,across a changed big-end,on a shaft out of a 1950's Danarm Villiers chainsaw engine :)

    ...The 21st century is OK...but i couldn't stay in it,full-time!
     
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    That sounds fun!

    I doubt there are many of those knocking about nowadays...

    Physically I am 25, mentally I am in my 60's at least I just want to make stuff anything and everything I can think of. I need to calm down a bit.
     
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    I have a small lathe and milling machine at home and a couple of large ones in my business workshop. I used to use my home machines for restoring firearms but I don't have time for hobbies so much nowadays. I made a wooden small bowl set on the lathe not too long ago but that's about it.
     
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  12. PEG
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    ...Very "new-age" those wooden beauties :) you could make a few quid,selling them to these folk obsessed with Game of Thrones.

    For some unfathomable reason,that series has pushed the value of my anvil collection,beyond any savings plan ;)
     
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    Amen to that. I am glad I am on my way out , not in .
    I despair for the young , I really do.
     
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  14. PEG
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    Cheer up:) every generation says that,and the youth at that time,don't know or care.

    All the generations of my family,had something to whinge about...Polio and rickets,a couple of wars,the end of a trade,nuclear destruction(first time round),recessions,several flavours of terrorism,interest rates,bird flu...and all:rolleyes:

    I've piloted a 38RB manual,on grab excavation...i'm not scared of the 21st century!
     
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  15. ruston
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    I have too , only it was on a 22. Also unloaded and reloaded gas pipeline pipes with 100'stick with an air puncher, so as you say life is not too bad :).
     
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  16. PEG
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    I'd rather have me hands on the pointy end of a cobra,than a 22 on air with cold clutches :)
    Me pal is on a new LT11-350 with Mammoet,out in Spain...not jealous :rolleyes:

    I could tell some bonny tales from that industry,as you probably could,too.
    Trouble is,you end up either sounding untruthful,or like Rutger,at the end of Bladerunner :cool:
     
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    Yes , it has to be seen to be believed , my mate sent me a pic of his D9 after being boged up to the tracks on the drift after a rainy spell.

    Ps , it's in up to the cab door.
     
  18. PEG
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    ...You've set me off,now...

    Years back,(and this is legally important:)),a pal of mine had a piece of land,he was tipping on,and we needed a sizeable dozer,to strip off and start pushing in.
    Another lad we knew,said we could borrow his 20 tonne Komatsu (them were the days) but it needed "bleeding and checking over..."

    The machine was on Irlam Moss,up the road,which is a large,peat bog.
    When we got there,only the cab was visible,and the farmer said it had been there since bogging,six months previous :(

    We had to dig out to open a door,and dig out the front side,to clear some set debris from around the fan,which had locked up the engine,bleed and hey-presto...out of the ground she rose...like that mole Thunderbird yoke:)

    On arrival at me pals place,one of it's first tasks,was to track in,12 dead and bloated sheep carcasses,which we had on the back of a transit tipper,and had already extracted much mirth,by taking it through a local drive-through Mc Dee's:(

    I can still taste and smell the result of their exploding mess,when the dozer applied last rites...

    ...Now,who is going to believe that? :eek:
     
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    I will ask him to send me the pic of the 184 Marion that 'fell' over the dig and landed on it's side. About the size of a BE 195 and around 350 tons at a guess.
     
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  20. PEG
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    Sweet,nothing sadder than stricken plant:)

    We had a BE 61 on diaphragm wall grab excavation,in Israel.
    It could snap the 32mm digging ropes,like they were cheap cotton.

    The Menck sat a lot closer to the grab,and when a rope broke,you had a few seconds to set the brakes,and dive over the seat,into the rear carbody,as the barbed loose rope,came down through the top covers,and maybe tattoo'd you,black-jack style;)

    On site,now,you get a written warning for having your hard-hat,at a jaunty angle...
     
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    Lol , same mate, working for a plant hire company now , got the red card - off the site for opening the door and tapping the beacon on top of the cab because he had been parked up two hours waiting on his team coming out.
    The reason he got the red card was becuase he did not have his hard hat on.
    Ironic thing was the beacon came back on.
     
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