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Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 27 Aug 2014, 15:21

This topic is intended to be a repository of handy tips on where to get the less obvious items that we tend to need only now and then and might be hard to find or to know what to search for.
This top post will get edited to contain the list of sources from time to time extracted from the discussion in subsequent posts.
A few guidelines.
No blatant advertising please - this will be deleted
Positive comments only; bad experiences should be taken up with the supplier concerned directly.
If you are trying to find something that you don't know the name of, then search Google images first for some key words and only if you are really stuck, ask here.

Machinery spare parts

Bearings and drive belts can be very expensive if bought as spares from the dealers/manufacturer.
99% of the time these are standard parts and available much cheaper online using their generic description.
try Arc Eurotrading http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/,
Bearing Boys http://www.bearingboys.co.uk/,
Simply Bearings http://simplybearings.co.uk/shop/,
Bolton Bearings http://www.boltonbearings.co.uk/ or an ebay search.
Also worth taking the defective parts to a bearing factor on your local industrial estate (yellow pages to find) where they can match the part for you. In the US auto parts suppliers can provide a similar service.

KITY spare parts Scheppach have taken over the brand but this father and son team has stocks of parts for older Kity machines.
Biven Machinery Sales http://bivenmachinerysales.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home

Drilling machine Quill Return Springs
OEM spares are either appallingly dear or unobtainable but generic parts are amazingly cheap from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Assisi-Electric-UK.
They also stock a real Aladdins cave of other stuff. e.g. Star knobs for jigs and fixtures.

Machinery restoration & preservation

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ have various waxes and polishes/metal treatments to keep your workshop machines rust free including bilt hamber de-rusting stuff
FK1000p which is a high temp wax/sealant.
Gtechniq products make more or less effort free stuff- such as machine table wax

Instructional DVD's
Workshop essentials DVDshttp://www.workshopessentials.com/shop/ produced by our own Steve Maskery has a relaxed style that make learning really easy. Lots of tips and often sketchup drawings of all the details for the more complex jigs that Steve builds and demonstrates.

Fine Woodworking’s Google SketchUp® Guide for Woodworkers - The Basics
Produced by our own Dave Richards (Dave R) this video and be downloaded or purchased as a DVD from the Tauntons website http://www.tauntonstore.com/fine-woodwo ... 61117.html in the US or searching for the ISBN number 1621134288 will bring up a number of UK re-sellers with lower sterling prices.

Cutting tools & blades
Bandsaw Blades
It is difficult to beat bandsaw blades from http://tuffsaws.co.uk/
Ian is a one man band manufacturer of custom length blades to your requirements and willingly gives free advice for the right blade for the job in hand. If you manage to break one of Ian's blades, he will re-weld it FOC.

Saw Blades
Doug at Cutting solutions http://www.cutting-solutions.co.uk/ can supply most types of circular saw blades with tooth profiles and angles to suit specialist jobs as well as standard applications. They can also supply planer/thicknesser knives.
Summit http://www.summitsawblades.co.uk/

Jigsaw blades
http://www.uk-jigsawblades.co.uk/index.html
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby kirkpoore1 » 27 Aug 2014, 15:36

Belts can also be purchased from auto parts stores. Bring in the old belt if you have it--they will be able to measure the old one to find the size if the original size is no longer on the belt or is some code number that you can't interpret. Belt cross sections are as important as length. If they have more than one grade of belt, spend a little more to not buy the super-cheap version. Do you really want to do this again in a few months?:)

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 27 Aug 2014, 15:43

kirkpoore1 wrote:Belts can also be purchased from auto parts stores. Bring in the old belt if you have it--they will be able to measure the old one to find the size if the original size is no longer on the belt or is some code number that you can't interpret. Belt cross sections are as important as length. If they have more than one grade of belt, spend a little more to not buy the super-cheap version. Do you really want to do this again in a few months?:)

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Less true for the UK where belts are nearly always cross referenced in a book match belts to car makes/models.
Auto DIY is becoming quite rare in UK and the auto parts stores tend to sell go faster stripes, fluffy dice and polish.
The service you describe tends to come from what are known here as Bearing Factors where the knowledge level is much higher. I'll add that in.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 27 Aug 2014, 16:54

Afternoon Bob

http://www.uk-jigsawblades.co.uk/index.html

http://www.summitsawblades.co.uk/

I've used them both with no problems

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby stephen.wood125 » 27 Aug 2014, 17:02

Bit 'left field' but

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ have various waxes and polishes/metal treatments to keep your workshop machines rust free including bilt hamber de-rusting stuff which could be interesting to the refurb guys?

I use FK1000p which is a high temp wax/sealant, I also use the Gtechniq products on various things. They make more or less effort free stuff- I remember when I got my TS and tried the old paste wax on the table... never again :)

Anyhow, if too wide of the mark, please feel free to delete :)
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 27 Aug 2014, 17:12

stephen.wood125 wrote:Bit 'left field' but

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/ have various waxes and polishes/metal treatments to keep your workshop machines rust free including bilt hamber de-rusting stuff which could be interesting to the refurb guys?

I use FK1000p which is a high temp wax/sealant, I also use the Gtechniq products on various things. They make more or less effort free stuff- I remember when I got my TS and tried the old paste wax on the table... never again :)

Anyhow, if too wide of the mark, please feel free to delete :)


Seems quite appropriate me - I rarely clean a car but I do wax the saw table now and then!
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 07 Sep 2014, 16:36

Deejay has sent me a spreadsheet of useful links some of which are above but a whole lot more beside.

These are now in the dropbox download area here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnje4yxbnym ... 9zoha?dl=0

Thanks Dave :eusa-clap:
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 19 Sep 2014, 13:35

Brass woodscrews are becoming increasingly difficult to source especially in smaller sizes.
One useful source here http://www.toolnut.co.uk/products/cabinet_fittings/screws

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 05 Nov 2014, 11:43

Morning all

Updated file now available in 'Useful links'...

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnje4yxbnym ... 9zoha?dl=0

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 05 Nov 2014, 11:48

Deejay wrote:Morning all

Updated file now available in 'Useful links'...

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnje4yxbnym ... 9zoha?dl=0

Cheers

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:eusa-clap: :eusa-clap: to Dave for keeping this fresh

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby chataigner » 08 Dec 2014, 10:56

These guys were very quick and helpful with a spare parts issue for my 10yr old Kitty Bestcombi :

http://bivenmachinerysales.co.uk/index.php?route=common/home

Recommended !
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 08 Dec 2014, 15:26

Thanks David, I'll add it to the list.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 07 Jan 2015, 18:21

I've just uploaded version 06 of DeeJay's useful links into the forum drop box.

A big hand to Dave for keeping this up to date for everyone to use. :eusa-clap: :eusa-clap:

A reminder of the link.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9lnje4yxbnymffw/AAAMGN8vnScTPWO7-soo9zoha?dl=0

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby tracerman » 18 Jan 2015, 14:17

Bob et al - I think WDS Ltd http://www.wdsltd.co.uk are worthy of a mention in the dropbox . If members are dreaming up a new contraption involving machinery parts , toggle clamps , ball-end levers , hold downs , unusual bolts , castors , gas struts , anti vibration gizmos etc etc etc WDS are well worth looking at . They do a very good catalogue for bedtime reading and inspiration and the website is good . I used them when I was refurbishing my K3 mortiser last year .( ball-end lever , T bolt )

Allfix at Poole were also very good when I was looking for left-handed nuts .
http://www.allfix.co.uk/
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 18 Jan 2015, 14:35

Good shout Steve! I've used WDS before very successfully and recall your good experiences with Allfix too.

I expect Dave will be along soon as he maintains Buyers Guide for us.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby stephen.wood125 » 18 Jan 2015, 14:50

Ohhh, why did you have to post WDS??

*goes to apologise to bank manager*

Cheers, looks like just the ticket for some projects I'm planning! :text-bravo:
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 19 Jan 2015, 10:40

Morning Steve

Thanks for the links.

I'll add them to the file.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 08 Mar 2015, 11:18

The latest useful links file has been uploaded to the Dropbox

It contains new links to useful electrical installation guides.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Job and Knock » 08 Mar 2015, 12:09

Could I ask you to add a bit of an off-beam link?:

Frost UK

They are actually a car restoration firm but they do sell all sorts of stuff which would be useful to someone doing machinery restoration (e.g. welding and plating gear, Whitworth spanners, heilicoiling stuff, chemical blacking, etc). Fairly local to me, so I pop in from time to time
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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 08 Mar 2015, 18:28

Job and Knock wrote:Could I ask you to add a bit of an off-beam link?:

Frost UK

They are actually a car restoration firm but they do sell all sorts of stuff which would be useful to someone doing machinery restoration (e.g. welding and plating gear, Whitworth spanners, heilicoiling stuff, chemical blacking, etc). Fairly local to me, so I pop in from time to time


Done that. It'll be in the next issue

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby stephen.wood125 » 14 Mar 2015, 13:23

Another 'thanks again' for the updates. great work guys there have been a few sources that I've never heard of.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 06 Apr 2015, 16:41

Afternoon all

I've just mailed an update to Bob.

Issue 9 should be available soon.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 06 Apr 2015, 16:47

Deejay wrote:Afternoon all

I've just mailed an update to Bob.

Issue 9 should be available soon.

Cheers

Dave


Should be visible now Dave.

Thanks for keeping it up to date for us.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby 9fingers » 06 Jan 2017, 11:33

Dave,

When you do your next update, please could you add http://www.bullerltd.co.uk/ as suppliers of cabinet hardware, hinges, drawer runners etc

Also thanks to NTL withdrawing their free webspace to loyal customers :? My motor paper listed on page sixteen can now be found using the link below
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_GZrX ... sp=sharing

No hurry - as and when convenient.

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Re: Buyers guide

Postby Deejay » 06 Jan 2017, 13:21

Morning Bob

All done and mailed to you.

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