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On ‎10‎/‎2‎/‎2019 at 3:00 PM, yankeedog said:

When it  comes to buying cheap tools,I am like a dog chasing a skunk..I never  learn.

     when it comes to "horse play"  in the machine shop;  I am a veteran !  think "oxy acetelene"   and spark plugs.  vin

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Time to revive this topic.  Precise system conversion is important! Imagine the difference 2 tenths of a mm could make in a brush! 

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I had a credit with a shop form when I bought some braking grease for some binoculars that I was restoring. Somehow I ended up with 2 on the order. When I paid for it I realised the mistake.. They would not refund me the money for the second tube, just gave me a store credit. Just got a Pin Vise from them today. Made in India, not China. Go figure. Anyway, the revolving end, much like those cheap 'precision' screwdrivers that you can buy, is actually on a bearing. The knurling on it is really good. The collets, there are two double ended ones, are quite good as well. I am really quite surprised to tell the truth.

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On 11/10/2019 at 6:56 PM, vinn3 said:

     when it comes to "horse play"  in the machine shop;  I am a veteran !  think "oxy acetelene"   and spark plugs.  vin

Reminds me of a recent visit from our local plumber. I had attempted to unblock the bath drain with caustic soda, which was a complete failure. As a result I now had a solid lump of caustic soda, old hair and calcium in the U-bend.

The plumber, who I know quite well arrived with a plumbers grade fix for the problem in the form of sulphuric acid.

We poured in a tiny amount and there was an interesting explosion. Rather than do the obvious and desist from continuing this potentially disastrous line of repair, we agreed the best course of action would be to remove the entire blocked U bend and continue the experiment outside in the adjacent barn.

Safely away from more sensible adults, in said barn,  more acid was added, and a fountain of interesting highly caustic brown goop ejected itself violently from the poor unfortunate plumbing piece. Naturally we tried again with similar results and much amusement from two individuals who should know better. In the end we just replaced the U bend, as for some strange reason it had cracked.   Do not try this at home children.

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1 hour ago, Michael1962 said:

Just got a Pin Vise from them today. Made in India, not China. Go figure. Anyway, the revolving end, much like those cheap 'precision' screwdrivers that you can buy, is actually on a bearing. The knurling on it is really good. The collets, there are two double ended ones, are quite good as well. I am really quite surprised to tell the truth.

Post a picture? India has a good tradition in tool making. For watchmaking their Anchor brand is the South Asia equivalent of Bergeon, distributing a wide range of tools. I have various and all are worth their low price, just some adjustment is necessary sometime. Often they come with beautiful wooden boxes making the purchase worth for that only. Cousins UK carries a wide range, your pin vises could be from them.

If you get serious about machining (not necessarily a good idea) check out out Soba tools and Zither chucks. Chronos.ltd.uk and arceurotrade.co.uk carry these, I have some, want more, and nothing to complain about.

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