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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #15 on: 14 October 2019, 14:58:16 »

I think you really also need to slow the drive down a little - either a VFD or gear the bands down..

I love that description, though:

"Suitable for cutting carbon steel, Metalon, non-ferrous metals, Celeron, plastics, plywood, MDF and cardboard."

Cardboard?!  ;D ;D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #17 on: 14 October 2019, 15:54:39 »

;D ;D I am the same ..

I saw Aldi/Lidl (I can't remember which one..) had a band saw for sale and I thought "I wonder if that could be converted into a metal saw".. must stay away :-X


I've considered that, but the mods required for extra rigidity and gearing the speed down aren't worth it. The motor is a bit underpowered too.


The little bench grinder is good for sharpening lathe tools and TIG tungstens.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #18 on: 14 October 2019, 18:55:43 »

Having wasted no end of time and money on the shite like Ctek and Halfords Smart chargers (made by Ring, ironically), I now use a Ring charger that has been brilliant.  My only gripe is its not waterproof (but I suspect lack of airflow was what was killing all the previous chargers).

https://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/garage-equipment/battery-chargers-jump-starters/ring-12a-smart-charger-charge-and-diagnose

Significantly cheaper elsewhere, mind. Even with trade and topcashback.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #19 on: 15 October 2019, 01:02:54 »

 :y

I've been looking at the 'good old fashioned' dumb chargers, but the new smart chargers are a tempting proposition as above. I'm actually looking at something I can take apart and re-shell in another housing, for no other reason than as a project/bit of fun. On the lookout for a known good used one I can hack about, however decent enough ones seem to be had for the 30-40 mark, so might be as well to just buy a new one.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #20 on: 15 October 2019, 04:29:54 »

Said it before and I'll say it again: Last time I got charged for battery was in the 1980's.

FTFY ::) ::) ::)
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #21 on: 15 October 2019, 04:50:08 »

I checked - Aldi..

https://www.aldi.co.uk/ferrex-10-inch-bandsaw/p/019596291909000

https://www.aldi.co.uk/portable-bandsaw-240v/p/019344288136100

Online only I think .. and I am so tempted  ;D

Getting a band saw is one I've been resisting for several years now even though I know I would find it useful.

When I got my air compressor at 20 off s later for all the air tools & impact sockets I've bought, where I just can't resist a 'tool bargain'. I've been collecting & building my tool set since I was 10 so it is a lifetime excellent bad habit & there are still lots of tempting tools I'm sure I really must have & I will find indispensable, even if I never use them! ::) :o :-[ :-X
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #22 on: 15 October 2019, 10:09:13 »

Thankfully I came up with the perfect justification on the way home last night.

SWMBO wants fancy skirting boards in the house (something like this). I reckon that if I use the table saw to make these out of 18mm MDF sheet, I can declare it to be 'a saving'. And, by applying some careful man maths to the situation, it means I've freed up that same amount of money to spend on the 18v circular saw I've been wanting.   8)
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #23 on: 15 October 2019, 10:29:10 »

Tell her it's on offer in a sale - no woman can resist a sale item, whether she needs it or not!  ;)

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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #24 on: 15 October 2019, 10:49:15 »

Thankfully I came up with the perfect justification on the way home last night.

SWMBO wants fancy skirting boards in the house (something like this). I reckon that if I use the table saw to make these out of 18mm MDF sheet, I can declare it to be 'a saving'. And, by applying some careful man maths to the situation, it means I've freed up that same amount of money to spend on the 18v circular saw I've been wanting.   8)
Hmmmm........good job she didn't pick the Albany or something like. Let's see you knock that up.  ;D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #25 on: 15 October 2019, 13:28:28 »

Hmmmm........good job she didn't pick the Albany or something like. Let's see you knock that up.  ;D

Yeah, but just think of the tools I could buy with that as an excuse!  ;D
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #27 on: 15 October 2019, 17:28:50 »

Trouble I've personally found with Aldi/Lidl shite tools is that when they go wrong, you have little comeback.  They normally give you a full refund on the faulty item, but not the accessories you've bought.

The Clarke/Machinemart shite is clearly out of the same factory, but you do get good support.

For a pack of screwdrivers, this is a non issue - not that any sane person would buy such shite from there - but for electrical/air tools this is more of an issue.
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Re: Electrickery musings...
« Reply #28 on: 15 October 2019, 18:41:46 »

Agreed, I have found the same with Toolstation/Screwfix own brand stuff. It's why I was careful to check that the saw has standard sized blades etc. And I will keep the receipt as well as my best shouty voice for if(when) it doesn't last the 3yrs it's supposed to.

In this case, it's 2/3 the price of a no namer from Clarke or Toolstation and 1/5 of the price of a brand. If I was relying on it to make a living - I wouldn't touch it. As it is, I'm going in eyes open and we'll see what's what.
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