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  1. Having been one of them, for me at least, this was not the case!
  2. There are some parts with truely dreadful quality control - but others that are fantastic! In recent years they have re-sold parts from a number of SME's. I think their intention is genuine, both to make money but also to assist the SME's reach a bigger market. I've known Paul Myers, their MD for a long time - and IMHO he's a decent guy. The problem is there are a lot of LR owners who just don't have the money to pay main dealer prices for parts - and will accept a shorter life or having to fiddle with it to make it fit. I guess having more time than money. There is a market for
  3. G&M Tools are worth a look. They may be 'down south' (10 mins from me) - but they deliver. They are friendly (to non-idiots) and honest about defects where they exist. https://gandmtools.co.uk/
  4. I have one of their bandsaws too: https://www.axminstertools.com/axminster-engineer-series-ue-812c-bandsaw-508332 It's also pretty good!
  5. I needed to buy a new floor standing pillar drill (quickly) a few years ago. I ended up buying an Axminster Trade series drill which was similar money. I have to say, I'm still impressed with it! It has a double belt reduction so can go very slow. Most drills are way too fast. The spindle is precise and it's well built. It has a hand-chuck which, while quick, doesn't grip as tightly as I might like - but it's a minor criticism & easily changed if I felt the need. We have one the same at work which is in constant use (abuse) and has lasted 5 years so far without showing
  6. I know a reliable way to separate the two! 💣😉 When I was looking up the schematic for L320 seats, I found a thread on a Ford Forum where someone asked what the yellow wires were for? Someone (helpfully) suggested it might be for the electric seat motors. The next photo showed the seat utterly obliterated by the air-bags exploding! "No, not the seat motor!". It made me realise what a good forum this is - tempting to suggest though it would be! 😉 Si
  7. I agree too. So long as the earth is as close to where you are welding as possible, the chances of a current of sufficient magnitude to damage anything gettin close to anything that could be damaged is rather remote. My feeling is the advice is in order to protect from the hard-of-thinking - TIG Welding with HF Start and the earth attached to the ECU would probably do it!
  8. I believe Fluke manufacture in both the US and China. Originally, there was a range of 'China Only' models which were lower price, and often lacked some of the bells & whistles of the US equivalent. They were supposed to only be sold in China & India - but soon flooded eBay internationally. I think Fluke gave up trying to separate the two. The 'premium' meters are made in the US and the mass market ones in China. Four years ago, I lost my Fluke 79, which I bought in 1991 and to replace it I bought an 89 Mk4. It's made in USA - and it's a fantastic meter! I also have a Fl
  9. That's an immensely impressive build thread! I admire your perseverance - and the end result looks about as good as it gets! Si
  10. Thanks Mike! I've killed 2 Dremmels so far. Both just outside warranty, both 'unrepairable' according to dremmel. Perhaps the older ones were easier to repair? The failure in mine were the bearings which did not seem to be removable. I didn't buy a third - I figured, eventually a thread like this would appear and a grown-up would suggest something better!
  11. I also have a Henry which dates from 2005 - which I guess makes it an 'old' one? It has refused to die despite continued abuse. The only thing I don't use it for is cleaning my lathe / mill (which killed a previous vacuum in a few days). For that, I have a pneumatic venturi-vacuum which you connect to an air compressor. It's not the most sucky of vacuums but having no moving parts, it's never going to die due to ingress of anything. Si
  12. Have to say I agree with Jamie_grieve. I had been hoping for something less vulnerable. The wheel-arch eyebrows are going to get destroyed, plastic or not. I have an older RRS which is not exactly 'rugged' but looks good in it's own right - and I would have been happy with something that looks great that isn't that utilitarian. Unfortunately, this is neither. Have to find something else to spend all the pennies I've saved up on! Si
  13. Only a couple of months late in replying - Lowe & Fletcher 2403 is exactly right. Si
  14. I'd bet on the Lego model being pretty accurate! They have produced models based on three of the Movies I've worked on (Star Wars VIII, Fantastic Beasts 2 & Spiderman). In each case, the model has been based on actual drawings. In the case of Fantastic Beasts, from Special Effects Drawings I suspect. You see the circle on the top of the roof? There's one on the underside of the chassis too. They didn't appear in the film - because they were the mountings to attach it to a slew-ring on a motion Platform. (I designed the motion platform). That says to me tha
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