Wish List

If you think of a tool or piece of kit that you think would add functionality to the metal working areas. We can discuss it here and Ill update this post as we find new toys to add to the list.

Infrastructure changes can go here too. If you think we need to build a bench, add a power point or change the position of a tool, bring it up here.

I’ve listed Machinery House Prices as indicative costs and illustrations for these things. Most of the welding gear pops up periodically on gumtree and so should tools like the panbrake and workshop equipment.

The “need” category is relative.

Machine Shop


NT40 - 3MT collet adapter - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M171 - This would allow us to fit the vertical mill with MT tapers. This would allow us to use the carbide cutter we have.

Carbide tooling for the Big Lathe. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L453 - This is going to have swipe access on it, before it ever sees any service. Given there’s accountability for the tooling and the skill level expected of anyone using this lathe, we can have decent tooling for it and allow the machine to work as intended. I’d prefer a kit that matched the insert style of the carbide cutters we have for the mill to save costs there.

BT40 - ER32 Collet Chuck. -

T40 Drill Chuck. -

DRO for Both Lathes. - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12-Digital-Readout-Read-Out-DRO-w-remote-LCD-for-Milling-Machines-or-Lathes-/130757733115?hash=item1e71c4aafb:m:m_rqGv-RixYtXvs3KK5h3KQ


Boring head - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M182 - Allows us to make big holes in stuff. Also doubles as a gigantic 100+mm Face Mill.

Rotary table/dividing head. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/R0065 - Allows us to work in a 4th axis and cut gears. Could be CNC’d at a later date.

Finger style dial indicator. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/Q217 - Allows much quicker setup in certain situations.

Roller in-feed for the bandsaw. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L812 - Makes cutting longer sections a breeze.



AC/DC TIG - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W174 - These bad boys are the bomb diggety for anything non-ferrous. Its a fantastic piece of kit to have around. This is the one for all those neat little aluminium and stainless jobs. It’s also the most fun welding process, by a wide margin. If one came up cheap, we’d do well to jump on it, quick smart.

Plasma Cutter - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K017A - Makes processing materials much much simpler. Plug it in to power and air, and you’re away. Much cheaper in the middle to long term than most other cutting processes.


Sensibly Sized MIG welder. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W178 - The giant MIG is a fine piece of kit and certainly worth what we paid for it. Its just slightly too big for most of the stuff we want to do. It’ll do it. But it doesn’t want to. Something like I listed, makes things much easier on the 2-6mm stuff we’re usually working with.

Common Tooling.


Bulk Drill Bits. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/D126 - Its incredibly handy to have spares around. This kit would keep the entire space stocked with bits for as long as we exist.

Parts Washer - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/A368 - Big tub of recirculating degreaser for removing caked on grease. Sooooooooo handy.

Panbrake - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/S249 - As @andrew1973 said, NOT a pressbrake. A press brake is fine for putting creases in a sheet, but if you want to make any kind of box or do more intricate shapes, then a press brake will not do the job. A pan brake has a number of differently sized “fingers” which can be used to get into corners and such, to bend up complex shapes.


Car hoist - http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/pinkenba/other-parts-accessories/1900mm-lift-happ40-4t-clear-floor-car-hoist-wh-s-approved-/1094818234 - Makes working on anything car related an absolute breeze. The pit is good, but a hoist is frikken amazing. Having this alone attract a great number of folks.


Panbrake (not a press brake)


As I’ve already mentioned to you… a roller bench for the chopsaw/bandsaw/etc.

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I added a whooooooooole stack of shit to the list.

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I have an very tidy TIG welder if anyone needs to borrow it for short periods for a job.

WRT to the panbrake. I would like to build one of these if the hinge thing could be worked out somehow


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If you make the magnet, Ill make the hinge.

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That roller table is pretty damn cheap for a pre-done solution. I used to install and service similar units and the rollers would be hard to get for that price premade.

Could probably make the unit slightly cheaper, but it’s a lot of mucking around.

Need: BT40 tool holders for the CNC VMC. We have the pull studs.

Drill chuck would be a good all rounder start, can hold the beeper, drilling, and light milling work with small cutters.

ER32(or 16, 20, 25, 40, but 32 is the more common), if you have the collets, this is a great addition, if you dont have the collets I would say a must have to pick up a set ultimately, 1mm - 7/8" and everything in between, very rigid, good for drilling and light to heavy duty milling.

Side-lock, if you have U-Drills, or inserted milling tools then a side lock is a nice addition, you could also use an ER32 if the shank is less than 21mm.

If you have any slabbing tools, you could also pick up a shell mill.

Floating head tapping. The machine doesn’t do rigid tapping, so if you want to tap a hole you’ll need a floating head.

Links are for reference only, you can find them cheaper elsewhere, and what you get depends on what tools you have.

We have 2 nt40 drill chucks. really annoying, I bought the second one from a guy closing up shop for like, 10 bucks, its really nice, but its got a metric thread in the top of it, and our machine has an imperial draw bar. :confused: Bollocks.

We have a set of collets, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20 and HSS end mills and slot drills in 6, 10, 12, 16, 20.
A fly cutter I made which takes 1/4’’ HSS and does a faaaaaaaaaaaantastic job, makes me sooo happy every time I use it. :slight_smile: And we have a drill chuck with drills 1-6.5mm every .5 and every mm up to 13, and some center drills. Thats about the extent of our tooling currently. Listing what we actually have its amazing how far we get with so little.

We dont have any Udrills and I think we’re going to need to mostly stay away from carbide stuff for now. It would be worth it to have a few around, such as for the big lathe and your CNC just to rough out bigger stuff if we happen to need it.

No slabbing tools for us.

A floating head, would be fantastic and I think the guy I got the drill chuck off, might have a suitable one kicking about. I’ll pop in next time I’m down that way.

I’d like to get some slotting stuff, what would you recommend getting? I end up making a lot of little shaft couplers and I end up having to cut the slot with a grinder, and it inevitably looks like shit.

Great, if you have collets then definitely pick up a BT40 holder to suit.

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I might have welder suitable for tig That I can loan to the space. I will check the manual… it isnt small though ( ie big enough it comes with a seperate wire feeder for the mig function…)

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Ok scrap that last post looks like its mig only:(

What size wire does it take? The problem with our gigantic MIG is that it takes a minimum of 1.2mm wire, which is huge. Almost any machine any smaller than the big mig, would be just what we needed.

A plasma cutter would be plenty handy considering the ease of emptying an oxy-acetylene cylinder and or running out of cutting discs!

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I saw your handy work tonight :slight_smile: Youre fantastic!


@rut4ger The welder i have is a Uni Mig 260s with a 14T 50 wire feeder. Google didn’t have much info on it but the wire feeder specs on the machine say 0.6mm to 1.4mm.

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If you’d be happy with us having that on loan, I’d be over the moon! :smile: Thats exactly the right size for all the stuff we’d usually be doing.

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More belts for the Linisher.
We seem to be down to the last one which is cactus.

I’m quite happy to do the drive to get them if we can establish source and type. Unless we have some in stock hidden away somewhere?

Hey y’all
Did the metalworking cause ever get a bending brake? I’ve got a couple aluminium things I’d like to bend into line and will need to source a brake for it to be practical.