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    • August 4th on the Clyde..... What you can't see are the trees blowing in the wind!
    • Very similar to when I bought my Chopard in Bangkok. Except they put the watch in its pouch in my shoulder bag. No need for coats here! 
    • Apparently, that's a wasp nest beetle and not very common in the UK. https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/wasp-nest-beetle#:~:text=Wasp Nest Beetle - Metoecus paradoxus&text=It has feathery antennae and,emerge during the summer months.
    • Numbers crunched in half on chronos or other dial designs - usually at 12 and 6. Roman numerals squashed onto small dials where they can't be spaced out properly. 
    • A large box arrived on the doorstep this morning. This is the £199 Scheppach DP16SL drill press from Screwfix (the best price on the net, unless I ordered it from Italy to save £20...but would have been a long delivery, and a pain if anything was wrong with it). I've done an 'unboxing and setup' and will share my initial thoughts. Everything nicely packaged in polybags and machined surfaces lightly oiled to prevent rust in storage...here unpacked. First, the column is bolted to the cast iron base. The rack is removed, threaded through the table collar and then installed on the column. Next, the head assembly is placed on the column and secured with two large grub screws. The on / off switches are mounted on the front, as is the laser crosshair switch. To the right hand side is the handwheel and motor slackening wingnut for adjusting the belt tension / changing speeds. While on the left hand side is the isolator / emergency cut off switch and the depth gauge. The machine has 5 different speeds, set by moving the drive belt onto different diameter cast iron pulleys at the top of the machine. Table of drilling speeds inside lid. For safety, the machine won't start with the lid open...that's what this switch is for. It isolates the electrical supply as soon as you open the lid. Reviews of cheaper machines had mentioned that some were clearly lacking in QC, with stories of out of square tables, tables not machined flat and quill runout. That's what I looked for next. Thankfully, the table as it arrived from the factory is dead square to the chuck,from all sides, so I can be sure that holes will be at 90o to the material. The table is also perfectly flat. I set the drill to its medium speed of 1300rpm and tried a few test holes in wood and metal, using a 10mm drill. Firstly, another good bit of news...no runout on the quill, it turns beautifully with no wobble at all. Wood, no problem. A piece of angle iron...again, no problem (I didn't pilot drill this, either) No problem with a hole saw, either. Initial views are that for what I paid, I'm very pleased with this drill press. It's quiet, powerful (550w) and seems very well constructed, with solid cast iron surfaces, well machined and accurate. There are a few nice little touches like a storage clip for the chuck key... ...and a handy, adjustable depth gauge on the left side. The only thing that could be better is the drill vice, which is a small (2.5"), cheap cast aluminium /bug metal affair...but it was included. Most bench drills aren't supplied with one. I will probably change it for a better cast iron one at some point. The final thing to mention is the laser crosshairs. On this machine they are powered from its electrical supply via a switch at the front. Again, on cheaper models the laser is usually battery powered. The lines are adjustable, but to me this is a bit of a gimmick and I probably won't ever use it. Hope this was useful to anyone else contemplating acquiring a drill press.

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