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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #10125 on: June 13, 2020, 02:50:56 am »
An old Anayak FV-2V Mill.

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Not electronics, but a nice price.  Achieving a long term ambition to own something like this.
Still have to move it, so all current projects are dropped till that is done.
The actual moving is fairly easy, but making a space for it here first is more difficult. It's HUGE.

This was totally unexpected. A result of a casual conversation while buying a small tube of rubber glue, related to repair of that pressure regulator for the spot welder.

Incidentally, if anyone in Sydney needs a giant flywheel punch, or a huge surface grinding machine, or an enormous hydraulic press, all for stupid cheap prices, let me know. The factory that sold me the Mill is also disposing of those. But you'd have to arrange your own transport.
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« Reply #10126 on: June 13, 2020, 02:56:30 am »
An old Anayak FV-2V Mill.

Oh wow. Uh, does it actually function?  :popcorn:
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« Reply #10127 on: June 13, 2020, 03:57:04 am »
Oh wow. Uh, does it actually function?  :popcorn:

Yes. Minor problems, including a bad bearing in the head (for which a new replacement came with it.)
Also came with it: a Sony LH51 3-axis digital readout and sensors. Works but needs cleaning.

This Mill was generally used by the previous owner to machine fiberglass blocks. So all the visible dust is fiberglass powder. Vacuuming that off and disposing of it will be chore #1.  I already discovered what happens when you get that stuff on your hands.


Getting this Mill set up is now on top of _another_ recent unplanned acquisition. A Hendey lathe, possibly built around 1895. Which I did not need (already have a much bigger and better lathe), but the Hendey was free, and if I didn't take it, it would have been scrapped. Deceased estate, house being sold, lathe too difficult (for others) to move out of a rear shed. Not yet sure if I'll sell it or what.  This (in its original home):

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Anyway, it's all good. Forcing me to evict a pile of antique computing gear from my 'still under construction' workshop space. Which had totally wedged that build project. They are going to alternative storage spaces elsewhere, and so my workshop build project is resuscitated.
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« Reply #10128 on: June 16, 2020, 01:28:16 pm »
I seem to be adding to my device programmer collection.... I have high hopes for this one if I can find some s/w to drive it..

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If I can get it to work it might end up being the only programmer I need.
 

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« Reply #10129 on: June 16, 2020, 09:38:44 pm »
I seem to be adding to my device programmer collection.... I have high hopes for this one if I can find some s/w to drive it..

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If I can get it to work it might end up being the only programmer I need.
You can still download it on the bp website but if it has a parallel port like my bp-1600 then you can only run the latest version for windows XP, believe v5.33 since the windows versions after that do not support the lpt port anymore and the software requires the newer version programmer with usb port.
You can also go for the dosversion, latest was 3.71.

The programmer is very nice but the drawback is that you need a special adapter for each unique parthousing and those adapters are ludicrous expensive.
A simple coversion pcb such as with the chinese programmers will not work.
Each adapter has data address decoders en switches on it and a unique i2c eeprom that identifies the adapter to the programmer.
I still hope someone will provide the i2c rom codes and gerbers for the pcb for this someday.

Four years ago the source for the software was the following, not sure if it is still operational:

Ftp site: ftp://ftp.bpmicro.com/Dnload/
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #10130 on: June 17, 2020, 01:47:34 am »
I have brought a few of these over the last six months for various jobs. This 24V 10A Din Rail model has gone EOL but they are a steal if you are in Oz eBay auction: #202234366773 for $40 delivered. I have an appropriate level so have at the rest you mob.

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« Reply #10131 on: June 17, 2020, 08:23:26 am »
This 24V 10A Din Rail model has gone EOL but they are a steal
Not bad if they were new original price: €50
But these are used.
I bought some MW second hand 240W 24V lately used in a led project for two years for €10 a piece, but not din rail.
 

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« Reply #10132 on: June 17, 2020, 08:25:44 am »
Took advantage of the sale on PB Swiss items at the big Swiss tool dealer to get the ratcheting handle I've been wanting for ages, a set of bits, a set of precision Torx drivers, and a scribe.

PB 8510 R-30 ratcheting screwdriver handle:
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E6 985 bit set:
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PB 8643 precision Torx driver set:
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PB 704 carbide scribe:
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I also got a Mitutoyo vernier caliper, also on sale:
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Little update on these, a few months later: wow. The precision of the PB Swiss tips puts others to shame. These are just a joy to use.

Similarly, the Mitutoyo has proven itself too.
 

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« Reply #10133 on: June 17, 2020, 08:30:40 am »
This 24V 10A Din Rail model has gone EOL but they are a steal
Not bad if they were new original price: €50
But these are used.
I bought some MW second hand 240W 24V lately used in a led project for two years for €10 a piece, but not din rail.


10 Pommie Pounds is nearly $20AUD plus a bit of postage. Currently listed on Mouser at $120 AUD+tax and E14 at $150. $40 AUpesos delivered locally is cheap.
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« Reply #10134 on: June 17, 2020, 10:10:22 am »
Coronavirus quarantine haul:

1. Knipex flush diagonal end cutters
2. Erem super full flush side cutters
3. Wiha ESD safe chip lifter
4. iFixit Mako (4mm bit) screwdriver kit. The handle on this is fantastic. I’m going to get the 1/4” handle of theirs, as AFAIK, it’s the only 1/4” bit handle with a precision screwdriver style rotating end cap. (And on these, they have ball bearings!) That handle with PB Swiss bits is going to be an unbeatable combination.
5. Wiha/Xiaomi driver set (also 4mm). I love this, too. Better bit quality than iFixit, handle is a great precision driver.
6. The Sony amp and CD player I’ve been looking for for years. The CD player is easy enough to find, but the amp is quite rare. I doubt they sold too many of them. (The TA-FB930R and CDP-XB740, for those who care.)
7. Genuine TE Ampmodu MOD IV crimp tool, which with one guard piece removed works great for generic DuPont and Molex KK254-type contacts. Snatched this for under $60 NOS!
8. The pièce de résistance: a Pace desoldering station (ST-75 with SX-90 handpiece) for $115 shipped, including 25 sets of filters, spare tubes, and 6 new tips. It was rather dirty, and the handpiece needs some TLC (the button keycap had broken off — I fixed it by melting some copper braid into both sides to give it a new “hinge”, it needs new rubber seals, and maaaaybe could use a fresh heater, but even if I bought all that it’d still be a steal!) As you can see, it cleaned up nicely! It works great, far better than the Weller at work. I do need to get a tip assortment, as all the includes tips are the same size. Anyhow, given their reputation, I had high expectations for the build quality of this, but it’s actually even better than I expected.
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« Reply #10135 on: June 17, 2020, 01:42:04 pm »
5. Wiha/Xiaomi driver set (also 4mm). I love this, too. Better bit quality than iFixit, handle is a great precision driver.

Those are not as corrosion resist as real stainless tool steel (like real CrV or tungsten steel) ones.
Mine was perfectly fine for the first two years when I used them properly with the aluminum handle.
A few days ago I tightened a few screws with my sweaty bare fingers, and the bits started showing rusts the next day.

And also stay away from Xiaomi's WowStick, they ship with even worse bits, so bad they they are softer than some quality screws.
Now I'm looking for tungsten steel screwdriver bits, I wonder where to get some. I'll skip CrV as so many fake CrV or real CrV with bad tempering is out there.
Needless to say, I'm more than happy with my Victorinox's included Philips screwdriver. I just wish they are available in 4mm hex form factor at any cost.
 

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« Reply #10136 on: June 17, 2020, 01:51:02 pm »
Orion 130ST Telescope, "renewed" from Amazon.



 
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« Reply #10137 on: June 17, 2020, 03:06:55 pm »
...but if it has a parallel port like my bp-1600 then you can only run the latest version for windows XP, believe v5.33 since the windows versions after that do not support the lpt port anymore and the software requires the newer version programmer with usb port.
You can also go for the dosversion, latest was 3.71.
It seems to have a parallel port so maybe it is not worth the effort.  I did download bpw_v4730 earlier... seems to be a VB app with a big database.... unfortunately I don't have VB reversing skills so it might be a bit intractable.
 

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« Reply #10138 on: June 17, 2020, 03:21:07 pm »
5. Wiha/Xiaomi driver set (also 4mm). I love this, too. Better bit quality than iFixit, handle is a great precision driver.

Those are not as corrosion resist as real stainless tool steel (like real CrV or tungsten steel) ones.
Mine was perfectly fine for the first two years when I used them properly with the aluminum handle.
A few days ago I tightened a few screws with my sweaty bare fingers, and the bits started showing rusts the next day.

And also stay away from Xiaomi's WowStick, they ship with even worse bits, so bad they they are softer than some quality screws.
Now I'm looking for tungsten steel screwdriver bits, I wonder where to get some. I'll skip CrV as so many fake CrV or real CrV with bad tempering is out there.
Needless to say, I'm more than happy with my Victorinox's included Philips screwdriver. I just wish they are available in 4mm hex form factor at any cost.
Wow, that’s surprising!

Unfortunately PB Swiss doesn’t make 4mm hex bits. Otherwise I’d be all over that. If you’re talking about normal 6.3mm bits, I highly suggest trying the PB Swiss. I have no idea what their alloy is, but the precision of the grind is superb, and by all accounts PB Swiss drivers and bits last a long time. The bits have got some kind of surface treatment (anodizing?) with the steel (!) of the whole bit color-coded by driver type. I have no idea whether it helps against corrosion. I haven’t had mine long enough to test corrosion resistance.
 

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« Reply #10139 on: June 17, 2020, 04:22:59 pm »
Quote from: NivagSwerdna link=topic=47932.msg3098540#msg3098540 date=
It seems to have a parallel port so maybe it is not worth the effort.
You only miss out on the latest and newest parts. This is agreat programmer for stuff that cant be done with cheap programmers.
Such as the old rpgoms with 25V programming boltage.

I use an 6 yr old HP laptop and a dockingstation that has a lpt1.
I can choose which ssd I boot from and the 2nd i installed winxp and rhe bp software. It works.
 

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« Reply #10140 on: June 17, 2020, 06:24:31 pm »
...but if it has a parallel port like my bp-1600 then you can only run the latest version for windows XP, believe v5.33 since the windows versions after that do not support the lpt port anymore and the software requires the newer version programmer with usb port.
You can also go for the dosversion, latest was 3.71.
It seems to have a parallel port so maybe it is not worth the effort.  I did download bpw_v4730 earlier... seems to be a VB app with a big database.... unfortunately I don't have VB reversing skills so it might be a bit intractable.

Just found an archive here: http://storage.datormuseum.se/u/96935524/BP-mirror/ftp.bpmicro.com/Dnload/
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« Reply #10141 on: June 17, 2020, 07:31:31 pm »
A "new" portable and quiet computer (refurbished):

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Pretty good configuration for its age: Full HD display, 512G SSD, 8GB RAM, i7-4765T. Fits perfectly my Dell docking stations (that I've saved from the dumpster @work), and therefore easily swapped with the Precision M4800 that I'm using ATM as the main PC.
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« Reply #10142 on: June 17, 2020, 08:41:08 pm »
Fits perfectly my Dell docking stations (that I've saved from the dumpster @work),
Does your dockingstation also have lpt and rs232 ports, because it makes a perfect WinXP machine to run older software and control some equipment if needed.
 

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« Reply #10143 on: June 17, 2020, 09:13:05 pm »
Yes, it has:

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Both computers (the M4800 and this E7440) support dual monitors on the dock plus the internal screen, so my triple screen setup works too.
After some debian install-fu (apt-clone and rsync of home directory) the E7440 now is a perfect clone of the M4800, just slower at multi-threaded compile jobs (say make -j 8 ). It's greatest advantage over the M4800 is the fan isn't running at normal active linux desktop, while the M4800 gets quite noisy even when idle.

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« Reply #10144 on: June 17, 2020, 09:43:36 pm »
  :-+ Take good care of them and maybe as I did with my HP laptops and dockingstations buy an extra one if you encounter them cheap.
I have three seperate ssds , win10, win7 and win xp and just place the one I need, only make sure the internet is disconnected so hackers cant corrupt the no longer updated os's and you have a great and compact solution to support old equipment.
 

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« Reply #10145 on: June 18, 2020, 06:05:29 pm »
SC126 Z180 single board computer. One of those "retro computing" kits. Should be fun build to kill couple weeks of the lockdown  :-+
 
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« Reply #10146 on: June 19, 2020, 06:59:09 am »

4. iFixit Mako (4mm bit) screwdriver kit. The handle on this is fantastic. I’m going to get the 1/4” handle of theirs, as AFAIK, it’s the only 1/4” bit handle with a precision screwdriver style rotating end cap. (And on these, they have ball bearings!) That handle with PB Swiss bits is going to be an unbeatable combination.


That kit is a wonderful upgrade to the other lots-of-crazy-heads driver kit that's part of their tool kits. We've got both, and the Mako is property of my wife, stored in her tool chest. But I'm allowed to borrow it.

Wiha is also a favourite. I've got a few of their torque screwdrivers, and a nearly full set of the standard red/black screw drivers, including the largest slotted DIN has published a standards sheet for, 14,5 x 2 mm.

Oh, and I've been active recently, too:



"Possibly working" was the sellers verdict. It has one of the sick (small, circular, same as old Quad 303 amps, IIRC) Bulgin mains inlet connectors, so I'll have to source one.

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« Reply #10147 on: June 19, 2020, 07:07:36 am »
Ersa i-Con Nano to replace my good old Voltcraft solder station, whose iron what not so good and for which tips are no more available.
I'm still having problem to configure the Nano with a micro SD card. It is supposed to accept 16GB cards, but not the one I have. I'll try to downsize the card to 8GB and see if it works.
 
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« Reply #10148 on: June 19, 2020, 07:20:09 am »
You can do all the configuration without an SD card as far as I can remember. The card option is really only there to save time when you need to set multiple units to the same settings.

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« Reply #10149 on: June 19, 2020, 07:40:57 am »
I bought another 16GB DDR4 module to bring my system to 48GB...

... and Amazon sent me two packages, each with 16GB within.  I contacted their cust. services, and was told to keep the extra.

So now I have 64GB of RAM.  It is more than anyone could reasonably need for a desktop system.  I originally upgraded from 32GB when I moved to a Ryzen 7, as during large FPGA builds I was getting memory allocation failures (often bumping on 28-29GB of usage.)  But I doubt I will ever begin to use this allocation. At least the OS can use it for caching.  I wonder if I can force Windows' caching policy to be more aggressive, often it leaves >20GB unallocated.
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