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  1. If you're running it on a 3 pin plug you shouldn't, it needs to be hard wired to a minimum 16amp supply.
  2. noises like that could be many things it's a process of elimination, start by revealing the belt drive to check it isn't cut and flappy. if the belt looks good take it off and try the motor on it's own in case it's bearing also check the motor isn't loose. If that seems ok put the belt back on then with a long screwdriver "listen" to the housing the cutter is mounted in for noise from there (put screwdriver end on metal housing then put ear to handle and listen)
  3. If you use the correct diameter for the item and the machine then circles should be circular it's when you don't they look wrong assuming you are using a computer machine with rotary attachment
  4. I would say that most postal services are not VAT exempt and forwarding post charges you are safer to charge VAT, stamps for 1st and 2nd class are VAT free yes but if you add signed for (most times) or tracking they are not and VAT is charged plus this only applies to Royal Mail. If you use a courier for even small packets there's VAT to charge Royal Mail products that are liable to VAT Parcel Despatch Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am™ (stamps, franking and account) Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm™ (account) Royal Mail Tracked 24 and Royal Mail Tracked 48 Royal Mail Sameday® Royal Mail 1st and 2nd Class Account Mai Royal Mail Signed For™ will also become liable to VAT if purchased as an add-on to a standard rated service
  5. No I don't believe there is although it is something we are working on for SOMSR in the next 3 months. What town? There's Stony Service Centre which may be too far in Stony Stratford or Andy Shoesmiths in St Albans
  6. It's less to do with the piston more the cam and con rod, these are what seize in quiet compressors and thicker oil won't get to temperature to thin itself enough to lubricate these comparatively miniature items.
  7. But that's not for the quiet compressors like Bambi - it's for piston ones and relatively much thicker
  8. 20/50 is designed for piston engines in cars chances are high you will damage the Bambi, you should consider how much it will cost (£500-£600) to replace the Bambi versus the (around £35 per litre) cost of proper oil designed for it.
  9. Poor Dennis he's not that old maybe just never aged
  10. It's no problem Dennis is excellent, guessing independent is a different meaning for us machine repairers there's no multiple
  11. @billyshoes **Don't move the motor it's a pain in the arse and can't really be done easily** Look at the lever that brings the wheel up to change the band, see where it mounts the casting (inside the wheels) there is a bar with 2 x 13mm headed bolts these are slotted and the way to adjust the tension, loosen them then bring the wheel forward a little then tighten them again. You will regret trying to move the motor.
  12. No as soon as they extended the Furlough scheme in November they scrapped the £1000 grant
  13. Aha yes but I also found the below, seems it's a staggered claim process for some reason
  14. That advice was withdrawn I believe and a follow up says Late July to Sep to claim - https://www.which.co.uk/news/2021/07/government-announces-grants-for-self-employed-workers-during-coronavirus-outbreak/
  15. p.s. the other trick is to tape the cut up plastic windows you get in packaging on to the item this also does a good job
  16. Second this, have a customer who had the same problem and Pantograph had plenty in stock
  17. Quite possibly looking at the width yes but hard to see where the angles could be changed I think you are correct
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