Leaking compressed air components and Loctite 577

The arrival of the Tormach PCNC440 demanded a review of my compressed air infrastructure.   I have Bambi 24V pot belly compressor which previously only fed a dust off blower.   In addition to this, the compressor now has to feed the new Tormach power drawbar and the Fog Buster coolant system.

To aid distribution I sourced locally a 4 port manifold with an in and pass through in line.   This gave me a couple of spare ports for future expansion.

The Tormach PCNC440 arrived with US style push and lock black tubing and fittings with ubiquitous  1/4″ BSP threads.   Thank goodness something is common.   In total I had something like 15 threads to seal and PTFE tape did not do the job.   Soapy water revealed a bubble factory.

A quick scan on the web and it seemed that Loctite 577 was recommended.  RS had it in stock and it was a revelation to seal the threads.  You just squeeze a thin ring of 577 around the thread and screw it home.  Job done ….. but maybe they won’t ever come apart again …. well that’s a problem for another day.

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Tormach PCNC440 has arrived

Last Monday the delivery lorry arrived and the driver skillfully backed his 7.5T truck onto the drive and dropped off a number of boxes.   Much excitement ensued not only from me but my three helpers – Andy, Dave and Ian.

Dave and Andy set on immediately to assembly the stand and Ian and myself continued with planning how and where the machine would fit into the workshop.

Ian doing a delivery check
The crate


Tormach PCNC440
Dave and Andy doing the biz
Progress so far

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Tormach PCNC440 Milling Machine Arrives in UK

Great news that my new milling machine has arrived in the UK and is awaiting clearance at Southampton docks.  (Not so good news but as budgeted was the 20% VAT on the shipped total and import duty of 2.5%).

Some significant moving round is going to be needed in the workshop to get it installed and I expect a number of days downtime while I get to grips with it. On the bright side I have some close friends keen to lend a hand.

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