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11 ways to improve a machined finish

Posted by Alan Hillier on Feb 7, 2018 5:07:07 PM




Using a variety of sources, we’ve put together 11 simple actions which can help you get better results from your portable machine tools. If you have any more to add let us know!

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Topics: On-site machining

Using dial indicators for flange facer set up

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jan 23, 2018 11:53:58 AM


Overview: The Dial Indicator

The dial indicator is a must-have item for the on-site machinist. They accurately indicate small distances and angles and ‘amplify’ them, making them easy to read. Typical applications for the in-situ machinist include flatness and ‘run-out’ on items before and after machining, or as part of the machine set up process.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing

Coupling test cut using a portable boring machine

Posted by Alan Hillier on Dec 6, 2017 9:06:00 AM


Mirage portable machine tools are designed to be versatile, making them suitable for a range on in-situ machining applications. But occasionally, our customers are faced with very specific and challenging projects that require modification of  a standard machine. This video shows one recent example, where a HT60 drilling machine was adapted to increase the bore diameter within a coupler.

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Topics: On-site machining, coupling borer, boring

Using a flange facer for turning a journal

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 23, 2017 9:13:40 AM


The video here shows a test cut using the Mirage MM610i with a journal turning attachment kit.

Although the primary purpose of the MM610i is to carry out flange facing tasks, there more that this versatile machine can do. By replacing the facing arm with a purpose built additional option, you can use the MM610i to machine ‘journals’. This job is often needed in the power generation industries.as part of a motor or turbine refurbishment.

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Topics: On-site machining, flange facing, journal turning

Cutting a 32” diameter steel pipe using a portable heavy-duty band saw

Posted by Alan Hillier on Nov 9, 2017 12:17:02 PM


Above: Watch the video showing a band saw cut on a 32" diameter steel test piece.

Proving the performance of the BS3248 (32 - 48") Portable Band Saw

Purchasing a large heavy-duty portable bandsaw is considered by many to be a major investment. So before placing an order, a customer should have complete confidence that the machine will perform to expectations, and if possible, see for themselves that it’s the right fit for their own specific application.

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Topics: On-site machining, portable band saw



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