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  1. Gerald Pierce

    Boiler Feed Pump, part one, PM Research Kit

    Boiler Feed Pump, parts two and three
  2. Gerald Pierce

    Boiler Feed Pump, part one, PM Research Kit

    I made the PM Research pump kit. I made three videos showing how I did the set up and machining of the parts. Not all of the work is shown. Plans include a copyright and are not shown. Gerald Pierce
  3. Gerald Pierce

    Cowells Lathe

    I will introduce my Cowells lathe as shown in my workshop tour. Made in UK, it is a quality small lathe. I purchased new about 20 years ago. I use it to make small parts and fittings for my G Scale trains. I also enjoy making improvements and accessories for the lathe. Gerald Pierce
  4. Gerald Pierce

    Maximat 7 Lathe

  5. Gerald Pierce

    Maximat 7 Lathe

    "The Sieg design ( Actually a copy of the Austrian Enco)? My Maximat 7 was made in Austria by EMCO Maier Corporation. I paid $795 in 1970. With geared headstock, taper roller bearings, and vertical milling/drilling unit If you can get a copy today for $1,000 that is a ridiculous low price.
  6. Gerald Pierce

    Maximat 7 Lathe

    I purchased my Maximat 7 new about 50 years ago. I only had to make two repairs. I replace one selector shift fork lever. I also had to replace the lead screw nut. The adjusting screw tab on the nut broke. Could not find a replacement. I made a replacement nut from bronze on the lathe. This is...
  7. Gerald Pierce

    Stuart Models 501 Boiler

    I purchased a Stuart Models 501 boiler many years ago. I recently purchased a ceramic burner. The burner cost 89.10 pounds, exchange rate $1.22635 which equals $109.26. Three weeks plus 2 days to receive from UK. A short video shows the boiler and burner testing. The burner works very good. I...
  8. Gerald Pierce

    Workshop Tour

    A video of my workshop.
  9. Gerald Pierce

    Stuart boiler HB4 with noisy ceramic burner.

    I built a Coles' Power Models duplex pump from castings. Then a boiler using a round ceramic burner from Stuart Models. Works good.
  10. Gerald Pierce

    Trouble with cut off operations

    Luiz, I use a parting tool to make small boiler fittings and live steam locomotives parts. My parting operations is usually under 5/8 inch diameter. My Cowells lathe has a rear tool post which is helpful since it it is easy to placed in operation. I use a front tool on my Maximat. I don't work...
  11. Gerald Pierce

    Compound Launch Steam Engine

    I built the Stuart Launch engine from castings. High pressure cylinder is 3/4 inch. Low pressure cylinder is 1 1/4 inch. A compound steam engine uses the exhaust steam from the high pressure cylinder to flow through an exchange pipe to the low pressure cylinder. Allows the engine to run longer...
  12. Gerald Pierce


    I am a new member from Asheville, North Carolina, USA. Asheville is in the mountains of western North Carolina. Previously, I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. Elevation of my home in Asheville is 2,600 feet. In New Orleans it was minus 10 feet. I am now retired. I purchased my first lathe, a...
  13. Gerald Pierce

    Stuart No. 9 Steam Engine

    I built the Stuart No. 9 from castings. The Tubal Cain book "Building the Stuart No. 9 Engine" was helpful. I have a few film camera photos. I built the engine about 15 years ago. Wish I had a phone camera back then. I recently made a video running the engine by air. Gerald Pierce <iframe...
  14. Gerald Pierce

    Cant remove drill chuck grizzly g8689 mini mill

    My EMCO FB-2 mill instructions shows two methods to eject tools and arbors. Instructions caution to never hammer the spindle-as this could damage the precision bearings.
  15. Gerald Pierce

    Stuart Compound Twin Build -

    Hello Jim, It appears that you are using a Sherline lathe. You are making very good progress to date. I built the Stuart Compound Launch about 15 years ago. I later added the reversing gear. I have a Maximat 7 lathe and an EMCO FB-2 milling and drilling machine. Since these are larger I could...