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The Future of Motoring

Last Friday I drove a Tesla.   I was gobsmacked.

Faster 0-100 than a Ferrari.

As comfortable as a Jaguar.

Quieter than a Mercedes.

As heavy as my Toyota Landcruiser, but handles like a BMW 5 series.

And the cost of a tank full of fuel?    $5

Yes $5.  Not $150-$200 like my Landcruiser.

It is powered by an electric motor, which has only one moving part, and is turbine smooth and silent.

It has a range of 400+km, and the batteries recharge overnight off the household electricity supply, or in 40 minutes at a Tesla recharge station.

The vehicle has an 8 year warranty on drive chain and batteries, and 4 years on all other mechanicals.

The style is sleek and modern, and looks a bit like an Audi A5.

My next car, whenever that is, will be electric.  Peak oil?  Who gives a ****

Google Tesla, to see the future of motoring. for prices and specs.



Photographed at Chadstone shopping centre



Check out the size of the console screen… 450mm.  The best reversing display and GPS screen ever.  My son in law, who arranged the test drive is also amazed. (check out the rear view mirror).

Digital Read Out (DRO) for Colchester lathe, and problems with Apple Mac

WTF is going on with Apple?

Since Steve Jobs died, I have had nothing but difficulties with My Mac.

I upgraded to the latest operating system for my Mac, and since then I am unable to insert photographs into my Word for Mac.  And it is a real hassle trying to insert photos into this blog.   That is one reason why my posts have been less frequent lately.

There has been a couple of patches for the latest Mac OS, but still problems.  Are they competing with Microsoft to be the most user unfriendly OS?

Anyway, I have not done much on my Triple expansion steam engine.  Any spare time in the past few weeks has been spent on the Colchester lathe.  The quick change tool post from the USA has been a big success.  I have been installing a digital read out for the past few days.  Finally hooked it up today, and it works.


It is not CNC, but is the next best thing.  The imperial lead screw and imperial dials are much less relevant, when you have a DRO, which is set to metric.  And I really like setting the cross slide to diameter mode, being able to set the micrometer readings on the workpiece to match the readings on the X axis on the DRO.  Of course the Z axis readings remain set for actual movement, mm=mm.

The DRO came from China via Singapore, from thedrostore.  I have bought several DRO systems from thedrostore and they have always been relatively cheap, well packaged, fast, and with comprehensive instructions.   Thanks Scott!

The installation of cross slide scale on the Colchester was problematic, due to limited space, despite buying the “mini” scale, and I eventually positioned the scale on its side.  Said to be OK by thedrostore instructions.

I do not have space to install the Colchester in my workshop, so it is still sitting in a storage shed, on a pallet.  I am supposed to sell some other lathes, to make space for the Colchester, and to appease SWMBO.  But I have a real problem.  I just cannot part with any of my other lathes.  I obviously have a disease.  What to do?