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Offline PekkaNF

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Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« on: October 02, 2019, 04:06:22 PM »
Normal desk magnifying lamps are expensive, bulky and cumbersome.

Then I saw 6€ sewing led light magnifying lence in LIDL....It's only 2x, but light weight and about 120 mm dia.

I also had next to useless magnetic base.

It only needed one bushing to join magnetic base to disassembled light arm and then it is nearly ideal: No rim, no tube and no need to be overly carefull with it.

Pekka

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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 04:59:05 PM »
I have an illuminated magnifier bench lamp, bought from Maplins...

Use it when doing small stuff on my minlathe coz my eyes cant see that close up...(even though I wear glasses un the shop...)
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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2019, 04:35:53 AM »
Normal desk magnifying lamps are expensive, bulky and cumbersome.

Then I saw 6€ sewing led light magnifying lence in LIDL....It's only 2x, but light weight and about 120 mm dia.

I also had next to useless magnetic base.

It only needed one bushing to join magnetic base to disassembled light arm and then it is nearly ideal: No rim, no tube and no need to be overly carefull with it.

Pekka

I too bought a 6€ Lidle sewing light, I regret not buying 2!

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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2019, 05:43:33 AM »
And mine is on my drill grinder - excellent value but mine came from Bangood or one of those outfits - iirc I bought 3, I wonder where the others are  :scratch:
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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2019, 05:16:03 PM »
I was at the makerspace last month while someone was taking apart a printer / photocopier and saw some rectangle magnifier lenses that were about 3/8 / 1/2 wide x 5 / 6” long and thought it wouldn’t take much to situate them over a crosslide dial much like the height gauges have.

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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2019, 12:25:46 PM »
Pekka,

I thought of you yesterday in Lidl!
A slightly different magnifier at €6 I bought 2

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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2019, 01:41:37 PM »
Hope you like it. I think I bought that one too some years back. I ditched the "third hand" because it is pretty awfull, will not hold much without shose crocodile clips slipping.....on the other hand serrations are that sharp that break insulation on wires. But the magnifier is not too bad hand held and it is pretty much used in my garage.

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Re: Silly cheap magnifying lence for lathe
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2019, 05:00:08 AM »
I bought them to mount on a magnetic base!

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