Springtime - it won't be long now!

Such a magnificent time of the year.  Even now, the sap is rising and at Hemingway, we can feel the urge to make swarf.    

As none other than Leo Tolstoy observed:

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” (Anna Karenina - 1878)

And Ernest Hemingway (no relation...) noted:

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and, if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits.” (A Moveable Feast - 1964)

As you spring-clean your workshop this year, ready for those longer evenings, have a good think about your next project.  Perhaps we can help!?    

Quorn Mk3 - Grinding Flutes the Easy Way

This 3 minute clip from Chronova Engineering shows the new and simple method for regrinding helical flutes on the Quorn Mk3.  Both primary and secondary clearance angles are set from a graduated collar.  The method, described in the User Notes, requires no calculations or awkward wheel height adjustments.  A further clip from Chronova describes conical drill grinding following Prof. Jorge Hugel's method.       

The Gack Free-Vice

This Free-Vice will lock your job directly to the milling table, allowing heavy cuts to be taken across the entire surface.  

We've all faced those puzzles where the milling vice is not big enough and hold-down clamps get in the way. Where you may have needed to clamp then re-clamp work in the past, you can now enjoy that single facing cut! 

The Vice suits T-slot scentres from 1.25"-3.5" (32-90mm) and will earn its keep on all common milling machines.    

Click here for a closer look? 

The Quorn Mk3 T&C Grinder

We'd guess that the Quorn Universal Tool & Cutter Grinder is known by just about everyone who owns a small workshop.  If you haven't built one - "odds on" you've thought about it?    

Launched by Prof. Dennis Chaddock and Model Engineering Services in 1974, the Quorn is a triumph of engineering design and a hugely desirable asset.  

Now... what if we were to tell you that:

• Following an agreement with Ivan Law at MES, Hemingway are proud to have become the sole authorised supplier of the Quorn.
• The new Quorn Mk3 design has been released, offering customers a much quicker build and easier, more accurate set-ups.   
FULL material kits are now available. Not just castings but everything required to complete your Quorn Mk3.  


Welcome to our All-New Website!

If all of those long hours at the keyboard have worked - you will now be sat in front of our brand new website?  Our command of "html" is not strong so we're crossing our finger and toes.   

In the end, the chaps who ran the servers for our old site could no longer support its turn-of-the-century code.  This new cloud-based site is going to take some getting used to, for us at least.  It's a bit like when the road atlas and carburettor gave way to satnav and fuel injection. Whilst the NEW its infinitely better, you instinctively knew where you were with the OLD.   

Don't be frightened - this site contains all of the information from before together with many new images and video links - can't be bad?  We also have high hopes that the eCommerce side of it will address some issues that have made ordering cumbersome in the past.  

We hope you find the new site to be intuitive. There are a few new features that look genuinely useful:

  • New Account - Why not create an Account with Hemingway Kits?  This will ask you for the usual information (email, address and a password).  In return for your indulgence, you'll never have to fill these in again, you'll be able to keep tabs on your orders and you can create a "Wish List" of items that interest you.  If you also tick the "right" box, you'll receive a very occasional email/newsletter from Hemingway Kits - typically when new products are launched.
  • Wish List - Now here's an interesting thing and just in time for Christmas!  As you add an item to your list, you'll be asked for exact details (MT2 vs R8, Full kit vs Castings only etc..).  You can then click to Distribute this list by email to anyone and everyone who wishes you joy, safe in the knowledge that the less technically inclined won't be bamboozaled by meaningless drop-down lists. 
  • Export OrdersGreat news for well-over half of our customers:
    • Currencies - You can now choose your favourite (or favorite...) currency from the list at the top-left.  
    • Delivery Cost & Weight: By choosing your country from the list at the bottom of the Shopping Basket, you'll get a good idea of your delivery costs.  If you add (smiley) or subtract (frown) items, you'll be able to minimise your delivery cost per kg.