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    Talking Mobile Army Machine Shop.

    I ran across this today. Used in 1943 that's even older than me!

    File:Mobile Machine Shop US Army 1943.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I wonder if they have a mobile shop now? Most likely, and I wonder what it looks like? Any of you service guys got a picture?

    Maybe I should buy a big rig with dual trailers, put my shop in it and drive from customer to customer.

    Steve

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    When I was in college I was part of the Formula SAE competition. We would make a small race car and compete with other schools.

    Anyway, GM would bring out a semi-trailer with a full machine shop inside. The guys working at the trailer would do whatever they could to help out the students during the competition. It was a pretty cool setup. All the basic machines and materials you could ask for inside a mobile rig. They even had welding.

    I can't tell you how many drill bits they broke for us drilling holes in cap screws for safety wire. Those guys had some real patience.

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    Kinda looks like the chains on the wheels were for mud.. Not a trailer at any rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vajra78 View Post
    Mr. Cross...
    Eh?...........

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    There was an artical a few yrs ago on the current model mobile shop. I think it had a B axis Mazak lathe in it. I think they planned on using it as both a mill and lathe, but maybe there was a mill in the trailer too. ???

    Also - programming was done offline - via satalite link.


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    Mud,

    Those guys are about two blocks from my house!

    When I moved to the area, we rented floor space from these guys for about six months. Haven't beem back there since!

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mud View Post
    Eh?...........
    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...s-best-227898/

    Had a bit of Mori vs. Mazak for a few years in the shop and finally admitted defeat completely. Had a lot of misinformation by a misinformed programer/operator while I was still learning to g-code. He was afraid of macros all ways said cycles couldn't be modified. Never stopped learning and learnt better.

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    "Mazak's are the best"

    Don't tell my brother that! He works for the local Mori dealer.

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    There was an article (maybe same one Ox is talking about) in one of the trade rags - I wanna say american machinist.

    Modern version is in one or two shipping containers. Which when you think about it pretty impressive.

    Also, various parties have told me that in WWII, it was common for some machines to arrive (at say an air base in the pacific) and then a group of machinists who would finish up the shop, then start to support of aircraft or whatever.

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    Altavoz.

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    Well that was an unpleasant blast from the past....!

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    So - you was in II?


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    Sorry, Jim. Whenever folks start talking about shipping containers and machine tools, that name crawls back from the dark past...

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    Its not a British army mobile workshop thats for sure

    Way too over equipped...

    My dad (ex REME * ) said all he ever needed to fix stuff was a big hammer and a screwdriver


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    * Rough engineering made 'ere .. as the old joke goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by vajra78 View Post
    http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb...s-best-227898/

    Had a bit of Mori vs. Mazak for a few years in the shop and finally admitted defeat completely. Had a lot of misinformation by a misinformed programer/operator while I was still learning to g-code. He was afraid of macros all ways said cycles couldn't be modified. Never stopped learning and learnt better.


    I like Mazaks, I think they are excellent value. However when I hear "best" I think of top quality, and I don't think Mazak, is better then some of the high end MTB's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Chester View Post
    Altavoz.

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    YIKES!

    What about his predecessor Fabian?
    Anyone remember him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris View Post
    Its not a British army mobile workshop thats for sure

    Way too over equipped...

    My dad (ex REME * ) said all he ever needed to fix stuff was a big hammer and a screwdriver


    Boris

    * Rough engineering made 'ere .. as the old joke goes
    If a hammer doesn't fix it - it's an electrical fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scadvice View Post
    I ran across this today. Used in 1943 that's even older than me!

    File:Mobile Machine Shop US Army 1943.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I wonder if they have a mobile shop now? Most likely, and I wonder what it looks like? Any of you service guys got a picture?

    Maybe I should buy a big rig with dual trailers, put my shop in it and drive from customer to customer.

    Steve
    I think I saw something similar for sale awhile ago on DRMO/ Government Surplus Auctions at Government Liquidation

    It was a M35A3 with a hard box on the back with a bunch of benches and cabinets. The machines were not in it anymore, but I think it had a PTO driven air compressor.

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