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    VFD for Cincinnati lathe with 3HP. Motor data plate pic attached.

    Over size by 2x only when greater then 3HP, as the input diodes are what limit operation from single phase power source. If you read the 3HP manual, you will see it can operate from single phase with no derating. That's a pricey unit for 3HP. Try this seller, and you can see their inventory...
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    Stuck Allen head bolt

    If you have enough sticking out of the broken end mill, put it in a bench vise, if you can bite it with the jaw, and use a strap wrench on the holder to rotate in the opposite direction of the end mill cutting rotation. The idea is to 'unload' the set screws from a slightly rotated endmill that...
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    Best way to buy/ship expensive item online from UK without getting scammed?

    Assuming it was a shill bid that exceeded you max. Look at all the bids from the auction and click on all automatic bids, if the same bidder that won the auction ran it up, I would offer the highest price of your bid, before a shill came into the auction. Ebay does not let buyers off the hook so...
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    How to get a decent mouse???

    I like the gaming mouse, as they have 7 buttons. For browsing you have a forward and back button on the left side your thumb manipulates. they have 4 levels of DPI precision with a button behind the scroll wheel/button. I've never had a problem with the $6-$10 ones on eBay.
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    Phase Conversion Only

    What is the model number of the VFD you have on this lathe right now? It might be robust enough to use single phase input power. If it will run on single phase input (some VFD's sense phase loss), I would use that. Yes, if the VFD diodes are not rated for full 5HP input current through single...
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    Best auto darkening helmet?

    When these autodarken helmets first came out, I got an expensive one, had to replace it as the head strap mechanism plastic failed. So I got a cheap one off eBay with large window area and 'tru-color". I'm happy with it, other then the odd battery it uses. I don't weld much, so the battery is...
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    My Dads Shop- advice for liquidating

    That is a function of the number of posts you have on this site.
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    Taiwanese Enco 1024 lathe - thread identification

    That could be 25mmx8TPI, turns out my Jet lathe was 50mmx8TPI, yup a bastard size chuck mount.
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    Hobby lathe or combo machine

    Where are you at? Just looking at Facebook market place, here's a lathe with a 2" through the head stock; Log into Facebook asking $1300, that's very light surface rust. Tooling looks like crap, but there may be some, just no photos. The video shows it running. This is in Olin Iowa, You don't...
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    Hobby lathe or combo machine

    Have you tried looking at craigslist and facebook marketplace? Do not pass up an affordable 3phase machine. You can get VFDs that convert single phase to 3 phase. They are easy to connect. That seems to be a show stopper to many wanting a garage powered machine. If you have to hire a rigger to...
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    O/T - High strength/temp elastomer for Lovejoy coupling?

    I would want to see the setup of how this is in your dyno. My experience with this sort of jaw coupling problem was on my skid steer, and it would eat any coupler I tried. There was a 5 thou misalignment. This coupling was driving the hydraulic pump. And I was more pushing snow then using the...
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    VFD vs phase converter

    Relative to a VFD vendor, I've had good service and price from these folks; Variable Frequency Drives - VFD - Dealers Industrial If you do look for a VFD off eBay, make sure it's a 200volt class, this is for 240VAC operation. The 400volt class is for 440VAC operation and can't be used for you...
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    A moral question on a Bridgeport mill to ponder

    Haul the mill home. You've been looking for one too long. And I would not trust any story told to me about some emotional connection to a commercially made piece of machinery.
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    Bridgeport knee powerfeed - Align AL/CE-500P anyone?

    I ended up mounting my vertical power feed horizontally, as the Y axis power feed made things crowded.
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    Bridgeport knee powerfeed - Align AL/CE-500P anyone?

    My Z axis power feed was rated at 350inlbs, and I have a big 12 inch rot tab and a 6" Kurt on the table all the time. It has zero issues lifting that. Memory was the one you're looking at was 450inlbs.