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    Narrowing the field on a small turning center

    I wouldn't necessarily rule one of the Hardinge GT's out but, they are a little bigger than what I'd prefer. I'm really liking the Cubic machines. Not a lot of used machines out there for sale but, they seem to be what I want in terms of size and features. The Omniturn GT-75's also look to be...
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    Narrowing the field on a small turning center

    I just took a look at Robin's IG account and then started following. Very cool things going on there, thanks. Bob
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    Narrowing the field on a small turning center

    Thanks guys! The rigid tap and C-axis are not on my must-have list. C-axis is probably more important than rigid tapping. The grinding dust is always a concern but, my shop is actually decent size (just full of machines) and I do a pretty good job of isolating my current machine tools from the...
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    Narrowing the field on a small turning center

    I can understand where this opinion comes from but, I would have to disagree. Everyone on this forum isn't looking to run a job shop and I am not completely inexperienced in cnc production. There was a time when I produced a line of motorcycle parts using my own VMC (a Matsuura). True, I've...
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    Narrowing the field on a small turning center

    I am getting more serious about bringing a small cnc lathe into my shop. I am a knifemaker, specializing in handmade custom folding knives (www.rangermadeknives.com). I am at a point that many custom makers eventually find themselves; I have a good reputation and a lot of work but, don't really...
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    Haas Mini Lathe questions

    I'm usually late to the party! There are a few out there for sale though. None local, of course. 3' bar is plenty for me so that's good to hear. Thanks, Bob
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    Haas Mini Lathe questions

    I have been contemplating buying a small cnc lathe for a while and am starting to get a little more serious about it. The new Haas CL1 chucker lathe would be about perfect but, I probably shouldn't spend that kind of money so, the Mini Lathe is where I'm looking. I will not ever need to turn...
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    Recommend a modern Hydraulic fluid for my 1974 K.O.Lee SG

    Thanks! I took a look at it and it sounded like a good option. Already have a pail on the way. Bob
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    Recommend a modern Hydraulic fluid for my 1974 K.O.Lee SG

    So I have a manual and it recommends several different hydraulic fluids that all seem to be obsolete. On the pump assembly it actually says to use a rust inhibiting mineral oil of 150S.S.U. at 100 degrees. This particular machine lubricates the ways with the hydraulic oil. I would really...
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    Citizen L-25's and L-16's under $3k??

    Had a really busy weekend so, it took me a while to get back to this. Apparently my old age is kicking in because I decided to go back through my old posts and I actually asked about Swiss machines a couple years ago. I think I was convinced at the time that they were not for me. Hopefully, I...
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    Citizen L-25's and L-16's under $3k??

    First, I am NOT a CNC guy. I once had a Matsuura RA-1 and learned to program it and run parts but, that doesn't mean I know anything. So, anyway...I'm kinda getting the itch to have a turning center. I have a number of small parts that I would like to produce for the knifemaking market. I doubt...
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    I think the guy tried to make a go at running a small job/repair shop out of his home shop and it didn't work out. He had a nice, clean shop with some well maintained older machines. He was obviously still making chips but, said he worked out at the airport. He had a lot of his machines tarped...
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    So, I went out and looked at the K.O.Lee 618 2A this morning. It was actually in pretty good shape. My only hesitation is that the max longitudinal feed speed seems to be 36fpm. Currently I grind dry on my B-S and speed is of the essence to prevent warping on my blades. If I'm running coolant...
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    Wow, I need a deal like that!! I've been drooling over a couple Okamoto 3-axis videos. Never used one but, they look like a Cadillac to me. Bob
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    Good point about checking completed auctions on Ebay. I do look at new SG listings on Ebay every day...along with Craigslist and Bidspotter. I'm not necessarily set on a Kent either; any of the decent brands are fine with me but unless I find a smoking deal on a 2-axis, I'm probably going to...
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    I am way too busy to get into a project like that. I'm keeping the B-S for smaller jobs and one off setups. I just can't spend hours at a time standing there turning the handles. Bob
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    Help me determine what to pay for a surface grinder

    Seems like I haven't been around here in forever! Could use a little help guys. I can't keep spinning the handwheel on my manual Boyer-Schultz SG due to a shoulder injury from my military service. I am now shopping for an automatic SG with at least two axes but, three would be killer. I'm in...
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    Couple questions about late model Deckel GK21

    Thank you Bruce. I have forwarded this information to Centerline. Bob
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    Couple questions about late model Deckel GK21

    I did join the Yahoo group. It is not very active. I do have the machine home now. It needed some cleaning up for sure. I would guess it spent some time in a die sinking shop as I cleaned mostly carbon out of it. I also replaced the head on the broken work light and made some sub-plates for...
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    GK21 needs spindle rebuild

    I ended up breaking down the feed mechanism myself and cleaning it up. Was pretty straightforward. I sent the spindle to Centerline Inc. in Oklahoma. They're a spindle repair specialty shop. They seemed pretty confident on the phone so hopefully they will do me right. Bob
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