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    Way OT - bat bite

    I have had decent luck in my own experiences, in that they have generally been pretty damn on the ball. However, when I was told that, we were also experiencing worldwide vaccine shortages, and people were being advised "you don't need that" when they very clearly did. If you are interested...
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    Way OT - bat bite

    I'm not reading this whole thread. Simply put, according to the algorithm put forth by the health department, the bat should be tested for rabies. If the bat is unable to be tested for rabies, you should be treated with post exposure prophylaxis (PEP). It's no laughing matter. Rabies is...
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    D2 Crucible tool steel 13" dia x 7/8" thk. Drops trepanned out of 17" stock

    They are in Oak Park, MI You pick up. $100 each, 3 or 4 pieces It's not me selling it, but an old member USMachine as he's moving out of a commercial shop....if you are interested I can put you in touch. Forklift available to put it on a truck if it's worthwhile, but you'll have to arrange...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    This is a very uncommon thing for people to observe. That if the rich plantation owners are paying taxes on the cash they hand to their migrant workers, they had to get that cash from a taxed income of some sort. And that given that they are in a higher marginal tax bracket, that income is...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    Yeah, except the real recipients of welfare in the US are the large corporations. During Covid there were how many trillion dollars ran up on the debt? What went to people? Half a trillion? I don't care to look up the numbers, but I know that the numbers that were pumped into the economy...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    It is exactly that. The difference is, when a country like China decides "we are going to start buying physical gold", they do it with the tenacity that ultimately allows them to have some control over the price. So, for the last couple of years, they've been buying in to gold with the simple...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    You obviously haven't looked for a reliable Ford Ranger lately. A year ago, they didn't exist unless they were restorations. I drove a 1994 Ford Ranger 4 speed for close to a decade. I paid $500 for it, I sold it for the same $500. I drove used cars for 28 years. My 2007 Focus rotted out...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    Doing things yourself doesn't save you money if you can't afford to own the car/house. Roofs are only expensive if you have to pay the bank. I had the roofer out to do my garage. He quoted me $4500 to do the house. I told him I was pretty scared to get a quote, as the neighbors came in at...
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    Another Slow down Thread

    The last four years have just been paradoxical. Everything felt like it should be slowing, but there was so much money pumped into the economy during covid that it just kept going. Couple that with a labor shortage and people felt like they were invincible. No industrial space to be found...
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    Reproducing a Metal Electrical Part made over 100 years ago

    You need to get the original material analyzed before you go too far. My guess is that it's actually a cupronickel alloy as opposed to zinc. Investment casting isn't that expensive. A jeweler could vulcanize you a mold that will hold that level of detail. Then you just shoot wax in it...
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    Share your stories about guys who got fired

    After reading this thread, It is sheer luck that I have never been fired.
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    Cheap Fiber Lasers - technology durability

    Yes, they are engraving lasers, but with enough passes, will cut....not efficiently enough for an industrial operation, but for prototyping small parts, lots faster than the alternatives
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    Cheap Fiber Lasers - technology durability

    Ha....yeah 50 watt, not kw. I'm not shooting airplanes out of the sky.
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    Cheap Fiber Lasers - technology durability

    I feel like we are starting to see significant price movement in the fiber laser department. I'm curious, when you look at a product like a 50w fiber galvo laser, what does the industrial proven brand equivalent cost? I'd like the ability to cut small parts (2-3" square), but mostly etch at...
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    Does ANYBODY use eBay anymore?

    I still buy and sell. Not as much as I used to, but enough. I can't complain much. It gives me access to a huge customer base for about 20% of gross sales. It's definitely changed over the years, but what hasn't.
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    Large piece of pipe sleeved with DOM tubing just large enough for your allen wrench. Keep it hidden from the gorillas that install the dies. You'll need this tool from time to time. Those are not intended to be tightened much when installing the dies...just enough to keep the die in...
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    College Apartment Job Shop?

    Get back in school or do whatever you have to do to get yourself into a engineering technician position so you can start building experience. The parts that can be made on small, affordable machines, will not make you money unless they are unique. If you are already writing off sex machines...
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    OT: Anybody drive a Toyota Tundra? How's reliability been for you?

    What is a reasonable mileage to get out of one? I drive average 100 miles a day, so 30,000 a year easy. Had a Corolla that I sold at 288 that has since exceeded 300.
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    Surgical Steel

    Agreed. That is an amazing summary of properties.
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    Where does all the scrap go? How much those scrappers making?

    It's not an easy business. You try to make 20% off the material between the purchase and the sale, and that has to cover your overhead. 100% on iron. You always run the site on an already existing superfund. Ie, you don't just buy up 10 acres and start a scrap yard. You buy a capped...