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    Chip vacuums?

    Anybody using chip vacuums? If so, do they work well? We are a manual machine/fab shop with 5 mills, a couple of lathes and a few drill presses. Sometimes we cut dry, and sometimes we machine with coolant. Was looking at something like this: Exair Chip Vac System, 55 gal. 6193 | Zoro.com...
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    NYC area custom architectural fab shop seeking manual machinist

    MANUAL MACHINIST Metal fabrication shop specializing in custom residential and commercial architectural metal work, hardware, lighting and furniture seeks skilled machinist for full-time work in a busy and varied shop environment. JOB DESCRIPTION Under minimal supervision, sets up and operates...
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    1/4-20 SS undercut flat head socket cap screws...

    I'm looking for a source of 1/4-20 (length is not super important) stainless steel (alloy not critical) undercut flat head socket cap screws, but have pretty much decided they don't exist. Anybody have a possible source recommendation? I have, of course, tried the usual suspects like McMaster...
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    Heavy Gantry Crane assembly question...

    Hi All- I've got to assemble on a job site a 7.5 ton capacity gantry crane whose top beam is 20' long and which weighs just over 1,000lbs. I've got less than 10' 6" of ceiling clearance, so my question is regarding some sort of manual (or perhaps electric) lift truck that could aid in lifting...
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    OT?: Birds wreaking havoc in new shop. Need suggestions to eradicate....

    We recently moved the shop to a new larger space, and are having bird issues. The new space has several roll up gates/doors (which are of course open now that it's warmed up), and we've got fairly high (+/- 18') trussed ceilings. The birds love it, and act like it's some kind of inner city...
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    DoAll C-57 horizontal bandsaw: need help with hydraulic system

    Hi All- We have an older DoAll C-57 horizontal bandsaw in the shop that we use for bigger stuff and structural items. We maintain it well, and it's still surprisingly accurate. It's always had a bit of a hydraulic leak issue, but performance or operation never suffered, until now. In preparing...
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    Time Clock: when to punch out

    I've got 8 guys on the floor (and more in other departments), and have started to notice a trend that has recently developed. The entire crew will begin to stop work around 10 til 5PM, and will then gather around and form a line of sorts at the big slop sink to wash up at the end of the day...
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    Opinions/reviews of Gardner/Denver rotary screw compressors...?

    All- We are now looking at purchasing a 30HP Gardner/Denver rotary screw compressor with integrated dryer and 120gal tank. Anybody else out there running one of these or a similar model? Opinions? Thanks in advance, ECJ
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    Thoughts/opinions on Quincy variable speed screw compressors?

    We are upgrading our very tired Ingersol Rand 80gal recip compressor to something that will carry our 15 person fab shop forward for the foreseeable future. Since our air consumption varies greatly from day to day and hour to hour, we have been looking at variable speed drive rotary screw...
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    Looking for a magnetic squaring arm for press brake...

    I've been looking for a decent quality front mount magnetic squaring arm for one of our press brakes, but can't seem to find anything decent, or readily available. Anyone have a good source? I've seen a couple of Italian ones, as well as British and Australian ones, but nothing for quick...
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    W & S 14" A.C. Collets- FREE

    Greetings- We're doing a bit of shop clean up, and have a nice box full of about 50 collets in decent condition for a W & S 14" A.C. You pay the shipping, and they're otherwise free to a good home. Please PM me if interested. ECJ
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    "Industry Standard" material abbreviations

    We are looking to solidify the abbreviation callouts we use for various ferrous and non ferrous metals both in our shop drawings, and on our storage racks, but no one at the shop can seem to agree on across the board terminology, nor does there seem to be an easy way to find an "industry...
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    more FREE McMaster-Carr catalogs...

    All- I have two recent (117 & 118) McMaster-Carr catalogs that are free for the asking. Just PM me your address, etc. if you are interested and I will send (in the lower 48!) free of charge. Hope it helps somebody out. ECJ
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    knurling an elipse

    I've been asked to knurl a small brass elliptical part for a prototype run of hardware and am not real sure about the possibility of doing such a thing on manual equipment. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! ECJ
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    Brown and Sharpe 510 clogged Bijur system

    Hi All- We recently picked up a nice little Brown and Sharpe 510 surface grinder that was in great shape, partially because it had sat for many years. I replaced the 'o' rings on the opti-flex drive, and that was about it, except the oil lines on the Bijur one shot system are clogged shut...
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    looking for a Cincinnati #2MI vertical operators manual

    Hi all- I've been searching for an operators manual for a 1950's era #2MI Cincinnati vertical mill, but cannot seem to locate one. Does anybody have one, or know of a link, or the best place to look? I've searched here, as well as ebay, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and...
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    General wheel recommendation

    Hi all- We run a small B&S 510 surface grinder at the shop and I am looking for an all around wheel recommendation. We generally don't do anything very exotic with it, mostly CF 1018 and the like. It is usually more about flat and square than it is about final finish. Currently, I have a...
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    DoAll C-57 wiring diagram

    Hello all- The shop just purchased at auction a DoAll C-57 (hydraulic haed and vise) horizontal band saw, and we are in need of a control panel wiring diagram. If anyone has one, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. ECJ
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    OT- Port-A-Cool products: do they work?

    Hello all- We are about to move the shop to a new 5000sq' space with 18' ceilings, and are concerned about keeping it reasonably cool this summer. This is a single story building with skylights and one loading dock entrance/roll up door. We are located in Brooklyn, NY, so it gets quite humid...
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    Wanderer Horizontal Mill info needed

    Hey all- I just picked up a Wanderer horizontal milling machine (type: 11FE machine No. 5679) and could really use some info on it. I've done several web searches, but can't find much of anything. Specifically, I'm looking for some type of manual or parts break down. Any help or information...
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