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    OT- kinda- Cast Iron Cookware, What Kind of Iron?

    If I wanted to pour some skillets for example, what kind of iron would I want to ask for at the foundry? Just plain grey iron? Ductile? I don’t know much about cast iron in general, but I know enough to know there are many varieties. Is there such a thing as “food grade” iron? I’ve used cast...
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    Mazak Quick Turn 350 Nexus X Axis Brake Stuck On

    Hey Guys, We recently had a transformer failure on our QT350. We have since replaced the transformer, and that seems to have cured the issues and alarms that were caused by the faulty transformer. Strangely, the main shutoff switch had failed on one phase, causing the machine to drop a phase...
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    Mazak Transformer Tap Question - HELP!

    The main transformer on my QT350 shit the bed the other day, and we ordered up a brand new transformer from Mazak. They told me the old part number was obsolete and was being replaced with a new part number. The new transformer is similar but still different from the old one. I can find homes...
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    Anyone Have an Exair Chip Trapper Sump Vacuum? Or other good recommendations?

    Hey guys, Looking at sump vacs, don't really have any experience with them. The Exair unit looks pretty simple. Don't really like paying 2k for basically an empty drum and a venturi vac, but I can't justify making one. Anyone have one of these? We have two sumps, each about 80gal, a 4020...
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    Mazak Lathe Chip Conveyor Control?

    Hey Guys, I for the life of me can't find the menu that allows the control of the chip conveyor on my lathe. I know it exists, as I have done it in the past. Somewhere there is a menu that allows you to reverse the conveyor direction, as well as the speed. I don't remember how I stumbled...
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    Looking At New VMCs. Recommendations?

    Hey Guys, We're getting to the point where we could use a second spindle in the shop. We currently run a 98 Hurco BMC 4020. I was talking to one of my main customers who we do some production for about adding some capacity and we agreed it would be wise to have a second spindle on the floor...
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    Best Way to Back Up Mazatrol Programs?

    Hey Guys, I have a 2003 Quick Turn 350 Nexus with the 640t Nexus control. The machine has a floppy drive, a serial port and an ethernet port. No USB. We don't have the EIA option on this machine, we only have Mazatrol. As such, I've never had to load a program on the machine, we just program...
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    Cleco Style Tool for 5/16" Holes?

    Hey Guys, We're assembling a handful of custom stainless parts carts for the local ice cream factory. There are a lot of 5/16" holes that need to line up with another hole for a bolt, and I would LOVE to find a quick, removeable, temporary fastener very much like a Cleco tool for rivets to...
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    Repeating a Part in Mazatrol Question

    I have to make a short, fat, disc shaped part that is approximately 7" in diameter and .5" thick. It is essentially a retainer clip that fastens to the end of a housing to retain a spring. Essentially, we face, turn, bore and part off. Easy peasy. Right now, I machine the clip as a first...
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    Favorite Cutters for Plastic? Lathe and Mill work...

    Hey guys, I have a production job I will be working on for a customer for a while that is primarily Delrin, with a few parts Nylon. Mostly turning work, but there will be some milled features after the turning is complete. What is your favorite tooling for machining Delrin? Mostly...
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    Mazak Quick Turn Nexus 350 - Should I Buy It?

    A friend of mine has this lathe surplus to his needs. He just replaced it with a live tool lathe of similar size and capacity, just newer and better equipped. There is nothing wrong with it, he just won't need it anymore once the new one gets installed. They use this machine every day. It...
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    Favorite Lever Chain Hoist?

    Got an upcoming job that will require a pair of lever hoists. I'd like to get a pair of nice ones to use around the shop for this job and future work. I have a cheesy 1.5 ton HF special from the chinese buffet right now, and it's not very nice (big surprise), so I'm thinking its time to invest...
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    Picked Up an Old Marvel Series 8 Bandsaw. How to Determine Age?

    Picked this saw up yesterday from the local machinery dealer. Its an oldie for sure, but it seems to be in pretty dang good shape. He said they bought it out of a GM maintenance shop, so it probably saw some regular maintenance over its life there. The paint job is pretty horrible, but it...
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    Sizing AC Unit for Industrial Space - Thoughts and Experiences?

    Hey guys, Summer is peeking around the corner already, and our new shop is not air conditioned (yet). I'm a pretty firm believer in AC in the shop. Keeps me and the employees happy and comfortable, work quality is better, and we're not wore out near as much by the end of the day. I am...
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    Best 6 x 48 Belt Sander?

    I'm looking to replace my old Rockwell belt sander, its getting pretty tired and I would like to get a new one. Its a general shop belt sander, used mostly to deburr parts and edges, but occasionally I will do some shape contouring or something on the table and its really nice to have the back...
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    Industrial Express Welding and Machine Shop

    Hey Guys, I am in the process of moving my shop to a new space, and I figured now would be a good time to start a shop thread. I've lurked on this forum for many years, always reading and learning. I've been encouraged and inspired by a lot of you guys, and I really love the community and...
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    Need a New Forklift, What Should I Look For?

    I currently have a pretty wore out Mitsubishi FG20 from the early 90's. We love the truck, but it has a zillion hours on it. It needs all the systems overhauled and its just shot. Its a ticking time bomb until something catastrophically fails, and its not worth rebuilding everything. I am...
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    Looking At A Used Hurco BMC 4020, Thoughts?

    A friend of mine has a 1998 Hurco BMC 4020 that I'd like to make a deal with him on. I has the Ultimax conversational control, 8000 RPM CAT 40 taper spindle and rigid tapping. 24 tool ATC, I think. I don't have any pictures, but I have seen it in person, and it is clean and seems to be in good...
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    Favorite Adjustable Machine Light?

    The light on my Bridgeport took a shit the other day, didn't realize how bad I needed it. Looking around at replacements, and there are a LOT of options. Looking for something that articulates a bit, and can run off 120v wall power. Would like to stay under $200 if possible. Suggestions?
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    FS: 315 Cold Saw Blade

    For sale is a blade for a cold saw. Blade size is 315 x 2,5 x 40. Came with a used saw I bought and doesn't fit it, it has the wrong arbor size. Looks to be in great shape, I can't find any broken teeth or any other defects. Appears to be freshly sharpened. I suspect it ended up with this saw...
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