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    How to get a decent mouse???

    Anybody know of a decent mouse that doesnt break the bank? I always used just a average logitech mouse. Bought several years ago and they were all great. They are dying off and I've tried several newer ones and they are complete fucking garbage. Doesnt recognize small movements at all. Just...
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    Stainless boat trailer axle? Bad idea?

    Hey guys bit off topic but i have a small boat trailer with a rusty axle. Im looking for a long term replacement but not having much luck finding something that will hold up to saltwater over time. Its 3500lb axle, boat is only 2000 so not dealing with a whole lot of weight. The old axle...
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    VFD Fan on constantly while powered up

    Hi guys I have another little issue with a Hitachi L200 VFD that i recently installed on a manual lathe. The fan is on constantly while its powered up. I find this very annoying. Is this normal for some VFDs or is there something wrong with it? Id like to change this but I dont want to be...
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    VFD Brake unit, can a universal or different brand be used?

    I have a 7.5kw hitachi L200 VFD on a lathe and the braking needs to be pretty slow to avoid alarms. Dont think it has any internal braking and cant seem to find an external braking unit to fit. Just curious if you can mix brands or if anybody makes a universal braking unit? The brake unit on...
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    Best belt for variable speed lathe conversion? H timing belt? HTD? Poly V?

    Hi guys, I have a colchester triumph 2000 lathe and im sick of listening to the gear noise in this machine. Im In process of converting it to run variable speed with a VFD and plan on using a belt drive from motor to spindle and bypassing all gears (just setting levers in a neutral position). Im...
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    M16 Form Tapping 5D deep. Any tips?

    I have a job coming up with about 2000 pcs of mild steel pins needing a M16 through hole 80mm long. Was planning on using a form tap to avoid issues of packed chips. Will a form tap be ok to tap this deep or is this going to be a disaster? How do I choose proper drill size? I see a recommended...
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    Aluminum roundbar with cracks in it??!! Wtf?

    Hey guys I have some 2" aluminum roundbar here with cracks in it. Pieces are flying out while machining and some parts have cracks in them. Anybody ever see this before? Cracks are along the circumference. Almost looks like they took 1.75" round bar and somehow extruded another piece over it. I...
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    Clamping 1/8" wall tubing without distorting it?

    Looking for suggestions on how to clamp some 1.75 x 1.5" aluminum tubing in a mill without distorting it. Trying to hold it in soft jaws but there is few thou variation in tubing (dia and roundness) and when I clamp it changes shape and goes out of tolerance when unclamped. Would I be better...
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    Fadal locking drawbar missing balls. How does this work anyway?

    Hey Guys, Ran into a problem a week ago with my drawbar ejecting tools violently. Knockout distance was too high after installing a lightning cool kit. I adjusted knockout distance and it perfect for about a week. see details here: Cat 40 tools sticking and banging when released. What to do? Too...
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    Cat 40 tools sticking and banging when released. What to do? Too much knockout dist?

    Hi Guys I have a Fadal 4020 here and lately ive been getting some more serious problems with tools sticking. It will release on its own, but when it does sometimes there is a crazy bang when it lets go. I know some of this is normal, but this seems a little extreme. Its so bad sometimes that it...
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    How to safely store electrical spare parts?

    Just bought some spare electrical components for an old cnc lathe I have here. Wondering if its possible to safely store these in an unheated attic above my shop? Little concerned about temperature swings and condensation/corrosion. Is there a way to safely store parts in this environment or...
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    Lead times on custom washers. Anybody know of place with quicker turnaround?

    I get a custom washer stamped from bokers for a product we sell. Need to order more but their lead time is about 100 days. I dont have enough on hand to last this long. Probably going to have to end up machining some to meet deliveries, not really looking forward to this. Any other options out...
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    Hamer 3d Taster or haff-schneider?

    Looking at buying a Haimer but I really dont like the fact that I need to pass the zero point twice to get on center. I feel like my workers will eventually find a way to go to zero once and then set the origin wrong. Has anybody made this mistake or is it not worth worrying about? I saw this...
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    Set screw holder with no flat? Safe???

    Ive seen few people on here in the past say they have run endmill holders with no flat on the tool. I havent been brave enough to try it, but im getting more and more sick of grinding flats on tools. Did a little experiment tonight with a worn out 3/8 endmill. Clamped it on round shank and...
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    Small corner round overs, big problems... Any way to do this out of the machine?

    Hi guys I have a customer who uses round corners on a lot of parts. This time its some fairly big 1/4" aluminum plates. 14 x 18 inch. Needs 0.078 rad all around, Both sides of course. Going to be tricky to hold this flat enough to get corners looking good. Just a couple parts, hard to justify...
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    Mitee Bite Uniforce and pitbull clamp questions

    Im looking at doing a fixture for some 1.75" round aluminum parts. Would like to sawcut blanks and just drop them into some machined uniforce clamps. Im wondering how far these clamps can flex? Had some bar little while ago that was nearly 0.020 over, and ive seen bars 0.025 under. Will these...
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    My QT10 Is slowly dying. Power supply shutting down. Can anybody help?

    Hi Guys, I have an old QT10 with T1 control in great shape with very low use despite its age. But lately its giving me a little trouble. I've struggled with this machine randomly shutting off occasionally for couple years now. Everything runs fine and then just totally shuts off like you hit the...
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    VFDs running off Generator? How clean does power need to be?

    Hey guys, Been considering buying a backup generator for our house and would like to run our Mitsubishi mini split heat pump and other electronics without damage. The heat pump is VFD driven and ive been told it needs to receive "clean" power but im really not sure whats acceptable. Ideally id...
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    Need help ASAP. Fadal Drawbar Sealing washer needed or not?

    Hey guys Im finally adding lighning cool to my Fadal 4020. Changing out Belleville washers now too while I have it apart. I bought a DRB-0109 Sealing washer at some point, but im not sure if i need it or not? The pilot on top of drawbar has O rings inside and out so this should seal it. Do I...
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    Fadal 4020 head gib adjustments, any tips?

    I have a fadal 4020 and seem to be getting more wandering lately with drilled holes. Always seems to drift off in same direction so looks like machine could be the problem. I put an indicator on the head and set tip on the Z ways while drilling and sure enough im getting like 3-4 thou movement...
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