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    OT any painters on this morning?

    I would not use water to thin your paint... A better product is Floetrol Latex Paint Additive, manufactured by Flood. I’ve been using this and their oil based version for more years than I can count. You can get it at Home Depot and similar box stores, as well as all over the net. Cheers!
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    O.T. Sunken U.S. WW II desroyer wreckage found

    Thanks for your post... My father served on the Battleship Maryland (BB46) and fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf... Three days after the battle, the Maryland was on patrol in Leyte Gulf firing in support of U.S. ground troops on Leyte island. A Japanese Kamikaze flying a Nakajima Ki-43...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for your reply... Thanks for your comments. If they don’t want to reply via email, why do they have an email reply form and solicit email enquiries? If phone calls are their only contact preference, why have an email form for additional information? They can run their business any way...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at used machinery sites for a lathe, mill and a surface grinder. It must be good in the used machinery business these days, because out of more than a dozen queries for more information on various equipment listed for sale, only one dealer ever responded...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for the reply! I had not thought of getting equipment from a bankruptcy sale... Another option to investigate! Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Well, lots of blokes add accessories or customise cars that are still under warranty. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry. :-) Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Hello VAE, Thanks for your comments... I have thought about buying the same equipment I used back in the day, but I would really like a universal mill if I can fit it in my available space. A lathe with easier threading capabilities would be nice as well. :-) Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Interesting! I did a quick search for used FP4’s and you’re correct, they were around half what a new conventional mill costs. However, if you go CNC, you’ve got to learn the code.... What’s the easiest way to learn the code? Is there an online course, manufacturers classes or other options...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for the heads up! Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for your comments VAE... Although I mentioned doing some small bits for the F-car, one of my primary areas of interest is making tools. I would like to make them as necessary for my remodelling and some for my metal studio and other needs. I only mentioned a few things in my original...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for the links! Thanks for the links to the German equipment... I will check them out. The search for equipment is as fun as it is exhausting, but it will be worth the wait. Take care and best wishes! Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks! I’ve heard of the Takisawa... I will keep a keen eye peeled for both of these... Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks! I will look for Connelly... Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Our ancestral home is Cornwall, in the West Country near Devon. Our favourite clotted cream is from The Devon Cream Company... Ah, a smear of clotted cream on a hot crumpet with orange marmalade... A little bit of Blighty to wake up to... Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for the heads up... I know very little about Grizzly. It’s hit or miss finding the right used equipment. I’m trying to find German manufactured lathes and mills (like Weiler and FPS) currently. I’m also sending enquiries about new machines (or factory refurbished for FPS), since finding...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for the reply! I looked online for a copy of the Deutsches Institut Fur Normung E.V. (German National Standard) and I found a pdf download for ~$52.00... Thanks for the heads up. If I can’t find on old printing of this, I’ll get the pdf download. Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    I would be happy to, but that is way off topic for this forum. I’m in the middle of a large remodelling project at the moment and since I’m doing about 98% of the work, spare time is as easy to find as English clotted cream in the dairy aisle. I really need to stay focused on getting my metal...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for your reply. I would think that they would be more than happy to show you the test report... Cheers!
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks so much for the info! Thank you so much for the heads up on testing... I was unaware that you could get a testing report on a high end lathe prior to purchase. I will get the book you recommended as well, just in case I end up with a pre-owned lathe and need to do it myself. I really...
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    Help me spend $75k for my dream machine shop...

    Thanks for your reply. I am unsure where the Servoturn is manufactured, I cannot find a reference to it in the online material. Brad at Maple Lane Machine and Tool did a very comprehensive five part series on the PM 1640TL. Every bit of it was reviewed from delivery to run in and accuracy...
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