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    Starrett Depth Micrometer

    I am assuming 1-6". What does the needed wrench look like? I have a pile of micrometer wrenches. I might have one for the cost of a postage stamp.
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    Would lengthy blackouts create new manufacturing opportunities?

    .199 (#8) drill, I most always use cut taps. The reason behind using .199 all the time is I scored quite the stash of drills .031 to .250 on E-bay in it's infancy. In that .196-.203 range there was a lot of .199. I stopped checking if my ban was lifted, gave up after it approached a month. I...
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    RFQ - small 6061 parts

    Looks like a case where many people are trying to help, but the OP doesn't want to help himself.
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    RFQ -25000 3/8 brass plugs

    Deliberate or not there isn't enough info to quote, researching SAE J514 got me nowhere.
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    practical limits of parting off

    I am guessing you don't have any way to rig up a support? Just slow down the RPMS the last .100 or so and kick up the feed.. You should be able to figure out the sweet spot where they snap and drop from their own weight and keep the cycle time close to keeping the same RPM all the way down
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    You call cutting stock on a horizontal bandsaw while doing other things as a machine you're running when counting production machines you are running at once. I don't, the same as most people and anyone you work for. Your union upbringing causes you to set the bar low. If someone came from a...
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    Air Compressor power question

    In layman's terms it depends on where you are in the food chain, or how many farms are upstream from your's pulling water from the river. My first shop was in a rundown area in a tract home's garage. I had a 125 main service fed to a 100 amp sup panel in the shop. If machines were running the...
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    Single point threading and cnc lathe power

    A KNC-20 should be fine single pointing any O.D. thread in it's size range, it is tapping where it will lack power. Why don't you post some pictures. I agree with kick up the RPMS, at least to 800. I like 12 passes also. Use insert tooling only.
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    Those machines can run on auto feed for long periods of time, BigB was talking about using a power feed on a common sized manual mill. I should have been more specific.
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    Your system is going to get out run 5x-10x over without even pushing things in the slightest on a machining center when it comes to production work. Full blast on the common Servo 140 table feed is 25 IPM. A machinging center can cut 10x+ that and rapid 20x+ that. What part of that do you refuse...
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    No argument, but not a common occurrence, and note I said efficiently. Even using a power feed, when you go to flip a part or load another one the other manual machine you were running stops.
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    Wasn't a lot of that death and destruction caused by Boeing? Autonetics, then North American Rockwell in Anaheim once employed over 30,000, then they merged with Douglas and more jobs were lost and facilities closed. I wonder how many SoCal jobs Boeing lost.
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    Air Compressor power question

    That is typical of an air compressor that starts and stops. Just leave it on it's own dedicated circuit off the main panel.
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    I lived on that and diet soda for weeks at a time when starting out, even pizza for breakfast. I probably should have just signed up for scheduled deliveries of pizza. They would also deliver soda, but no beer. I don't have a sweet tooth, I could not even remember the last time I had a desert...
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    You cannot run two manual machines at a time with any efficiency. No one counts cutting stock as running a machine when it comes to production work, only you. Go ahead and explain how you can efficiently run a mill and a drill press at the same time. You know where you claimed to make over $100...
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    Rfq

    There are a lot of Chinese companies that will rent a mail drop, like a mail box at a UPS store. The address comes up with a street address and they can use unit #123, instead of box #123. A person who doesn't do a Google search ends up thinking they are in an industrial complex.
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    Where are you at? SoCal is a big place, you might find a bored retired guy to come over and mentor you for little or no cost. Try to keep overhead as low as possible. As previously alluded to slim chance that someone with limited experience will make good money doing manual work. First thing you...
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    Own a few machines; wondering if a business partnership is best (I am w/o exp.)

    I started as a handle cranking monkey about 30 years ago, even then I got lucky. I had a customer who was the only game in town, and another customer who was an inventor as a hobby that made a fortune selling coring tools. The inventor died and the only game in town guy got hit with knock offs...
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    Minimum charge.

    I am now well off the beaten path, the only walk in is a neighbor, who I don't charge as he maintains the road including clearing snow in my driveway. As for established customer minimum, I really don't have one. For new customers minimum is $100.
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