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    Hey guys, I don't think I ever made a proper introduction on here, been a member for a while just not real active aside from occasional reading / learning.
    Hopefully this is allowed, just trying to participate and let y'all know where I'm coming from. I'll be getting machines setup hopefully within a couple months and will post about them as I go (and ask for help I'm sure!).
    I've had my SB13 lathe (1921 IIRC) running in my home shop for a little while, learning the ropes slowly but surely. My home shop is a pretty comprehensive woodworking shop plus the lathe, then I got my first mill (Summit) the end of last year and I had the bug.
    I scored a sweet 1942 Cincinnati No4 vertical at auction, plus a bunch of misc toolroom supplies which I'm sorting through now.
    So... That mill (affectionately called Cindy) needed a home. I'm self employed in the freight industry, brokerage basically and I build l sorts of wood & metal stuff where I can (furniture, knives, fishing rods, tools etc). Luckily my wife was on board with looking for a commercial shop to take things to the next level.
    I got this building at auction, it's on the edge of our thriving historic main street /downtown area in Thomasville GA.

    We're investing in a complete rehab, New roof metal, 48x80 insulated glass windows, all new electrical (has 208 3p now, upgrading to 480v).
    Right after getting the building I had 2 opportunities to pickup some great equipment - one was going in halves with a local millwork shop for the equipment let in a closed down millwork shop. I got a quincy compressor, 37" wide belt sander, big tablesaws etc out of that deal. And I had been in the lookout for a surface grinder, so a friend found me one but I had to buy and move all the contents of a knife shop to get it. So I got a doall grinder plus forges, heat treat furnace, anvil, US Machine Tool vertical mill and a 10" Powrkraft (logan) lathe!
    I'll cut this off here for now, I look forward to sharing and learning more!
    Grant



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    Looks like a good start, good luck!

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    May want to keep the 208 y 120, 480 will need a transformer to run the 120 loads. Purchase price is only a part, it will cost for the standby loss.

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    Im envious - hurry and get the roof painted or is that primer? Still with any building the roof is most important!
    Best of luck!

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    Thanks guys!

    Poco, I've been back and forth but I have enough equipment that can take advantage of the 480 (and use smaller wire) that it makes sense. 225a service @480 will cover me where I'd have to go to 600a service @208. Hopefully I don't end up regretting it.


    BGL that's rust,no insulation inside either so it condensate and drips. Getting new metal with insulation so no more drips from rain or condensation!


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    Roofers are starting Monday! :-) new metal is on site. I'm looking forward to not playing musical buckets next time it rains!

    Now if I can just get my concrete guy pinned down...

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