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    Quote Originally Posted by ChipSplitter View Post
    What happened to his other foot?

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    You guys got cwd in the deer population out there? I know it makes them act funny and do all sorts of weird things. Not sure if the behavior you're seeing is consistent with cwd though?

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    I think they sleep in the early morning & into maybe 10:00 am, they are active around sundown.

    I've walked up to the shop door, and spooked them that were laying down, about 20-30'
    away in the woods (in the dark it will raise your hair) as you can't see them, but hear all
    the clatter.

    I found one was sleeping under my running gear trailer,
    another under my gooseneck flatbed trailer.

    You doo talk to them....don't you ?
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    They might have been close around people when they were young, doesn't take much for them to lose their fright of people.

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    That’s sure true about my teenagers this year. Since there was no travelling for me this summer the three young deer from one family and the two from another have been with me all summer and they completely ignore me now. Unless I pop out of the shop late at night- then it’s just a quick look and snort/foot pound and back to regular programming.

    Is it wrong to talk with them?

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    A small town just over the other side of the state line had a pet deer in town.
    I would normally remember her name, but kan't right now.
    It was so much a part of the town that they had a sign at the edge of town "Welcome to Butler, home of "Susie" the deer."
    (Now I remember!)

    Then some Dip Schidt shot her on first day of gun season one year ....
    Bragging rights _ right there Jackson!

    Yeah, it was the 70's...









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    OK, the writ here says that it was not during gun season I guess. So the story appears to have gotten skewed by the time it made it 30 miles.
    Here's a little closer to the horses mouth:

    Throwback Thursday: Susie the Deer | Charlie Chat



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    Default Newsed Machines Day! (week? month? quarter?)

    "Well, it started so innocently...."

    I found a lathe on Ebay.
    A 2003 Hardinge T51 with Live toys and sub
    The spindle drive for the sub was out (bad), so the price was right, and I can fix that...
    So I took a chance:


    I got a small winder of opporntunity to finally go fetch it after they held it for me for ... maybe a month?
    So I git loaded up and head 10 hours for the other side of Pennsylvania. (August)
    To git into the factory I need to sign in and give lots of info since they are an ITAR facility, and I need to wear my mask.
    Well, I don't have a mask, not wearin' a mask, and I had to pay $1500 for someone else to rig it out, so I may as well just stay outside and wait.

    The rigger shows up with what appears to be a 15K truck.
    A stock 15 will not easilly pick it, I know this, but .. maybe it's an 18? (doubt it)
    After about 3 hours (4?) the door finally goes up and he's fighting to git it outside.
    It was an uphill grade all the way to my trailer, which greatly helps the issue of not enough assets in the rear of his truck.
    Finally it is on my deck, and shimmied on over to C/L.

    "But, what is this hickey on the side of the machine? Mine (1997) doesn't have that."
    I finally was able to git the electrical cabinet door open after much fussin' with some gimmicky keys. (my 1997 has 8mm hex key latches)
    When the doors opened up, it was painfully obvious that this was NOT a 2003 machine.
    More likely a '95 or '96 as it doesn't have "Alpha" series amps, yet it is a "T" model and has the 18 control.
    That is the sub-spindle amp that lives in that hickey on the side. If it had Alpha's, all of the amps would have fit nicely in the cabinet...
    Well, it turns out to actually be a '94. I had no clue they built "T's" that far back, but I gots one!
    I prolly could have refused it, but I figgered I'd take the chance on it....

    I blocked it in, strapped it down, and covered it up (which took at least 2 hours! (maybe 3?) it seemed ridiculous, but...) and hit the road.

    So, by O'dark:30 that night - I was home.
    Next day I had to have a look under the trailer.
    You see, when I was gitt'n around to leave, I had to be a little carefull of the wasps that had a nest under the boards, but I figgered they all be gone by the time I got to the end of my driveway the next morning. (1/2 mile)
    So while I was killin' time in PA that morning, I had myself a look, and there was still a cpl wasps hanging on for dear life!
    I let'm go. They're not bothering me, I don't need to bother them...
    So - after I git home, I had me another look.
    By gumm, those are tenacious critters!



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    Well, soon after I had bought the lathe, but not picked it up yet, there was an auction at the Action Machinery facility in Bethlehem. Only a hop/skip from where I was planning to be to pick up that lathe eh? There was some tooling that looked like I might bid on, and unlike most (online) auctions, I don't bid on the small stuff as I would hate to get a $50 item that I need to drive X hours to fetch, and nothing else, so ... But since I will already be almost going past - yeah, this can werk! But wouldn't'cha know it ... I didn't just end up with tooling .... I bought another VMC.... This wasn't all going to fit on one trip. (I guess it would if I was some other member here, but ... I aint....)

    I mentioned to the customer that we had been running hot/heavy for all summer that I was lookin' to ship a cpl of short weeks, which I didn't think was going to be an issue as it looked like we would otherwise be running out of material in a few weeks anyhow. (custom extrussion)

    So, while I was there in the lot, holding down my trailer, waiting for the rigger to fetch the lathe out of the facility in PA, I gits a call from Mamma at home. She just got an email from a customer that was worried about us falling behind, and wanted to know about picking up enough material for them to make 1000 pcs in house. So I had to call them and put that fire out and gave them a delivery schedule that they could live with.

    On the way home, I'm thinkin' how I can make this all work out, all the while - banging every bridge abutment all the way accrost I80. It feels fine in a passenger vee-hickle (as I have done it in that as well since then) but my rig aint got air ride! So then I decide that I would make a call to the auctioneer and ask who the "on site" rigger is. Turns out that he gave me the name of Pedowitz Riggers, just over the Joisy line. I've never done business with them before, but I am familiar with the name. I know that they must be a pretty good sized outfit as I have seen their name on a lot of auction flyers over the years.

    So I talked to Ray, and he shot me a price of $1850. I asked if that was a delivered price? He said "yep".

    I just paid this guy $1500 yesterday to just fetch the machine out of the building, and this guy will go fetch my machine and haul it 10 hours west for $1850?
    Yeah, I guess I'm going to bite on that. And then I can git back to business. I did need that one trip to fetch the lathe tho. I needed to git out of here, and I like that kind of work, so it was enough distraction - and was still making, or saving $, so ... But maybe I didn't need to make two almost identical runs back to back? I think I got my head cleared enough to git by for now...

    So Pedowitz ended up sending a truck over to fetch the machine, and then took it back to their wherehouse, and then it would be on the next open truck headed west. I told Ray to give a cpl day heads up when it would show as I can't pick that off myself. I would need to get a bigger truck in for that day. In a pinch I prolly could have picked it with a pair of trucks I s'pose, and I have done it, but I'd need the right help to make that work, and not sure that I have that crew right now...

    So, a few days later I git an email from some chick at Pedowitz stating that they forgot the chip conveyor, and that it would be on the next truck west. Hmmm ... well that sounds like the truck has already "left the building", and that I need to be able to unload tomorrow. Well, as luck would have it, I already had a crane comming in tomorrow to move some big Acme's down to the barn at home, to make some room here...

    So the truck shows up around supper time, and he asks about dropping the trailer and heading "where?" to find supper? "Oh, you can git this here, and that there...." He decides to git the grill out and fend fer himself. Good grief, he pulled out a rack of ribs that'd make a vegan's mouth water! "Dang! Livin' large on the road eh?" He said that it pisses his wife off that he eats better in the truck than he does at home. LOL! I guess, what else does a guy have to doo when he spends 10 hours min in a truck stop these days?

    So, he asks how I'm planning on unloading him, and I tell him crane. Later that evening he's talkin' with his boss back at the shop and they came back to me and asked how I was going to unload this with a crane? "You'll see."

    So, next morning after all was lined up, I shoved some big 12' long steel bars through the fork pockets and up - up - and away!

    Now, when they all left, my machines were just setting out in the driveway, and I would have a big fork truck here soon enough. Not like it was going to rain anytime in the next 2 months, so ...

    But before this guy left, he said that the next truck was already on it's way with the conveyor. Now - I had the gal back at the home office send me pics of this conveyor, as the description didn't list a conveyor, but that would be a swell surprise. Well, I knew from the pic that it didn't go with my machine, but then I looked back through the online catalogue from the sale, and I didn't see anything that stood out to me as going with this thing either. So I came to the conclussion that it was an orphan, and the guy running the auction floor likely needed it gone somewhere, so let's send it with this machine... So, once I unloaded it, it says right on it that it goes to a Toyoda mill, and there wasn't one in the sale, so - I'm purdy sure it's an orphan, and I have it listed in the F/S section, but I doubt that it goes anywhere....

    In talking to the truck driver tho, I was quite impressed. He told me that they have prox 100 trucks on the road delivering machine tools, so there is always a truck comming your direction soon, so that makes their rates very competitive. I Shirley wasn't going to git someone to go fetch the machine, haul it 10 hours one way, wait to be unloaded, and then dead head home for near that price, but they are making good $ dooing almost that. I would highly recommend a call to them if you are in need of some such service. IDK how many rigging outfits they have, but there has got to be several, and the driver said that they were all over the place, so ...

    I got a big forktruck in soon after and I moved a lot of stuff around and these inside.


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    They're they guys that moved me from Ct. to upstate NY. I really can't say enough good things about them!

    We couldn't find a rigger in the north country of NY to unload all my machines, Pedowitz said no problem, we got a truck and a lift in Rochester the day we're going to be arriving at your place, we'll just have him meet you at your place and we'll get you unloaded and placed.

    I don't remember the exact $ extra from their original quote, but I remember thinking that the price was very reasonable.

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    Interesting read ! Do you program those Hardinge T machines at the machine ? You have three of them now ?

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    Yeah, I finger CAM most everything.

    I have three Hardinge lathes (so far) but only 2 of them are T51's.
    The other is a Twin Turn 65, which is a twin turret Y axis machine.

    Then I have 3 of the Hardinge mills as well now.


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    Lookin' fer sumpthin' else, and stumbled accrost this h'yah pic of the deer laying down in the open field this (abnormally hot) summer:

    That is further than it looks at nigh 1/8 mile.



    edit:

    My neighbor was over here a few days ago and he mentioned the deer out in the field. The same ones that I posted earlier...

    And I was telling him about this deer here, and how "it was laying down out there past the chisel plow......

    ... and he looks at me like I'd lost my mind, and asks me ..."have you been out of the game so long that you don't recognize that as a disk?"

    ???

    So I look again, and

    "OK, yes, THAT is a "disk" parked right here, but I am talking about the ground out there that has been chiseled.
    LOL!

    I guess it's OK, I like to keep'm guessin' anyhow.


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    Sometimes when the mosquitos are thick, deer will be out 'n about in the fields like that.............................little breeze will keep them at bay and give the deer some relief...................

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    It was way too dry for bugs this year!

    But I understand what'cher sayin'.



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