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    Quote Originally Posted by wrustle View Post
    Ordered a new lathe last week.


    One of the options I wanted was a dead length collet chuck.


    Came home from work today, and after dinner went out front and found this sitting on my front porch..........





    What the heck...........I just signed the papers the middle of last week. The quoted lead time was 8-10 weeks but I insisted on 4-5.


    Maybe they are going to ship it one piece at time and I have to put it together myself..........


    That's the last time I buy a damn lathe from Ikea!!


    Best Regards,
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    Ordered a new lathe? How we switch things up and spill 5he beans right away....

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    Hey, maybe there is something to this Karma thing....

    ALL the times you have made us wait.....

    Thats a good looking crew and shop. Good luck with your new lathe!

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    Was watching the Rangers-Flyers hockey game last night.....not a fan of either team......Boston boy all the way...........but LOVE hockey and the Bruins weren't on so had to get a fix, and it was a good one, GREAT game!


    Anyways, my daughter decides to make some homemade chocolate cookies for me to have while watching the game.




    Now, I have to confess, I am not a religious man in any way shape or form......but gotta tell ya......for a while there I could have sworn I was in heaven!!






    You don't suppose this has anything to do with her review at work coming up.......................do ya??


    Best Regards,
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    Speaking of hockey, and Bruins fans.............got some pictures from my youngest son (HUGE Bruins fan) who is in the Army, stationed in Hawaii. Had a leave for the weekend, so he and several of friends always go out hiking.






    Gotta LOVE the Bruins hat!! Love that kid too.......miss him tons!

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    Sir there are few things in life as perfect as a fresh chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk! How long has your son been in the army?

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    If he had named him Chester, he would be back from the Army by now.


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    Now that is way to many stairs...pretty good job keeping them straight though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vettedude View Post
    Sir there are few things in life as perfect as a fresh chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk! How long has your son been in the army?
    He's been since in since February 2013. Went to Ft. Jackson, Sc. completed basic training in May 2013.

    My wife and Chris on his graduation day.





    Then went on to Ft. Huachuca, Az for his advanced infantry training. Human intelligence collector.

    And now the poor guy is stationed in Hawaii for three years.

    It's funny looking back at the pictures. He went into the Army a skinny boy and now we can plainly see he has matured and grown into a man. It's been a few weeks short of a year since we've seen him. Looking forward to when he comes home this Christmas.

    And "Yes"..........totally agree with you on the cookies and milk analogy!


    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    If he had named him Chester, he would be back from the Army by now.


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    What'chew talkin' bout Willis?



    Quote Originally Posted by CBlair View Post
    Now that is way to many stairs...pretty good job keeping them straight though.

    Charles
    Now that you mention it........holy crap......that is some feat! I see there is power going up top there as well. Will have to ask Chris what was up there......and see if he counted how many steps!

    Later,
    Russ

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    That looks like KOKO Crater. I was there in 1998 with the Navy though.

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    Some PITA 6061 prototypes we just made a little while ago. Slots are .260" wide 1.485" deep, tolerances +/-.002"

    Thankfully only two to make......for now.





    Some assemblies we make all the components for. Parts are 6061 aluminum, clear anodized, assembled, packaged and shipped as a completed unit.




    These are some smaller assemblies we make for the same family of parts.





    These are some of the larger assemblies we make.






    Well, after just over 45 days straight at work, finally had a day off..............


    Got to spend it with two of my favorite girls at Fenway Park in Boston for the Red Sox game against the Oakland A's. We lost the game, but had a great day! Was nice to be out of the shop for a day.

    We took the train into Boston from Worcester. Not so much that it's quicker or easier,.....just for the adventure.


    My daughter Danielle (who works for me) and yours truly on the train to Boston.





    Another pic of my wife and I. No idea who the photo bombing kid in front of us is.





    Danielle and I enjoying a delicious Fenway sausage, onion and pepper grinder at the park before the game!





    In our seats at the park. It was mostly cloudy and windy that day! Next time we will have to go in the warmer weather for sure!!!





    Ok.....not exactly David Ortiz........but........here's a little selfie!





    Like I said, too bad we lost the game, but it was an awesome day nonetheless.






    And this is what I come in to on a Monday......................



    My son Andrew, entertaining us at lunch with his goofiness!!

    What a goober!




    Later,
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    You're secret's safe with me....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    You're secret's safe with me....


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    GEEZ......that's kinda creepy eh?!

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    Default Big dilemma! As in CRAP....time to take down a wall!

    So,......without giving much thought to it.......(ok.....maybe a little bit of thought) I bought a new lathe a couple weeks ago.


    My Okuma has served its purpose but now it's time to move forward.....as in.......into the 21st century.......if you know what I mean.




    So I bought a new Haas ST-20 lathe a couple weeks ago and it's due in, in a few weeks.







    The caveat however is this...........


    It won't fit into the place I have it planned for, which is right where my current lathe, (the Okuma) is sitting.


    The tale of the tape............







    From nose to tail this is the real estate she will need.





    Looks like some renovations are in the making!!




    To be continued................

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    Move the Okuma back to the house so you can make parts in your sleep....

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    I would understand adding a new one, but why replacing if the Okuma is going fine?

    What's to gain by updating?
    What to gain from the sale of the old?

    Redundancy in popular equipment is a good thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ox View Post
    I would understand adding a new one, but why replacing if the Okuma is going fine?

    What's to gain by updating?
    What to gain from the sale of the old?

    Redundancy in popular equipment is a good thing.


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    Ox, remember the "money pit"?

    Nuff said......

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    Sure doo, but we have trumped that issue by a scale of 3 or 4 (more?) on another machine since then.


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    What's the serial # on that old tupperware vf1? Mine is 1418.. they look like twins.. except i don't have a smog filter attached.

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    I think the biggest influence in getting the new lathe was the the new VF-2SS.

    We do a LOT of repeat production work and the reduction in cycle time with the new VMC is nothing short of incredible.

    From aerospace parts to the mundane simple ones, the throughput with that VMC is dramatic!

    We (salesman) did go over quite a few of the turning jobs we regularly do and given the increase in RPM's and rapids, I'm looking at an average reduction of 30-40% in cycle times. Yes, it's a sales pitch.....but gotta tell ya, heard the same pitch with the VF-2SS and after being in service now for over 4 months.....it's out performing the sales pitch given! Very happy with the return on the money spent, and can only hope to see the same result with the new lathe.


    Best Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by eksinger View Post
    What's the serial # on that old tupperware vf1? Mine is 1418.. they look like twins.. except i don't have a smog filter attached.

    Hahahaha......too funny! Mine is 1650! I can't even begin to tell you how much money that old machine has made for me.

    It is still in great shape and rarely has any issues......that's why it's still turning out parts 6 days a week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Griffing View Post
    Move the Okuma back to the house so you can make parts in your sleep....

    Hell No!! I'm not giving up my garage......ever again!!!


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