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    Back in the day I asked for a 5 flute 1/2" EM...

    Back in the day I asked for a 5 flute 1/2" EM with an aluminum specific grind and variable flute spacing for high speed finishing. They gave me the generic 6 fluters they were using for titanium. ...
  2. I made multiple trips from Florida to Ohio...

    I made multiple trips from Florida to Ohio through the mountains with a double axle drop deck trailer with surge brakes rented from sunbelt, towed by an Excursion. Most of the time the trailer had...
  3. Bought the cheap stuff, eh? I remember the...

    Bought the cheap stuff, eh? I remember the Kluber Isoflex they called out for our Bridgeport mill was over $600 a tube, and I'm sure they trashed close to a quarter of each tube fighting with the...
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    I have one of these guys mounted over my knee...

    I have one of these guys mounted over my knee mill, it's rated for wet environments
    Tamlite Lighting TATFLL5030BZ 30W 2899LM LED FLOOD 120/277V DL - City Electric Supply
    I have not subjected it to...
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    I was struggling quite had to not call out their...

    I was struggling quite had to not call out their machine shop manager for being an incompetent idiot, but I feel like that kind of behavior might be frowned upon in a job interview...
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    This is actually something I've been struggling...

    This is actually something I've been struggling with since I moved back up from Florida. I've interviewed at several companies recently looking for programmers, and all of them did 100% programming...
  7. Try looking up ER-11 or ER-16 collet extensions. ...

    Try looking up ER-11 or ER-16 collet extensions. We used them often in the multispindle and swiss machines to get small tools closer to the work.
  8. I've seen it called "steel protective coil...

    I've seen it called "steel protective coil spring" and "continuous coil spring jacketing", but I can't find anything that small. I know we had a 200 pound spool of the stuff when I rebuild molding...
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    Going to agree wholeheartedly on that one,...

    Going to agree wholeheartedly on that one, sidelock holders are superior to ER collets for holding endmills in most situations. I've never been able to measure any appreciable runout on any of our...
  10. I think they use a flow drill for this sort of...

    I think they use a flow drill for this sort of operation, it creates it's own boss on the inside of the pipe to support threads. For my shop I used stainless exhaust tubing with welded in...
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    Somewhere I have a set of instructions on making...

    Somewhere I have a set of instructions on making a tool for this sort of thing. It's a metal puck with a couple of inches of vixen file let in to be just a few tenths below the surface, so you can...
  12. I have a little experience with 3d printers, what...

    I have a little experience with 3d printers, what I've seen is that the bottom of the line machines (Enders and such) are pretty well garbage and can be very wildly in terms of quality. When you get...
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    If there was a train of thought in there...

    If there was a train of thought in there somewhere, I'm sure it went off a bridge as though the devil himself were shoveling the boiler hell bent on taking all the passengers with him... Either...
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    I bought a box very similar to that with a dent...

    I bought a box very similar to that with a dent in the lid for $50.
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    Our VF2SS (2007 I think) had the tool sticking...

    Our VF2SS (2007 I think) had the tool sticking issue, I've seen the tool changer arm bend a quarter inch or more trying to yank out a stuck tool. I will agree long tool cycles seemed to make it...
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    We had a GX 480 APC, it was a terrible machine. ...

    We had a GX 480 APC, it was a terrible machine. It was NOT suitable for heavy cutting, and it wasn't reliable. The chip wash didn't work on anything but fines, you had to keep unsnagging the chips...
  17. Yes, some off road or RT (rough terrain) cranes...

    Yes, some off road or RT (rough terrain) cranes use filled tires. Our American RT crane definitely had them. I've been on a couple telescopic boom fork trucks that had them too.
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    Might you by any chance have one of those laser...

    Might you by any chance have one of those laser rust removal guys near by? No grit, bare metal, minor clean up from what they show in the neat videos.
  19. Something to be aware of, every single watt used...

    Something to be aware of, every single watt used in that space will be converted to heat. Every single lamp, computer, wire, speaker, and motor will effectively convert electricity into heat with...
  20. What I remember about Zinsco is that they cheaped...

    What I remember about Zinsco is that they cheaped out and used a low grade aluminum bus bar for the breakers, that liked to oxidize rather readily. They would then get hot, and burn the connection...
  21. Yea, it's pretty near impossible to compete when...

    Yea, it's pretty near impossible to compete when they are using slave labor that the rest of he civilized world outlawed like a century or more ago. Oh, and that whole total disregard for human...
  22. 12. Swear jar.

    12. Swear jar.
  23. I vaguely remember that you want the arrester...

    I vaguely remember that you want the arrester near the end of the direction the water is going, to buffer the momentum of all that water mass moving. If you are getting hammering when the pump...
  24. I ran screw length drills whenever possible, in...

    I ran screw length drills whenever possible, in almost exclusively 6061. I don't think I ever changed out a small drill because it wore out, they only broke due to loss of coolant, swarf building...
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    I have a nice supply of salvaged industrial...

    I have a nice supply of salvaged industrial buttons and switches, but I would also go straight to Mcmaster.
    McMaster-Carr
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