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    I have a 2001 MM and a 2005 TM1. The TM1 is one...

    I have a 2001 MM and a 2005 TM1. The TM1 is one of the models without an enclosure or tool changer, even though I had a partial enclosure made for it later.

    The work area on the MM is very small...
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    I have no idea what workers cost in SF Bay area,...

    I have no idea what workers cost in SF Bay area, I have a friend who lives there and I know that anything under a $100,000 a year is a tough.

    I think you may have a misconception about CNC...
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    I have two small HAAS mills, a Mini Mill and a TM...

    I have two small HAAS mills, a Mini Mill and a TM 1. Bought the TM new in 2005 and it has retained a lot of its value and given great services all these years. The Mini Mill is a 2001 and I could...
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    Sounds like you are making only parts for your...

    Sounds like you are making only parts for your own company and not doing outside work. If so, the TM-2 is a great deal. See if you can make a typical part of yours on the TM and if it is OK, buy it....
  5. I have a 2005 TM-1 without a changer and do a lot...

    I have a 2005 TM-1 without a changer and do a lot of parts that only need 2-3 tools so a caddy similar to what you've made is something I've thought about many times. making the caddy would be no...
  6. ONLY use distilled water in the machines, never...

    ONLY use distilled water in the machines, never use any type of tap water. I buy industrial distilled water in 30 liter canisters, since I started using that, my coolants have never "turned" and that...
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    I have a 2001 Mini Mill that works great cutting...

    I have a 2001 Mini Mill that works great cutting titanium and glass reinforced plastics plus alu and steel. It is possible to replace the old crt monitor with a flat screen but mine is still working...
  8. There was a guy from Poland, IIRC, some years...

    There was a guy from Poland, IIRC, some years back who spent a lot of time and effort trying to get something like that to work. Don't know what ever became of it. For me, it's not worth the trouble.
  9. I've wanted to add a tool changer to my TM-1 for...

    I've wanted to add a tool changer to my TM-1 for years. The last time I saw anyone selling old stock Haas upgrade kits, they were like $7000 and they sold out real quick too. That was years ago. I...
  10. Because there aren't any TM-1 toolchangers to be...

    Because there aren't any TM-1 toolchangers to be found, Haas does not sell them. A note to the OP, if you fit a tool changer to your machine, it looses its CE safety certificate which will be a major...
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    If you are not using distilled water, chances are...

    If you are not using distilled water, chances are that is your problem. Pull the coolant, and do a new batch using only distilled water. Never use "tap" water in the coolant, once I stopped that, all...
  12. One thing that always bumps the prices is the VAT...

    One thing that always bumps the prices is the VAT which they don't have in the USA and all EU countries do have. In Germany it is 19% and I believe the UK is even more.
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    The Quantum/Optimum machines are widely used here...

    The Quantum/Optimum machines are widely used here in Germany and they are all made in China. I have two of their small machines, a lathe and a mill, both in the sub-€1500 price range and both good...
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    Flood coolant makes things easier, at least for...

    Flood coolant makes things easier, at least for me. Be sure and only use distilled water when you mix your cutting fluid, it lasts way longer that way.
    Here's a couple of pics, the foot splash guard...
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    Looking good! You're going to have a lot of fun...

    Looking good! You're going to have a lot of fun with that machine... as long as you are not under pressure to outbid other shops with turbo fast, half million $ machines to make aircraft parts. ;-) I...
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    Make sure to secure the spindle head before...

    Make sure to secure the spindle head before moving the machine, at best with the red metal fixture that would have come with it when it was delivered from Haas.
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    I bought a TM-1 new in 2005 and it has been...

    I bought a TM-1 new in 2005 and it has been running in my shop since then cutting everything from wood to steel to plastic to titanium to alu, you name it. I have 3 phase power in the shop and a...
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    As already mentioned, about the only folks still...

    As already mentioned, about the only folks still using salt pots are a few knife makers, some of whom certainly know what they are doing, others perhaps not as much. You do see threads on knife...
  19. You might check out the products made by Gerardi....

    You might check out the products made by Gerardi. I have one of their mechanical vises for which I made a set of jaws. The quality to price relation is very good. They offer a wide variety of...
  20. I tap all my titanium parts with M2.5 threads on...

    I tap all my titanium parts with M2.5 threads on a drill press using a Tapmatic. Drill the holes 0.1mm oversize from the normal pilot hole on the mill then use uncoated taps for alu, I like the ones...
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    I think you misunderstood my post. Having an...

    I think you misunderstood my post. Having an applicable university degree in Germany or vocational training is not a negative, it is a big plus. There isn't much difference anymore between white and...
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    As am American who has lived and worked in Berlin...

    As am American who has lived and worked in Berlin for the last 26 years, I think I can offer some advice based on my experience.

    You will need to have TOP German language skills (spoken and...
  23. I have been wondering about this type of security...

    I have been wondering about this type of security too – not so much for my machines but in general. I would think a concern would be somebody getting into a machine through a smartphone app and being...
  24. Surface grinders are really dangerous machines...

    Surface grinders are really dangerous machines and very unforgiving. Be sure to watch your finger for any sign of infection. Hopefully the hospital gave you an antibiotic. Now you know that talking...
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    I've ordered both single and multi-corn diamond...

    I've ordered both single and multi-corn diamond inserts for the dresser, for what I do, that should be fine. I do need to surface the magnetic chuck once I am confident in running the machine.

    I...
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