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    What's a Gantry Crane Worth ?

    Besides not much. My crane guy said about 30% of new price.

    I've got a Wallace 2 ton model 412-10AC adjustable height gantry crane that hasn't been used in at least 8 years. I'm looking to...
  2. I honestly think lightning protection is a wish &...

    I honestly think lightning protection is a wish & a prayer at best.

    Nobody knows how much juice is in a lightning strike. It's kind of like hurricanes. The last hurricane had winds of 125 MPH,...
  3. Not going to try turning it?

    Not going to try turning it?
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    Agree with the others. If you're welding 6mm...

    Agree with the others. If you're welding 6mm stuff every day, you need to step up to a 250 series MIG welder.

    You've been frying what you've been running because they're not made to run as much...
  5. Try these people. No affiliation, just a...

    Try these people. No affiliation, just a satisfied customer.

    H-P Products

    H-P Products Custom Tube and Pipe Bends
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    Lots of larger customers do the same thing. ...

    Lots of larger customers do the same thing. Farmers come to mind. Lock in their diesel price when it's low and setup a contract buy for the next 10,000 gallons. Same with propane. Buy 5,000...
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    That's not necessarily true. Some people get...

    That's not necessarily true. Some people get more efficient.

    His hourly rate is a "gross" rate. Matters not what that number is. It does matter that the "gross" rate is high enough where the...
  8. Can you do it on a mill?

    Can you do it on a mill?
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    I'd raise the height of your 120V plugs. Cabinet...

    I'd raise the height of your 120V plugs. Cabinet plus 3" doesn't do any good when stuff piles up on the bench. I'd have them at 50" from the floor to the bottom of the box.
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    Welding Thin Stuff with a Stick Welder

    What's good advice for welding thin stuff with a stick welder? I have a remote outside job that will require welding on some pieces made from 11GA and 14GA mild steel.

    Equipment list is either...
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    I like it better when people clean up their own...

    I like it better when people clean up their own mess. Gives them incentive to not make one in the first place.

    Used to work at a larger company that had a contract cleaning service. They let it...
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    Tapping a Hole in Laser Cut Sheet

    Question,

    I've got a fabrication project coming up that will involve some tapped holes.

    Most all the material will be cut on a laser. Thickness will be 3/16 or 1/4. Hot roll steel sheet.
    ...
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    Also know as an Alemite fitting or just an...

    Also know as an Alemite fitting or just an Alemite.
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    I believe in this case RPC stands for Rotary...

    I believe in this case RPC stands for Rotary Phase Converter.

    Google it. Some to buy, some to build.
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    OT: 12V Solenoid/Contactor Preference

    What's everyone's brand preference when it comes to 12V solenoids & contactors?

    I've been using a White Rodgers unit. They have been fine, but we have started to experience multiple failures...
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    Agree. We used to use a ton of these things...

    Agree. We used to use a ton of these things driving press fit parts in & out.

    You made sure there was a spot 4-5" long on the tool to put your hand. IIRC, the "stem" that went into the driver...
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    The 3.3L V6 may be a little weak, but the 3.5L...

    The 3.3L V6 may be a little weak, but the 3.5L EcoBoost would definitely handle that weight. Up to you if you want an engine with two turbochargers or not.

    The 10 speed automatic transmissions...
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    Have you considered building additional ramps...

    Have you considered building additional ramps with a stand to support the middle of the ramps? If you look, you'll see a lot of step deck semi trailers have four ramps underneath with two stands to...
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    I sure remember mine. It wasn't horrible, but I...

    I sure remember mine. It wasn't horrible, but I still felt like puking. I hadn't realized that the dimensions in the program HAD to have a decimal, or the machine would assume one for you. ...
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    When I said aluminum was up, I was referring to...

    When I said aluminum was up, I was referring to the new price. One would think that scrap price is somewhat related to new price, but that would be a fallacy.

    In 2016 I was buying this 3003...
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    Sheet Aluminum Scrap Buyers

    I've got a roll of 3003 aluminum that has some "cosmetic imperfections" I'm looking to get rid of.

    The roll is 48" wide. Material is 3003 aluminum mill finish. Thickness is 0.040". The roll...
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    Shear Recommendation

    I am looking for a manual shear that will cut 0.040" thick 3003 aluminum sheet at full 48" width.

    We have an application in our plant where we unroll aluminum sheet and cut it into 27 ft long...
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    The key to it is what we called a "chain fall...

    The key to it is what we called a "chain fall hoist". You have one chain going up and one chain going down on the same hoist. I'm not sure that it's anything more than a regular hoist without a...
  24. Your best method is going to be to have a...

    Your best method is going to be to have a dedicated bar that's driven by something else.

    You need to have some supports on the front face and the rear face of the case. These should be located...
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    I sure hope "heat gun" in this case is a thermal...

    I sure hope "heat gun" in this case is a thermal imaging camera of some sort and not that thing used to melt heat shrink tubing.
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