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  1. Out of all of those choices, I would go with the...

    Out of all of those choices, I would go with the cordless hand drills. Get a selection of expanding rubber drum sander sleeves to fit the ID of your tubing (assuming short pieces), and spin-sand it...
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    Lathes are tentatively sold.

    Lathes are tentatively sold.
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    Jason, the 80" bed lathe has a three jaw...

    Jason, the 80" bed lathe has a three jaw adjustable chuck, tailstock, and steady rest; the 60" bed lathe also has a steady and tailstock, but does not have a chuck mounted at the moment, I think we...
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    Rotary Table is sold. Last chance on the...

    Rotary Table is sold.

    Last chance on the Nardini lathes, or they're off to the scrap yard, make an offer, or let me know if you need any parts from them.
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    Mike, I sent you another email yesterday...

    Mike, I sent you another email yesterday (Wednesday), you can stop by anytime from 7-3:30 M-F, or we can set-up a time to meet at RS Corcoran over the weekend if you like. If I'm not available when...
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    Price is now $500 for both lathes, and $250 for...

    Price is now $500 for both lathes, and $250 for the Troyke powered rotab.
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    Nardini Lathe, Troyke Rotes FS

    We've got two Nardini lathes circa 1990 that we need to get rid of. First is a SZ2080 which is currently under power. The second is a SZ2060 that we have been using as a donor lathe to keep the...
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    A dovetailed o-ring groove is probably overkill...

    A dovetailed o-ring groove is probably overkill for this application; I'd just mill it with a straight endmill and then use Vaseline to hold the o-ring in place during assembly. Superglue works to...
  9. OP's in California; the machine is missing its...

    OP's in California; the machine is missing its Prop65 warning label, that's the problem. #needmorelawyers.
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    I'm with Doug, we do this in 11ga stainless (and...

    I'm with Doug, we do this in 11ga stainless (and thicker)all the time, mark and plasma out the majority of the metal, then run a standard bimetal hole saw down the hole to clean it up to size. Stop...
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    I'm not familiar with Brother machines, and I'm...

    I'm not familiar with Brother machines, and I'm curious what these "Finish Codes" that you are talking about do?
  12. Sounds like they quoted the cheapest materials...

    Sounds like they quoted the cheapest materials they could find, and when they couldn't get those to work, they had to buy real HMI's and controls. That could get expensive fast. You shouldn't have to...
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    Yeah, sealed tubes can do that, usually for me...

    Yeah, sealed tubes can do that, usually for me they do the opposite and blow out, right about at the end of the bead. Need to drill a relief hole in the tube where the finish weld will cover it.
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    Find a brake with a larger capacity, or obtain...

    Find a brake with a larger capacity, or obtain some annealed (2024-0) sheet and heat treat after forming. Even with annealed sheet, you may end up with a banana instead of a straight bend with that...
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    In Lockheeds defense, most government contracts...

    In Lockheeds defense, most government contracts list unrealistic, always confusing specifications that are often conflicting or otherwise impossible to achieve in the real world. Plus, they are...
  16. Please post a picture of the motor data plate and...

    Please post a picture of the motor data plate and especially the wiring diagram shown on the plate.
  17. Get a paint striping machine that holds cans...

    Get a paint striping machine that holds cans (~$100); then get cans of yellow and black (or gray). Paint out your yellow lines, and if you ever need to move them, just paint over the yellow with...
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    perhaps you could use an expanding thread sealant...

    perhaps you could use an expanding thread sealant like Expando to seal the threads, as long as they are still structurally sufficient.
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    Reading this thread is scary; I don't mind paying...

    Reading this thread is scary; I don't mind paying a reasonable 200% markup for repair parts, I can plan for this by keeping a few thousand dollars in a "machine repair" slush fund. But when it gets...
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    Not sure how it would have been done 100 years...

    Not sure how it would have been done 100 years ago, but today I would do it (have done it) by getting a vinyl sandblasting mask cut on a vinyl cutter at a sign shop, and either bead-blasting or using...
  21. We have been able to buy "wheat stamped" 2x4's...

    We have been able to buy "wheat stamped" 2x4's and 1x6's from a local lumberyard, but we have to purchase it by the bundle. They put the stamp on each end of the boards, and on at least one face. The...
  22. GET THE CORRECT PULL-STUD! Do not take a chance...

    GET THE CORRECT PULL-STUD! Do not take a chance on damaging the spindle, or any innocent (or not so innocent) bystanders!
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    Guess I'm A "kid" then...:)

    Guess I'm A "kid" then...:)
  24. Yeah, nab1961 sounds like a Nigerian scam artist....

    Yeah, nab1961 sounds like a Nigerian scam artist. A bad one.
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    From our 18-6-3/8 Niagara shear manual, they...

    From our 18-6-3/8 Niagara shear manual, they recommend .005" clearance for a 1/4" capacity shear, and go on to say that clearances may need to be reduced for "certain materials".
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