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    That looks like an amazing little compressor!!...

    That looks like an amazing little compressor!! Looks like it's really nicely built... I just bought a used screw compressor to address the noise of my 5HP piston, but if I had known about this unit...
  2. Could you point me to some resources for sizing...

    Could you point me to some resources for sizing motors/drives for this kind of spindle use? I know that lots (all) machine tool vendors do the same thing with drives rated larger than the spindle...
  3. Are the current motors still working? Are they 3...

    Are the current motors still working? Are they 3 phase?

    A sensorless vector drive should get you very close to perfect speed regulation without the need for encoders on the motors, at least from...
  4. Except when you need to get parts, especially...

    Except when you need to get parts, especially control parts. Then that inexpensive machine will need you to start burning cash really fast to get it running again. Will there be anyone on PM who can...
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    One other relatively low cost option for this...

    One other relatively low cost option for this kind of thing is a residential product called 'Awair'. It monitors temperature, humidity, Co2, VOC and dust levels. Some of the threshold levels are a...
  6. I wouldn't bother with anything that does not...

    I wouldn't bother with anything that does not have an ATC. If you have the space/power for a real VMC then I would say go for it! A Fadal is a good choice if you're planning to work on it yourself,...
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    I feel for you mate, sounds like a rough...

    I feel for you mate, sounds like a rough situation... Hopefully you can get it sorted out.

    Have you considered whether electrical interference of some kind might be causing the issue? Old school...
  8. I think having the business get to the point of...

    I think having the business get to the point of being able to be turned over to another to run/manage is a very long path. Likely 10+ years. The first 5 years will be a series of fires and...
  9. Yeah it's definitely a different lifestyle in...

    Yeah it's definitely a different lifestyle in many ways. I've spent a lot of time working for other people, and it can really be nice if the situation is right... If I stay in a job too long though...
  10. I'm curious what aspects of having an employee...

    I'm curious what aspects of having an employee you feel took the fun out?

    I have had a similar experience this year. I hired a guy (who is great, does good work and who I get along with well) but...
  11. In my experience 'tumbling' and 'vibratory...

    In my experience 'tumbling' and 'vibratory finishing' are terms that seem to be used mostly interchangeably. I agree it can cause some confusion if you've seen the 'rock tumbler' style machines that...
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    One thing that might be really useful in this...

    One thing that might be really useful in this situation is the 'Google translate' app on your phone. The new versions of that app have a 'live text translation' mode where you point your phone camera...
  13. Ferric Chloride won't usually touch...

    Ferric Chloride won't usually touch fibreglass/epoxy, but not sure about what would happen if the shroud was laid up using a different type of resin... Likely all the grinder dust is held in place by...
  14. Good to hear you've got the safety side figured...

    Good to hear you've got the safety side figured out! And yes keeping abrasives away from the CNCs is definitely a good idea!

    Things to think about when buying a blast cabinet:
    - Don't go cheap on...
  15. I have been in the same situation, and will be...

    I have been in the same situation, and will be putting myself back into that situation next year as a 'solo shop' guy. For me I found that establishing a community around my shop is vital. Finding...
  16. DO NOT use crushed glass or sand as media,...

    DO NOT use crushed glass or sand as media, especially not without a blasting cabinet. The silica produced will kill you eventually. Blasting creates a lot of very fine dust and should be done...
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    I agree it speaks to an unprofessional...

    I agree it speaks to an unprofessional attitude... I had a rep do that recently when looking into SLS 3D printing services. Spent quite a bit of time trash talking the competition. Competition that I...
  18. That is $12.50 per sq ft per year. And that is a...

    That is $12.50 per sq ft per year. And that is a pretty good rate around here! The smaller shop I'm moving to next year is closer to downtown and as such the rates are significantly higher. Like $25...
  19. I have two riggers that I have worked with...

    I have two riggers that I have worked with before, one is a larger outfit which quoted $3k for the move (3 guys and 9 hours they reckon) and one is a one man show who is much less expensive but also...
  20. My shop right now is 2,500 sq ft. I got a space...

    My shop right now is 2,500 sq ft. I got a space bigger than I'd need and figured I'd expand into it, but I honestly haven't needed to. It's in Scarborough. Far enough away from my apartment that it...
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    Hey Dan! Is there any possibility to enlarge the...

    Hey Dan!
    Is there any possibility to enlarge the door? A VF1 is $10K cheaper than a DM1 so that leaves a fair bit of money to spend on changing the doorway :D :D If you have the option to do this it...
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    Sorry mate, I love a good DIY CNC machine as much...

    Sorry mate, I love a good DIY CNC machine as much as anyone, but this is the wrong forum for them. Homebrew hobby grade machines are specifically against the forum rules here. You'll have much better...
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    Will it though? OP said the machine will be 'very...

    Will it though? OP said the machine will be 'very gently used' after 7 years, which doesn't make it sound like he's running production and low volume work doesn't sound like the sweet spot for either...
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    If it's just oil varnish use a degreaser (like...

    If it's just oil varnish use a degreaser (like 'greeze off') and some of the *blue* scotchrbite pads as they have no abrasive in them. Try not to get the degreaser on the paint... I haven't had any...
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    I would check the voltages going into the...

    I would check the voltages going into the contactor to make sure they are ok. Also check the resistance through the various poles of the contactor (with power disconnected obviously!) to verify that...
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