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  1. Same stats show the imports are almost the same,...

    Same stats show the imports are almost the same, but the exports are down over 40% and empty containers in storage is up 28%.

    There are numerous news stories about containers stacking up and lots...
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    How do you do custom automotive work and lack...

    How do you do custom automotive work and lack room for a real VMC? Vehicles take up much more more room than a real machining center.
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    I'd go $80 shipped. They'd probably fit in a...

    I'd go $80 shipped. They'd probably fit in a board game box if it was reinforced a little and taped well.
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    I bought the same screen for a 10M and it works...

    I bought the same screen for a 10M and it works OK, the colors are a bit off, but I only paid $100 delivered for it so I'm not complaining.

    Looks like you got a dud LCD to me.
  5. That makes good sense. I bought decent used...

    That makes good sense. I bought decent used machines over the past 16 years and built my shop a little bigger than what I needed for my primary CNC stuff. I've got room for a few bigger machines, a 5...
  6. You can believe that a political figure head has...

    You can believe that a political figure head has caused problems for you if you want. I don't believe that has much weight on our current state of things.

    I don't believe times are great nor or...
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    For some reason this product popped into my head...

    For some reason this product popped into my head today.

    A strategy I have used when I come up with an idea for a low $ simple product is to bundle it.

    For example, sell the cover, hitch pin and...
  8. Cutting my time with my family at the pumpkin...

    Cutting my time with my family at the pumpkin patch short to make a shaft for a $10m project that keeps 9 guys from being unemployed was worth $300/hr to me and them.
  9. I don't believe this has much to do with planned...

    I don't believe this has much to do with planned obsolescence or the way many things are built to be disposable.

    I'm talking HBM and larger lathe work. Welding heavy things. You know, the stuff...
  10. Machine a guide with a drill bushing and use a...

    Machine a guide with a drill bushing and use a hand drill. I'd have a few nice quality new cobalt center cutting drill bits on hand.
  11. Short/Long term future of manual/repair shops?

    Since this supply chain debacle started I've seen a large increase in repair work. I figured that was the root of it and didn't think much further. Sunday I got a breakdown job from a mobile tech I...
  12. I'd love for you to get all you can for your...

    I'd love for you to get all you can for your endeavors, but that machine is not going to excite many people.

    If some other business paid $7k for one I'd be trying to sell them yours.

    Mid 2000's...
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    On the older controls .5 volt +/- is bad. I...

    On the older controls .5 volt +/- is bad.

    I know the 5 volts had to be between 5.00 and 5.1 volts for the control to fire up on all the old 6M's I've had.
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    Ebay takes 10% you know?

    Ebay takes 10% you know?
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    Yep. No batteries. It has bubble memory.

    Yep. No batteries. It has bubble memory.
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    What control does it have? When I look up HS...

    What control does it have?

    When I look up HS Va-40's they all show up with a Fanuc 6M.

    Fanuc 6M does not have any batteries.
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    I spent 3.5 years on a Navy FFG. 453 feet, 42k HP...

    I spent 3.5 years on a Navy FFG. 453 feet, 42k HP and a single large variable pitch prop.

    The coolest thing a variable pitch prop can do is instant reverse.

    Believe it when they call it...
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    Didn't mean it as a putdown at all. I started...

    Didn't mean it as a putdown at all. I started with old shit and I think it's a great way to go. Just pointing out the hopefully obvious that it's bad to spend a lot on old CNC's.

    I invested about...
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    Looks like a little guy- 10k lbs about? I...

    Looks like a little guy- 10k lbs about?

    I can't imagine you're moving it very far. I mean, the machine is worth about negative $1000 so the further you move it the more you lose.

    Without power...
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    This is an easy machining job with a decent...

    This is an easy machining job with a decent lathe. You don't need to make the entire toolholder. Just start with one close and whittle away what you don't want.

    I have toolholders that were welded...
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    I was thinking like .015" or maybe .025" thick...

    I was thinking like .015" or maybe .025" thick max.

    Look at a pair of dog tags. Tough as hell, but they're like .01" stainless with a rolled edge.

    Use thin material and add features to make it...
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    I used to think you could make money by making...

    I used to think you could make money by making something for $50 in hard costs and selling it for $100.

    That's not profitable. At the end of the day most things like that aren't profitable.
    ...
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    Go away hobby hobber

    Go away hobby hobber
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    I would use 2" minus/crusher run/road base and...

    I would use 2" minus/crusher run/road base and pack with a jumping jack until solid.

    I have a plate packer and a jumping jack. Jumping jack is more work, but it will make shit solid. 10x10 area is...
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    To the root or deeper if you like. Think of it...

    To the root or deeper if you like. Think of it like a one flute tap. You have to give room for the crud to go.
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