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    My Dad worked there for maybe 20 years. I...

    My Dad worked there for maybe 20 years. I remember i could see the big sign on the plant from my bedroom window. He told me how when they were shutting the place down they were just scrapping...
  2. Anybody know what happened to the Machining 360 YouTube channel?

    Joe was rebuilding a Monarch 16CY. His channel and videos are no longer on YouTube. Does anybody know if he moved to another platform? Hopefully he's OK.
  3. I looked at my cleerman box column and with the...

    I looked at my cleerman box column and with the sliding head all the way up, there is 21" between the bottom of the quill and the table when the table in in it's highest position. It looks like the...
  4. This perfectly and succinctly captures my...

    This perfectly and succinctly captures my sentiments. I would only add that one of the benefits of doing a comprehensive rebuild yourself is, when you are done, you will know what you have as...
  5. I have a couple of buddies who are also into...

    I have a couple of buddies who are also into amateur radio. Another technology rendered obsolete by technical advances but still loved by many. I count two of the guys as the most extreme hobbyists...
  6. Thank you for the thoughts. i guess i view a...

    Thank you for the thoughts. i guess i view a forum like this as a place for people with a common interest to discuss their thoughts with others. "common interest" does not equal "like minded". For...
  7. I retired a couple of months ago. When...

    I retired a couple of months ago. When discussing my decision with a couple of friends close to my own age, they commented that they were in a financial position to retire but don't know what they...
  8. Well i certainly didn't intend or expect for my...

    Well i certainly didn't intend or expect for my little musing to generate this kind of vitreol and general lack of civility. Probably best for the moderator to just delete this thread.
  9. Machine reconditioning as a hobby relative to other hobbies

    There's been a fair amount of dialogue over a number of posts regarding how time consuming a proper functional restoration (scraping to original specs, bearing changes etc). Clearly when this...
  10. WTB Slotting head for Kempsmith Horizontal Milling Machine

    These things clamp to the column dovetail and are driven from a spur gear on an NMTB 50 taper that fits the main spindle. I have the gear and taper but am looking for the slotting head to round out...
  11. I've had good experience as well. Home...

    I've had good experience as well. Home
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    Wax on, wax off...

    Wax on, wax off...
  13. To paint or not to paint is also an interesting...

    To paint or not to paint is also an interesting question. One one hand, one could argue that when a machine is completely disassembled is the perfect time to re-paint it. I myself had this...
  14. Name calling and general lack of civility aside,...

    Name calling and general lack of civility aside, I find this to be a super relevant thread. During one of my past lives i had many engineers of all experience levels under my care. I used to tell...
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    Let he among us who has not made a stupid...

    Let he among us who has not made a stupid purchase cast the first stone...
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    I see there's a #2 Kempsmith horizontal mill in...

    I see there's a #2 Kempsmith horizontal mill in the list. I have a #1 universal and love it. If anyone is on the lookout for a horizontal, i would recommend giving it a look.
  17. PM sent on the height finder

    PM sent on the height finder
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    A man's got every right to paint his stuff any...

    A man's got every right to paint his stuff any color he wants. Machinery gray/green can get a bit old.

    Nice job on the restoration. Just cleaning one of these old machines takes commitment.
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    Redrum, redrum, redrum...

    Redrum, redrum, redrum...
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    Joe, Glad you're back and doing well. Thanks...

    Joe,

    Glad you're back and doing well. Thanks for sharing such a deeply personal experience so that we may all benefit from the resulting insights. Hang in there and stay positive. It sounds...
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    I recently had the bed of my monarch 16CY ground....

    I recently had the bed of my monarch 16CY ground. The guy that ground it also ground the underside of the ways. This was his recommendation, i never would have thought of it.
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    I would think a largish surface guage and dial...

    I would think a largish surface guage and dial test indicator would be the best way to check the two tables for parallelism. Switch to a regular dial indicator and set the table offset.
  23. Thread: Die filer

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    Do all made a band for filing dies. To me it...

    Do all made a band for filing dies. To me it looks like a rube-goldberg but better minds than mine came up with it. If you already have a doall it might be fun to fine the band filer and try it out.
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    KJ Electric in Syracuse NY. In the end, i kept...

    KJ Electric in Syracuse NY. In the end, i kept my old motor. They disassembled it, steam cleaned it, meggered it, changed the bearings, soldered on new leads and painted it. It was pricey,...
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    Bill, My only point was to be careful in...

    Bill,

    My only point was to be careful in over-simplifying something may be very complex. It's been a long time since i studied electrical machines in detail and i know next to nothing about VFDs....
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