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    part of it is how you look at cars- I have always...

    part of it is how you look at cars- I have always tried to identify the car, down to the year, from a block away. For a while, I could even tell you the make of a Semi from a distance. I am much less...
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    Its interesting that their market penetration is...

    Its interesting that their market penetration is so low in Boston- I live in a rural farming area, the closest "city" is about 40,000 people, a half hour away. I see 2 to 5 number 3's a day,...
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    A tesla is a medium sized car here- very average...

    A tesla is a medium sized car here- very average sized.

    Anyway, I apologize if you found the "silly paranoia" comment offensive. However, if you are not afraid of a forced conversion to electric,...
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    NOBODY is trying to sell BEV's as a "universal...

    NOBODY is trying to sell BEV's as a "universal solution".

    Here, and in the real world, predictions are that for short haul passenger vehicles, we will see a gradual replacement.
    It is true...
  5. Try Farwest, in Vancouver. I know a lot of the...

    Try Farwest, in Vancouver. I know a lot of the boatbuilders up here have them cut big parts. They seem to be competitive enough that trucks drive up almost to the Canadian border pretty regularly...
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    I have never been accused of being Gordon before-...

    I have never been accused of being Gordon before- I am guessing, in person, we are pretty easy to tell apart.

    Anyway, I dont doubt that there will be electric airplanes at some date, and that...
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    there is a slight difference between one guy,...

    there is a slight difference between one guy, trying out a conversion on ONE of his airplanes- in cooperation with the company that is making this electric motor-
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    a test program, already under...
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    I guess we will see about trucks- Diamler has 2...

    I guess we will see about trucks- Diamler has 2 all electric test trucks on the road now in California, one of which is its Freightliner Cascadia, the number one selling semi in the USA. They are...
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    Its not like this is some new problem- women (and...

    Its not like this is some new problem- women (and men) have been wearing earrings for ten thousand years or so.
    One of the very first things plastic surgeons started doing, when they became popular,...
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    I am going to get one of those Stabila pocket...

    I am going to get one of those Stabila pocket pros- I have a bunch of larger stabila's, I love em. And magnetic is always good for me.
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    I have a friend who is an artist who has been...

    I have a friend who is an artist who has been making his own (non-US Mail) stamps for over 40 years now, and he has an antique one row perforating machine- it has stops, but to perforate a whole...
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    When I hire big trucks for long haul, I use a...

    When I hire big trucks for long haul, I use a freight broker. They are more likely to stick to their quotes- as in, every time I have used one.
    I have rented flatbeds for local use, not long haul-...
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    Currently the average lifespan of a publicly...

    Currently the average lifespan of a publicly traded company is 15 years.
    Certainly, there are exceptions, but "holding forever" is not a real possibility these days for about 90% of the companies on...
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    seems like the global corporate ownership will...

    seems like the global corporate ownership will flourish in spite of the trade war, because, as you say, there are no rules against it in the US.
    Merely making stuff in the USA often doesnt benefit...
  15. I have one of the rinky dink (but still...

    I have one of the rinky dink (but still expensive) "battery charger style"
    weld cleaners- mine puts out 40 volts, about 10amps. It will work for cleaning discoloration off of welds. It will not do...
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    this would be great- but it doesnt appear to be...

    this would be great- but it doesnt appear to be what is happening.
    Right now, as we type, production is leaving China- and moving to Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia. Not Indiana.

    Twist...
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    Although I usually pay to have anything very big...

    Although I usually pay to have anything very big hauled, I have quite successfully rented 20' 5 ton flatbed trucks before. Penske, for example, will rent you a 24' flatbed that doesnt require a CDL. ...
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    Kent at tinmantech sells cast iron rod and flux...

    Kent at tinmantech sells cast iron rod and flux for oxy-fuel welding cast iron.
    Cast Iron Filler Metals for Gas or TIG welding

    Me, I yanked the swivel base off my big vise 25 years ago, and...
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    you can try, but if there is a lot of force...

    you can try, but if there is a lot of force exerted, it may fail again.
    I have had the best luck on stuff like this using TIG, and nickel rod.
  20. doesnt look like either an urpe or a pinacho, two...

    doesnt look like either an urpe or a pinacho, two of the biggest lathe makers in spain.
    I know a lot of eastern european stuff was imported to canada that never made it to the USA, could be that- it...
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    I understood exactly what he was saying- because...

    I understood exactly what he was saying- because I actually work in the trades he is discussing, know the people, read the trades journals, and attend the conferences.

    If you spoke in machinist...
  22. Does $10 million represent yearly gross, yearly...

    Does $10 million represent yearly gross, yearly net, or the cost of the physical plant including the equipment?
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    Steve Bondi was, indeed, a visionary. His work...

    Steve Bondi was, indeed, a visionary. His work was great, and his late life interest in the Italian smith Mazzucotelli opened a lot of people's eyes, including mine. I was lucky enough to see him...
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    Maybe portland is different. Up here, north of...

    Maybe portland is different. Up here, north of Seattle, I see very very little in the way of used machine tools. I have dragged a few home, sure, but mostly in the 80s and early 90s. The Boeing stuff...
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    If you absolutely have to cheap out, at least...

    If you absolutely have to cheap out, at least check out HTP.

    again, no country wide service or parts (all from one address in the midwest)

    but at least they are mostly made in Italy and eastern...
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