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  1. If you can swing it financially, an...

    If you can swing it financially, an interchangeable tip live center will save you a lot of headaches. You will have a lot smaller center point to contend with being in the way.
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    I am not in front of ours right now but there...

    I am not in front of ours right now but there should be a setting in there for request reference return or something along those lines. Then you go into auto run and it probes the existing bar, or...
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    The first obvious question is does the machine...

    The first obvious question is does the machine have the center and accompanying sleeve? I find it hard to believe someone selling the machine would know what both the center and sleeve were for,...
  4. " 6.500-6.499 ⌀ shall be free of surface...

    " 6.500-6.499 ⌀ shall be free of surface imperfections and/or taper more than .0002."

    Done.
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    S-style collet pads and collet chuck. Buy a set...

    S-style collet pads and collet chuck. Buy a set of 2" square and a set of 1" square collet pads and you can mix and match. Coupled with the right size spindle liner it should work really well.
  6. Ditto this. If it has critical features it needs...

    Ditto this. If it has critical features it needs an approprately toleranced print. If everything is +/- .005 than that needs to be on the purchase order or documented from the customer.
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    Save yourselves the trouble. I downloaded it and...

    Save yourselves the trouble. I downloaded it and it really isn't that great.
  8. Why even cancel the offset? It is going to be...

    Why even cancel the offset? It is going to be over ruled by the next tool change or M30 anyway, so no need to cancel it.
  9. Try two 45 degree elbows. The extra length to...

    Try two 45 degree elbows. The extra length to make the corner may help. Just a suggestion, not self proven.
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    If it's any consolation, the needs for support...

    If it's any consolation, the needs for support have been few and far between as far as service. Parts are easily available and if you are willing to do the hard work, you can fix just about anything...
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    I would go with the Doosan. We have had good luck...

    I would go with the Doosan. We have had good luck with Ellison service, but I think our service guy is exceptional. We had a 2004ish Daewoo (Doosan bought Daewoo) go down last Monday. Due to the...
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    Following. Cordless is nice so you aren't tied to...

    Following. Cordless is nice so you aren't tied to a machine or wall.
  13. For 20 parts aluminum will be fine. We do some...

    For 20 parts aluminum will be fine. We do some 2x2x1-3/4 1215 blocks with about a 1-3/8 hole and it works slickernshit.
  14. Layout each step on a spreadsheet with a brief...

    Layout each step on a spreadsheet with a brief description of the operation (CNC Lathe, 1st Turn Operation), as well as any inspection features required or you feel needs included. Next to each...
  15. $25 from batteries plus for replacement batteries...

    $25 from batteries plus for replacement batteries for our Doosans about every 16 months. Seems like there are more important things to worry about in a machine shop than a battery that is worth a...
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    We machine a fair amount of cast iron and I would...

    We machine a fair amount of cast iron and I would most definitely recommend coolant for the same reasons, mainly dust control.
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    Heck even Mcmaster offers a die holder with a...

    Heck even Mcmaster offers a die holder with a straight shank: McMaster-Carr
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    We do this from time to time using W1? drill rod....

    We do this from time to time using W1? drill rod. We have a set of soft jaws bored out to accept a standard round threading die in a standard 6" vise. Then we put the rod in the mill spindle in a...
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    Kerosene/Diesel space heater. Get a couple of...

    Kerosene/Diesel space heater. Get a couple of them and some fans to circulate the heat, and prop a couple doors open for ventilation and fresh air. Should keep it manageable for the time being.
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    Why use a face mill? Especially in aluminum, just...

    Why use a face mill? Especially in aluminum, just pick about any manufacturer for an aluminum specific solid carbide end mill and you should be able to blow that 48 cubic inches out of the water. I...
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    I learned that line from my high school shop...

    I learned that line from my high school shop teacher, who difinitely was not named Pythagoras. Or am I missing something here?
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    Sounds a lot like a machine problem. Aluminum is...

    Sounds a lot like a machine problem. Aluminum is just hard wood. Any saw worth its weight in sawdust should be able to handle aluminum.
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    Solidworks is my vote. If you are not using solid...

    Solidworks is my vote. If you are not using solid designs you are 10+ years behind.
  24. Why? One can be had from MSC for under 20 bucks....

    Why? One can be had from MSC for under 20 bucks.

    5 to 6 Inch, Micrometer Rod 86417243 - MSC
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    Trade the forklift off for one with pneumatic...

    Trade the forklift off for one with pneumatic tires. It may or may not be cheaper than pouring a pad.
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