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  1. Have you looked at the Toolmaster yet? I got one...

    Have you looked at the Toolmaster yet? I got one and they are great machines far more rigid and better in my opinion than a Bridgeport. The weak point on that one though are the collects. If you are...
  2. I spent a summer working in a CNC turning and...

    I spent a summer working in a CNC turning and screw machine shop that wad full of cheapo $100 Harbor freight drill presses and developed a great respect for what they can do. Some were set up with...
  3. As others have written here the excuse we keep on...

    As others have written here the excuse we keep on hearing for the long lead times is that sun signed on some major OEMs but it seems a little hard to believe that a big one such as say a Caterpillar...
  4. Yea, he has it right, SUN was a company developed...

    Yea, he has it right, SUN was a company developed by some really smart engineers. They came up with a product line that was so easy to use, and design around that so many people flocked to them....
  5. 12-16 weeks would be fine for 90% of our needs,...

    12-16 weeks would be fine for 90% of our needs, but the 2 weeks we used to see placed them in that special class of beloved vendors who could make stuff happen fast.

    On the other hand 1 overnight...
  6. Semi OT SUN Hydraulics Anyone Know What is Going on Down There?

    I was wondering if anyone here had an inside scoop or knowledge of what is going on down at SUN Hydraulics?

    2-3 years ago they were one of my favorite companies maybe just shy of McMaster Carr....
  7. Best story I heard about a customer of ours was...

    Best story I heard about a customer of ours was buying at auction for pennies on the dollar some large jet engines. With out the right air worthiness paper work the engines weren't worth much more...
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    Thanks to all for the replies. I may need to...

    Thanks to all for the replies. I may need to experiment with some of the techniques suggested here, TrevJ what grit would you think is when a mirror like finish starts emerging?

    I am trying to do...
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    Polishing Brass best ways to do it?

    I started making the following pressure gauges for model steam engines. One of the more challenging parts to this is getting a good polish on the face. The gauge itself is a commercially available...
  10. Sure need a pressure gauge for your 1-1/2 scale...

    Sure need a pressure gauge for your 1-1/2 scale model steam locomotive. No one else is making them so we made a few.

    Also going to need to get a better photo before advertising these things for...
  11. If you don't mind spending a little Stoddard...

    If you don't mind spending a little Stoddard Solvent is also sold by places like Skygeek as MIL-PRF-7024 and is used to simulate Jet fuel when testing aircraft engine parts. Maybe you can sneak some...
  12. Best platform to set up simple online store?

    I recently made a limited production of a neat little accessory for my hobby with a partner. Right now we have a somewhat limited volume of items we have produced in a few different flavors of...
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    By the way another show in the area (maybe 20mins...

    By the way another show in the area (maybe 20mins from CAMA) that isn't as well known on Oct 19 Topland Farms is having their annual show. I only found out about it last year. The place is like a...
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    I go every year. It made me real proud to see how...

    I go every year. It made me real proud to see how excited my two-year-old daughter dot when watching the big steam engines turn.

    Other highlights from the show it looks like they got the majority...
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    That's some dedication, I like CAMA go every...

    That's some dedication, I like CAMA go every year had a great time but I think I'd I had to make a recommendation it would be to spend the extra 5hrs or so more on the plane and head to Great...
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    Notice how the pattern they are using is made. ...

    Notice how the pattern they are using is made. The old time draftsman at work used to do jet turbine blades and vanes. He explained the process went roughly as follows. Engineering would define the...
  17. Well having issues replying with the phone my...

    Well having issues replying with the phone my first response got deleted. But if in Boston the weekend before labor day Google the waushakum live steamers. They have their big meet that weekend and...
  18. Oh I forgot, plus 1 on the 2 museums listed...

    Oh I forgot, plus 1 on the 2 museums listed above. If you go to the museum of industry in Waltham make sure to stop at the "Tool Shed" a great used tool store down the street In Waltham. They have...
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    After around 12,000-16,000hrs of operation or so...

    After around 12,000-16,000hrs of operation or so with an aircraft fuel gear pump eventually the housings either wear or cavitate oversize and the pump performance degrades. Standard practice to renew...
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    How has his point been clearly made? As far as I...

    How has his point been clearly made? As far as I can tell from the articles linked here there looks to be about $3.6 Billion dollars worth of new steel plants being permitted and proposed to be built...
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    Here's another $1.8Billion plant that looks to be...

    Here's another $1.8Billion plant that looks to be pretty close;
    $1.8 billion Steel Dynamics mill may come to South Texas

    Here's a few more articles that talks of a few billion more in steel plant...
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    I hope I am not hijacking the thread here, but I...

    I hope I am not hijacking the thread here, but I saw this the other day when visiting a friend's shop and thought it was the smartest, cheapest, and simplest gantry crane I ever saw someone whip up...
  23. I wonder what it is like moving a heavy load on...

    I wonder what it is like moving a heavy load on those trolleys in heavy seas? I would hope they had a good hand brake on the trolley in case things got out of hand.
  24. American Pickers is one of those shows that the...

    American Pickers is one of those shows that the wife likes watching so it is on the DVR and a regular but it is amazing on a lot of the episodes how much great stuff the guys walk by and or never...
  25. Rivett, I noticed you started the thread by...

    Rivett, I noticed you started the thread by mentioning Ed Battison. I started a new thread on this one but in watching American Pickers it looks like Ed did it right and found a younger guy to pass...
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