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  1. Great work Grant - I look forward to seeing more...

    Great work Grant - I look forward to seeing more of as the season permits. Keep it up.
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    One of my customers who buys about 3 truckloads...

    One of my customers who buys about 3 truckloads of custom extrusions a week told me that new profiles are almost a year out now if nothing goes wrong. I used to be able to get them done by Tower by...
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    Race cars!

    Race cars!
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    They never could get the one for our Okuma L200M...

    They never could get the one for our Okuma L200M to work right. Got tired of jacking with it and just use the conversational in it. The one for my 560s is pretty good after a lot of wrestling with...
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    There is a thread from about two years ago that...

    There is a thread from about two years ago that went totally off the rails that has some broken stud pictures. I think what happened is his heat treater screwed up and Frank just went into full...
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    We have run about 25000 of that same part without...

    We have run about 25000 of that same part without problems until then (and about another 6000 since) across 4 different machines. We put a couple of the maritool studs in a vise and they broke like...
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    We quit using it about 4 years ago. Once you...

    We quit using it about 4 years ago. Once you finally got a post to work (seemed to take forever by the time you found all of the bugs and went back and forth with your reseller) the interface still...
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    Yeah right MF - Maritool pull stud broke and...

    Yeah right MF - Maritool pull stud broke and trashed the spindle. I noticed he quit selling the standard ones now. They make good tools but lousy studs.
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    That is where it is and it was - HLV-0018.

    That is where it is and it was - HLV-0018.
  10. I have bought over 40,000 pounds of 6061 this...

    I have bought over 40,000 pounds of 6061 this year and the last batch came in at $3.35 a pound delivered. Sounds like I need to try EMJ when everything settles down. Is the $2.95 FOB or at your...
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    That is where I thought. I will go after it this...

    That is where I thought. I will go after it this weekend. Thanks for the info.
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    I had not had a manual lathe for the last four or...

    I had not had a manual lathe for the last four or five years and now I have four and need to thin the herd a little. The BK has been converted to a VFD and transformer for the variable speed so it...
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    Hardinge HLV-BK Serial Number Location?

    I have an early HLV-BK (made in England) and am trying to find the serial number on it? Anyone have a good idea where to look? Not sure if it was painted over or what but it is not where it is on...
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    Mitty was the one who got me interested in tumble...

    Mitty was the one who got me interested in tumble finishing. I have five tumblers now and almost every part we do now is cosmetic that goes to anodize or powder. Learned a lot from his threads and...
  15. You might look at something like Thompsons Water...

    You might look at something like Thompsons Water Seal for concrete floors. Seems to stop crap from soaking in and is easier to sweep, and when the forklift wears through it repairs are much easier...
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    So back to the original question. I have a small...

    So back to the original question. I have a small job shop with a pair of Okuma 560s that do the heavy work, a Hardinge vertical pallet machine, and added a Brother S500 a couple of years ago. I...
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    I have a GX480 with the APC and it is more rigid...

    I have a GX480 with the APC and it is more rigid than a Haas but not what I would call a good machine for heavy work. Think of it more as a heavy duty drill tap that is slower but a lot more rigid...
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    Try a 3 degree ramp, 10k rpm (just for the ramp),...

    Try a 3 degree ramp, 10k rpm (just for the ramp), and 25ipm. I have had 1/2" endmills blow up from a not steep enough ramp angle.
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    Just saw another dime increase to $2.85 a pound. ...

    Just saw another dime increase to $2.85 a pound. Up 80 cents since the start of the year. Bastards.
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    I have two 560s that I bought from Hartwig. ...

    I have two 560s that I bought from Hartwig. Great machines and a great dealer to work with. 99% aluminum and no chip wash so we just leave a long handled chip brush hanging in the machine and knock...
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    The forecasts that I have seen have wood prices...

    The forecasts that I have seen have wood prices staying high at least through the middle of next year. I am in the middle of building a new building and it is pretty ugly right now. Building steel...
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    I have done about a dozen over the years and it...

    I have done about a dozen over the years and it is not a horrible job - just takes a little attention to details. Really makes a difference with head noise. I did run into one that was so bad that...
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    It is the same tool changer. Our machine would...

    It is the same tool changer. Our machine would often fill two 55 gallon drums of aluminum chips a day so we make a lot of chips. Chips eventually ricochet their way into the changer and jam it to...
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    I have had a 480APC model (a 480 with a front...

    I have had a 480APC model (a 480 with a front mounted pallet changer). The machine has made a lot of money over the years but the 20 tool side mount changer barfs every year or two by getting full...
  25. Be careful if you are thinking about taking it...

    Be careful if you are thinking about taking it apart to paint it. I have seen a lot of machines that were victims of that good intention that never got put back together. The owner loses interest,...
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