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  1. Bob nailed it in my opinion. My testing has...

    Bob nailed it in my opinion. My testing has indicated the same thing. Some of the lower end cutting tool manufacturers are tailoring their offering towards the general purpose crowd. These are the...
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    When I was an engineering manager, I passed a...

    When I was an engineering manager, I passed a rule that everything was modeled at "nominal" dimension and all tolerances were bilateral/ symmetric. As far as I recall, this never caused any issues...
  3. I once rigged up an air blast out of parts from...

    I once rigged up an air blast out of parts from McMaster Carr for clearing chips. It didn't take much since I had an available M function relay already in the machine to control a solenoid. I had...
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    I had a sales puke that would tack on a couple...

    I had a sales puke that would tack on a couple grand for "after sale support" on machines. The parent company that has firm fixed pricing had no idea, or turned a blind eye. It really pissed me off...
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    I feel the Brother is a far superior machine in...

    I feel the Brother is a far superior machine in terms of machining, accuracy, longevity and high speed contouring. That being said, I own Haas machines. I have a couple of reasons. I do protos and...
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    Everyone!!! Do not believe that this was a...

    Everyone!!! Do not believe that this was a double post. In reality, Doug accidentally posted this here rather than the hobbyist forum where he explained that he really only had small Dremel based...
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    I really like mine. It is scary fast and I...

    I really like mine. It is scary fast and I haven't had any mechanical or accuracy issues. It makes a lot of chips very fast. Tool changes are crazy fast. I have a TRT100 on mine.

    I am in N....
  8. I'm just going to be a ray of optimism... some of...

    I'm just going to be a ray of optimism... some of the Haas machines have a plastic sleeve that rides on the ball screws. It is a loose slip fit, and it's only function is to be a sacrificial hard...
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    I'm one of those idiots that taps everything at...

    I'm one of those idiots that taps everything at one RPM... 500 RPM, nearly every size, nearly every material. [I do make exception for production and parts with hundreds of tapped holes, and I think...
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    I have made a similar mistake a few times. I...

    I have made a similar mistake a few times. I would consider boring a hole in the correct location that is large enough to cover the mistake hole. I would then turn a plug out of the same material...
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    I use 5th Axis Vises for some oddball work on the...

    I use 5th Axis Vises for some oddball work on the multi-axis machines. In your case with one width (1.5"), I would make a vise that holds it in the proper location, rather than going to the expense...
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    Build a 8.25" Trepanning tool with a carbide...

    Build a 8.25" Trepanning tool with a carbide parting tool. Turn the spindle at 500 RPM and plunge cut it...

    I'm kidding, but it sure would look cool.
  13. I have a stupid question... like I said, I'm not...

    I have a stupid question... like I said, I'm not a lathe guy. If you wrote a toolpath using Haas canned cycles that threaded, and then turned the OD using the same tool would there be a disparity...
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    I agree that is a reasonable price. I am up in N...

    I agree that is a reasonable price. I am up in N Idaho, if you are up this way, I can lend a hand if you run into any issues.
  15. Just for future reference, if I ever have any...

    Just for future reference, if I ever have any lathe questions, please be forewarned that I am indeed a complete idiot when it comes to running a CNC lathe. I have them and I hate them... I lost...
  16. Also, when it is running the final pass, look at...

    Also, when it is running the final pass, look at the X position on the DRO... what does it read?
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    if you are selling, and the machine is in Idaho,...

    if you are selling, and the machine is in Idaho, I might be interested.
  18. I have one, but if you are having issues with the...

    I have one, but if you are having issues with the canned cycles, I can't help you. I generate all of my code via a CAM system. Feel free to PM me if you have specific issues I can help with.
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    I'm very sorry to hear of your misfortune with a...

    I'm very sorry to hear of your misfortune with a pull stud. I have seen a couple pull studs catastrophically fail over the years from a variety of vendors. A sad and expensive event for sure.
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    I didn't know either :)

    I didn't know either :)
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    I've never purchased it, but a friend of mine has...

    I've never purchased it, but a friend of mine has it. He was able to get a new spindle and a bunch of other fixes when his machine went down. Not sure on how much it cost, but it certainly saved...
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    I replied via private message due to intellectual...

    I replied via private message due to intellectual property concerns. Please do not repost my suggestion if you decide to go that way. Thank you.
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    I am in a similar business. I try not to run my...

    I am in a similar business. I try not to run my spindles at max rpm all day long, even decreasing it 10% increase the longevity significantly. I also watch my spindle load and optimize my programs...
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    Maybe it isn't a brake. I have seen some tables...

    Maybe it isn't a brake. I have seen some tables with air lines that go from the base out to the table for running pneumatic clamps on the face.
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    Sand cast A356 can be a little rough on tooling,...

    Sand cast A356 can be a little rough on tooling, bear that in mind as you quote the job. The age of the casting makes a difference as well. The newer the casting the more gummy the material. Chip...
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