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    I shop Amazon a LOT, but I also shop a fair...

    I shop Amazon a LOT, but I also shop a fair amount on ebay at the same time for different reasons. Ebay will always have a place as they are the number one place to buy used equipment, tooling or...
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    If I need to bore my jaws all the way through the...

    If I need to bore my jaws all the way through the ID, I will machine a face groove in the jaws to grab on a jaw boring ring. I have several sizes of rings made up.

    It's a bit more work than...
  3. I know an Integrex can do this because my old T-3...

    I know an Integrex can do this because my old T-3 controller supports this function. You just write a tool probing process (unit) and only put in the Z value max tolerance so it only probes in Z. ...
  4. One think to keep in mind when considering a...

    One think to keep in mind when considering a Mazak is the older controls like a T-2 and T-32 had G-code programming as an option, meaning not all machines had that ability. If you have a budget of...
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    Is the emergency stop button pressed by chance?

    Is the emergency stop button pressed by chance?
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    Take a look at the circuit breaker switches...

    Take a look at the circuit breaker switches located on the inside door of the electrical cabinet. If one of those switches was tripped, I think that shows up as an alarm 20 like the one shown.
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    Just to clarify, a patent gives the holder the...

    Just to clarify, a patent gives the holder the right to defend the patent by trying to sue the offending party. The law itself does not keep people from copying the patent. I say trying because...
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    If the foot pedal works to actuate the chuck but...

    If the foot pedal works to actuate the chuck but the M-codes do not, you need to enable a parameter that allows chucking in auto operation. Look in your electrical manual or parameter manual for the...
  9. Got it. Yeah, mine has that switch too. I was...

    Got it. Yeah, mine has that switch too. I was told it was used to back off the machine during actual cutting is occurring like when roughing out castings that had too much stock on them if you were...
  10. What is the overall length of the shaft?

    What is the overall length of the shaft?
  11. My smaller lathe has the jog handle, but the...

    My smaller lathe has the jog handle, but the larger lathe has touch pads instead--both machines have the T-3 control.

    Disadvantage to the jog handle is you cannot move the machine in a 45° angle...
  12. Yes, it sure does. I'll be sure to demonstrate...

    Yes, it sure does. I'll be sure to demonstrate it.

    Actually, Mazak introduced the TPS and the VFC buttons way back on the T-1 control.
  13. There also needs to be some provision for...

    There also needs to be some provision for securing the end of a prop shaft outside the little SB headstock. I have to wonder if the OP is aware of the danger associated with machining a long shaft...
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    No real need to delete the account--just stop...

    No real need to delete the account--just stop using it.
  15. Shot some video a week ago and again this past...

    Shot some video a week ago and again this past weekend. We have the intro video finished and about 5 more additional videos to edit so far. Going to be a few days until everything is finished and...
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    Just because the engineer could draw it, doesn't...

    Just because the engineer could draw it, doesn't mean I can actually make it. :rolleyes5: I have to say that about once a week to the noobie engineers.
  17. I trepan a lot of stuff myself on the manual...

    I trepan a lot of stuff myself on the manual lathe, but just how much money do you think you are saving by trepanning a 6" diameter x 1.125" thick aluminum slug vs blasting it into chips? The effort...
  18. Well, had to postpone this weekend's video shoot...

    Well, had to postpone this weekend's video shoot to next week. Cameraman fell ill. :(
  19. Yep. I've done a lot of manual processes over...

    Yep. I've done a lot of manual processes over the years aka MNP. TPC is great when you have some funky geometry and need to control the approach and retract vectors differently than the standard...
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    Big Zak is a ST30 ATC/MC. The machine has a 15"...

    Big Zak is a ST30 ATC/MC. The machine has a 15" chuck on it and a 22kw spindle motor.
    Junior is a QT10N ATC/MC. It looks like a smaller version of the big lathe, but with an 8" chuck.

    I have...
  21. I really wish the T-2 control had the TPC. :o

    I really wish the T-2 control had the TPC. :o
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    First off, you're welcome. :D I have a Phase...

    First off, you're welcome. :D

    I have a Phase Perfect PT380 feeding my entire shop through a 3 phase panel with bolt in breakers. I got the panel and breakers at a local electrical surplus shop...
  23. Exactly. The 3 biggest things that can get...

    Exactly.

    The 3 biggest things that can get you are the things the toolpath does NOT catch.

    1) Did you call up the correct program on the run side?
    2) Did you probe the tools after you...
  24. The older controls like the T-2 do have a bug in...

    The older controls like the T-2 do have a bug in the software when it comes to internal threading and internal grooving. The machine will retract to whatever the top line of the program (Pno 0) has...
  25. Yes. The machine will simulate the EXACT...

    Yes. The machine will simulate the EXACT toolpath that is programmed. The machine also has a trace screen so you can actually watch the tools cut the graphical representation of the part on the...
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