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  1. If you want to talk to someone who wont bullshit...

    If you want to talk to someone who wont bullshit you - you might try these guys - best to call, they get a million e-mails a month.

    BBR Motorsports, Inc - Contact

    I have known these guys for...
  2. Whatever you do, wear a decent safety shield over...

    Whatever you do, wear a decent safety shield over your face and decent gloves / long sleeve shirt. I still have a scar from a flying piece of carbide I shattered with a well placed hammer blow.
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    Which brings up another point about our fair...

    Which brings up another point about our fair state related to unemployment insurance. Our state has been the target of the largest unemployment benefit fraud scheme in history. I along with 2 of my...
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    We have not won a Boeing order in over 6 months -...

    We have not won a Boeing order in over 6 months - the 737Max slow down started well before COVID-19. Part of our motivation to move into a bigger facility is that we had won approval of our DPD...
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    Hahaha . . . I remember once hearing about the...

    Hahaha . . . I remember once hearing about the Portland Trailblazers complaining about playing basketball in certain cities / states that had income tax because they had to write a check before...
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    Going to the big city has it's own price - city...

    Going to the big city has it's own price - city property tax on our new facility is $164.38 every single day of the week. Not to mention a grand a month for city sewer and water and another set of...
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    My youngest is in quarantine now awaiting...

    My youngest is in quarantine now awaiting deployment to Asia. 3rd Marines PIG, will emerge from this deployment as a HOG if all goes well. My son-in-law is a Marine veteran now attending Hillsdale...
  8. This brings back memories. My first control...

    This brings back memories. My first control systems job was installing pneumatic propulsion controls on commercial fishing boats, tugs, and high end yachts . . . after a year I started designing...
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    No doubt project awarded to the lowest bidder. I...

    No doubt project awarded to the lowest bidder. I can’t tell you how many times I have met with the customer and they explain what they want done AND how to do it . . . and invariably I question the...
  10. Some photos would be of tremendous help. For...

    Some photos would be of tremendous help.

    For the pulley / shaft interface, I would consider a keyless bushing for this repair - if the cast pulley has enough material around the bore to support...
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    Hats off to anyone that can make a go of it in...

    Hats off to anyone that can make a go of it in such limited space with so many machines . . . honestly, that would drive me crazy:willy_nilly:

    We moved out of a 25,000 square foot facility that...
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    Thread hijack warning . . . this kind of story is...

    Thread hijack warning . . . this kind of story is becoming more and more frequent with Chinese supplied manufacturing equipment. We won’t even entertain working on it for a number of reasons. And...
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    We recently moved a machine about double that...

    We recently moved a machine about double that size and used similar 4.5 inch bars rigged in a similar fashion for the table base castings. If you were closer, you could come borrow them!
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    Thanks Tom . . . our posts might have crossed...

    Thanks Tom . . . our posts might have crossed paths. The Raccoon was attacking one of our cats - I responded quickly and grabbed the only handgun I own and didn't even think to put hearing...
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    I went and saw both an ENT and an audiologist...

    I went and saw both an ENT and an audiologist when it first happened, they put me on prednisone for 10 days - no improvement after 3 weeks so they told me the damage was permanent and that the...
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    They are just called Cat seals because they are...

    They are just called Cat seals because they are presumably used in the final drive output shafts on bulldozers?

    SKF - this will give you a good idea of what they are about
  17. Using the title "mom" would get a quick backhand...

    Using the title "mom" would get a quick backhand to the mouth if you weren't paying attention. I developed good "fast twitch" reflexes from my "mum". In this case "mum" WAS the word, she was...
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    Another hijack . . . the process of scribing a...

    Another hijack . . . the process of scribing a line and creating micro cracks that propagate into the substrate being cut is also exploited in hard rock tunnel boring machines. I spent the early...
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    Will Costco do the whole hearing test and...

    Will Costco do the whole hearing test and evaluation in the store or do you need to go see an audiologist first?

    I dispatched a raccoon last fall at close quarters in a confined space with a...
  20. Yes, 230 single phase -> phase converter ->...

    Yes, 230 single phase -> phase converter -> 230:440 transformer -> lathe is no problem. If the transformer has adjustable taps, you can use these to help balance the voltage across phases. When I...
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    If you need to know what the factory settings are...

    If you need to know what the factory settings are for your Yaskawa spindle motor, I have copies for most tree spindles, and can send them to you.
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    Again, the idea is that the actual boom position...

    Again, the idea is that the actual boom position with respect to a world coordinate system would be static. In other words, relative to gravity, it would not move . . . no theoretical work would be...
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    Daniel explained the concept. The idea is much...

    Daniel explained the concept. The idea is much easier than the Stewart platform in the video, but the concept is the same with respect to holding a consistent absolute position even when the ship...
  24. Haha . . . I remember using a lighter and a can...

    Haha . . . I remember using a lighter and a can of WD40 to burn bugs that were flying around in the garage. One bug escaped death on the first blast and was spinning in circles on the concrete...
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    Auto boom stability would not be difficult to do,...

    Auto boom stability would not be difficult to do, but it would be expensive. Inclinometers, inertial accelerometers, and boom raise/lower cable winches with active reaction to these inputs would not...
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