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  1. Thread: DRO advice

    by LKeithR
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    If I were going to buy new today I'd go with...

    If I were going to buy new today I'd go with Newall--their scales are bulletproof. Accu-Rite would be a
    close second...
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    Simple but effective. With those extensions on...

    Simple but effective. With those extensions on either end of the table for the indexing head and the tailstock they're
    making sure they use all of the stroke of the machine too...
  3. Not to be negative about the idea but that was...

    Not to be negative about the idea but that was the first thought that popped into my mind as well. The general conept of
    "teaming up" with other shops has been discussed here before but the "coach"...
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    I'm not sure what you think is funny. Some...

    I'm not sure what you think is funny. Some people might think that's overpriced but around here that
    would be a pretty fair price--maybe a touch high.. It would likely cost you $1200-$1500 to buy...
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    In a press brake 50 tons isn't much. Bending 6...

    In a press brake 50 tons isn't much. Bending 6 ft. of 1/8 mild steel with a 1" bottom die (8x mat. thickness) requires
    about 66 tons of force. You can overcome this to some extent by using a wider...
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    Saw the ad on Craigslist. If I had room I'd...

    Saw the ad on Craigslist. If I had room I'd seriously consider it but at 73 I'm in downsizing rather than
    "upsizing" mode so it ain't gonna happen.

    Sadly those old turret lathes are becoming...
  7. If the ratio between the input shaft of the lathe...

    If the ratio between the input shaft of the lathe and the spindle is 1:1 then you're correct. You need a drive
    pulley with diameter 83 per cent of the driven one. If there is any ratio change...
  8. Yes, yes, yes--absolutely the best kind of...

    Yes, yes, yes--absolutely the best kind of networking. Getting into your customers shops--as opposed to visiting
    the office with some sales literature--gives you lots of inside information. It can...
  9. Yeah, I've had quite a few pieces of steel plate...

    Yeah, I've had quite a few pieces of steel plate Blanchard ground over the years. It's a pretty cheap way of getting
    a nice flat surface. Come to think of it, I've never had aluminum ground. Can...
  10. How the Hell did you get a contract to build a...

    How the Hell did you get a contract to build a bridge without a full engineering workup? How can you even price
    something like that without knowing what materials you need to use? Are they gonna...
  11. To take this a step further. Take a big honkin'...

    To take this a step further. Take a big honkin' nut (size is your choice) and, using a length of mechanics wire (that
    stuff has to be good for something :D) tie the nut to the driveshaft of a big...
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    No idea as to name and, in the end, it probably...

    No idea as to name and, in the end, it probably doesn't matter. The machine is made in Taiwan and that tells
    you that there's a good chance it's going to be pretty good quality. A lot of different...
  13. If you want to go this route the expanding spray...

    If you want to go this route the expanding spray foam used for insulation works very well. Put good shot up the
    tailpipe. That stuff is a bitch to get out (don't ask me how I know)...:eek:
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    Where a tool is located has a lot to do with...

    Where a tool is located has a lot to do with value--I'd certainly hold out for more than 400 bucks for that thing.
    Around here that would be a 1500-2000 dollar machine...
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    Because you're a newbie. As your post count goes...

    Because you're a newbie. As your post count goes up your status changes...
  16. Guess you've never used "high strength adhesives"...

    Guess you've never used "high strength adhesives" in a situation like this. They're good for some things but certainly aren't going to
    be adequate to support the top-heavy weight of that saw. Be...
  17. Thread: New lathe

    by LKeithR
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    Yeah, posting pics on this site is easy peasy--no...

    Yeah, posting pics on this site is easy peasy--no need for off-site hosting...
  18. Having repaired more than my share of cast iron...

    Having repaired more than my share of cast iron over the years I'd say your chances of welding that and
    keeping it dead flat and true are close to zero. I would think that you're going to need to...
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    This is so correct! There is a difference...

    This is so correct! There is a difference between "level" and "running true". Level is a good start but the only way to get a
    lathe cutting accurately with no taper is perform a two collar test...
  20. Back in the 80s we did quite a bit of work on...

    Back in the 80s we did quite a bit of work on horse trailers and we used to use quite a bit of trim that looked
    like that. It was available as a "cheap" trailer trim or you could buy better quality...
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    Are you boring to that diameter for the full...

    Are you boring to that diameter for the full length? It's one thing to turn the OD, face and bore to an internal shoulder
    but if you've gotta go full length now that's a project! What tolerances...
  22. There are many "generic" mills and lathes made in...

    There are many "generic" mills and lathes made in Taiwan--chances are that's what you have. A picture or
    two would go a long way...
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    A one man, backyard shop in a rural area and you...

    A one man, backyard shop in a rural area and you plan to be open only from 7:00-4:00 Monday to Friday?
    Good luck with that. :D

    If you plan to run a real job shop doing repairs and he like I...
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    Neat. I love shop tours like that. Always good...

    Neat. I love shop tours like that. Always good to see what others are doing--always different ideas to pick up.
    There seems to be a lot of empty wall space in there--room for lots of shelves to...
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    Nope, I think that's "too late". :eek: I think...

    Nope, I think that's "too late". :eek: I think the golden rule is: If in doubt, provide some support. In the past
    if I wasn't sure I'd spin something up to 500 RPM and observe what happens. If...
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