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  1. Pretty much anywhere. Rotobroach is a brand name...

    Pretty much anywhere. Rotobroach is a brand name with recognition. But your application doesn't sound too demanding, so anything will work. I buy cheap Chinese annular cutters off amazon and they do...
  2. They sell Ultradex made in Michigan cutting...

    They sell Ultradex made in Michigan cutting tools. And a fair amount of other USA tooling and accessories.

    Shars seems, to me, to be heading in the direction of replacing the old ENCO.

    FWIW
  3. Old lathe chuck on the table of the radial drill?...

    Old lathe chuck on the table of the radial drill? Jaws flipped around on it so clamping the OD and no way for it to move down?

    I'd do it with an insert drill on the CNC lathe in about 15 seconds...
  4. Pretty happy with our Accurpress brake with CNC...

    Pretty happy with our Accurpress brake with CNC back gauge. Big learning curve to start from zero.

    I would find a good quick turn vendor for your cutting before doing plasma in house. Dust, floor...
  5. Mitutoya z-setter gauge. Dial indicator with...

    Mitutoya z-setter gauge. Dial indicator with button on it that lets you get your tool exactly 1" above the surface the gauge is sitting on.
    Buy Dial Indicators - Sign In: Free Shipping $50+ |...
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    Oh, another thing that really helps with cut...

    Oh, another thing that really helps with cut quality on the stainless is that they are running good slats. We get a lot of shit parts because one of our vendors blasts the shit out of their slats and...
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    Waterjet isn't a bad idea. Getting a good laser...

    Waterjet isn't a bad idea. Getting a good laser cut piece relies on the operator to actually be operating the machine correctly to keep the heat out of the part. And whoever nests the parts to do...
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    I guess shit does happen ... and people remember...

    I guess shit does happen ... and people remember when it does happen with magnesium.

    In the shit does happen category, I caught coolant on fire. Was cutting off some concrete anchors when all of...
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    For those that have done it: How much work does...

    For those that have done it: How much work does it take to get a magnesium fire on the machine? I machined a magnesium engine cam cover in college. Took a blow torch to the chips as they were flying...
  10. My 1989 Mazak QT-15 is making me money every day....

    My 1989 Mazak QT-15 is making me money every day. It chews through spindle power supplies (about $100 to re-capacitor a used $400 part from ebay) every year, but that's literally it. I would take a...
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    Yes, it works. I was given a 1944 vintage small...

    Yes, it works. I was given a 1944 vintage small arbor press with accessories in a wooden crate. The crate was entirely filled with cosmoline. Just a big block of goo with a press hidden inside.

    I...
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    No specific experience with 440C. So my comments...

    No specific experience with 440C. So my comments are pretty worthless.

    We use a bunch of laser cut 304SS and it is no big deal to tap the as-lasered holes on a cleanly cut part. We use HSS taps...
  13. The 55 gallon drums of concrete with rebar loop...

    The 55 gallon drums of concrete with rebar loop are somewhat handy. I've made more than a few with extra concrete. What I've found more useful is a small rectangular wooden crate that nicely held...
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    I have a 1998 vintage S-40 gas/propane and a...

    I have a 1998 vintage S-40 gas/propane and a 2007(?) vintage S-65 diesel. Both of which I have done pretty extensive electrical work on. Unfortunately I am not in a position right now to look at the...
  15. Sounds like you got the truck you want. Get...

    Sounds like you got the truck you want. Get another one and put a flat bed on it. Or if it is super useful, then get the same truck as what you have with a flat bed on it.

    Or just get a deck over...
  16. Why did your Duramax quit in 20k miles? Anything...

    Why did your Duramax quit in 20k miles? Anything to do with dune bashing?

    From seeing your posts over the years, it seems that you have a steam cleaning business of some sort. And you dune bash...
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    I'd say use those tools to your advantage. I...

    I'd say use those tools to your advantage.

    I use oshcut.com's tool for costing laser cut parts. They are an online laser cutting outfit and their price is pretty consistently 30% more than my...
  18. I did some calling and the company that...

    I did some calling and the company that manufacturers the OEM part said it is just 1045 steel.

    Buying it through their distribution versus the OEM's distribution makes it a $246.00 + $117.60...
  19. Telehandler fork shaft / bar / pin material?

    Hi Guys,

    I have a telehandler that has a bent fork shaft. The big 'ol pin the forks slide side to side on. It's 2-1/4" diameter by 76" long.

    Part is available from the OEM at a high price. Like...
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    Gorbel has foundationless jib cranes. Just...

    Gorbel has foundationless jib cranes. Just requires 6" thick concrete with rebar 24" OC on better. McMaster-Carr stocks the cranes. Assembly instructions weren't great, but it went together well.
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    Wow! Would love to see more pictures.

    Wow! Would love to see more pictures.
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    McMaster-Carr seems to actually have reasonable...

    McMaster-Carr seems to actually have reasonable prices on 110 copper. You didn't state thickness, I don't think. But they definitely have strips that are 3.5"+ wide.
  23. An update: I've previously made these parts on...

    An update:

    I've previously made these parts on a CNC knee mill with mist coolant. They were always a gnarly mess. Hence the reason for my question.

    Read through a bunch of previous posts and...
  24. Strategy for cleaning drilling / slotting copper bus bar

    Hi Guys,

    We make various little bus bars that go in our products. 10's per year of about 10 different part numbers. Normally something like 1/4" thick 110 copper and we need quarter inch clearance...
  25. For 0.032" aluminum you could make a pretty...

    For 0.032" aluminum you could make a pretty simple press brake. Especially if you don't need long bends.

    Here is one I made for a specific job in 0.060" aluminum:
    Arbor press light duty press...
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