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  1. 8000 lb vmcs but I also use a floor jack to get...

    8000 lb vmcs but I also use a floor jack to get the machine high enough for 2" galvanized pipe rollers. I have some others but those are my go-to rollers. IME 5000 lbs is about as much as I can...
  2. Don't be surprised if your new part needs...

    Don't be surprised if your new part needs "fitting". This is normal.
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    I use a 1/4"x 1"x4" Norton medium India stone...

    I use a 1/4"x 1"x4" Norton medium India stone that I dedicated to this use many years ago, and that is all it is used for. It is loaded up and doesn't cut worth a damn on one side, the side I check...
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    I will also add that 6063 can be a PITA. With...

    I will also add that 6063 can be a PITA. With good coolant and enough, no problem, just a little less than enough coolant and you start spin welding fast. A good coating and three flute mills would...
  5. He says 6061. How fast you go depends on what...

    He says 6061. How fast you go depends on what you are doing. I run a 1/4" version chamfering parts at 6k and 120ipm, but that is only doing .01" chamfers. The recommended speeds and feeds look...
  6. These are big businesses. What, you think they...

    These are big businesses. What, you think they care about people?
  7. There are many reasons not to let this disease...

    There are many reasons not to let this disease run rampant. One I heard is that those who get it bad but survive often have damaged lungs. An Xray shows a latticework of missing tissue. I am all...
  8. Cut an appropriately sized rubber band and staple...

    Cut an appropriately sized rubber band and staple it to the mask. I am only trying to reduce the dust I breathe so I will use one for weeks. I have a partial box of 3M N95 masks but they are 20 to...
  9. Sterilizing with heat will probably destroy the...

    Sterilizing with heat will probably destroy the elastic band. Saturate with 70% alcohol is what I have heard being done, until they disintegrate. In Oregon, the veterinarians have been ordered to...
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    We had a rattler for a few months in a shop I...

    We had a rattler for a few months in a shop I worked at. It pretty much stayed out of sight but the mice totally disappeared, none. When the shop idiot killed the snake the mice returned within...
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    I would try mounting my cell phone and use it...

    I would try mounting my cell phone and use it first. There are some nice, cheap, compact cell phone vacuum mounts that would be handy. Normal shop light should work fine and I don't know much else.
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    The last time I painted my house I used a HVLP, I...

    The last time I painted my house I used a HVLP, I used about 40% of the paint I would with an airless.

    As for what to do? Get everything on order done then switch to working on the 54 new...
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    Shit, you've finally said something usefull!

    Shit, you've finally said something usefull!
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    Perhaps not true. With MERS and SARS, they were...

    Perhaps not true. With MERS and SARS, they were less transmissible in humid air, transmission rates were higher in dry air and warmer air did not diminish transmission rates, at least for MERS. We...
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    What are the two techs for? More than to just...

    What are the two techs for? More than to just swap covers I presume.
  16. In their boxes, but all I have are Interapid dial...

    In their boxes, but all I have are Interapid dial indicators. I don't use a mag base, the idea of sticking a magnet on my machine and magnetizing it sends shivers down my spine. Holdover from my...
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    My method for a slip fit is to use a new 1/4" end...

    My method for a slip fit is to use a new 1/4" end mill with radiused corners, at least for shallower holes. I adjust the size with feed rate and spindle speed. You can also adjust the size a reamer...
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    I worked on a 15xt with a 10k spindle so it was...

    I worked on a 15xt with a 10k spindle so it was an option. The downside of a linear way machine is one decent crash while traveling in X and you can twist the head on the blocks.
  19. Ask for problem parts, either difficult...

    Ask for problem parts, either difficult tolerances or high prices. Don't ask for their normal production that is running smoothly. Once you do get a part to make I always would call up the engineer...
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    Your already doing daycare and good at it, how...

    Your already doing daycare and good at it, how about a nursing home? Get them at both ends. I agree the job shop route sucks and getting overflow work is a bad idea. As soon as work slows a bit...
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    Sounds normal to me. There shouldn't be air...

    Sounds normal to me. There shouldn't be air coming out the top of the spindle, it should come out the 1/4" hole on the tool changer side of the spindle nose. I don't know what RFD was talking...
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    I have used a 3/4" end mill to face with many...

    I have used a 3/4" end mill to face with many times so that would be a good replacement.
  23. Yes, many do and push it back to the grid. ...

    Yes, many do and push it back to the grid. Brothers have capacitors to store it.
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    Moving jaws only have a jaw on one side, the...

    Moving jaws only have a jaw on one side, the center holder has jaws mounted on both sides. That is why the center holder can't do both.

    But, can the dovetail center jaw holder be tapped with the...
  25. I would expect an O control to have fixture...

    I would expect an O control to have fixture offsets. But don't expect much memory. How is your optimized hand coding? I got pretty good having only 4k to play with.
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