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    So, the first thing people will need to know at...

    So, the first thing people will need to know at new employee orientation is that everyone at the company is now named Bob Smith, and here are the name change papers?
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    The guys running Jun-airs, what did that setup...

    The guys running Jun-airs, what did that setup cost? A quick perusal online shows 2hp for about 10 grand, which is... steep.
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    For light or intermittent use, a screw compressor...

    For light or intermittent use, a screw compressor will almost certainly make your power bill go up. The cycle on a screw is

    Run until the oil is warm unloaded
    Run until you reach pressure
    Run...
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    Which is great, but a spiral flute tap pulls the...

    Which is great, but a spiral flute tap pulls the chips up behind the cut, so once you run out of flutes, they pack up and snap.

    Or keep faffing about looking at your collets. Your choice.
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    I'd be shocked if your tap even had .65" of...

    I'd be shocked if your tap even had .65" of flutes. The deepest M2.5 tap on McMaster only goes 1/2" and Balax doesn't have anything deeper in that size either. If you run out of flute, you snap...
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    Are you sure you mean kW? That's about 150...

    Are you sure you mean kW? That's about 150 horsepower for your current one and 300 for your new one.
  7. The shop is small enough you might consider a...

    The shop is small enough you might consider a pair of wireless noise cancelling headphones. That would cut down some of the machining noise, and give you better sound than four speakers in the...
  8. A brake controller is under a hundred bucks. No...

    A brake controller is under a hundred bucks. No reason not to have brakes. If you're running between two locations out in the country, maybe you don't need them until a deer jumps in front of you. In...
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    My HSMworks post has a "XY_ON" and "XY_OFF"...

    My HSMworks post has a "XY_ON" and "XY_OFF" manual command you can set before an operation. I think Fusion can run the same posts. Live milling is one of the few things in HSMworks turning that...
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    If you intend to do a lot of live milling, get a...

    If you intend to do a lot of live milling, get a bolt-on turret rather than a VDI one. I have one of each, and aligning cross tools on the VDI one (an Okuma Genos L200EMY) is a bear.
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    My shortie loaders are LNS Quick Load Servo, so I...

    My shortie loaders are LNS Quick Load Servo, so I could program them to index a specific amount and skip driving my turret to the stop position. (I use the flank of my parting tool.) But all my lathe...
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    Ain't Ohio great? A building I looked at in...

    Ain't Ohio great?

    A building I looked at in Akron a couple years ago was 50,000 square feet, masonry, heated and air conditioned, 800A three phase 480, docks, machine shop greasy but not run down...
  13. For the ID threads that size think thread mill,...

    For the ID threads that size think thread mill, not tapping. Tapered thread mills for pipe threads are an off-the shelf item, and if it's just a few, single pointing can taper too of course.
  14. You won't be able to pull 30 kva through it, but...

    You won't be able to pull 30 kva through it, but if the draw isn't a ton it should work. The transformer doesn't know the difference. The windings would only be good for something like 10kva before...
  15. None of that would be a problem if he was ISO...

    None of that would be a problem if he was ISO 9001...
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    I'm not sure I get where the pearl-clutching...

    I'm not sure I get where the pearl-clutching about blindness is coming from. Use any welder without the proper safety gear and you'll go blind in short order. How is this different?

    Yes, yes,...
  17. A lot of people here are having a good bit of...

    A lot of people here are having a good bit of fun, but I'll try to answer this as straightforwardly as I can:

    SpaceX revolutionized the launch industry for about 750 million dollars, which was...
  18. Mike have you run a Fadal? Don't misunderstand I...

    Mike have you run a Fadal? Don't misunderstand I loves me some probing, but every Fadal is set up to take a touch probe for tools, and with a $400 taster and their setup macros, I'm pretty sure you...
  19. When I was in that position some years ago I...

    When I was in that position some years ago I borrowed money from family. Specifically my Grandfather. Made me work even harder after, but it was the right call.

    Also I think of all the family...
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    Thanks Mud, they had everything I needed.

    Thanks Mud, they had everything I needed.
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    Let's just assume my google fingers are broken...

    Let's just assume my google fingers are broken and posting on practical machinist is my very first move finding a source... Nothing remotely close on Hyquip's (not very extensive) website. Do you...
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    BSP fitting source?

    I need a source for relatively low pressure 2-1/2" BSP fittings to connect to a vacuum pump. McMaster and the rest of my usual suspects only go up to 2". Even just a bushing with 2-1/2 BSP on the...
  23. Usually if I get distortion, it was a flattish...

    Usually if I get distortion, it was a flattish one-off that I lazily threw on parallels and cranked down the handle to "yeah that'll hold."

    The rate's gonna totally depend on the part, the...
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    You just need a double acting air cylinder, use...

    You just need a double acting air cylinder, use the rod as your plunger and hook your whattzit up only to the end nearer the rod. Then when you collapse the rod (push) it will suck air into the...
  25. Doug was the sticker shock scanner a Creaform?...

    Doug was the sticker shock scanner a Creaform? They've been on my "if I ever get rich" toy list forever, but whoo, are they proud of what they've come up with.

    Spud what size objects are you...
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