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    Yeah those fasteners are the only ones worse than...

    Yeah those fasteners are the only ones worse than harbor freight.

    Not worth free, to much effort to dump into the scrap bin.

    My local craigslist is full of old beaten tools at the same price as...
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    Being a slave to the dream of retirement is...

    Being a slave to the dream of retirement is foolish. Enjoy your whole life because you very well might spend your retirement with Cancer. I normally take 6+ weeks of vacation time a year normally...
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    Almost looks like the head is not parallel to the...

    Almost looks like the head is not parallel to the deck or one of the galvo mirrors is damaged.

    It might be possible to track down a damaged component but getting repair parts is difficult.
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    I avoid the 460-480 ones. I got one in a lot of...

    I avoid the 460-480 ones. I got one in a lot of welders and ended up stripping the parts to be spares for other welders. Then sold the steel body and transformer to the scrap man.
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    Stored in a uninsulated building.. people cut...

    Stored in a uninsulated building.. people cut corners on building their shop and end up ruining anything iron they store.

    I'm in Florida and pretty much every morning metal objects will be covered...
  6. I have 9 of them between 5 and 20 kva. What I do...

    I have 9 of them between 5 and 20 kva. What I do for cooling is a 13 gallon barrel with a pump in it that pushes water through a all copper air heat exchanger (radiator) then down a 1/2” trunk line...
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    I would probably lean toward the lors machine. ...

    I would probably lean toward the lors machine.

    I've seen a few on the used market and they seem to be higher end.

    My budget was not great at the time so I have federal and alphil and an eisler....
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    A 10kva to 20kva is a good size for most work.. I...

    A 10kva to 20kva is a good size for most work.. I recall a 20kva draws around 90 amps on 240v. I spent most of today welding on a 20kva and I'm on the lowest setting with a .15 second weld roughly 9...
  9. A vibratory tumbler is the normal way.. c&m top...

    A vibratory tumbler is the normal way.. c&m top line is a good place to get media and compound. I use df type.

    Sometimes we tumble just parts without media. And add a little rust inhibitor...
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    The motor does not have brushes and is unlikely...

    The motor does not have brushes and is unlikely to be the problem.

    I would look at the phase converter as the likely source of issue.
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    If the spot welders are single phase they can be...

    If the spot welders are single phase they can be worth more as a welder than scrap. Manual welders are fairly easy to convert to pnumatic closer with timers.. I've done seven conversions they are...
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    Yeah it's fairly easy, set your parts how you...

    Yeah it's fairly easy, set your parts how you want them to be aligned either in your cad software or in the parts tab. Then use the "No rotation" option (sometimes it chinese text) and the parts will...
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    Many if not most lasers come with some sort of...

    Many if not most lasers come with some sort of nesting software. Mine came with cypcut which is a sort of cad nest and laser machine operation software.. it gets the job done and was included. I do...
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    I would almost bet they are the same machine. Not...

    I would almost bet they are the same machine. Not uncommon for two companies to sell the same machine with different branding.
    I paid full list price of $4200 for mine, I bought from a local dealer...
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    So I was poking around my folders of video files...

    So I was poking around my folders of video files and found a few video clips we made when we upgraded to the Kalamazoo tumbler that I never finished.
    Brand new $4200 tumbler and first thing we did...
  16. We made a video of setting up and using the fiber...

    We made a video of setting up and using the fiber laser welder. It's nearly an hour long and covers several methods of setup. I did add links in the description to the highlights for those not...
  17. Meh. Sad for any company to fail.. but I have a...

    Meh. Sad for any company to fail.. but I have a strong distain for their engine designs.. Honda small engines have pretty much taken the entire small engine market.
  18. Yeah agreed. Front window is glass and has...

    Yeah agreed. Front window is glass and has markings but I covered it with aluminum.. I've been meaning to do a full window delete on my laser cutter and just use a camera for monitoring. The windows...
  19. Ok so several months have gone by since we got...

    Ok so several months have gone by since we got this machine and I can safely say welding is harder than cutting.. We have made two full production batches and setting up for three or four more now...
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    It is normally made from polymerized bentonite...

    It is normally made from polymerized bentonite clay. It looks like kitty litter but it grabs suspended particles in water and makes them clump together for dewatering.. Normally a couple cups of...
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    I have a KVF3 and it is a decent machine. I've...

    I have a KVF3 and it is a decent machine. I've been meaning to do a video on it because the information available is basically a spec sheet and one or two dark cell phone videos of it running with...
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    I own a Bescutter laser cutter (500 watt) and...

    I own a Bescutter laser cutter (500 watt) and laser welder (750 watt) and they have been very profitable with the cutter machine averaging about $80+ an hour after material and wear factored. But I...
  23. I don't know much about current stuff. But I can...

    I don't know much about current stuff. But I can comment on manual equipment more generally which is that manual tool like shears need to be adjusted fairly regularly by a skilled competent operator...
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    Again I'm going to say your on the wrong forum....

    Again I'm going to say your on the wrong forum. We don't really build machines here. CNC zone is a perfect fit for this topic.
    There is a 10% chance I know you in real life, because I've had part of...
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    CNC zone is full of people trying to build their...

    CNC zone is full of people trying to build their own hobby CNC machine laser milling lathes ECT. Most just talk about it because it's not easy. Building your own refrigerator would be less...
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