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    I don't know what a 16 SFP band saw is. I assume...

    I don't know what a 16 SFP band saw is. I assume it may be a DoAll 1612 contour saw? Correct terminology really helps. If my guess is correct, you will find there are several different blade guide...
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    Doug, Much of what you say was true, but not so...

    Doug,
    Much of what you say was true, but not so much with the new machines. First, the new machines provide much higher currents without taxing the input power service. Not everybody has industrial...
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    Another reason to own a modern inverter machine.

    Another reason to own a modern inverter machine.
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    And you know this how? I live in Germany. Here...

    And you know this how? I live in Germany. Here everybody I know uses multi-fix on almost everything. I don't believe anything repeats better than the Multi-fix. Some may be as good, but none will be...
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    I use Lennartz in Germany. I buy 1/2 and 3/8 by...

    I use Lennartz in Germany. I buy 1/2 and 3/8 by .9mm, 10-14, M42 by 3175mm. They are excellent and for both blades the bill was 48 Euros ($57) with shipping and 16% tax. Fhat was two weeks ago. I'm...
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    I own one of those too. They are labeled SB, but...

    I own one of those too. They are labeled SB, but they are really Korean made. They are OK, but nothing to write home about. They were also made to a price point. However, they have 12 speed D1-4...
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    OEM single source only, proprietary and you...

    OEM single source only, proprietary and you better hold your wallet real tight. That happens all the time without competition. Everybody in this business knows that the machine is half the cost of...
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    You can knock South Bend machines, but they are...

    You can knock South Bend machines, but they are the most popular of all American lathes. They are certainly no where near the best of course, but they are very useful and accurate if used within...
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    With them quality is not an issue, but...

    With them quality is not an issue, but availability and cost of accessories along with their use of non-standard spindle is a big turn off.
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    I think your question is the right one to ask. My...

    I think your question is the right one to ask. My list is ease of use, power, stiffness, high number of spindle speeds,number of threads and leads it will cut, automatic lube, standard spindle for...
  11. Using a band file is tool abuse. Wrong answer. I...

    Using a band file is tool abuse. Wrong answer. I would be looking at a large nibbler. They are loud, accurate and fast.
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    No 123456789

    No 123456789
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    Many of the R8 clones were better machines than...

    Many of the R8 clones were better machines than the original BP by large margins. I bought a Chinese clone several years ago directly from the factory. No value added dealers involved. I ordered it...
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    Yes, there is a lot of criticism for BPs, but...

    Yes, there is a lot of criticism for BPs, but they are the most copied mill design in history. There are many reasons for that. Of course they are light, but then again so is most of my mill work....
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    Yes, you are very correct here. DoAll is very,...

    Yes, you are very correct here. DoAll is very, very proud of their Parts! It is very nice to know though that replacements are still available if needed. The other down side is that not all often...
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    I like Tyrone's test bar idea. I did not use that...

    I like Tyrone's test bar idea. I did not use that when I did mine. I am a test bar guy on a lathe. The installation instructions from L&S stated the requirement for 8" of reinforced concrete...
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    Most anything will cut the blade, but the issue...

    Most anything will cut the blade, but the issue is the squareness of the cut as that is critical to a good weld. That is where the DoAll shear reins supreme. They are available new directly from...
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    I have 3 lathes and all have a TA. I would not...

    I have 3 lathes and all have a TA. I would not buy a lathe that does not have one. Cutting a taper with the TS is Micky Mouse and a real PIA.
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    That is not correct. the correct screw is a 10...

    That is not correct. the correct screw is a 10 TPI acme screw. You need to take it apart and look. No free lunch.
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    Please read my post again........you don't get...

    Please read my post again........you don't get it. It is not about size or power. It is about usability, accuracy and repeatability. Bottom line, don't buy shit and buy it totally equipped . New is...
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    I'll address this comment to hobby guys. There is...

    I'll address this comment to hobby guys. There is no comparison between a hobby machine and a industrial size equivalent. It isn't even close where the industrial machine is infinitely better. Then...
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    Thanks. . . . . . Too easy!

    Thanks. . . . . . Too easy!
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    I don't want to steal Grigg's thread, but my...

    I don't want to steal Grigg's thread, but my problem was condensation puddled inside the light selector drum causing rust to settle across some of the light pipes. I cannot remove the outer shell of...
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    Those light pipes are cool. Some of mine have...

    Those light pipes are cool. Some of mine have just stopped working. That's my next spare time task. Taking that front cover off is a real PITA though. You have to pop off the hub covers without...
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    Great job Grigg! Be prepared to level the lathe...

    Great job Grigg! Be prepared to level the lathe several times before it stabilizes. These are super lathes. You will not regret all your work.
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