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  1. Might want to make a short list of accessories....

    Might want to make a short list of accessories. Chuck (s), 5c adapter, tooling (stick tools, boring bars, threading tools?), tailstock?.... etc.
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    Ya, I don't like them personally. But I still...

    Ya, I don't like them personally. But I still think it's a good idea to have one for training.
  3. I know trade in is different, but we are getting...

    I know trade in is different, but we are getting around 20k trade in value on a 2016 TL2
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    If you have apprentices learning to run a lathe,...

    If you have apprentices learning to run a lathe, this should be a must have in the shop.

    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/08569030

    Spring loaded so it can't stay in the chuck.
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    Have you ever run a blanchard? 3mm will take...

    Have you ever run a blanchard? 3mm will take nothing, plus you can load up multiple parts at once.

    Blanchard Grinding at Kinetic - YouTube
  6. Vice Mount is suited for use on milling machines....

    Vice Mount is suited for use on milling machines.

    Modify one of these, or roll your own?
  7. Been there done that. We had something like that....

    Been there done that. We had something like that. Rate yourself, I did so honestly as you. 4-5 for skills, workmanship, etc. 2-3 for other things I felt like I was lacking. The kick in the ass was...
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    Industrial Lathe Accident - YouTube...

    Industrial Lathe Accident - YouTube

    Not gory, but scary. Keep in mind a lathe will grab you and not let go. Not sure how you are evaluating "minimal" risk...? It only takes 1 second...
  9. Correct. If you program a 1/2" endmill and...

    Correct. If you program a 1/2" endmill and someone loads a 5/8", the machine doesn't know it's different than the cam tool. BUT for example, in Mastercam, you can define the toolholder, the tool...
  10. We bought (couple jobs ago) a postability post...

    We bought (couple jobs ago) a postability post with machine sim from Postability. People kept telling me it wasn't using the G code for the sim, but everytime I ran the simulation it posted code in...
  11. Miniature End Mills - Square - Long Reach, Stub...

    Miniature End Mills - Square - Long Reach, Stub Flute

    Not sure what kind of reach you need, but they have .01 x 18d and .015 (if that would work) x25d
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    Ouch! We struggle with those cutters at 12k rpm!...

    Ouch! We struggle with those cutters at 12k rpm! Our smallest drills and endmills are .006", so you get like 30-50sfm or so at 12k rpm... in aluminum :eek:

    We do run a few drills at 50x diam... on...
  13. Japax? I remember those form starting out in the...

    Japax? I remember those form starting out in the early '90s. Are they toggle switch ones? Just curious, no need or interest...
  14. I don't know about the tiers... I think it's some...

    I don't know about the tiers... I think it's some hokey BS, but... Couple jobs ago they had that, Engineer 1-2-3-4, etc.

    I did want to comment about discussing wages. Just stupid, don't you learn...
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    We have a few. I like them well enough, and the...

    We have a few. I like them well enough, and the price...!
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  16. Also on the home screen their is a button for...

    Also on the home screen their is a button for endpoints. Toggle it on and it will display the end points.
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    I would recommend looking at the Haas tooling. So...

    I would recommend looking at the Haas tooling. So far it's been good for us, and it's actually fairly cheap as they are trying to build their line I guess. Just bought 2 3" shell mills, 2 mounting...
  18. I'm in Tampa area fl and we have no problem...

    I'm in Tampa area fl and we have no problem getting aluminum material?
  19. Same here. If we shut down for every storm we...

    Same here. If we shut down for every storm we wouldn't get much done~ ;)
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    The only thing I would add on a new VFss is...

    The only thing I would add on a new VFss is probing, $6300. Not sure what they are "nickle and diming" you for, unless you want to get alot of extras, but IMO as is + probing is plenty to get making...
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    FWIW, we just traded in a 5 year old vf4 (still...

    FWIW, we just traded in a 5 year old vf4 (still working fine) and got 50% of new value towards a new vf4ss.

    Don't skip the probe. May seem like you don't *need* it, but with tool break checks,...
  22. We have light grey epoxied floors. Been here 3...

    We have light grey epoxied floors. Been here 3 years and they look just the same as when I started here. That said, we almost always machine brass and aluminum, so no pallets of material being...
  23. Heavy-Duty VersaGrip™ | Mitee-Bite Products LLC....

    Heavy-Duty VersaGrip™ | Mitee-Bite Products LLC.
  24. You can buy them for less than $200, then just...

    You can buy them for less than $200, then just roll your own jaws.

    2 Pc. Milling Vise - 8" Jaw Width | Exact Tool & Supply
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    AB tools makes custom keycutters and such. AB...

    AB tools makes custom keycutters and such.

    AB Tools, Inc. | Carbide Cutting Tools
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