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  1. The largest screws are 0-80. Wow! George gets...

    The largest screws are 0-80. Wow! George gets tremendous respect from me for not burying bad finish and mistakes under paint. The soldering ain't too shabby, either!
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    It's the latter. I use Fusion 360 with a modified...

    It's the latter. I use Fusion 360 with a modified post. I modify the text file that the post spits out in BBEdit on my Mac and then upload the whole program in D4 Mode 14. BBEdit lets me renumber...
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    Nicely done! BTW, I use local subroutines all...

    Nicely done!

    BTW, I use local subroutines all the time. I put any G41...G40 compensated contour segment that I want to cut more than once in its own local sub. I keep the feed and speed in the...
  4. My lathe has one of those grease nipples. I just...

    My lathe has one of those grease nipples. I just made an adapter with a Zerk fitting on one end and a countersunk hole on the other that I press down on the fitting. It's a bit of a three-handed job...
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    It looks like a vise made to the original Kurt...

    It looks like a vise made to the original Kurt patent talked about here.
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    I received the collets today. They are like new....

    I received the collets today. They are like new. Thanks very much.
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    Acu-rite, yes, yes Fagor, yes, no (I'd buy an...

    Acu-rite, yes, yes
    Fagor, yes, no (I'd buy an Acu-rite box and adapt it to the Fagor scales.)

    I bought an Acu-rite DRO203 and Fagor Innova 20i at the same time for about the same price without...
  8. Zoro seems to drop-ship a lot more than other...

    Zoro seems to drop-ship a lot more than other vendors, which would explain why they don't combine shipping. I am pretty happy with Zoro's prices. I prefer Zoro to MSC for sure. Zoro lets you search...
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    Couple thoughts on the noise. One is the Roots...

    Couple thoughts on the noise. One is the Roots blower. That puts out a roar. You get a similar sound from a vacuum truck. Another is that the exhaust valves may open at higher combustion chamber...
  10. What is the rationale behind the hydraulic vises?...

    What is the rationale behind the hydraulic vises? I can't for the life of me think of a reason to squeeze a workpiece with a few tons of grip. That's nuts. It's hard enough to avoid marking or...
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    The flex chucks are lousy for short workpieces....

    The flex chucks are lousy for short workpieces. The other problem is that the collet is recessed back from the chuck nose. This makes it hard to turn small-diameter stock with minimal stick-out....
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    Back in the late 60s you could buy a Chevy C-50...

    Back in the late 60s you could buy a Chevy C-50 (maybe C-40 & C-60, too), with several gas and two diesel options. One diesel was a V-6 throwaway, whose brand I forget, and the other was a Detroit...
  13. Feel free to exile me fo blasphemy, but I have...

    Feel free to exile me fo blasphemy, but I have one of these Shars 5" 550V vises on my Aciera F4. In all honesty, fit and finish are better than any Kurt D60 I've dealt with, and I've got a couple and...
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    Do I get to pick which sizes to put in a set, or...

    Do I get to pick which sizes to put in a set, or are they preselected?
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    One of the biggest differences between D4 and a...

    One of the biggest differences between D4 and a Haas control in my eyes is how the tool library works. In D4 there are two choices, D or T, and you pick one and stick with it. I use T and have never...
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    My F4 and F5 are both OEM battleship gray. Like...

    My F4 and F5 are both OEM battleship gray. Like most everything else on those machines, the finish is up to Swiss standards. It is not far from bathtub enamel. I think the castings may have been...
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    There is no spindle lock interlock on my F4. The...

    There is no spindle lock interlock on my F4. The F4's spindle lock is practically useless IMHO. It slips too easily. I just throw the machine in low gear and work against the spindle motor inertia...
  18. All I’ve seen on Woods’ epay account are an over...

    All I’ve seen on Woods’ epay account are an over arm and dividing head. I have an over arm already and a Hardinge DH. I’d be interested in a right-angle universal head and a 6-T-slot fixed table. The...
  19. I am bummed that I could not find the word Aciera...

    I am bummed that I could not find the word Aciera in the catalog. I was secretly hoping you found a stash that belonged with the sweet F4 I bought from you a decade ago.
  20. Replacing the wires with intact wires fixed the...

    Replacing the wires with intact wires fixed the problem. The original wire seems to have stiffened and possible shrunk away from its retaining clips. The replacement wire is more tightly gripped by...
  21. Here are the broken wires. 289762 And here is...

    Here are the broken wires.
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    The cable is routed under a clip on the side of the carrier below the red block, down to the floor of the...
  22. Aciera F5 Spindle Lock Electrical Interlock Repair

    My Aciera F5 was originally equipped with an interlock switch that was supposed to prevent turning on the spindle motor when the lock was engaged. That feature was broken when I got the machine. I...
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    Speaking of which, I finally got around to fixing...

    Speaking of which, I finally got around to fixing the drawbar reed switch (mine is more like a normal switch) interlock on my F5 after a near disaster in which I left the spindle lock engaged and...
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    More photos of drawbar. 289679 289680 289681...

    More photos of drawbar.
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