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  1. Any speakers from Klipsch will rock a shop, most...

    Any speakers from Klipsch will rock a shop, most from Cerwin Vega would do the same.

    During the late 80's, in college I had a set of Cerwin Vega 6x9's mounted in a custom enclosure, built just for...
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    The SQTís were beasts, built much heavier and...

    The SQTís were beasts, built much heavier and robust than the standard QTís of the era (not that they are bad or anything).

    The SQTís also have the integral spindle, so make sure the spindle is in...
  3. Looking to buy a new Horizontal Machining Center

    Makino is generally regarded as making some of the finest HMCís on the planet...
  4. Scrap VS Material prices, what are you getting/giving?

    For the past year or so, we averaged getting $20/ton for steel chips.

    However, the last check I got the other day from Omnisource was for $50/ton, a nice raise!

    (It has been as high as...
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    Siemens gives away 2d SolidEdge, and is by far...

    Siemens gives away 2d SolidEdge, and is by far the best 2d CAD for the money...even if it wasn't free. SolidEdge 3D is a pay upgrade, so it depends on what you're doing as to what you have to spend....
  6. They have probably had to replace the MDS-CV main...

    They have probably had to replace the MDS-CV main power supply (one of the large white boxes on the lower right). These CV power supplies provide the current for the spindle and servo drives, and...
  7. Solid bar will probably be cheaper per foot than...

    Solid bar will probably be cheaper per foot than tubing, so the extra processing time to drill the hole could be offset by material price differences...?

    Even if not, for 1,500 pieces, buy solid...
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    Pretty much every single applicant you get will...

    Pretty much every single applicant you get will already be working somewhere else...so delve into why he is wanting to leave. Hopefully it is a chance for advancement, a chance to broaden his...
  9. Yes. The T/M Plus Mazaks (which first came out...

    Yes. The T/M Plus Mazaks (which first came out in '94 I think) are the first to have the newer-generation Mitsubishi "MDS-" series electronics.
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    Age-old market-driven capitalism: raise prices...

    Age-old market-driven capitalism: raise prices when you can.

    UPS and FedEx both are operating at full capacity, way-over capacity during the holidays. They have to compete with the USPS for all...
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    I have two 1988 QT15's (T-2 control), and a 1985...

    I have two 1988 QT15's (T-2 control), and a 1985 QT20N (T-2 control, 40" z travel, box ways), and these machines are simply fast, accurate, rigid, tough workhorses!

    Once Mazak lathes became white...
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    The Sandvik -PF chip breaker is one of my...

    The Sandvik -PF chip breaker is one of my all-time favorites. It is a more up-sharp, high positive chip breaker.

    I have found higher positive chip-breakers almost always work better. Blunt,...
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    Boeing 737 Max

    Boeing should shit-can the big engines that are the root cause of all the problems.

    Tell the airlines you canít have those engines on a 737, get over it.

    Develop a new plane for the huge new...
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    Every T/M Plus machine Iíve ever been around had...

    Every T/M Plus machine Iíve ever been around had EIA capability (including two here in the shop.)

    The machine you ran was probably delivered with the option parameters incorrectly set ó which was...
  15. China is/was the largest buyer of US metal scrap....

    China is/was the largest buyer of US metal scrap. With their economy in the tank, they just havenít been buying very much scrap, thus the prices are way down.

    They are also buying a lot less from...
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    CNCToolCat's Cat-House

    Oh, I almost forgot, I also picked up a Tschorn 3D indicator...after 23 years in business it was about time! :nutter:

    (Although to be fair, we do mostly turning work here at the Cathouse, using...
  17. You should be able to find a decent mid-90's+ QT...

    You should be able to find a decent mid-90's+ QT for maybe $20k or less.

    Yes, Mazatrol is perfect for a job shop --- excellent conversational lathe programming system!

    You should know how to...
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    CNCToolCat's Cat-House

    So, after having a good 2019, it was time to spend a little money and improve the shop a bit for 2020:

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200101/a78a164e8f3995d85803b5a3523a5e78.jpg

    This...
  19. Mitsubishi spindle drive ground fault at random

    The -CV power supplies are the most common failure in the MDS series drives....thatís where I would look.

    The power supply outputs ~300v DC on the bus to the drives, verify this first. Also there...
  20. VFD sales...?? I would think most companies...

    VFD sales...??

    I would think most companies that buy and use VFD's on a regular basis have engineers that spec out the VFD, then just make a phone call or couple of internet clicks to order.

    In...
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    You're exactly right Sudsy, EIA was an option on...

    You're exactly right Sudsy, EIA was an option on the M/T32 control. Good catch!

    ToolCat
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    Unless you knew for a fact a lot of good...

    Unless you knew for a fact a lot of good profitable work is possible in building this relationship, I would tell the customer to pound sand.

    And that's exactly how I would handle it...make them...
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    I want to start own shop in the next 2 years

    Not to be a smartass, but how in the hell do you make 6-figures with a photography business?

    If thatís sustainable, why not just run with it?

    In general, it takes a lot of machinery, usually a...
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    Mazatrol T Plus

    Exactly, the T2/T3/M3 Mazak controlís do NOT have EIA as standard.

    Some will have it as an option though, you have to check the options page, or actually try to create an EIA program at the...
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    Mazatrol T Plus

    The T and M-Plus controlled Mazaks should have EIA programming as standard...as that was one of the advertised features of the new Plus control at the time.

    I have a Ď95 T-Plus lathe, and a Ď97...
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