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    good deals are always nice. But a $16k machine...

    good deals are always nice.
    But a $16k machine has higher parts costs than a $2k machine, as well as being built better.
    I have better luck with buying new with anything that uses gas or oil- its...
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    I have punched thousands of holes in Stainless,...

    I have punched thousands of holes in Stainless, ranging from 18gage up to 3/4" plate. It works fine. It requires more force than punching mild, obviously, and its true there is usually a very slight...
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    Thats a nice looking mower, but SIXTEEN GRAND? ...

    Thats a nice looking mower, but SIXTEEN GRAND? Seriously? (of course, thats before sales tax)
  4. Thread: Recession?

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    Fully $1 Trillion of the last stimulus package...

    Fully $1 Trillion of the last stimulus package (CARES) is still not spent- Mnuchin is sitting on a half trillion, and the Fed is sitting on another half trillion.
    The amount of inflows so far is...
  5. Its true, all eleven "members" of ANTIFA would...

    Its true, all eleven "members" of ANTIFA would never vote democratic, as they consider the democrats to be way too right wing.
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    Where I live, there are several pretty large...

    Where I live, there are several pretty large shops that work on airplanes in general- plus some direct Boeing subs. Janicki does tooling work for both Boeing and Airbus, and say they have enough work...
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    this morning in the paper, the State issued a...

    this morning in the paper, the State issued a press release claiming to have recovered 300 million dollars in fraudulent claims.
    They dont mention what amount of fraudulent claims they HAVENT...
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    Thats very sweet of you, but its not "my"...

    Thats very sweet of you, but its not "my" predicament.
    I am semi-retired, getting my first SS check this month, and doing just fine.

    But my county has quite a few manufacturing subs, ranging...
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    And, today in "economic rebound" news, Boeing...

    And, today in "economic rebound" news, Boeing involuntarily lays off 6600 workers, and voluntarily lays off 5000. 11,600 new converts to our booming manufacturing sector.
    Where I live, for every...
  10. Thats too bad, he was a good guy. I remember when...

    Thats too bad, he was a good guy. I remember when he ran the business out of a big panel truck, and it was all in person visits to shops. I still have a big pair of Klenck snips I bought from him...
  11. For most pipe, I am pretty sure the russians use...

    For most pipe, I am pretty sure the russians use British Pipe threads- as does almost the entire world. Not sure if that means their welding equipment does, too, though, as they are much more likely...
  12. WELL... Not exactly, Truman actually sent...

    WELL... Not exactly,
    Truman actually sent troops, you know, with guns and airplanes, to war with China. In Korea, but fighting Chinese Army troops.

    Trump, on the other hand, is "taking on China"...
  13. On the Benoit web site, it says Bob is back,...

    On the Benoit web site, it says Bob is back, after being retired for a while.

    You sound like you might need multiples- which means maybe new?

    I have purchased one Tennsmith machine new, it was...
  14. early in March, very near where I live, there was...

    early in March, very near where I live, there was a choir practice, where ONE infected person showed up, it was under a 3 hour practice. 50 people at that practice were tested positive, 2 died,...
  15. Are you definitely shipping from the US? If so, I...

    Are you definitely shipping from the US? If so, I would be looking at tennsmith, connecitcut, pexto, wysong, chicago- stuff like that. Have you talked to Bob Benoit, or whoever runs Benoit now? Bob...
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    I Guess none of you guys bag- I have to bag...

    I Guess none of you guys bag- I have to bag about 2 acres, because otherwise we track it in everywhere. We have a bunch of buildings on the farm, and are always walking in between the house, the two...
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    well, obviously, normal government spending is...

    well, obviously, normal government spending is about $4 trillion per year.
    no way will we hit 36 trillion this year.

    but "pumping in" is a bit more complicated.
    If the entire intitial 3...
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    One thing I am worried about- now that we are...

    One thing I am worried about- now that we are Number One in deaths and infections, a lot of countries are starting to ban flights from the US, and visitors from the US are being banned. I guess...
  19. Thread: Howard Hughes

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    I went to school in Machining at LA Trade Tech in...

    I went to school in Machining at LA Trade Tech in the 80s- and my teacher was a retired McDonnell Douglas machinist, Tommy Honda. He was a great teacher, and an old school machinist. Nobody touched...
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    No, ever since Bessemer furnaces, 100 plus years...

    No, ever since Bessemer furnaces, 100 plus years ago, New Steel made by american mills has always had a minimum of 10%, and usually closer to 20%, scrap steel and iron mixed in when its made in a...
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    Heres a real world example- this link, from...

    Heres a real world example- this link, from American Recycler News, the trade mag of the scrap industry, says, in 2017, we exported 13.8 million tons of steel scrap (well, ferrous scrap) to China. ...
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    Trump himself recently said- The one thing we...

    Trump himself recently said- The one thing we have learned from this coronavirus thing is that Trump did everything right.

    So, no.
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    For tax reasons, Hughes gave away the aircraft...

    For tax reasons, Hughes gave away the aircraft division to his foundation in the 50s. They left LA in stages, first for Tucson, but then, by the early 90s, sold all the original WW2 Hughes Field...
  24. Obviously this is more or less spam. But I...

    Obviously this is more or less spam.

    But I question the basic premise- that "manufacturing" will move back to the USA.

    I zero evidence that:

    General Motors is going to bring Buick and...
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    You guys seem a bit confused about how the scrap...

    You guys seem a bit confused about how the scrap industry in the USA works.

    First- WE, the USA, remelt and make new steel from the vast majority of our own scrap. We have not exported significant...
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