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    My Dad told me a long time ago, "No matter what...

    My Dad told me a long time ago, "No matter what size you build the shop, it's never going to be big enough."
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    My fabricator friend Wes texted me these pictures...

    My fabricator friend Wes texted me these pictures a few years ago when he was on the road. These are water tanks he is hauling up to his 25 acre property located about 80 miles north of me. The...
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    HGR made all the arrangements in regards to...

    HGR made all the arrangements in regards to shipping and tied out with my rigger. I just specified the machine needed to be transported on an air ride trailer. Big Zak's shipping was $3k from Ohio...
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    Here's a few more pics rolling it into place. ...

    Here's a few more pics rolling it into place. Fits perfect under the roof eve. I used some fencing tubes to roll it on the concrete the last bit and then set it down.
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    Well, things were getting really crowded in my...

    Well, things were getting really crowded in my shop, so I needed more room to store tooling and stuff. In 2017, I bought a modified shipping container from a place that specializes in custom...
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    Here's another job I did for my fabricator...

    Here's another job I did for my fabricator friend. He needed a custom water pump pulley machined for a Chevy LS2 engine. I think the story was the engine accessories were for a truck, but the water...
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    His tow rig is a Ford F-450 dually. He has farm...

    His tow rig is a Ford F-450 dually. He has farm tags on the truck so he is allowed to haul damn near anything he wants and gets away with it. I don't know how he does it.
  8. Thanks for the donation, Mike! It was much...

    Thanks for the donation, Mike! It was much appreciated. :cheers:
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    My friend is a fabricator. He made a heavy duty...

    My friend is a fabricator. He made a heavy duty trailer using the free floating axle ends cut off from a Ford F-550 truck. He needed me to machine off the spring perches and turn down the shafts to...
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    Here's another job I got that required me to run...

    Here's another job I got that required me to run it on Dr Evil. These are 19.5" semi wheels and the OD was too big to run in Big Zak. My friend needed the center of the wheels bored out to fit a...
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    Big Zak is the blue one I got from HGR and it's...

    Big Zak is the blue one I got from HGR and it's still in service since fixing it up as outlined above. Black Zak is the first machine I got from Parker and it never made any parts for me.
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    Here's my first job I had lined up for Big Zak...

    Here's my first job I had lined up for Big Zak back in 2014. It's a 12" water valve stem shaft. The contracting company these are for uses these water valves for their construction projects when...
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    Well, we used to have commercial property backing...

    Well, we used to have commercial property backing our house, but the city rezoned it and since 2012 there are 3 story apartments that look directly in our back yard. We planted trees and so did the...
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    Next thing I did to Big Zak was to replace the...

    Next thing I did to Big Zak was to replace the 15" power chuck with a 15" manual scroll 3 jaw chuck. The machine's spindle ID is about Ø 3.150", so removing the power chuck and drawbar opened up the...
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    Big Zak was purchased from HGR and as expected,...

    Big Zak was purchased from HGR and as expected, the machine was not in pristine shape. The Z-axis way cover was beat to shit and the bearings in the integrated live center were shot. I removed the...
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    I didn't mention yet but all the lathes have...

    I didn't mention yet but all the lathes have their own names because I do have five of them crammed in my shop and my GF wanted an easy way to tell them apart when I was talking about them. The mill...
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    I forgot about the air compressor too. I was...

    I forgot about the air compressor too. I was using a consumer grade vertical compressor for a while, but the pump ended up seizing up. I scored a 3 phase 7.5 hp Atlas Copco off Craigslist for $300....
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    One of my first jobs that I did in my shop was...

    One of my first jobs that I did in my shop was actually for WheelieKing. He had some large square aluminum blocks that needed the centers trepanned out. He was going to do them on his mill, but I...
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    Thanks for the positive feedback! :cheers:

    I am a very introverted person and getting up in front of the camera like this is a major struggle for me. I get nervous all the time the camera is...
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    Well, the layout for the ST30 didn't work out too...

    Well, the layout for the ST30 didn't work out too well. It interfered with where I originally mounted the Phase Perfect on the wall. Time to re-do the placement of it. I scooted the ST30 over...
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    Now it's Feb, 2016 and I need to get the QT10N...

    Now it's Feb, 2016 and I need to get the QT10N installed, which means moving machines around again.

    Actually, I forgot about the small Italian toolroom lathe I bought off Ebay and drove over to...
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    Well, I worked on Black Zak on and off, but I...

    Well, I worked on Black Zak on and off, but I never did get it to make parts. The tool changer needed a lot of repair and the machine did not have a tailstock. Fast forward to Feb, 2015 and I ended...
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    Well fast forward to June of 2014 and I am...

    Well fast forward to June of 2014 and I am getting another machine installed--another Mazak CNC Lathe. This one is a slightly larger model than the one I bought from ParkerBender. The new one a ST30...
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    Well, the next machines I purchased within a...

    Well, the next machines I purchased within a month of each other around September 2012. The 1992 CNC Webb mill and a 1968 Tsugami Chucker lathe. I bought the mill off Craigslist and the Chucker came...
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    Yes. It's a 1980 Turbo Diesel. One of only...

    Yes. It's a 1980 Turbo Diesel. One of only 5,200 or so made the last year of production. I bought it in January 2000. Still have it but it doesn't get driven a whole lot.
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