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    But in the current era, CNC lathes (with by...

    But in the current era, CNC lathes (with by nature can be in some ways cheaper) are the same or sometimes lower cost as the comparable manual lathe. That makes the cost equation very different.
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    EPA - I did mention that I actually own an...

    EPA - I did mention that I actually own an SB1012F, and that I think it's OK for most purposes. Other than that, I agree with the rest of your post.

    It's odd, in some fields, notably...
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    That's good to know. I somehow (a few years...

    That's good to know. I somehow (a few years ago) couldn't find them (maybe a bad website or just error on my part.) And of course the price premium might make them impractical.

    Oddly, when I...
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    The Kingston's I've seen at shows looked good...

    The Kingston's I've seen at shows looked good (very different from actual ownership of course) - note that the smallest lathes they list are 17" swing. (But maybe OP would like a 17x43 or bigger...)
  5. Do recall that if you try to get a mortgage, the...

    Do recall that if you try to get a mortgage, the lender will insist on insurance. That may be more of an issue than the actual risk of the building itself.
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    1. The guidelines are about the size/use of the...

    1. The guidelines are about the size/use of the machine - and OP is clearly trying to stay out of "hobbyist" territory.

    2. Grizzly (which also owns the soutbend brand) is a kind of...
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    does this work better than the various air blast...

    does this work better than the various air blast options machines have?
  8. 1. This hugely depends on the state, the county,...

    1. This hugely depends on the state, the county, the official and the practical law. There may be local tax issues that will cause them to basically throw a fit if you aren't in a commercial...
  9. 1. The fundamental issue is that apple is using...

    1. The fundamental issue is that apple is using the T2 "security" (corporate arm twisting) chip to make it impossible for a user to swap the internal drive. You not only cannot upgrade it, take...
  10. kustomizer - i have long held that most riggers...

    kustomizer - i have long held that most riggers have a rule that for each job, they must "scare the owner of their wits!!!"

    (Finally found some that don't, and have used them all the time ever...
  11. Grant - how wide is that hand shear? (They list...

    Grant - how wide is that hand shear? (They list all manner of specs but I cannot seem to find a width of cut.)

    Ries - I'll look into that - and yes we may need multiple, we'll see.

    Oh, and I...
  12. OK, surface position is in "Z" (at least for the...

    OK, surface position is in "Z" (at least for the tool) - and you have rotated the coodinate system around a point on the top. So the Z of the top face is 0, but the Z of the side face (left face in...
  13. @Ries - thanks, some names I hadn't seen before. ...

    @Ries - thanks, some names I hadn't seen before. By the way the Benoit name was apparently bought out by some other folks in Kent or Renton (I got an email from them.) - I've not visited them yet....
  14. My shop is in WA (seattle metro) that's where the...

    My shop is in WA (seattle metro) that's where the power beader is. But the project is in Uganda. (If they had the conditions of my personal shop this would all be trivial...) But a hand...
  15. experience with manual shears and brakes for light industrial use - in africa

    I am involved in a project to improve the productivity of a factory making cookstoves in Africa. (Different from prior projects I've mentioned here.)

    Their current process involves cutting a...
  16. In my setup things are done with PLANE AXIAL ...

    In my setup things are done with PLANE AXIAL (rotates plane around) or M128 for some funky stuff.
    My system has not generated or used CYCL 7 for some time.

    I always work from 1 work offset...
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    G-code survives because it's a kind of half...

    G-code survives because it's a kind of half standard - all of the pain of "compatibility" without some of the benefits. When somebody says their machine runs g-code, what they are really saying is...
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    When I retired from motorsports in 2011, I was...

    When I retired from motorsports in 2011, I was pretty sure I'd heard (and seen) every bizarre BS story with funky little side stories with some truth in them the world could possibly hold. (The...
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    Incompetence knows no geographic bounds. And...

    Incompetence knows no geographic bounds.

    And general evilness by oppressive governments (or governments in general) is, sadly, neither new nor rare.
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    That video was famous (infamous) and almost from...

    That video was famous (infamous) and almost from the start brought out commentary that even with chinese labor rates of the time, it was not actually competitive with a normal strip fed progressive...
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    All fair enough and real enough. And in a...

    All fair enough and real enough. And in a couple of side ventures I've seen the old adage that if you want to buy materials from the PRC, you have to have inspectors on the ground there to approve...
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    Here's a different question - if IMTS is...

    Here's a different question - if IMTS is canceled, or effectively canceled, what will, could, and should vendors do instead?
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    Are downhole rubber products mostly drilling...

    Are downhole rubber products mostly drilling consumables, as opposed to pumping or refining? (Is this a sign that new drilling has stopped?)
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    gustafson you are missing the point - which is...

    gustafson you are missing the point - which is that lockdowns have a finite effect. lots of households are not protected by them, and so lots of people are not protected. (By the way the source...
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    And Archer120x - it might not matter. Many...

    And Archer120x - it might not matter. Many large players have already canceled. Many "registered" attendees will in the end cancel due to health fears. So more exhibitors will cancel. People...
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