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  1. Thread: Starting a Shop

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    Don't stay unemployed. Work fast food for a...

    Don't stay unemployed. Work fast food for a couple weeks if you have to, but do something every day that is generating income. Another thing to help with mindset- start listening to guys like Zig...
  2. Vulcan, a I saw a reference to your machine pop...

    Vulcan, a I saw a reference to your machine pop up on YouTube. How are things coming?

    As far as whether this is appropriate for PM as a professional forum: the product itself might be a hobby...
  3. Thread: Starting a Shop

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    Are you being facetious? That's been tried once...

    Are you being facetious? That's been tried once or twice. It usually ends in famine.
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    Normally form taps are our first choice, but with...

    Normally form taps are our first choice, but with only three threads I'd say single point is the way to go.
  5. We have Stripe on our website, and I can manually...

    We have Stripe on our website, and I can manually enter transactions on their site to take payment over the phone. Very easy to use, and I think we're paying about 2.7%. No set up or monthly fees.
    ...
  6. Thread: Starting a Shop

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    Really? I would think the vast majority of us,...

    Really? I would think the vast majority of us, myself included, have worked for wages in the past. Doesn't mean we liked it, but if you're not financing everything right from the start (or coming...
  7. Thread: Starting a Shop

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    Careful on touching retirement accounts, you can...

    Careful on touching retirement accounts, you can get hammered by taxes. The person you should probably be getting advice from is an accountant.

    "After speaking with them, it’s my understanding...
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    To follow up on the original post-we ended up...

    To follow up on the original post-we ended up buying the base 10K/14 tool S500X1 with a Metrol tool setter. We just got it installed, so it'll be a bit before I know the wisdom of our choice. Right...
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    We have two of the 6" Shars Aventors, for the...

    We have two of the 6" Shars Aventors, for the quick and rough work, and have been very pleased with them. They are the absolute model, not sure the coolant rating but no issues with some light...
  10. Thread: Starting a Shop

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    This is the most unanimous thread I've seen in a...

    This is the most unanimous thread I've seen in a while. In the words of Gandalf, "Flee, you fools..."

    Seriously, the devil is in the details here. This could be a great setup, with machines...
  11. Talk to D.R. Templeman, they are a speceialty...

    Talk to D.R. Templeman, they are a speceialty spring manufacturer and have made some custom springs for us. You could spend years of your life learning this, or they can make them for pennies a...
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    Another method is to create a sketch with the...

    Another method is to create a sketch with the tool path you want it to take, should be easy since you just want straight lines that can be snapped to the grid. Then use the "Trace" CAM function to...
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    My wild guess is nothing too bad. Using an older...

    My wild guess is nothing too bad. Using an older machine, maybe not exactly right feeds and speeds, trying to get your processes dialed in, I would bet rich coolant isn't going to be the show...
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    Bones, is there capacity in your tank to add more...

    Bones, is there capacity in your tank to add more water? That will dilute the coolant concentration down.

    Also, not sure which Rustlick product you're using, or what you are cutting, but I used...
  15. Thread: Google Ads?

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    I have a Google Ad running for a niche product we...

    I have a Google Ad running for a niche product we make, if you type in one of the key phrases we should show up. Very small budget, less than $100 a month spent. Since our customers for those items...
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    You wouldn't use it the whole time on the mill,...

    You wouldn't use it the whole time on the mill, but it would be faster and safer to check offsets at the beginning. Make sure you're good and let it rip.

    To me it really shines on a lathe with...
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    Comotose- it may be a crutch, but I'll take it....

    Comotose- it may be a crutch, but I'll take it. Like I said, it's not as applicable for mills, but for the live tool lathe, handing parts off to the sub, all hand coded, it's nice. Things get close...
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    That lathe has a Syntec control. If it's not...

    That lathe has a Syntec control. If it's not proprietary I don't understand why Fanuc, Haas, etc don't add it. You're not going to spin through a two hour long mold surfacing program, but for a...
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    We have a Taiwanese lathe that has a "dial...

    We have a Taiwanese lathe that has a "dial through the program" feature, where it's only running as you spin the jog wheel. Spin fast and everything moves fast, stop spinning and it stops, spin...
  20. Thread: DH65 Bar Feeder

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    DH65 Bar Feeder

    Hey guys, anyone interested in a DH 65 Bar Feeder? It came with a lathe, and while the feeder seems to work when you run it from the pendant, I haven't been able to get the lathe to control it....
  21. I see both sides of the "start with manual" and...

    I see both sides of the "start with manual" and "go CNC" argument, and I think the deciding factor is very situation dependant.

    As in, it sounds like the OP is financially sound and can make good...
  22. We use Alpha Metal Finishing Company in Dexter,...

    We use Alpha Metal Finishing Company in Dexter, MI, and they have been great. Home - Alpha Metal Finishing

    Like others we went through several processors with poor results before finding Alpha....
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    If a driving factor is tariffs, wouldn't you want...

    If a driving factor is tariffs, wouldn't you want to stay here and import as few parts as you can? So only some of the final value is subject to tariffs? By going off shore 100% of the value will be...
  24. Thread: B&A Precision

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    Tom, It's Wheelies Instagram account name,...

    Tom,

    It's Wheelies Instagram account name, has more pictures of what he's up to lately. I stumbled across it in the #instamachinist posts after having read this thread, took a second to figure...
  25. Vancbiker is right about the limitations of these...

    Vancbiker is right about the limitations of these machines. I see the niche for them being in a mechanic or welding fab shop where they want to mill an arc slot in a bracket or something like that...
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