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  1. I only do lathe work at the moment and single...

    I only do lathe work at the moment and single block, rapid override to slowest setting and distance to go is all I need.
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    That's a tiny turret for the size of the lathe....

    That's a tiny turret for the size of the lathe. Tool interference may be a real problem with that machine.
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    At the shop I work at we have a 1986 Puma 8 with...

    At the shop I work at we have a 1986 Puma 8 with the 10T control. I am guessing the 6T would be early 80s?
    Our 33 year old Puma 8 still makes good parts and is used almost everyday.
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    We have stools at the shop I work at. Management...

    We have stools at the shop I work at. Management doesn't care if we sit because work is getting done regardless. And people don't abuse it either.

    I would not work at a place where I couldn't sit...
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    Tool geometry offset is for the tool geometry...

    Tool geometry offset is for the tool geometry only. G54 is your work Z zero offset. You can't mix the two together.
    I am confused as what you are trying to do.
  6. Wages have been shit for a long time and still...

    Wages have been shit for a long time and still are. Companies that pay good salaries are rare.
    I would not recommend any young people enter this trade at the current pay rates.
  7. .004 nose radius will never get you a good...

    .004 nose radius will never get you a good finish. Use a tool with .0156 or even .0312 for better finish.
  8. What is in it for them to do what you do?

    What is in it for them to do what you do?
  9. Yes, it goes back to what the individual...

    Yes, it goes back to what the individual likes/prefers.
    Personally I never liked and never use canned cycles (except threading with G92). I want to see what the tool is doing at every move so I like...
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    You're overthinking it. Touch off all your tools...

    You're overthinking it.
    Touch off all your tools with the probe and then bring down one of the tools to be used in the program and touch it off on the trunnion table and set that as your G54 Z0 (or...
  11. Why would anyone want to use canned cycles for...

    Why would anyone want to use canned cycles for something simple like grooves? It is not anymore difficult to hand write a groove than straight OD turning or ID boring.
    Even in the case of the...
  12. I agree, for 2 axis lathe work you won’t need CAM...

    I agree, for 2 axis lathe work you won’t need CAM 99% of the time.
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    There is no average. It’s about how well you can...

    There is no average. It’s about how well you can negotiate and what the companies are willing to pay.
    Most don’t want to pay above $25/hr with your skills. I have never seen any jobs advertised...
  14. CPAP definitely works and it’s been a life saver...

    CPAP definitely works and it’s been a life saver for me and my wife.
    I used to wake up 4 times at night to go to the bathroom and always woke up in the morning feeling like I only got two hours of...
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    I think it would be hard to find something in...

    I think it would be hard to find something in your pay range that has less responsibility. $34/hr comes with those responsibilities.
    What is it that you have a problem with?
  16. No wonder they told you to have at it.

    No wonder they told you to have at it.
  17. Just because the manual describes how to do rigid...

    Just because the manual describes how to do rigid tapping it does not mean your machine has the option.
    And the program sample you posted you said it was with bit "0" set to 1 which means M29 should...
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    How is having two different tools working better?...

    How is having two different tools working better? Is cycle time shorter? And how is the blend of the two tools when you finish?
  19. Job shop because 1. All Mazak shops are bad for...

    Job shop because
    1. All Mazak shops are bad for your career. You’ll know Mazatrol but that’s it. You will be lost if you leave for another company that has machines with other types of controllers...
  20. Yep, hope and pray before you send it....

    Yep, hope and pray before you send it. :rolleyes5:

    I could only take so much of bar in/bar out. Mazatrol made me :ack2: in the 10 months that I ran one with the T-plus control.
  21. The first shop I worked at had two Kiwa Stallion...

    The first shop I worked at had two Kiwa Stallion VMCs(510 and 810 I think). They were from early to mid 90s.
    Nice little machines. Helf tolerances better than the Kitamuras and the Haas that they...
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    Lol So, what is a real control? Enlighten me.

    Lol
    So, what is a real control? Enlighten me.
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    G94 and G95 are usually used in milling machines....

    G94 and G95 are usually used in milling machines. Lathes usually use G98 and G99.
    G96 is cutting speed in surface feet per minute. G99 needs to be called if you want to use IPR feed. Then you need...
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    Where I work all machinists (10 of us and all...

    Where I work all machinists (10 of us and all CNC) do their own first part inspection. Everyone is responsible for their work. We do have a QC department that we take the parts to after we are done...
  25. It sounds like you found the right place to learn...

    It sounds like you found the right place to learn and advance. That is very rare and you should take full advantage of it and show loyalty and appreciation to the company (assuming they do the same...
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