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  1. I had one the same size with a V-Block to hold...

    I had one the same size with a V-Block to hold the work and it had an adjustable chain hold down with a foot pedal you stepped on to tighten it. Very simple and fast to use. It looks to me like...
  2. Buy one of the aluminum block style units from...

    Buy one of the aluminum block style units from McMaster Carr. Look it over carefully and return it in re-sell-able condition. I'd say you simply need a hole clean through your block with 1/4" pipe...
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    An interesting conversation today. Right after I...

    An interesting conversation today. Right after I got fired I emailed a lady that owns one of the vendors whose equipment we sell about a job. I emailed her because I worked on a very bad and...
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    I once owned an Adira upstroking hydraulic press...

    I once owned an Adira upstroking hydraulic press brake. Upstroking means gravity return so it is cheaper to build. I really liked the upstroke to because if you rest your hand on the press you...
  5. On single phase 120/240 the neutral which is the...

    On single phase 120/240 the neutral which is the center tap does on see just the difference in the two phases. If the 120 volt load on both phases are equal the neutral will see no current flowing. ...
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    I the plastic is the problem, especially ones...

    I the plastic is the problem, especially ones like polypropylene. The oils in coolants are not dissolved they are in suspension. We used to make oil coalescers that seperated the oils from machining...
  7. A softstart could be a lower cost option over a...

    A softstart could be a lower cost option over a VFD. We used softstarts on all pumps 10 hp and up to keep the pressure surges from damaging the membrane systems we built. I personally have done...
  8. Aaron, I see they make 6600 lb pallet jacks that...

    Aaron,
    I see they make 6600 lb pallet jacks that lower to 3". They cost about the same as these casters and then you'd have a useful tool for moving other stuff. The larger wheels and steering bar...
  9. If you can’t sell at a price it is too high. If...

    If you can’t sell at a price it is too high. If the customer has a big smile the price is too low. A grumbling customer leaving with product is ideal.
  10. I don’t get why Ebay allows this without penalty....

    I don’t get why Ebay allows this without penalty. You look for a product and there is a picture of what looks like the real trademarked product. Then right in the description it says “Manufactuer:...
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    My job was quite enjoyable, I was planning on...

    My job was quite enjoyable, I was planning on staying a few more years. My pushback with the boss was always about the company doing better. Whenever we had a disagreement it always ended the same...
  12. A trick I learned. At the right annealing...

    A trick I learned. At the right annealing temperature the blade is no longer magnetic. Use a small bar magnet and stop heating when it won’t stick.
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    Guys, Not a pity party here. I’m reporting the...

    Guys,
    Not a pity party here. I’m reporting the facts of what has happened. I did make the mistake of blowing up at the boss over this. It wasn’t intentional. I was actually carefully avoiding any...
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    The company is a 7 year old startup and doesn't...

    The company is a 7 year old startup and doesn't have enough product out for anyone to make money on service yet. One of the interesting things is that my boss didn't take my advice, seconded by his...
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    I went to work in a new shop with a friend. One...

    I went to work in a new shop with a friend. One Saturday morning I'm standing at the lathe turning a part when there is an incredible loud sound and the whole building is shaking. It scared the hell...
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    Why do I want another job at 66? Because I really...

    Why do I want another job at 66? Because I really liked my job and in the last two years it was mostly about encouraging and teaching the four young engineers working under me. I was also inventing...
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    In 50 years I have never seen a boss go against...

    In 50 years I have never seen a boss go against his own ego and admit that kind of mistake and hire someone back. I have seen a previous employer make that mistake firing someone else and put the...
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    The problem in finding another job is a terrible...

    The problem in finding another job is a terrible mistake I made 45 years ago. I didn't finish college and every job I have held since was in management or engineering. But without that degree it...
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    You do get the part about when he doesn't finish...

    You do get the part about when he doesn't finish work or does it poorly that I am the one they call to fix it? You do get that it IS a shitty business, we built waste treatment plants that never get...
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    Oh, And yeah I need find another job.

    Oh,
    And yeah I need find another job.
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    I got fired, the slacker got me

    I’ve posted before about arguing with one person, the shop manager that I hired and have wanted to fire for almost two years. A management reorganization put him out of my reach. Last week he caught...
  22. If they are for carriage bolts a corner over cut...

    If they are for carriage bolts a corner over cut with a small mill my be perfectly acceptable.
  23. Cold saw blades get resharpened over and over. ...

    Cold saw blades get resharpened over and over. When the teeth are too small they grind them all off and cut a whole new set with a few less to compensate the circumference change. The blade is done...
  24. You want Farm duty hydraulics, see Northern...

    You want Farm duty hydraulics, see Northern Hydraulics for one source. Two speed pump for sure, high volume flow at low pressure typically around 500 psi and a pressure operated valve switches to...
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    A stud broke and did damage. That certainly...

    A stud broke and did damage. That certainly warrants an investigation as to the cause. If you as a manufacturer have never made a bad part then you are either incredibly lucky, or a god. I just got...
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