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    Coolant level is another one. Had a couple...

    Coolant level is another one. Had a couple forklifts stall after startup from them freezing up. As soon as it stalled you could restart it and it would happen again and again.

    I also have had the...
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    How is it that high??? Sent from my rotary...

    How is it that high???

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    Send them to me. I have a vertical Slotter. I can...

    Send them to me. I have a vertical Slotter. I can cut up to 12" Keyways with no problem.

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    Not seeing a damn thing besides worker shortages....

    Not seeing a damn thing besides worker shortages. Companies break equipment and park it because they have a surplus of other, idle machines.

    I've seen several companies close up due to worker...
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    I have the only real machine shop within about 50...

    I have the only real machine shop within about 50 miles of me. Everything else is large production machine shops that don't want the low quantity and repair work.

    That said, I am absolutely dead....
  6. To second the YouTube channels, there are...

    To second the YouTube channels, there are several. A couple members here have channels. Myself included. I am a manual only for profit machine shop

    My channel:
    Topper Machine LLC. - YouTube
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  7. In the current world, all railroad services are...

    In the current world, all railroad services are done through AAR billing at set rates. Makes it fair for everyone. A civilian contractor bills the same as a Class 1.

    Most industrial tracks are...
  8. I have a Cincinnati 2ML and just bought a...

    I have a Cincinnati 2ML and just bought a vertical attachment for it. I got it on the mill, but paid for it dearly. Back was pretty messed up. So, I built my own version of a Skyhook like Abom79 has....
  9. Biggest problem is that it's across the road from...

    Biggest problem is that it's across the road from you. It may never be possible in today's world. Second, most railroads don't want to deal with less than unit trains. If it's a short line that...
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    I have had the same problem for years. Last year...

    I have had the same problem for years. Last year I finally got sick of moving the crap and just started unloading it. Selling, putting things away, garbage can, scrap dumpster, anywhere appropriate....
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    It's off a 1J bridgeport. Make me an offer ...

    It's off a 1J bridgeport. Make me an offer

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    I am sure I have one. I'll look tomorrow morning....

    I am sure I have one. I'll look tomorrow morning.

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    I agree with both above suggestions. A radial...

    I agree with both above suggestions. A radial drill would be perfect, gang drill would be second choice.

    Yes, both believed to be old/obsolete technology, but both could be had for far less cost...
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    I have a P&H Bug. Has an Onan, 200 amp. Best...

    I have a P&H Bug. Has an Onan, 200 amp. Best portable welder I've ever used. It will weld circles around anything modern.

    As far as value, if it were working$3-400. Froze up, $100 tops. The TF is...
  15. We have 14,700v 3 phase running our road. Myself...

    We have 14,700v 3 phase running our road. Myself and one other are on the 3 phase. All the other homes just pull off alternating legs to make the load even.

    I built the shop first and had the 3...
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    Great question. I've see several different...

    Great question.

    I've see several different ways of skinning this cat. Best I've seen, build a super heavy skid. Canvas tarp then machine and shrink wrap low. The canvas breathes, poly does not. ...
  17. Doozer has some nice equipment. Worth watching. ...

    Doozer has some nice equipment. Worth watching.

    So does this guy. Just starting out at it. Lol

    Topper Machine LLC. - YouTube

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    Hit a bullet last night sawing. Didn't hurt a...

    Hit a bullet last night sawing. Didn't hurt a tooth. I do have a metal detector, and use it. General rule is don't saw anything that came from within 100 feet of a building. Local mills charge for...
  19. I have a recurring job of milling long parts....

    I have a recurring job of milling long parts. Used to do them on the bridgeport until I got my metal planer mill. Since I got it, my long piece work picked up alot. Not many shops have these...
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    Diversity of business, do you have side gigs?

    With rising costs of materials, and inability to source parts quickly, do any of you have a side business that is floating your shop?

    Myself, I have a passion for the wood industry. I supply...
  21. Looking for specs of Walsh No.2 Punch Press

    Does anyone have any info on Walsh Punch Presses? I picked up a No.2 just to restore for a shop display(coffee pot stand) but am now thinking I should make it usable. I started my machinist journey...
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    Preheat and post heat. That cast will crack from...

    Preheat and post heat. That cast will crack from heat variances in a different spot. I've been doing a ton of brazing repairs lately. Usually something someone else tried first and cracked it...
  23. I have 2 Bridgeports and a Cincinnati horizontal...

    I have 2 Bridgeports and a Cincinnati horizontal and a Lucas HBM. I just recently bought a vertical head for the Cincinnati to be able to utilize the HP over the Bridgeports.

    Horizontals have...
  24. I had a customer similar to this. Always small...

    I had a customer similar to this. Always small batches never any forethought always an emergency. I learned that one quickly, first few months. As more work came across my desk I would just quote...
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    I bought a inexpensive one years back when wiring...

    I bought a inexpensive one years back when wiring passenger trains for HEP. Matching generators between multiple different locomotives and power cars to correct output rotation. I use it in the shop...
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