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    I've bought some stuff based on his...

    I've bought some stuff based on his recommendations that I've read here, and it worked out well.

    I might have interpreted too much of my own indexable milling cutter optimization issues into my...
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    Lol nope. Several name brand guys though. I was...

    Lol nope. Several name brand guys though. I was more pointing out there are a lot of variables.
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    I haven't found a tool rep yet that will...

    I haven't found a tool rep yet that will recommend DOC, other than run it full depth if you have the horsepower, rigidity, workholding, and stubby enough tool holding to pull it off.
  4. I've got a working 670 (16x48). I'll provide what...

    I've got a working 670 (16x48). I'll provide what help I can for troubleshooting, but as rj1939 says, it's a lot of stuff in an small space, and I don't know how much carries over across models.
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    probably a 50yr old 4" horizontal boring mill......

    probably a 50yr old 4" horizontal boring mill... it really depends on what you are making.
  6. tapping... I also do various boring and...

    tapping...

    I also do various boring and threading operations in reverse. Not something I'd want to live without.

    It does not lube right in reverse. But as long as you run pretty frequently in...
  7. Silver solder is very soft compared to your...

    Silver solder is very soft compared to your existing ways. It's not going to hold up to any use. Any soft material you put down in the ways will hold chips or abrasives and tear up the turcite...
  8. If you have at least 50% surface contact, clean...

    If you have at least 50% surface contact, clean all the crap out of it and run it till a better machine comes along.

    And by cleaning, I mean take it apart, and flush the lube lines, give it new...
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    Thats a little dramatic. The main motor looks...

    Thats a little dramatic. The main motor looks tiny (for a 50" VTL), and a forklift works just fine for repair work and occasional use.

    I think everyone understands that this doesnt belong in a...
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    Yep, just none newer than 1970s models. I dont...

    Yep, just none newer than 1970s models. I dont think a machine with all the toys and no weakness as you describe in this post would go for scrap price...The cheap ones are 40yrs old and tend to show...
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    I think the ram would more than make up for the...

    I think the ram would more than make up for the lack of side head for the vtl work I dabble in.

    A lot of the cheap newer bullards have some issues with all the fancy electrical and hydraulic...
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    Depends on your load sizes IMO. If you dont have...

    Depends on your load sizes IMO. If you dont have anything over about 15-20hp, then 208 will probably be cheaper. Especially if you can kill power to the step up transformer when not in use.

    480...
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    I think they are saying they will take over the...

    I think they are saying they will take over the job and pay you to operate their machine. Maybe...
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    The couple Kings I've seen look comparable to a...

    The couple Kings I've seen look comparable to a Bullard Cutmaster.

    Oconnell doesn't have any Cutmaster specs in that size, but they do have Dynatrols in 86" and 108" sizes. Base machine is 97k...
  15. My 20" Series 60 with 23" swing came with a...

    My 20" Series 60 with 23" swing came with a steady that is only 6" bar capacity. I'm pretty curious why they are so small.

    Anyway, I didnt expect to ever find one to buy, and I've seen some...
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    It's just me in here now, and I'm kind of a...

    It's just me in here now, and I'm kind of a lightweight, so I do try to do all these things.

    It has been 90+ all summer, and it sucks. I bought an unused take off rooftop AC unit on CL, and need...
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    Fair enough, I thought there would be some out...

    Fair enough, I thought there would be some out there that were tired of corporate BS, and still wanted a reason to get out of the house. Maybe I will have time to address that more next year, but I'm...
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    Maybe I didnt explain well enough that I deal...

    Maybe I didnt explain well enough that I deal with large one off parts. 90% over 25 lbs, and 50% over 150lbs. I'll run anything I can lift with an 8k forklift and at least partially jam in a machine.
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    I suppose my OP came off a little sexist. At the...

    I suppose my OP came off a little sexist. At the time, I was thinking along the lines of a skilled machinist, and there just arent any women working as machinists around here that I know of.

    I'm...
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    Thanks everyone, this has been helpful. After...

    Thanks everyone, this has been helpful.

    After giving it some more thought, the type of person Bobw described would probably work out really well. Shouldnt be too hard to find either.
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    I'm talking B2B, where one email is an rfq for an...

    I'm talking B2B, where one email is an rfq for an entire machine worth of parts.
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    When to hire, currently sole proprietor

    Everyone says dont quit your day job until you have some steady work and savings built up. I've ditched the day job for about a year now, and work is steady enough. Savings.... well that gets...
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    At least to me, prototyping means onesey twosey...

    At least to me, prototyping means onesey twosey work. Which often involves mill tolerances of +/-.001, lathe tolerance of +/-.0005, along with bearing fits in the .0002 range. In whatever nasty...
  24. I like descriptive program names with part...

    I like descriptive program names with part number, operation, machine, revision, etc - as opposed to purely numerical naming convention.

    Programs stored on server, not in control.

    In...
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    I just pulled the centers and chucks out of both...

    I just pulled the centers and chucks out of both and looked in with a light. Both machines have the knockout end of the screw turned down to fit through the tang driving slot.

    I havent run many...
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