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  1. In Seattle, near where I live, we have the only...

    In Seattle, near where I live, we have the only remaining coal gas producing plant in the USA- it ceased making coal gas in 1937, and made an oil based gas for industry until the mid 50s. I kinda...
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    as mentioned above, a lot of that type of work is...

    as mentioned above, a lot of that type of work is done by lasers, plasma, and waterjet these days.
    One of the big issues is dies- a simple cutting die for a shape more complicated than a circle can...
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    you can easily melt the end of a 3/32 tungsten at...

    you can easily melt the end of a 3/32 tungsten at 200 amps. If you are really running 200 amps, I would go up to a 1/8 tungsten.
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    Nucor buy literally millions of tons of scrap a...

    Nucor buy literally millions of tons of scrap a year, at its various mills around the country. My local yard sells a few 40' trucks a week to a nucor mill. It is MUCH more profitable to just keep...
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    my question would be- what is a "lot". I...

    my question would be- what is a "lot". I currently run 3 Miller tig machines. Total years in my shop, for the three, is about 55 years of service. (1988, 2000, and 2014 purchase dates) In that time,...
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    I would also keep the radiator if you are going...

    I would also keep the radiator if you are going to have a tig machine- that cooler is a cool $800 new. If its a size and weight issue, yes, you can get a quite capable small inverter- but it will...
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    The Eagle machine is made by BPR, in Brescia...

    The Eagle machine is made by BPR, in Brescia Italy. I actually visited the factory, at least ten years ago, and got a tour from one of the engineers. They are prettty diligent people, and my guess is...
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    I am with Ox on this one- I use those fiberglas...

    I am with Ox on this one- I use those fiberglas trays, in few different sizes, and they are bulletproof.
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    this is the exploded diagram of my Curvatricci,...

    this is the exploded diagram of my Curvatricci, which will do 2" pipe.
  10. I have been wearing an auto dark (I didnt know...

    I have been wearing an auto dark (I didnt know "darkling" was a word- but I like it) . hood for about 30 years now. And, believe it or not, my eyesight has actually gotten slightly better over those...
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    If you havent knocked all the teeth out before it...

    If you havent knocked all the teeth out before it breaks from fatigue, you arent using the saw enough. On the little 4x6 saws, we go thru bi-metal blades in a month or two, as we mostly cut stainless...
  12. Seems like there would be a Praxair or an Airgas...

    Seems like there would be a Praxair or an Airgas near you. Both would carry a selection of industrial quality hoods. Of course, they are gonna be cheaper online, but you cant try em on.

    I have...
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    I live in a farming county and know a bunch of...

    I live in a farming county and know a bunch of families that inherited the land- and- "huge profits"? not likely. Of course, you cant compete if you have to buy the land at current prices- but,...
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    If you are an S corp, I dont think leaving money...

    If you are an S corp, I dont think leaving money in the bank saves on taxes- you get a K-1 each year, and the profit for that year is yours, whether its in the company bank account or your personal...
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    my experience with cheap 304 is run it slower and...

    my experience with cheap 304 is run it slower and with less feed than any chart tells you, especially with no coolant. Start really slow, and ramp up a little at a time. The metal and the tool will...
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    ask you accountant if you can rent the shop...

    ask you accountant if you can rent the shop space, personally, to the business. That way, the rent is taxed at a lower rate, without SS and Medicare being with held, than if you pay it to yourself as...
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    Similar to Hong Kong, in Italy there is a shop in...

    Similar to Hong Kong, in Italy there is a shop in each tiny medieval village that specializes in installing double pane aluminum windows in 800 year old stone buildings. They use small, italian made...
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    I miss Jim K. And, by and large, he called it.

    I miss Jim K.
    And, by and large, he called it.
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    I think you need a Pistorius. They are out of...

    I think you need a Pistorius. They are out of business now, I think, but there are hundreds of their saws out there- they are miter saws meant to cut aluminum extrusions.
    YouTube shown cutting...
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    obviously the bottom line will drive many things-...

    obviously the bottom line will drive many things- but government meddling can also affect outcomes.

    take, for instance, the price of gas versus diesel in europe- which is government manipulated by...
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    Starting in the mid 90s, the Argentine government...

    Starting in the mid 90s, the Argentine government decided to encourage the use of locally produced natural gas. They actually have almost 2 million cng vehicles now in Argentina, including all 40,000...
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    all of mine are done that way. It works fine-...

    all of mine are done that way.
    It works fine- all the connections are accessible, either at the pump or the heads, all thats inside the wall is the lines. I have runs up to about 60 feet under...
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    I have had a Daikin, which is a japanese brand,...

    I have had a Daikin, which is a japanese brand, in my 1000 sq ft apartment for a year now, I love it. Its used for both heat and AC, and has 2 heads in 2 different rooms, but only one outside unit. ...
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    I wonder- do you know how much US sourced auto...

    I wonder- do you know how much US sourced auto parts are now coming from Chinese owned US plants? Seems like particularly in driveline parts, the Chinese have been buying a lot of US based plants,...
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    I am not a china apologist. I actively try not...

    I am not a china apologist.
    I actively try not to buy chinese made, when I can.

    I am a realist.

    The chinese are not "quadrupling the price"
    Trump is taxing our chinese purchases.
    That...
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