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  1. UPDATE: Well since this thread seems to have...

    UPDATE:

    Well since this thread seems to have come back from the dead, maybe it's time for an update.

    Long story short (TLDR): Work is still more desk and less chips. I did try a number of...
  2. Inbox was full, it's been emptied out now. Go...

    Inbox was full, it's been emptied out now. Go ahead and try again. Thanks for the heads up about DM's not going through.
  3. Thanks for the encouragement. We're trying every...

    Thanks for the encouragement. We're trying every avenue to help with the bills and we've been able to get some reduced and some on payment plans, but even still they pile up quick.
  4. Thanks for the pdf link. As always John, you're...

    Thanks for the pdf link. As always John, you're more than helpful. If you need eyes on any machinery up here in the PNW again, just let me know, always looking for an excuse to slip out of the...
  5. FS: Bradford, P&W, Burke, Dumore, Wells Index, & Marvel

    I’m selling a number of machines I had held on to after a recent merger we went through. While I had planned on keeping these for personal future use, maybe a home shop or hobby setup, I’m forced to...
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    I'm not familiar with the 'LHF' suffix, but we...

    I'm not familiar with the 'LHF' suffix, but we sold a used HT2000 unit in 2016 for $6,300. That included the HT2000 power unit, the plasma torch head, a pneumatic center punch head, an oxy-fuel...
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    I'm going to second the basic Notepad type text...

    I'm going to second the basic Notepad type text editor as a powerful tool. While I've setup a number of systems over the years, including a fully function helpdesk / issue ticketing & tracking...
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    We just closed the sale of our business this last...

    We just closed the sale of our business this last April (link here) so the details are still pretty fresh.

    This is an easy topic to go "long story" on really quick. But the main things you need...
  9. People skills. Not because I particularly like...

    People skills. Not because I particularly like people, I don't, ask my wife she'll vouch. But since people skills are the rules of how to play this game and win, then people skills it be.

    My...
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    Oh yeah, that reminds me. I don't recall...

    Oh yeah, that reminds me. I don't recall Skin-Thickening 101 being taught at the trade schools. Machining is a good gig, but part of the price to play is taking some lumps. School's great and all,...
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    Get a copy of the Southbend booklet "How to run a...

    Get a copy of the Southbend booklet "How to run a lathe". It's short, easy to read, and will build your machine tool "vocabulary" much more quickly than the book your reading. "Reading ahead" works...
  12. Allied Electric sells knobs from Davies Molding. ...

    Allied Electric sells knobs from Davies Molding. Davies makes some control knobs that look like they might match.

    Control Knobs | Davies Molding

    Dials and Knobs - Tools & Hardware from Allied...
  13. EDIT: Thought I'd post this here too since...

    EDIT:

    Thought I'd post this here too since it's part of the same job. Wearing lot's of hats has it's ups and downs; but once in awhile it really pays off. One of my jobs is to take care of all...
  14. This is a great point that's often overlooked. ...

    This is a great point that's often overlooked. In fact, this is why I don't do full system / state backups of the client PC's on our network anymore. Restoring those type of backups seemed to...
  15. Backups of backups of backups. I'm sure there's...

    Backups of backups of backups. I'm sure there's an official word for it, but we use a "cascading" backup approach. Daily, every pc of concern backs itself up to a network storage location. Also...
  16. Bingo! I knew there was something about not...

    Bingo! I knew there was something about not using stainless in electro plating, or rust removal. Hexavalent Chromium is nasty stuff. Even if you don't come into contact with it and it stays in...
  17. List time I did an electrolysis rust-removal I...

    List time I did an electrolysis rust-removal I used a car charger like the one below. I set it to trickle charge, 2amps, and left the bath over night. Are you using your workpiece as the cathode...
  18. Welcome. This is a great place to learn, no...

    Welcome. This is a great place to learn, no matter how long you've been at it. Your question seems sincere, and I'll share with you the best advice I can give.



    1) Clearly the machining bug...
  19. Been lurking, on the sidelines of this thread,...

    Been lurking, on the sidelines of this thread, but JNieman touched on the big issue here. Not only is it not a "simple colliegiate math exam", the bigger issue is control of who's allowed to even...
  20. I agree. I've always wished we could have some...

    I agree. I've always wished we could have some sort of flag on the forum where the OP could tag one of the response posts as "Best Answer" and that it would somehow be noted up near the original...
  21. Follow Up: Wedging a sacrificial wood backing,...

    Follow Up:
    Wedging a sacrificial wood backing, under the cut surface, from inside the box did the trick. Was able to zip through that pocket in under 5 min, including cutting the 4 corners out...
  22. Some good replies here. On nibblers, even...

    Some good replies here.

    On nibblers, even though we have some nibblers, that option hadn't occured to me. Admittedly what we have for nibblers are on the large side (like this Redirect Notice)...
  23. Easy, no I'm not holding the end-mill with that...

    Easy, no I'm not holding the end-mill with that drill chuck. The holes for toggle switches, LED's, and cord reliefs are easier to cut with annular cutters rather than twist drills. That's what the...
  24. I'll try clamping a piece of wood to the inside...

    I'll try clamping a piece of wood to the inside wall of the box, directly under the pocket, on the next run. I like the Automation Direct link. Up to this point our design has changed enough that...
  25. Help, choosing best setup for milling pockets in sheet metal box.

    We build an operator control panel for our equipment that requires milling a pocket out of a sheet metal box for a joystick. The most trouble seems to come from trying to hold the workpiece as...
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