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  1. Making cabinets from scratch is expensive. ...

    Making cabinets from scratch is expensive. Spending 20k to 50k on cabinets is not unusual at all these days, and they cost that much because, as we all know, materials have gone up a LOT, and shop...
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    I think there are two factors we all would prefer...

    I think there are two factors we all would prefer didnt exist, but are the elephants in the room-

    1- Half-Life.
    All "stuff" disappears with time. As the generation that paid hard earned money...
  3. He wants to sell these in the USA, from the way I...

    He wants to sell these in the USA, from the way I understand it. And very few shops in the USA, smaller than a big factory, have 460 volts.
    To reach the widest base of potential customers, he needs...
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    The latest estimates I have read are that a flat...

    The latest estimates I have read are that a flat tax would need to be 20% to equal current income taxes. And thats not counting medicare and SS. I have been self employed, paying both halves of SS...
  5. I find it pretty hilarious that the same 15 or so...

    I find it pretty hilarious that the same 15 or so right wing guys, and the same 3 or so left wing guys, will immediately start slagging each other in the exact same way on this thread, as they do in...
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    The number could certainly be wrong. But D&B is...

    The number could certainly be wrong. But D&B is somewhat reputable, so I linked to it. McMaster is definitely much smaller than Fastenal, though, in sales, locations, and number of employees. How...
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    I had a Smith set I bought new in about 1980....

    I had a Smith set I bought new in about 1980. Stopped using it awhile ago, and then dragged it out to try it- and flaming gas came out of all the connections. O rings dont last forever. Kinda like...
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    I was just googling- and I found Dunn and...

    I was just googling- and I found Dunn and Bradstreet says $328 million - https://www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.mcmaster-carr_supply_company.c7c0f1ea69e6a70725fca1cf373fd0ad.html...
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    Fastenal owns HoloKrome, the bolt making company,...

    Fastenal owns HoloKrome, the bolt making company, and they also own a bolt factory in China, and a few smaller plants in the USA.

    My guess is they do a lot of wholesale of bolts to other sellers,...
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    Around here, contractors almost all drive new 50k...

    Around here, contractors almost all drive new 50k trucks- usually more. 60k to 80k is more like it.
    I do know a couple of old hippies who do jobs only within 10 miles of home who drive ten year...
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    I was just talking to a contractor I know last...

    I was just talking to a contractor I know last night, who is seriously considering an Electric F150, as long as he can get the 10,000lb tow package, and the power pack. For most contractors I know,...
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    I have been running the Jet bandsaws in my shop...

    I have been running the Jet bandsaws in my shop since the late 70s. In that time, I have completely destroyed two of em, but each probably did several hundred thousand cuts over their lifetime, and...
  13. Its always kind of amazing to me how rabid some...

    Its always kind of amazing to me how rabid some opinions are on this forum that are completely disconnected from the actual facts.

    Fact:
    Trump instituted a 20% tariff on Canadian lumber in 2017....
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    Elco has been making electric motors for boats...

    Elco has been making electric motors for boats since 1893, in that well known communist treehugging country, the USA.
    They make electric outboards, of course.
    Electric Outboard Motors - Elco Motor...
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    ALL new cars have "electrics complexity". And...

    ALL new cars have "electrics complexity". And they have for 20 or 30 years.

    I kinda wonder if some of you guys are still driving 1965 chevies?

    The last year of car I have owned that didnt have...
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    My wife's electric car has a cast aluminum ...

    My wife's electric car has a cast aluminum subframe, with suspension, batteris, and drive motors mounted to it, then, the rest of the frame/substructure is carbon fiber, and the body panels are some...
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    I currently own an F150. I am hoping it will...

    I currently own an F150.
    I am hoping it will outlast my ability to lift things into the bed, and it will be my last truck, but I have long since learned that everything made by man breaks when you...
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    The $30,000 electric Harley has been on sale...

    The $30,000 electric Harley has been on sale since the middle of last year. Its called the Live Wire.
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    Pickup trucks are not even the first to the...

    Pickup trucks are not even the first to the party- Volvo is now selling all electric excavators and front end loaders. They are both pretty small models, made for urban use where the neighbors all...
  20. commercially, at places like King, these are all...

    commercially, at places like King, these are all forged.
    the typical tolerances for ornamental iron do not justify the cost of turning on a lathe, in most cases.

    a blacksmith who does these...
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    pretty sure they sell kits. Noico is one well...

    pretty sure they sell kits. Noico is one well known brand for sound deadener, they sell it on Amazon. With all the conversions of sprinters, there are also shops which will do this turnkey.
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    long beds, in general, are rare. I had to...

    long beds, in general, are rare. I had to special order my last one, it was a fleet model. I would guess that after a while, there will be cab and chassis available in fleet models, but 8' beds are...
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    Remember that, of the 65,000 F Series trucks Ford...

    Remember that, of the 65,000 F Series trucks Ford sold this last February (2021) Zero of em had manual trannies. The vast majority of F series buyers never tow anything.
    For most people, the...
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    too small for me. I cant see owning a full sized...

    too small for me. I cant see owning a full sized pickup without an 8 foot bed.
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    guess I am just dumb- I always just tap em with a...

    guess I am just dumb- I always just tap em with a center punch, drill a little hole, and back em out with an easy out. Works every time, just slow. no danger of scratching a fancy antique name plate....
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