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  1. FWIW, I've never regretted stopping maintenance...

    FWIW, I've never regretted stopping maintenance on Surfcam 7 years ago. I was not getting anything in return for the $1600 they wanted each year. And from what I hear from other users it hasn't...
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    My recommendation as well. We did it this way for...

    My recommendation as well. We did it this way for many years on our BPs. Used a cemented carbide bit in a cheap flycutter. Whole setup would be less than $100. But if you have money a shell mill...
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    We have 2 Advance B-15 Cross Slide Rotary Tables...

    We have 2 Advance B-15 Cross Slide Rotary Tables here on BP Series II Specials. They were the Rolls Royce of tools for Tool/Mold Makers until CNCs came along. I still use it for quick and dirty...
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    My shop is about 50 feet from the tracks that get...

    My shop is about 50 feet from the tracks that get used a couple times a day. They run tanker cars on it between refineries at very slow speeds. Only time I feel them is when they couple together....
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    I'm old enough to remember the dials when they...

    I'm old enough to remember the dials when they first appeared on the scene. Some early models had the rack exposed and they soon clogged with chips and dirt. Then found some Tesa 6" that worked...
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    In the close to 50 years as a machinist I've...

    In the close to 50 years as a machinist I've never been told I couldn't wear a watch and still do. lately it's a smart watch that is connected to my cell phone and vibrates when my phone gets...
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    I use something similar from Dickies. Plenty of...

    I use something similar from Dickies. Plenty of room for my Note 8 phone in a case and a few pens.
  8. I square up small blocks by the dozen weekly for...

    I square up small blocks by the dozen weekly for mold inserts, that's why I use a rigid CNC and in a vise. But years ago we did it on a Bridgeport with mixed results. Getting any thing square on a...
  9. We have two 15" Advance Rotary Cross Slides on...

    We have two 15" Advance Rotary Cross Slides on two Series 2 BPs. They are 10" tall plus the vice. We have Kurt 6" vices on them. Many years ago I worked at a shop that had the 12" versions and I...
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    Personally, I don't think it's necessary to level...

    Personally, I don't think it's necessary to level a BP if all four corners are making contact. Unless you need it level for reference to make a set up. My shop floor is not level either and my BP...
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    Reading this makes me furious. I'm at a lost for...

    Reading this makes me furious. I'm at a lost for words to express my disappointment. How could Kennedy let this happen? We all need to send a link to this posting to Kennedy to make them aware of...
  12. I have a CNC that's an off white color. I like...

    I have a CNC that's an off white color. I like it that way because it shows the areas that need cleaning. When it arrived new I sealed it with an oil resistant wax/sealant so the oil just wipes off...
  13. Have you tried TSI Tool Supply ? I get a flyer...

    Have you tried TSI Tool Supply ? I get a flyer from them every so often for the past 20 years. It says they are in Tualatin, OR. 503-691-1900 I think I've purchased a few things off the flyer. ...
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    I used these all the time in making quick and...

    I used these all the time in making quick and dirty molds for the foundry. We would just drill and ream thru both plates at the same time for a perfect alignment. In the old days we would use these...
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    Looks like 55" on the circumference. Also it...

    Looks like 55" on the circumference. Also it looks like I may be off on the holes a bit. If you need those I can recheck tomorrow.
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    I have two Series II Specials here that have 6"...

    I have two Series II Specials here that have 6" risers. Since the risers are on the machines it's difficult to get measurements without removing them. But from what I can measure the 5/8 dia. bolt...
  17. I suggest to get the straight shank it's cheaper...

    I suggest to get the straight shank it's cheaper and more versatile.
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    Yep, used them for over 20 years. Never seen a...

    Yep, used them for over 20 years. Never seen a BP spindle go bad because of just the fly cutter. As for finish, that all depends on how their used, ie speed, feed, depth of cut, etc. We had many...
  19. This thread is a couple years old and it doesn't...

    This thread is a couple years old and it doesn't appear anything has changed with Surfcam. I started using Surfcam in the mid '90s after about 5 years using Mastercam. In the mid '90s I'd say both...
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    Ask the foundry where you're going to have them...

    Ask the foundry where you're going to have them cast. Pattern makers are given the shrink factor by the foundry. Each foundry has it's own unique process that may effect the shrink. There are just...
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    Weellieking71, nothing wrong with what you said. ...

    Weellieking71, nothing wrong with what you said. I think it's always best to have a print and better if you have a model too. I quote 90% of the molds I make from Solid models, rarely see prints. ...
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    FBI gets involved anytime there is a possible...

    FBI gets involved anytime there is a possible conflict of interest in safety related items in aerospace manufacturing. Try passing off bad critical parts that fly and you'll find the FBI knocking at...
  23. I'm curious has to what the max RPM is on these. ...

    I'm curious has to what the max RPM is on these. I like the size but most older machines were not built with carbide cutters in mind.
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    The R .187 Typ would apply to all unmarked...

    The R .187 Typ would apply to all unmarked fillets in this case. They couldn't argue with that.

    Oops, sorry I didn't see all the other answers until I posted this response.
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    Obviously you have never tried a heavy climb cut...

    Obviously you have never tried a heavy climb cut on a Bridgeport, Ha Ha. Did that only once some 40 years ago...Boss thought it was funny, I had to go home and change.
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