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  1. I found instead of relying on the few employees...

    I found instead of relying on the few employees I've ever had following any simple tasks like (for instance) checking coolant, it was just simpler to do it myself. less frustrating in the end.

    Got...
  2. I'm lucky my air requirements are low, so I can...

    I'm lucky my air requirements are low, so I can get away with using 3hp reciprocating compressors.

    Main shop compressor is a Home Depot Husky unit that had been returned, which I got from a...
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    At my last location I had a Jewish neighbour...

    At my last location I had a Jewish neighbour who's business was installing large Christmas trees at SoCal Malls and some Indian casinos, think 60'+ tall trees etc.

    One of his installers was an ex...
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    Reaming them's a good way to start a...

    Reaming them's a good way to start a conversation.

    I never e-mail suppliers, can't remember the last time I got an e-mail back in a timely fashion. Use the phone. You'll find calling is probably...
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    Turcite is still stuck to the table on my 91....

    Turcite is still stuck to the table on my 91. It's a scored from some lube issues, but still hanging in there so to speak. I have all the maintenece records since day 0, and the Turcite hasn't been...
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    Fry Steel has 7075 if you call they'll quote...

    Fry Steel has 7075

    if you call they'll quote you $'s/# and the weight. You'll need a calculator to figure the total. Their cut charges can be excessive. On the other hand their shipping dept is...
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    A friend of mine sold his Harley-D aftermarket...

    A friend of mine sold his Harley-D aftermarket parts business. Hasn't had to work for the last 10 years.

    Said selling the business itself didn't make him a lot of money.

    It was the building....
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    Your all financial experts now. Safe to assume...

    Your all financial experts now.

    Safe to assume they didn't use financial advisors who were 'crap'
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    Drawbar springs for a Fadal are $40 (2021 prices)...

    Drawbar springs for a Fadal are $40 (2021 prices) from ITS (NOT $1200), first time you change them might take 2-3 hours.

    Buy Belleville Washers Set of 47 With Grease, HDW-0195 | ITSCNC (added...
  10. Broad generalization there, a lot shops don't...

    Broad generalization there, a lot shops don't like running large quantity production, lot of shops like me like qty's 1-20. I can do quantity production, and am quite good at it, just don't like the...
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    Yes I think they were. The servos are Glentek so...

    Yes I think they were. The servos are Glentek so choice of tachos/resolvers/couplings etc would have been theirs, unless Fadal specified the servos internal components or construction.
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    Generally it's the bearings, nothing else to go...

    Generally it's the bearings, nothing else to go wrong. I don't suspect they go bad often. the one I had to redo the bearings may have had a decade or two so of use. could well have been in there...
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    Fadal made budget machines, if they weren't any...

    Fadal made budget machines, if they weren't any good they wouldn't have been selling the same basic machines year in year out.

    If they weren't any good there wouldn't be multiple vendors SELLING...
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    This is a Fadal resolver (not mine a picture of...

    This is a Fadal resolver (not mine a picture of ebay)

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    servo mount so it allows you to turn the resolver to get the table (and head) to be in the correct position when doing a cold start.
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    I think I replaced the originals which may have...

    I think I replaced the originals which may have been Harowe's with Harowes. I'll have to look in the cabinet of the machine to confirm

    The issue is the original bearing is part of the housing that...
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    And into the 90's The only real problems I...

    And into the 90's

    The only real problems I have had with the 4020 have been the tachometers getting carbon in the comutators, then the axis jumps backwards and forwards, happened on the X and Z....
  17. Dunno about that, all the Chinese vendors vendors...

    Dunno about that, all the Chinese vendors vendors my customer uses have raised their prices, the most being 50%, i read stories of manufacturing going to Vietnam because of the increasing...
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    That sure explains why Fadal are still sort...

    That sure explains why Fadal are still sort after. You also very rarely see them parted out because they couldn't be fixed.

    I'm still amazed that I'm still able to make very good accurate parts...
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    Probably in a coffin shaped like an F1 car

    Probably in a coffin shaped like an F1 car
  20. I do small quantity work, and with one customer I...

    I do small quantity work, and with one customer I compete with Chinese shops on price, and often I can ussually match them on price.

    In the last year the Chinese shops have increased their prices...
  21. You realise there's more to the USA than just...

    You realise there's more to the USA than just Texas, right? There's 1000's of shops spread around the rest of the US. Put something up on the site for people to quote.
  22. You want to get paid a percentage, and then get...

    You want to get paid a percentage, and then get paid to run the machine..........
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    The DeCaussian family (Fadal owners) have said...

    The DeCaussian family (Fadal owners) have said selling FADAL at the time was the best business decision they ever made.
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    Piano wire works as well as Ni-Cr wire.

    Piano wire works as well as Ni-Cr wire.
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    I used to use a Variac to cut foam cores for...

    I used to use a Variac to cut foam cores for model airplanes, but in conjunction with an isolating transformer.
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