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    Without being there it's hard to pin point the...

    Without being there it's hard to pin point the problem(s).First you have to have a centre for the tailstock, get rid of the steady rest, next get a four jaw chuck so you can at least start out square...
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    Look for jobs in your area that are being sent...

    Look for jobs in your area that are being sent out due to the lack of local machine capacity. A few years ago I picked up a large LaBlond lathe cheap,72inch swing and 22 foot bed.Paid for the machine...
  3. Tool geometry and such are things that you can...

    Tool geometry and such are things that you can figure out by trial and error, but if your machine is not rigid enough or powerful enough to handle an aggressive feed and speed,parting will always be...
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    I have been self employed for over 40 years so I...

    I have been self employed for over 40 years so I could be way off on this, that being said, if you are unhappy at your job or can't cope, go find another job. If you can't find another job you...
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    Any used machine is buyer beware. From the story...

    Any used machine is buyer beware. From the story the pictures tell I doubt that you passed up anything good. Without much tooling and the evidence of some catastrophic disaster you could have ended...
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    When tapping is critical keep a piece of...

    When tapping is critical keep a piece of aluminium round stock around and do a test run, this can save money and time figuring out problems. :codger:
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    Well that certainly increased the pucker power...

    Well that certainly increased the pucker power around here. :codger:
  8. Man I don't think you are looking for advice,...

    Man I don't think you are looking for advice, your looking for a complete machining coarse. If you are looking to get .001 with a drill bit in a press you don't need advice, you need Mandrake the...
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    I agree with Peter. If you are going to make a...

    I agree with Peter. If you are going to make a precision instrument you need to start out with good certified metal. Standard hot rolled or cold rolled can be anything from a melted down crankshaft...
  10. You can't buy the material to make the washers as...

    You can't buy the material to make the washers as cheap as a dozen of them cost. Buy a dozen washers and get on with something else. :codger:
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    I don't believe the word surcharge has any legal...

    I don't believe the word surcharge has any legal or binding meaning to it,it's just a catch word for, "Hey mister give use some more of your money because we think you should." If the price of...
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    I would make them on the lathe they are to be...

    I would make them on the lathe they are to be used on, with a little care they should run true and perfect. :codger:
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    If the finish and tolerance is that critical I...

    If the finish and tolerance is that critical I would send it out and have it ground, if they screw it up they have to come good, if you screw it up you'll have to eat it. As for using a shaper, if...
  14. Most hyd. filters are installed on the return...

    Most hyd. filters are installed on the return side of the system therefore pressure is not an issue and the filter works to remove particulate before it returns to the reservoir and thus can not...
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    That must have been one hell of a crash. I have...

    That must have been one hell of a crash. I have the twin to that lathe and always had the feeling it was almost bullet proof. Just goes to show that some people can wreck anything if given the...
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    Don't mess with a bad battery, nine times out of...

    Don't mess with a bad battery, nine times out of ten people try to save a bad battery and end up putting on a new starter or alt. before they are done. Low voltage or amps will kill a starter quicker...
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    Up here in the great white north when the temp...

    Up here in the great white north when the temp gets down we put some pluming anti freeze in with the water soluble oil, works great, and have had no problems. Have been known to use windshield anti...
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    For a newbie or first timer, I'm not sure there...

    For a newbie or first timer, I'm not sure there is a better book than this. It may be dated but is still one of the best learner publications out there. :codger:
  19. tobnpr- sounds to me like you just answered all...

    tobnpr- sounds to me like you just answered all your own questions. no there is nothing wrong with a 9A as long as you recognize it's limitations. I have one and use it quite often for small...
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    I'm not sure but I think you misinterpreted what...

    I'm not sure but I think you misinterpreted what was wanted here. The stop is to be fitted to the cross slide not the carriage itself. The stop is set to a preference point and saves you over running...
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    It said right in the picture made in republic of...

    It said right in the picture made in republic of China, there's your problem. Has this site gone pro China or have I missed something.
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    As it has been said, I tend to be quite old...

    As it has been said, I tend to be quite old school, but even in hobby work, why would someone use a three jaw chuck and hope it is right when you could use a four jaw and know it's right. By the way...
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    I don't know if it would work for you, but I have...

    I don't know if it would work for you, but I have four lathes in my shop and the go to machine for most general work is an Okuma LS, the one made in Japan,not a China knockoff. Pound for pound it is...
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    Most everything on a camelback drill can be bored...

    Most everything on a camelback drill can be bored , sleeved or shimmed. A great type of machine to cut your teeth on. As for doing mill work on a drill press it seldom has very good results. Yes you...
  25. I don't know, but I could never understand paying...

    I don't know, but I could never understand paying someone a membership fee in order to have the privilege of going in and giving them more money. Never thought I had to buy the right to spend my...
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