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  1. I used to have a long running job out of 3/4"...

    I used to have a long running job out of 3/4" plate. I held down the slug with 6 1/2-13 Low Head Socket Screws... then I turned the slug into three Kurt style soft jaws. It was definitely slower...
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    I agree a Star SR-508J would be a great way to do...

    I agree a Star SR-508J would be a great way to do these.
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    Have you ever tried climb cutting with a Skill...

    Have you ever tried climb cutting with a Skill Saw... :)
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    I wonder if you could check if it locks with a...

    I wonder if you could check if it locks with a grease gun... down and dirty, but it would be quick to setup.
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    Many smaller rotaries down have brakes... and...

    Many smaller rotaries down have brakes... and lots of people disconnect brakes to speed up performance. It kinda depends on how your gonna use it. Big difference between hogging steel on a large...
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    I gave up on usb to serial. It never seemed...

    I gave up on usb to serial. It never seemed consistent. If you are not using a desktop, consider getting a docking station for your laptop. Many of them have an rs232 port on the back.
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    I sincerely doubt it is a coolant issue if Moly...

    I sincerely doubt it is a coolant issue if Moly Dee didn’t work. I agree with the people that the problem is in the drilled hole.

    Counter sink can be critical at the top of the hole.

    Hole must...
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    Cheap Chinese shit until you quite breaking...

    Cheap Chinese shit until you quite breaking them... don't ask me how I know.
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    For God's sake, you are an engineer. Electrical...

    For God's sake, you are an engineer. Electrical work is stupid simple and the data is readably available. I run 5 cnc machines, a compressor, a TIG, a MIG and a badass air conditioner off of a 100...
  10. I can’t help you, but those planers and shapers...

    I can’t help you, but those planers and shapers are mesmerizing to watch. And the smell of hot steel being peeled of the surface...


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7P8HDDKNZvM
  11. I have a reliable CAM system and a thoroughly...

    I have a reliable CAM system and a thoroughly rung out post (it's been evolving for 18 years if you can believe it). On my mills, I can program and setup a job and have near 100% certainty that it...
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    My head hurts and my Situational Tourette's is...

    My head hurts and my Situational Tourette's is sneaking up on me. Somebody please kill this thread.
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    I agree completely about the newbie sub-forum......

    I agree completely about the newbie sub-forum... as long as every time a person posts in it, the post is immediately deleted and the new forum name is locked for 18 months. At the end of 18 months,...
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    Have you checked U-Ship... there are tons of Hot...

    Have you checked U-Ship... there are tons of Hot Shot crews that will flatbed that out to you over a weekend. It's actually kind of cool. The one's I have used were all college students that bought...
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    1000 RPM and disable the speed doubling on...

    1000 RPM and disable the speed doubling on retract. It will cause you more hours of heartbreak than it will save over the course of a year (your mileage may vary). When I'm really concerned I use...
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    As you have found, this is one of the most...

    As you have found, this is one of the most un-welcoming forums in the world unless you are running professional level machines. However, you have gotten some good advice.

    First check your code....
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    We used to move Haas MM’s around on a near daily...

    We used to move Haas MM’s around on a near daily basis to form portions of a cell. Pallet jack them around, plug in the electrical plug and an air hose, then hit the green button. I once blocked...
  18. If you use a Ripper style inserted cutter in...

    If you use a Ripper style inserted cutter in aluminum at max RPM and aggressive feedrates for a couple of weeks, you won't be able to hear the chirping noise in the spindle anymore... you also won't...
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    I crawled under my '18 TL1. Near as I could tell...

    I crawled under my '18 TL1. Near as I could tell it was 1"x14... and now I have chips in my knees.
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    I wonder if something isn't messed up on the bar...

    I wonder if something isn't messed up on the bar ends. Gotta figure the way Stressproof is made that the very end of the bar would have very different characteristics than the rest of the bar. An...
  21. For pure job shop work, I have had good luck with...

    For pure job shop work, I have had good luck with the Harvey Tool single point tools. I think I bought three different sizes and the have covered everything I need to do from little to big. Some of...
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    If you look at the Haas specs, you’d think so. ...

    If you look at the Haas specs, you’d think so. They think it makes the look tough if they drastically over rate their electrical specs. Last one I put in called for a 50 amp breaker (3 phase). I...
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    Ok, $15k is a reasonable budget for your first...

    Ok, $15k is a reasonable budget for your first machine. I bought a Haas minimill for $13k in 08; it still makes me money every single day (I did have to put in an $80 limit switch a couple years...
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    Is this a bar fed job, or are the parts coming...

    Is this a bar fed job, or are the parts coming out of something saw cut. Only reason I ask is there a chance some wrong material (or just messed up 1144) got mixed in by the saw guy or the supplier....
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    As mentioned if you watch for a while you can...

    As mentioned if you watch for a while you can find a Fadal for under ten grand. They are easy to fix and have available parts.

    I periodically see twenty five year old high end Japanese machining...
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