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02-25-2006, 06:44 AM
Hi folks,

I was wondering, does anybody know how to say "v-block" in German? I was wanting to see if such an item (machinists v-blocks)exists in Ebay Germany.

Thanks in advance for the help

02-25-2006, 09:23 AM
vee-block is "Prisma"

Here is a complete English-German glossary of machining and shop terms.


02-25-2006, 09:49 AM
There's a lot of good stuff in non-US eBay. The one thing is whether its good enough to deal with the shipping. I got a real nice set of Swiss files that are just the right size between needle files and "normal" files for working on smaller parts. Shipping was just about nil for 6 files.

OTOH, I got a "Smoking" deal on a precision ground ballscrew from the UK--$150 for a gorgeous brand new unit that cost $8K from the manufacturer (verified it in their catalog). This thing came with a laser ballscrew certification report from some outfit in Germany. I was really pleased when I saw it--almost hate to build it into a machine. However, The shipping as $180!

Still a bargain, I know.



Alistair Hosie
02-26-2006, 02:43 AM
what is a smoking deal I assume its not cigarretes or cigars is it something good or bad???Alistair why not speak english for the hard of understanding amongst us http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gifAlistair

02-26-2006, 07:17 PM
A "smoking" deal is a good bargain for the buyer, to the point of an almost unreal extent.

smoking deal does not equal fir fags http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there no sweeter words than "I told you so."

02-26-2006, 08:10 PM
To further elucidate, the term "smoking" is an oblique reference to the fact that the deal is so good that you in effect "stole" the item. The connection is that stolen goods are often referred to as being "hot".

02-27-2006, 12:44 AM
And all this time I thought it was because you needed to smoke a cigarette after. LOL