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    Yesterday, 07:09 AM
    Update! After rebushing the front variable pulley, I finally had some time to rebush the rear one, and, while I was at it, I lightly recut the...
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    02-07-2016, 05:21 AM
    -I agree, which is why I'm being neither negative nor naysaying. :) What I am saying is that many of the posted statements are either untrue (if not...
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    02-06-2016, 09:39 PM
    -Yeah, like EMTs, surgeons, police officers... that crew in the bucket truck that comes out when a tree falls on the power line, the trucks that...
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    02-06-2016, 09:32 PM
    -I can tell you for a fact that a 1500W heater won't even take the frost off the windows at -20F. And that's sitting still. The bottom line is...
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    02-06-2016, 07:20 PM
    -Except that the track record for such guesses is remarkably poor. As noted, in 2001, virtually no one thought smart phones would be a thing. Or that...
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    02-06-2016, 04:34 PM
    -'Good' enough, just barely. 'Cheap' enough, not by a long shot. A Tesla pack good for 200 miles is still $30K or so, or the same cost- if not a bit...
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    02-05-2016, 03:08 PM
    -The problem there is not the technology, it's the fuel source. Like the jetpack, we've had flying cars, of various sorts, since the sixties. But...
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    02-05-2016, 04:28 AM
    -Because Google isn't a brain booster, and isn't wired directly into your hippocampus. Google, as amazing as it is, is basically nothing more than a...
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    02-04-2016, 04:33 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Cincinnati Lathe in General
    Actually, Cincinnati is a big name in lathes, having made lathes for around a century. There's a bunch listed on eBay, ranging from antiques to CNC...
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    02-04-2016, 03:01 AM
    -We've had transparent aluminum for literally billions of years. Most people called them "rubies" and "sapphires". Doc.
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    02-04-2016, 02:59 AM
    -Yep! Stuff like desktop computers that cost less than a refrigerator, flat-screen TVs, iPhones, the internet, something like five or six streaming...
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    02-03-2016, 04:33 PM
    -Actually, barring the plastic inserts (which admittedly aren't easy to replace, and clearly are important) everything else is actually in very good...
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    02-03-2016, 02:10 AM
    Success! Well, mostly. But we're finally getting somewhere! :) I don't have time to go into a full writeup just yet, but suffice it to say...
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    02-02-2016, 02:24 AM
    Am I missing something? What's wrong with an actual oil filter? Yes, there's a cost involved, but it ought to be minimal if done right. Grab a...
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    01-31-2016, 02:11 PM
    -Entirely possible. Not sure how I'd measure that, though... However, it's also largely irrelevant. We can chase down the rabbit hole and argue...
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    01-31-2016, 05:33 AM
    -Is the technique on that page common for most chucks? I have a Jacobs "Super Chuck" (the one with ball bearings) that one day started giving me...
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    01-31-2016, 04:55 AM
    -Thank you, those are kind of interesting. But, not real relevant to my problem. :) The issue isn't trying to get it apart, or even back together- I...
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    01-31-2016, 01:00 AM
    -It appears the base-to-column adapter is a pinch-bolt arrangement. It's a "top hat" shaped casting, with a wide square flange at the bottom, and a...
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    01-30-2016, 09:57 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Uses for brake lathe in General
    I had an Ammco brake lathe for several years, and only used it a scant few times- and only once for pay. :) I did the same thing, looked at it to...
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    01-30-2016, 06:10 PM
    -Hum. I was already thinking I'll need to rebush that pulley before I take it in for balancing... Sounds like I should do that and give 'er a test,...
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    01-30-2016, 05:48 AM
    -I don't know about "elastomeric" (which is usually a term for a flexible rubber-type plastic) but the front variable pulley's movable sheave is...
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    01-30-2016, 05:44 AM
    -How about something like this? With the removal of the jackshaft, I can shift the mill about 2" further back on the stand- meaning the...
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    01-30-2016, 02:07 AM
    -And that's not bad. Personally I'd like to see better, but at the moment I'd be quite happy if mine were even doing that good. :) That seems to...
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    01-30-2016, 01:52 AM
    -That's an interesting idea. I'm toying with the idea of getting rid of the rear jackshaft, and mounting the spring-loaded sheave straight to the...
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    01-29-2016, 10:07 PM
    -Actually, no. Quite the opposite in fact. Not only do I tend to get some pretty good ideas from threads like this, but quite often I either give...
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    01-29-2016, 09:49 PM
    -Sorry, I can't read the replies out loud to you. :) But my apologies, I'm juggling about five other projects in addition to this mill rebuild, so I...
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    01-29-2016, 07:23 PM
    sigh. -Yes, and I have already tried it, as documented back in post #32. For the literacy impaired, I'll quote myself from said post: ...
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    01-29-2016, 06:51 PM
    -And yet another entry by the party that actually gets angry when somebody online not only doesn't take their advice, but doesn't implement it to the...
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    01-29-2016, 06:08 PM
    -I have tried different speeds, both with the mechanical variable and the VFD variable. While I haven't tried all possible speeds of either, to see...
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    01-29-2016, 05:59 PM
    Okay, I just took the mill loose from its base and braces, and removed the belt cover. I pulled the main vari-drive belt, and ran the motor connected...
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