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    09-20-2017, 06:32 PM
    -Any reason you bought ten? I picked up a surface grinder back in 2009, which came with a lightly-used wheel still mounted. I've used it fairly...
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    09-20-2017, 02:41 PM
    Too much "stepover" (the "width" of the cut) too slow a travel speed and too hard a wheel. I'll occasionally burn a tiny bit on a part I'm...
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    09-19-2017, 01:26 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread This made me sick in General
    -There was an article posted right here on HSM a year or three ago, about a government auction of some surplus Iowa-class battleship rifle barrels....
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    09-11-2017, 02:52 AM
    -I wouldn't quite say it's a POS, although I haven't obviously used it much. I suspect it's just fitted with an oddball set of parameters from the...
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    09-11-2017, 12:00 AM
    False alarm. Turns out was the VFD. The guy ordered a Huanyang or something off of eBay, and we have no idea what default parameters it has or how to...
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    09-10-2017, 10:12 PM
    Okay, I'm strongly starting to think the guy that helped me wire this didn't know as much as he thought he did. 'Course, I'm a doofus myself, so what...
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    09-10-2017, 09:26 PM
    Yes. Lube wells are full, it turns very smoothly by hand. Zero noise. Doc.
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    09-10-2017, 09:14 PM
    Hooked up an old (like WW2) 3-phase motor to a new VFD, and the motor sounded like it was spinning up- actually, it sounded like a small jet engine...
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    09-10-2017, 09:08 PM
    Thanks, but really, the gloves make it unnecessary. Peel 'em off, rinse off the sweat with a little normal hand soap, done. The gloves have also...
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    09-10-2017, 02:35 PM
    The gimp suit. You'd be surprised how that sort of thing works as welding leathers. Kinda expensive, though... And I still haven't figured out a use...
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    09-10-2017, 01:51 PM
    -Where have you been? :D Practically everybody uses disposable gloves like that now. Well, except for the old-timers who still believe that whole "no...
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    09-10-2017, 05:07 AM
    I used to have a couple of bits of HSS clamped into a tool block to make a chamfering tool for the lathe... But finally decided to do one...
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    09-08-2017, 03:00 PM
    Thanks DB. Any word on the ease-of-use of the "conversational" programming? I'm really looking forward to putting something conversation on my CNC'ed...
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    09-08-2017, 06:25 AM
    Bringing this back up for two quick questions: One, has anyone installed and tried their Acorn yet? If so, can you give us a brief rundown of the...
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    09-07-2017, 06:04 PM
    The only thing I don't like about the Arboga table, is there's no central T-slot: Most drill-press and milling vises, however, have...
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    09-07-2017, 03:25 PM
    -More than 90% of the holes I drill need to be precisely located, most often even more precisely than one can do with scribe marks and a center...
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    09-05-2017, 08:13 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    -I did indeed. However, that hardly invalidates my argument. Obama gave almost two billion in untraceable cash to a terrorist-sponsoring state....
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    09-05-2017, 06:53 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    -Oh, christ. Stop doing your part to add to the partisan divide for a minute, wouldya? I'm quite well aware of all of those facts, and did not get...
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    09-03-2017, 06:41 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Rewiring 2-Speed Motor in General
    Not much help on the wiring, but my Arboga drill press has a built-in 2-speed, 3-phase motor. I was going to use a VFD (no native 3-phase) but wanted...
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    09-03-2017, 02:15 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Supermax Mill in General
    I have to admit I've never been inside an an actual Bridgeport, but I did recently rebuild a Spanish-made Exacto that had a "not going into gear"...
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    09-01-2017, 08:04 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    Innovation in the face of catastrophe: What do you do if you have three expensive sportscars and the waters are still rising? From Jalopnik....
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    09-01-2017, 05:07 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    -Actually, that was precisely my point with the first line of my first reply. Those who, to put it charitably, basically want the government...
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    09-01-2017, 03:03 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    -In many cases, you can't have both. -As long as people don't mind paying $750,000 for a $200,000 house. -It's not just this one...
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    09-01-2017, 12:00 AM
    Well, I recall somebody on this board (or PM) mentioning a fellow who had set his shaper up to crush cans at a state fair type display. :D Next...
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    08-31-2017, 11:23 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Texas storm in General
    -Nice conflating of two entirely unrelated subjects. -Damn those people for having to rebuild damaged refineries and pipelines! We should...
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    08-31-2017, 09:01 PM
    It depends on what got damaged, and how much time they were going to put into it. Keeping in mind their repair shop rate might easily be in the $100+...
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    08-30-2017, 11:19 PM
    An oversized and incredibly slow EDM. That's one idea I sure didn't think of. :D Doc.
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    08-30-2017, 08:57 PM
    -Hardly. A few years back there were a couple of new laws passed that tightened up restrictions on "check cashing" and "instant loan" places, as well...
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    08-30-2017, 07:51 PM
    I was reading the latest HSM magazine, and came to the end of the article about making Aloris-style dovetail tool blocks. The author suggested that,...
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    08-30-2017, 05:50 PM
    As another anecdote, I bought an import 5" clone from ENCO back in 2003. It was branded "Elephant" and actually had a serial or part number stamped...
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