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  • macona's Avatar
    09-09-2018, 02:58 AM
    Yup, braking resistor. A lot of times a cheap braking resistor can be found in range top heating elements. You can also add extra capacitance to the...
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    08-27-2018, 04:43 AM
    This fan is to cool the reeves drive and not the motor. Usually these motors are TEFC on the imports. And yes you can run it off one pair of any...
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    08-24-2018, 08:23 PM
    Sounds like a good deal. I have had mine for about 6 months and its been a good box. If you know how to gas weld its about the same with better...
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    08-23-2018, 05:01 PM
    gaston replied to a thread LED Tubes.... in General
    Hey this aint rocket science. we tend to make things a lot harder than they really are. LED shop lights are an exanple of that. 1 buy non...
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    08-22-2018, 03:00 AM
    macona replied to a thread Help me pick a knee mill in General
    Supermax has a line of knee mills and they are very good and the parts and service are very reasonable. But pretty much a lot of them are the same....
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    08-18-2018, 11:31 AM
    gaston replied to a thread Shars vs CDCO? in General
    I consider anything I buy from CDCO as a "kit" and fix it
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    08-18-2018, 11:28 AM
    gaston replied to a thread Air Tool Oil in General
    when I started as helper in a body shop the old guy I worked with gave me a big can of marvel air tool oil..... that was around 1969 I retired as a...
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    08-15-2018, 11:40 PM
    macona replied to a thread OT: clearcoat on headlights in General
    I have tried coating them after and nothing really lasts. I just buy aftermarket replacements headlights and am done with it. Something like $50 for...
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    08-15-2018, 07:34 PM
    I would use a bunch of these heaters on the backside. Glue on a thermocoupleto the plate and connect to a PID temp controller. ...
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    08-13-2018, 03:07 AM
    No, the beads will absorb a considerable amount of moisture from open air to the point of being useless. They use these exact beads in the lasers we...
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  • macona's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 03:46 PM
    Bake the alumina beads out on a tray in an oven and they will be good as new. You can crank it up pretty high to burn off oils too. I have done this...
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    08-07-2018, 12:36 PM
    I looked up the specs of my XMT304 which currently sells for over $5k. On single phase 100% is around 175A, on three phase or 480v single its 225A.
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    08-06-2018, 12:28 PM
    Oh, I have seen them, I used to be a miller tech. But they were big, big machines. But for hand use you dont need a long sty cycle. Typically the...
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    08-06-2018, 01:58 AM
    Virtually all welders have a duty cycle. Very few machines have 100% at their rated current.
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    08-06-2018, 01:50 AM
    Like mentioned Daihen is japanese. They are or at least were the OEM manufacturer for the thermal arc line of inverter welders, good machines. They...
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    08-05-2018, 02:57 PM
    macona replied to a thread Drag knife experience? in General
    A laser "can" work, its just cutting vinyl creates a lot of chlorine gas which needs to be removed quickly and passed through a halogen filter to...
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    08-04-2018, 06:57 AM
    Like Jerry said, one of the digit drivers is dead. Figure out which pin on the led is for the dead segments and trace that back to the transistor or...
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    08-01-2018, 04:28 PM
    macona replied to a thread Form tool questions in General
    Just pick up a cheap router table. It will pay for itself.
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    07-27-2018, 06:42 PM
    I use keyless on my lathe and the problem with them is they self tighten, I have had to use strap wrenches to get the chucks loose. So keyless for...
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    07-27-2018, 04:10 PM
    macona replied to a thread 400 lbs of titanium in General
    I have machined titanium on the mill and the lathe. Not a big deal, no worse than stainless. Just keep moving and dont dwell or it is all over with....
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    07-27-2018, 02:55 PM
    macona started a thread Hendey at HGR in General
    Digging though their site and this popped up, pretty good price: https://hgrinc.com/productDetail/Machine-Tools/Used-Hendey-Lathe/06181230009/
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    07-19-2018, 05:55 PM
    Some ATI PCB drill spindles are driven by serpentine steel belts at 25k+ rpm.
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    07-15-2018, 05:06 AM
    macona replied to a thread Static phase converter in General
    Also I am pretty sure this model of VFD has an auto tune function that should be run to get the best performance. The motor kind of ran rough before...
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    07-09-2018, 07:18 PM
    We had the smaller version of one of these at one of the places I worked, made miters a lot quicker: ...
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    07-09-2018, 06:57 PM
    I have a whole bunch of these inserts and I think a vardex external holder and a valenite internal holder. Works great. I use them for quick chamfer...
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    07-05-2018, 08:08 PM
    macona replied to a thread DRO for BP Mill? in General
    http://www.yuriystoys.com/p/android-dro.html Used it and it works well. Grab an android tablet and pick whatever scales you want and go from...
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    07-05-2018, 05:06 PM
    macona replied to a thread New member with a question in General
    I have the NSK ones as well and they are fine, i also have some mitutoyos as well and they are good too.
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    07-05-2018, 04:48 PM
    Another option is Yuriy's Toys TouchDRO, I used one of his boards at the last place I worked and it worked well. ...
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  • macona's Avatar
    07-05-2018, 04:45 PM
    Bad caps, they may test ok with an ohm meter but under HV, not a chance. These things have a limited life and are not cheap either. Used to be a...
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    07-03-2018, 06:46 PM
    Ooo, a stakpak. I have one. They had the nickname Smoke-stakpak because they had issues and smoked a lot of transistors. Sales guys at the trade...
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