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  1. Hi, I think the Chinese would be happy to sell...

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    I think the Chinese would be happy to sell you a new shaper also, well at least before the whole tariff thing anyway.

    I would run a planer when needed back into the late 2000's. Those are...
  2. Hi, The little ironworker looks decent. A...

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    The little ironworker looks decent. A little dry around the pins, but if the arms don't jump too much when you use it, it will run until they break, (always buy the greasy ironworker).

    We...
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    Hi, Yeah, that's pretty much AISI1055 plain...

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    Yeah, that's pretty much AISI1055 plain high carbon steel. It's tougher to machine than low carbon steels, but it ain't that bad. For HSS tools, a cutting speed of 60-80sfpm should do. Or...
  4. Hi, I worked for the man who invented that...

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    I worked for the man who invented that machine, the late Jim Dvorak for a number of years. He considered the design a failure and the sold it out to the current manufacturers. His improved...
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    Hi, A cheap Chromebook is about as heavy duty...

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    A cheap Chromebook is about as heavy duty as I need in the shop. And if I choose to use OnShape over Fusion 360, I can even easily run 3D CAD design software as I need it right on the...
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    Hi, I agree with the observation that your...

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    I agree with the observation that your hydraulics will bypass before you break the loader. And with a 600lbs lift limit, nearly any type of steel is "good enough".

    I would however, choose...
  7. Hi, First, go through and see if the inserts...

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    First, go through and see if the inserts are still being made and sold. This will make finding holders a bit easier. Often those "cheap" inserts are cheap because they are discontinued.

    If...
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    Hi, My first thought is the mister. With...

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    My first thought is the mister. With carbide endmills, flood or nothing. If you want better chip evacuation, straight air with no coolant will be best.
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    Hi, 5C collets have a larger grip range than...

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    5C collets have a larger grip range than +0/-002. Even raw stock varies more than that. On a commercial floor, parts are loaded into 5C collets that might be -.010" undersize and perfect...
  10. Thread: Two Questions

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    Hi, Yes I've seen them put the lead in side...

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    Yes I've seen them put the lead in side on the marked side. Ain't no standard to follow. And just because it was one way the last time you bought a die, doesn't mean it has to be the same...
  11. Hi, Yep, I have ruined countless pager...

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    Yep, I have ruined countless pager speakers over the years with little bits of metal swarf.
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    Hi, She's had enough time to meet and marry a...

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    She's had enough time to meet and marry a young man.:) He does maintenance engineering for a living.
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    Hi, Unless it involves lasers, electron...

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    Unless it involves lasers, electron microscopes and vacuum pumps, she's probably not too interested in machining. Making Quantum Dots and Nano Particles is a whole 'nother level of engineering...
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    Just got home from my seminar. The title of...

    Just got home from my seminar.

    The title of her defense is "Silicon Quantum Dot Luminescent Solar Concentrators". If you're like me, it basically translates into "Turning a clear glass window...
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    Hi, As of 11:30am today, it's a healthy...

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    As of 11:30am today, it's a healthy bouncing baby Doctor M.E.!
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    Adding to the crop of OT threads: Dad Brag!

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    After 7 long years, my 3rd Daughter is finally graduating from College. She is doing her defense for her PhD M.E. tomorrow afternoon. I will not be able to make it tomorrow because I have to...
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    Hi, I'm still using my trusty Gillette...

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    I'm still using my trusty Gillette Adjustable Slim I got 40 some years ago. I buy double edge blades by the 100 count for the cost of one Fusion razor. My old Slim is still a superior shave.
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    Hi, They do appear to be trying to improve...

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    They do appear to be trying to improve their quality to up their name brand. With the general slowly falling quality of the big name players over the years, I think HF is seeing an opening for...
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    Hi, No one ever tries to buy every 5C collet...

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    No one ever tries to buy every 5C collet size available. Buy a set of 1/16" steps and then maybe buy a few in between sizes as needed. Or even better buy a couple emergency collets and size...
  20. Hi, If the metal matrix is damaged, I'm not...

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    If the metal matrix is damaged, I'm not sure how good they will "fix". But I've cleaned clogged diamond flats with kerosine and wire brushes. YMMV
  21. Hi, For what it might be worth, I ordered a...

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    For what it might be worth, I ordered a set of 5 CCC carbide endmills, 2mm - 8mm. For the money, $5US delivered, they are pretty darned good. Not commercial shop needs good, but impressively...
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    Hi, It's nice that they work for you. There is...

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    It's nice that they work for you. There is something to be said for using them in your lathe to hold work and in a mill to hold a tool. Egg money is tight for the HSM, and dual purpose tooling...
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    Hi, The problem with ER collets is that they...

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    The problem with ER collets is that they only come in rounds. And like taps and dies, you do not need every size possible.

    What happens when you need to make some stuff out of hex or square...
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    Hi, I bought a cheap and cheerful Chinese 5C...

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    I bought a cheap and cheerful Chinese 5C off of eBay and mounted it to a back plate that I could "tap" in for runout and it works great for me. Once adjusted, I still get just a bit less than...
  25. Hi, Chinese tooling has gotten better over the...

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    Chinese tooling has gotten better over the years. I wouldn't spec Chinese carbide to tool up a commercial shop where time and money are kings. But I find the stuff I've bought over the last 2...
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