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  • Bented
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post



    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You think it's funny, tomorrow morning I have to operate a manual lathe for 3 or more hours. this is extremely TEDIOUS, crank handle in, engage feed, disengage feed, crank handle out, engage rapid traverse to beginning of cut (this lathe has a rapid traverse motor in the apron, this is excellent as the cross slide and carriage weigh well over 500 Lb's) repeat as needed.
    A CNC lathe will not cut the parts for you but will remove the constant manual handle cranking, this is a good thing.

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by Bented View Post

    I have a close friend that makes model engines, when he runs into problems he will often call and say, "can you come over and show me how to do this".
    I will say NO, give me the drawing and I will make the part for you in minutes, I will not go to your garage and operate your 1947 Southbend lathe, you may have noticed that this is the year 2020 (-:
    Originally posted by Bented View Post

    ........ thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 754
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    Ha ha ha at the last one...

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  • Bented
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    Originally posted by JRouche View Post

    Yeah, buddy had a single person Job shop for at least that long. Never got to retire. Died instead. Hated talking about or doing anything machining related. And he was a pissy dude. Loved him all the same. JR
    I have a close friend that makes model engines, when he runs into problems he will often call and say, "can you come over and show me how to do this".
    I will say NO, give me the drawing and I will make the part for you in minutes, I will not go to your garage and operate your 1947 Southbend lathe, you may have noticed that this is the year 2020 (-:

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  • chipmaker4130
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    I'm definitely not cut out for production work. I like the variety of operations I get, and a 'big' run of parts for me is 200. Most of it is one-off.

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  • redlee
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    I always enjoyed making things that were challenging, as soon as it becomes tedious or repetitive Im out.
    Bented summed it up well.

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  • JRouche
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    Originally posted by Bented View Post

    Tell that to a life long machinist.

    I have been watching metal bits spin 40 hours per week for the last 30 years, thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
    Yeah, buddy had a single person Job shop for at least that long. Never got to retire. Died instead. Hated talking about or doing anything machining related. And he was a pissy dude. Loved him all the same. JR

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  • Bented
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    Originally posted by 754 View Post
    It's a hobby for many of us here, enjoy it and keep it fun..
    don't let it turn into unhealthy obsession...... just a reminder..... ymmv...
    Tell that to a life long machinist. There seems to be three stages, Interest comes first, Learning (this is the period during which one buys a good deal of expensive tools), then Holy Shiat I have been watching metal bits spin 40 hours per week for the last 30 years, thus begins the Crotchety Old Machinist period of life, this is where I reside currently (-:
    Last edited by Bented; 09-22-2020, 09:39 PM.

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  • J Tiers
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    Hey, sometimes what you have to do to get what you want, is a real PITA. OK, so what? Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    Some folks really dig tedious detailed sequences of operations on a part. I do not, at least sometimes. Other times I am willing to do those just fine, I do not think at any time do I really enjoy them. I like getting the result... and it is fun to do, as long as I do not have to do it by some particular time, etc, etc.

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  • reggie_obe
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    Welding is fun. Burning steel is fun.

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  • Tungsten dipper
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    Are you trying to start a Machinist anonymous group?

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  • 754
    started a topic Machining should be fun..

    Machining should be fun..

    It's a hobby for many of us here, enjoy it and keep it fun..
    don't let it turn into unhealthy obsession...... just a reminder..... ymmv...
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