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M & m chipper

May 12, 2019, 11:31 pm

Just bought a m& m chipper everything works except for the blades possibly, trying to feed branches through the feed and it?s not taking them. Any suggestions? New blades possibly or might even be so... Read more »

For the Shop

May 6, 2019, 2:47 am

In case anyone else comes into your shop, these stickers can help make things fun. (Not OSHA compliant) Thank you, Ave. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/687412636/warning-stickers-mk-ii - It wil... Read more »

Are Metal Halide lamps dangerous?

May 3, 2019, 12:17 pm

I retrieved some nice 1kW High Bay lamps from Dump. I am going to retrofit them with LEDs for my shop. I am a little nervous about removing the meta l halide lamps. It seems the first one had b... Read more »

Springs in a Mold

May 1, 2019, 8:23 pm

Yesterday I had a customer request I add springs to a mold at the last minute. (Literally at the last minute I had just sent him a screen shot of the cut simulation and was getting ready to take... Read more »

WTB Parts for Logan 12" Powermatic lathe

May 1, 2019, 1:24 am

Hey guys, I picked up a decent Logan lathe last week. The PO had sold off major components intending to do a CNC conversion. I am wanting to put it back like it was. Quick Change gearbox Complete ... Read more »

Re: Joshua Rose, Modern Machine Shop Practice (1887)

April 29, 2019, 5:40 pm

Hello Dale, I must say I was please to see that you had scanned the first volume of Joshua's book. What a undertaking. I have both of these volumes, and the books are massive. I also have a few o... Read more »

Steel Soft Jaws

April 29, 2019, 1:02 am

I have a few pair of aluminum soft jaws left. Bought a bulk pack of them from Monster Jaws or somebody like that a number of years ago. Turns out they don't actually bolt up to any of my vises w... Read more »

Way Covers & Chip Removal

April 28, 2019, 9:23 pm

Way Covers & Chip Removal ????????????? Alrighty now. The old Blue Beast was brought back into operation yesterday. (My Hurco KMB1 retrofit) When I got it the machine had rubber way covers o... Read more »

Combination 4 Jaw Chuck

April 28, 2019, 4:25 pm

I I've never seen a chuck like this, but if I had one setting it up to go on my lathe would be really close to project number one. This is really cool. Union chuck shown starting at about 0:45 se... Read more »

My First Punch and Die - Makers & Builders

April 25, 2019, 3:24 pm

Back in the mid 90s atleast partly with help from this group I made my first punch and die. I needed to install some photo beams at a port of entry for a pedestrian counter. I designed the syst... Read more »

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Just brought one of these on ebay, and would like to buy a moving steady and a fixed steady, but I can't find any company selling these parts. Does anyone kow where I could order these parts, or if a... Read more »

Centec 2A machine table rack lever

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I have just got a Centec 2A horizontal milling machine and I noticed that the lever for racking the machine table is constantly engaged. I understood that when using the lead screw the racking lever... Read more »

Machining Alloy 260 Brass

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Hello group, I was wondering how easy Alloy 260 Brass is to machine? My project is to take a 7/8 OD (.745 ID x .065 wall) tubing and bore the walls to .018 wall. Would this be hard to do, and can I g... Read more »

lubricant for sanding aluminum

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I need to do some fairly extensive grinding of aluminum on belt sander. I will be using a fairly coarse belt and would like to avoid loading the belt with aluminum. I know there is a wax type lubri... Read more »

VFD/Potentiometer/Motor Questions

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I'm hooking up a VFD to my 1961 vintage 9 South Bend lathe (with .5 hp, 208 vac, 3 phase motor) and I have a few questions. I can hook up an external pot to control the speed of the lathe. The spe... Read more »

Hobart mega-arc 300

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Someone offers me a hobart mega-arc 300 with 200' of cable, tig torch, ground clamp etc. Supposedly can be used for tig welding. No HF starting. Question, is that a good deal at $500. It is a 3 phase... Read more »

Wilton Drill Press any good?

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Enco is selling a Wilton 15 Bench Drill Press for $500. Is this a good buy or is it overpriced? TIA Norm Read more »

Looking for Sargon Prospector 662 manual

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I went to Sargons page and found one for the 650 but not the 662. I need to know the operations part of it. If one of you would have a copy you could pdf and send me I would greatly appreciate it. Th... Read more »

TAIG Lathe vs Chineese Lathe

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Anyone have any opinions as to the quality of TAIG lathe vs the several made in China lathes? I'm one of those guys who prefers to buy American made stuff but I alos listen to reason. Robert Read more »

Granite countertop edges

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My granite counter top in the kitchen has about a 1/16 radius edge. Big mistake! now the edge has a number of little chips out of it. I wonder if there is a way to fix without removing it and ... Read more »

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