I just stopped by the shop of a guy who is retiring. Mills, lathes, surfac e grinder, all kinds of stuff. Its not salvage prices, but everything was under power. I seriously looked at a band saw he had. 18" throat. Its 3 phase though so I would have to rewire it and put an inverter on it.
I did buy three anglock vises for... eh-hem... $50 each, a nice 24x36 grani te surface plate with stand, and a 20 ton shop press so I can finally retir e my 12 ton instead of repairing it every time I overload it.
I am really looking forward to getting that surface plate in the shop. I'v e been meaning to buy one to help with some machine building I am doing, bu t I just kept putting it off.
I have three surface plates. The biggest is a 2' x 3' x 4" thick that I bought on sale. When I bought it I had just had bone grafting done on one wrist and asked the warehouse if they could keep it for me for a while. They said sure and then called me about a month later and said I needed to come get it. So I drove down and had it loaded. It lay in the bed of the truck, in the crate, for at least another month while I built a stand for it. Since it weighed about 400 lbs. I needed help moving it. I rigged up a primitive crane, removed the crate, and managed to get it out of the truck and onto the wheeled stand without mishap so I was pretty proud of myself, especially because by the time I finally got the stand built my other wrist had gone through the bone graft business and so I did the plate transfer basically only using one hand. I really like the big plate and wish I had a 4' x 5'. Eric
Bob La Londe fired this volley in news: email@example.com:
You won't regret that last purchase, Bob. Just don't turn it into a "table" like so many other folks do. I go into shops all the time where the surface plate (with OR without a cover on it) is covered with "other stuff" not-at-all related to the use of a surface plate! (Oh! We clear it off, if we need it..." "Well, how do you clean it?" "Clean it? With a bench brush!")
I'm sure you wouldn't do that, but you'd be amazed at how often I see it!
But, then, I spent some time in a "multi-million $$ corporate maintenance shop" this week that didn't own a bandsaw or a metal brake, even though they do cutoff work daily (by hand) and do ductwork revisions about three times a month. They had not ONE 118-bit drill set in the place -- just little plastic consumer drill 'kits' with a few drills missing. (Oh, it broke!)
Oh... but they do have a brand-new Enco mill-drill-lathe combo -- the pride and joy of their whole shop!
The longitudinal feed is so sticky they cannot hand-advance it properly for turning, the cross-slide is so loose they cannot prevent it from hogging-in, they have no tailstock drill chuck, and presently only use the thing as a miniature drill press! Oh... and it's a friggin' change- gear machine! (To be sure, I offered no suggestions...)
So, you're in MUCH better shape, even though you don't work for a company billing over $30 million per year from that one facility!
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First time I went to use one, the guy showing me how said "Go get a cup of coffee." Which he then poured on the block in order to dissolve the kruft from the cutting fluid "spray". Night shift coffee, not meant for consumption by ordinary mortals.
-- pyotr filipivich "With Age comes Wisdom. Although more often, Age travels alone."
Now, I know you'll say that you're actually smart, and it's everybody else that's stupid. There's just one small problem with your opinion:
So you spent a good part of your life imagining that having your brain cells play bumper cars with each other while laughing at juvenile Hillary jokes proved your intelligence. It all made perfect sense to you, and it STILL does! Congratulations, you're now living your reward.
BTW, next time you're staring into your bowl of store-brand corn flakes, remember... Benghazi!
Let's see you produce an example of my "stupidly." You won't. All you'll do is make more declarations, the same as you declared you had a "ranch" which turned out to be an well-encumbered mobile home on a tiny rented lot. Pretty much the polar opposite of an owned ranch. So your declarations are proven absolutely worthless. In fact, unless and until you apologize for the past lying, promise to stop lying and mean it, anything you say should be considered bullshit until verified with evidence. You might look up the definition of evidence. Here's an example of what it looks like.
Not coincidentally, it also happens to proves what an incompetent bullshit artist you are.