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Thread: Couldn't Help Myself: Ordered Mill, Pedestal Grinder and Surface Grinder

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    Default Couldn't Help Myself: Ordered Mill, Pedestal Grinder and Surface Grinder

    Yeah, you guys are really not helpful to my bank account.

    Gotta have a grinder for making the proper toolbits right? 12" Standard Electric, 3 H.P. 3-phase pedestal grinder from Van Buren Arkansas.

    Brown & Sharp No. 2 surface grinder for making those small parts really flat from Redfield Michigan.

    Precision Matthews TM 10-54 mill.

    This thing is like a snowball rolling downhill.

    I am stopping for now. I really better build something with these machines or The Boss will be highly displeased...we do not want that...at all.
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    Congrats! You don't half step even a little bit! Lol!! I tried sending you a PM but your box is full.

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    This is something I have been dreaming and planning for for 25 years or so. I am making it happen now.
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    Yeah, a mill is on my list. Probably be a year or two before that happens though. Still have to assemble my 40x60 metal shop so I have somewhere to put some machines.

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    Just keep working towards it, it will happen. I ordered a .375 barrel from Brux too! This will be my first rebarrel job; a .378 Weatherby for myself . Now will be tool buying time.
    Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

    Better living through chemistry (I'm a chemist)

    You can piddle with the puppies, or run with the wolves...

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    Yeah, there is never an end to the tooling for a lathe or mill. You can end up spending more on tooling than the original machine. Do you have three phase where you are?

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    Yes sir we do. And it is VERY expensive. I would have to buy the transformers to get it in, for a cool $9k, then I would be charged a premium even if I didn't use any electricity. So I bought a 10hp rotary phase convertor. Should handle the 3hp lathe.
    Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

    Better living through chemistry (I'm a chemist)

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    I'm happy for you Nitroman. I never figured you or rbuck351 for the kind to sit around much. My buddy Ray is almost 70 and he spends more time in his tool shop than anywhere. I can remember when he first got his mill and lathe and the learning curve that he endured to get to where he can do anything on those machines. Ray owns a soy mill that delivers a half dozen semi loads of food grade soy flour all over the country daily. He fixes everything himself. last week he was cutting graduated threads on a steel shaft to drive a worm gear. The further the shaft advances onto the worm gear the tighter the threads and the faster the worm gear spins. It was for a feed auger on one of the blender set ups on his mill. I was both intrigued and amazed at what he was doing on his machinery. As Ray put it "Hey they want $900 bucks for that threaded shaft and I can make it in a couple of hours." I would say that his lathe and mill have paid for themselves over and over again. The formulas that go into setting up for making a part or tool are not for the fain of heart. From the many years of reading your post I can see you being right in your element creating stuff on that mill.

    Keep us posted on your projects!

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    Thank you sir for the kind words.
    Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

    Better living through chemistry (I'm a chemist)

    You can piddle with the puppies, or run with the wolves...

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