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    I'm interested but can you post the dimension...

    I'm interested but can you post the dimension between the root of the Vee's? Or any other dims like length, height, tool shank opening size etc. Hard to tell from a picture just what size it is. The...
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    Ha ha I have a full set that look just like that...

    Ha ha I have a full set that look just like that except they have a bog standard M10 internal thread.

    Fortunately I got a full set in 0.5mm rises with the high speed milling head. Because I don't...
  3. Marine guy here. I agree that corrosion...

    Marine guy here.

    I agree that corrosion between stainless and aluminium in a non-marine environment is low risk.

    I also agree that fretting in the wind is a significant factor.

    Were it me...
  4. I'll take it. Sending a PM now... PDW

    I'll take it. Sending a PM now...

    PDW
  5. Thread: Oxy-LPG cutting

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    Yep - I bought a Chinese 120A plasma cutter, that...

    Yep - I bought a Chinese 120A plasma cutter, that solved cutting plate 25mm and thinner. Supposed to do up to 35mm, haven't tried it on thicker than 25mm yet.

    Not in the same league for quality...
  6. Thread: R u ok?

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    Bugger being tolerant of people, that's why I no...

    Bugger being tolerant of people, that's why I no longer accept new clients and don't do much consulting either. Down to a handful of really smart people I work with.

    Plus sailboat owners but...
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    Sorry, is that distorted part factory original? ...

    Sorry, is that distorted part factory original?

    Reason I ask is, I own a Kearns S type HBM and it's immaculate. Wonderfully built machine. Ditto a friend of mine's machine, bit newer than mine,...
  8. Thread: WTB-Metal Planer

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    I'm not in any rush. There's a man local to me...

    I'm not in any rush. There's a man local to me that wants it but I know he'll never restore it so I won't sell it to him. Another one in the UK which is where the machine came from but he's dreaming,...
  9. Thread: WTB-Metal Planer

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    I have a spare one but it needs some work which...

    I have a spare one but it needs some work which I'll never get around to seeing as I have one in full working order.

    But it's in southern Tasmania and I'm far too busy to do anything like...
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    Not real familiar with that model - doesn't it...

    Not real familiar with that model - doesn't it have the joystick for X & Z movements under power? Mine does - no power feed on Y but the other axes are fine.

    Ah - I now recall you writing...
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    I know how I'd do it - stick it in V blocks on...

    I know how I'd do it - stick it in V blocks on the horizontal boring mill & set it in gear. That's pretty much what a HBM is designed for.

    But that doesn't help you.

    I'd go for a 4" diameter or...
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    If possible I'd add a separate motor for the...

    If possible I'd add a separate motor for the feeds.

    Mine has one motor doing both. The previous owner swapped a perfectly good 2 speed 3 phase motor out *AND THREW IT AWAY*. He replaced it with a...
  13. Thread: Toolex lathe

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    Lot safer to thread away from the shoulder. ...

    Lot safer to thread away from the shoulder.

    The Monarch lathe has a single tooth dog clutch with disengaging stops to deal with this problem.

    PDW
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    Wise, very wise. The Asian imports at the bottom...

    Wise, very wise. The Asian imports at the bottom end of the market are crap, as seen many times. Sure you can improve them after buying a ton of metrology gear and learning to scrape etc, but it's...
  15. Thread: RongFu clone

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    I really doubt it belongs to the mill - that's a...

    I really doubt it belongs to the mill - that's a lathe face plate.

    You overlook the obvious explanation for the colour match - a previous owner did it, not the factory.

    I have made T slotted...
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    No but there's an absolute ton of code attached...

    No but there's an absolute ton of code attached to your first post. Not sure what's gone wrong, I can see IMG tags and stuff.

    If the machine is in good nick, personally I'd sell the Hercus but...
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    Yeah been there myself when I was a lot younger....

    Yeah been there myself when I was a lot younger. Those Deckel type mills are really handy, I have one myself (Romanian FUS22 probably closer to a baby Maho). That's how I know about the work...
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    It was definitely worth grabbing. They're nice...

    It was definitely worth grabbing. They're nice little machines, way above a Hercus in general utility.

    I see that you have the all angle table with it too. Not as rigid as the box table but useful...
  19. Yeah went through this 30+ years ago. It's...

    Yeah went through this 30+ years ago. It's oversize for a Hercus standard spindle nose, you just need to machine the backplate to suit. Not much of a job really, I made 3 back in the day out of cast...
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    Nice, but next time around see if you can find a...

    Nice, but next time around see if you can find a mill with a work envelope bigger than a child's shoe box.....

    PDW (who has an Emco FB2 amongst others, WRT small mills)
  21. If you could break up the machine & sell off the...

    If you could break up the machine & sell off the components to get $1500 or so - that asking price isn't too much.

    For example if that 4 jaw chuck you have is a Pratt Bernerd 6" or 8" light duty...
  22. Pretty sure 'make an offer' sales are banned on...

    Pretty sure 'make an offer' sales are banned on this forum - you might want to read the rules & check if I'm right.

    No interest myself regardless.

    PDW
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    Not familiar with that exact model (I have a...

    Not familiar with that exact model (I have a Maximat 11) but *IF* it's a genuine Austrian manufacture not a rebadged machine from China or somewhere, and it has all the accessories, minimum of $3K up...
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    https://www.freecadweb.org/ Has some issues...

    https://www.freecadweb.org/

    Has some issues but it's worth more than you're going to be paying for it.
  25. Thread: Straight Edge.

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    I've got a couple of 375mm ones machined but not...

    I've got a couple of 375mm ones machined but not scraped. However there's no way I'll sell one for that money.

    Good-cheap-fast. You get to pick 2. China or India are your choices.

    PDW
  26. If you do make it down here you're welcome to...

    If you do make it down here you're welcome to come & visit, I'm south of Hobart. I'm not interested in a course and have all my own gear including a Biax and 1200 x 900 plate but it's always good to...
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    [QUOTE=racingtadpole;1973724]$2200 is reasonable....

    [QUOTE=racingtadpole;1973724]$2200 is reasonable. 3200kg is a big lift for mobile equipment./QUOTE]

    It cost me less than that to get an 8 tonne 12m long steel sailboat moved from shed to marina!...
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    Software upgrades, yeah. Getting close to...

    Software upgrades, yeah. Getting close to finished. I drove up just before the situation in Victoria went to shyte.

    Current rules say I can self-isolate on return which isn't a hardship for me -...
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    I've still got your straight edge for you to...

    I've still got your straight edge for you to practice on.

    If I ever get back across Bass Strait that is....

    PDW
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    This book has everything you ever wanted to know...

    This book has everything you ever wanted to know & more on the 1903 Springfield bolt action rifle.
    ...
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    $350 to $400 depending. PDW

    $350 to $400 depending.

    PDW
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    Not me, Joe Hovel. It all went pear-shaped....

    Not me, Joe Hovel. It all went pear-shaped. Wonder if Richard's charges have moderated these days. Doubt it.

    I have a lot of respect for Rich King's skills and none at all for him as a person. His...
  33. Send me an email or PM with email address. It's a...

    Send me an email or PM with email address. It's a 13.2Mb file.

    PDW
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    FWIW I use a 4" and 6" vise a lot more than an 8"...

    FWIW I use a 4" and 6" vise a lot more than an 8" purely due to weight and space it takes up.

    Like you I've a shaper vise (or 2) if I need one with a bigger jaw opening. That's a 250 x 250 x 25...
  35. I have a PDF for a Cincy No 2 - wouldn't mind...

    I have a PDF for a Cincy No 2 - wouldn't mind having a scanned copy of the Tos manual as that's what I actually have.

    It hasn't got much use so far because I had such a large pile of sharp cutters...
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    Until you need one - I 'need' one that's 200 x...

    Until you need one - I 'need' one that's 200 x 400 x 600 long, preferably at least 20mm thick and 25mm would be better.

    I expect I'll have to make it myself as usual.

    PDW
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    Sticky: Agree. Got to be well over 25mm thick before the...

    Agree. Got to be well over 25mm thick before the plasma cutter has problems.

    And now we can actually get oxy & acetylene from Bunnings without having to part with a kidney to the big gas suppliers...
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    I'd agree with that. I ordered a M10 clamp kit,...

    I'd agree with that. I ordered a M10 clamp kit, shown as in stock. Got an email saying no stock, would M12 do. Well not actually what I wanted but I could use another one as I'm always running out of...
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    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Precision-5C-Collet-Ch...

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Precision-5C-Collet-Chuck-5-Plain-back/153440943907?hash=item23b9caff23:g:qFkAAOSw76heXbB~

    The Hercus collets are definitely not 5C if they're the ones I recall. Maybe...
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    Get an ER40 spindle nose collet chuck instead. I...

    Get an ER40 spindle nose collet chuck instead. I just finished mounting one on my Maximat 11, it wasn't a difficult job. The chuck came from eBay. This way you have the full capacity of the spindle...
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    Agree about the postage costs. I wanted a couple...

    Agree about the postage costs. I wanted a couple D1-3 backplates, postage doubled over the cost for one. As I have stuff lying about, I checked the weight & cost with my local post mistress. His...
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    IMO, you did. I'd have taken that vice for a max...

    IMO, you did. I'd have taken that vice for a max of $100 to use as a (very) rough work vice. As a piece of precision machinery suitable for a milling machine, no way.

    And that knowing what a tool...
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    Maybe but his finish is shyte. Take a look at the...

    Maybe but his finish is shyte. Take a look at the 38:41 mark and look at those teeth flanks.

    I saw this vid last year and thought the same thing then. Neat idea but that finish isn't acceptable...
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    True. But he's still correct - if you can afford...

    True. But he's still correct - if you can afford it and can get it, genuine 3 phase 415V power beats the hell out of relying on VFD's to do it any day of the week.

    You can still run them on 415V...
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    Not necessarily. I insulated my boat with 30mm...

    Not necessarily. I insulated my boat with 30mm polystyrene and it's both fire resistant and doesn't give off poisonous fumes.

    And yes I did test samples to ensure I got what I paid for.

    PDW
  46. Thread: Surface plate

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    There's a few of us in/near Hobart. I don't...

    There's a few of us in/near Hobart.

    I don't have anything for sale ATM but you're welcome to drop by and visit, talk machinery etc. I've a pretty comprehensive workshop including a surface plate....
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    You'll do a lot better asking on Practical...

    You'll do a lot better asking on Practical Machinist in the USA.

    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/

    PLEASE read and follow the notes in the 'stickies' at the top of the General sub-forum...
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    Phil got a lifetime ban for having the effrontery...

    Phil got a lifetime ban for having the effrontery to disagree with the moderator. Result, we no longer have the most accessibly knowledgeable person in Australia available to help out. Way to go.
    ...
  49. They're cheap enough if you buy the disposable...

    They're cheap enough if you buy the disposable ones from Bunnings. Seems they don't like a steady diet of metal dust. Now I'm not doing anywhere as much welding & grinding their longevity might...
  50. Actually it wouldn't and I have a 120 cfm...

    Actually it wouldn't and I have a 120 cfm Hydrovane air compressor.

    You really need at least 200 cfm and preferably double that for serious sand/grit blasting. In the end I sent mine out to get it...
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