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    You'll need to be mindful of what you run in the...

    You'll need to be mindful of what you run in the house if you plan on utilising the full 10Hp potential. Air conditioning/heating and electric cookware will soon eat into the 30 odd Amps left after...
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    Modern 2 pack is a lot lower in isocyanates than...

    Modern 2 pack is a lot lower in isocyanates than the original stuff. Still wear your PPE though.
    I use 2 pack in preference to any other paint system these days.
    Ideally you would etch prime any...
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    While you are totally correct regarding the...

    While you are totally correct regarding the Australian Standards etc, you may be surprised at how well a properly sized and fitted respirator will seal with a full beard. I can achieve a seal...
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    Another vote for the magnetic pick up from me. I...

    Another vote for the magnetic pick up from me. I love my swarf wand and it has been the best investment I have made for machine cleaning. I use the wand as a primary tool and then finish with a...
  5. Glad you went pneumatic. I have both electric...

    Glad you went pneumatic. I have both electric and pneumatic sanders and I pick the air tools hands down.
    On the subject of wet sanding, I would suggest that you research your options as many...
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    I am far from the most knowledgeable mill...

    I am far from the most knowledgeable mill operator, but my take is that single point HSS tooling is at it's best for one off, specialised jobs. For example, take a fly cutter of 80mm diameter with a...
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    The best advice that I could give you regarding...

    The best advice that I could give you regarding regulators/flow meters is don't drop them, check for leaks when you swap cylinders, replace O rings on fittings as required and disregard the...
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    Cheap MIG welders are definitely a compromise and...

    Cheap MIG welders are definitely a compromise and probably best avoided in the main, although you do get the occasional brand/model that offers performance way above it's price point.
    You definitely...
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    There definitely are supply issues with steel,...

    There definitely are supply issues with steel, both Australian made and imported. One example that comes to mind is 75X10 flat bar - you cannot buy a decent quantity in the whole state of Tasmania...
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    As many have posted, brake calipers with...

    As many have posted, brake calipers with integrated park brakes are not uncommon and many cars have utilised them, albeit with varying degrees of success. One nasty habit that they do have is...
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    I generally tuck clearance lights away somewhere...

    I generally tuck clearance lights away somewhere protected like in between side coaming rail and the tie rail, because as you say, they do have a way of getting snotted while loading and unloading. ...
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    Brakes on both axles are dead easy to set up,...

    Brakes on both axles are dead easy to set up, just the slightly larger master cylinder as you mentioned.
    On the subject of brakes, unless towing the trailer with multiple vehicles or loaning it to...
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    That's the price that I pay for my personal gas...

    That's the price that I pay for my personal gas at home, which consists of one G size Oxygen and one 31Kg CO2. I have dealt with Supagas for some time, both through work, where I was responsible for...
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    What you save in rental with that Bunnings deal...

    What you save in rental with that Bunnings deal is eaten up by their extortionate gas pricing. They are charging $129 for a 4.9M3 E size oxygen fill/swap. I currently pay $40 for a 10.3M3 G size...
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    If you plan on oxy LPG, then forget "d" size...

    If you plan on oxy LPG, then forget "d" size anything and look at "e's" as a minimum.
    BOC plans appear attractive, but if you use more than your 1 cylinder a year, they rapidly lose their shine.
    I...
  16. As others have posted oxy lpg or oxy acetylene is...

    As others have posted oxy lpg or oxy acetylene is the go. Be careful of BOC's "sweetheart" deals - the rental plus one fill deals. They are acceptable if you do only use one cylinder a year, but...
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    You are bang on there. While it is technically...

    You are bang on there. While it is technically true that LPG requires roughly 4X the oxygen that Acetylene does to maximise combustion, the usage of Oxygen by the cutting jet uses far more than the...
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    There may be something in the 2013 Tasmanian...

    There may be something in the 2013 Tasmanian Bushfires Inquiry http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/208131/1.Tasmanian_Bushfires_Inquiry_Report.pdf I only had a quick look.
    I can...
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    The retainers may not be under much stress, but...

    The retainers may not be under much stress, but they will be subject to metal on metal wear (albeit with some oil lubrication), so you will need to choose materials wisely lest the roller bore it's...
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    I possibly did not explain that point clearly...

    I possibly did not explain that point clearly enough. Since the Dunalley bushfires in 2013, the requirements for the already mandated dedicated firefighting water supply, (typically 10,000L with...
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    The document that Jack620 linked to dates back...

    The document that Jack620 linked to dates back quite a long way. Current thinking (in my state at least) seems to be a little less enthusiastic about sprinkler systems for bushfire protection. ...
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    I've been a Boilermaker for 28 odd years and the...

    I've been a Boilermaker for 28 odd years and the best thing I ever did was choose Offhand Grinding as one of my optional modules during my apprenticeship. So few Boilermakers, (at least among the...
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    I have something of an update. Following a more...

    I have something of an update. Following a more detailed investigation it was determined that the fire was not caused by an electrical malfunction. It appears that a petrol powered air compressor...
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    Dependent on what condition the friction linings,...

    Dependent on what condition the friction linings, plates and springs are in, it may be a better and cheaper option to just put a new safety clutch on. Last time I played with such things, I found...
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    Boyar's website is rubbish for sure and I...

    Boyar's website is rubbish for sure and I honestly think it does him more harm than good. I am guessing that for a one man operation, it is probably not easy to run a business and keep a website...
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    A parcel arrived today containing the parting off...

    A parcel arrived today containing the parting off and threading tooling.
    Upon opening the three layers of bubble wrap, I found two well finished tools, two packs of shiny new inserts and a parting...
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    Excellent idea that would be an absolute game...

    Excellent idea that would be an absolute game changer where thin shafts and/or smaller lathes were concerned.
    Simple and effective.
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    Back in the era when metal shapers were common, a...

    Back in the era when metal shapers were common, a variation of that spring holder was often used in them with good results from what I've read.
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    I reckon Barron and Pippin take the prize on this...

    I reckon Barron and Pippin take the prize on this one. Flexing would be the most logical reason to specify an above center setup.
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    I agree. As per usual, I'm trying to find the...

    I agree.
    As per usual, I'm trying to find the link/page that told me that, but of course I can't find it now. I would have thought that aiming for center would be a good rule of thumb in all...
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    Remote Solar Panel Systems

    I had an experience today that is quite frankly bugging me.
    As some of you may know, I am a Volunteer Firefighter. Today My Brigade and I responded to a Structure Fire, which in itself is not an...
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    On the subject of parting off tool height, I...

    On the subject of parting off tool height, I noted during my research that at least one of the insert and tool manufacturers specifies the ideal height as 0.1mm above center. I may well be wrong,...
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    I did consider making my own parting off block,...

    I did consider making my own parting off block, but I chickened out. I have gifted my Son my old lathe, so I might make a parting off block to go with his lathe as I have no carbide tooling to speak...
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    While I do occasionally play with Stainless, it...

    While I do occasionally play with Stainless, it is rare and there usually isn't much of it when I do. Having drilled my fair share of Stainless by hand, I certainly know what you mean though.
    It...
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    Part of the reason for my decision, right or...

    Part of the reason for my decision, right or wrong, was my gut feeling. As it stands, the price has come down to a hair under $700, but what I'm confident that I will have is a system that will hold...
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    Well I had a very interesting and educational...

    Well I had a very interesting and educational talk with Robert from Boyar Tooling today and as a result I purchased the aforementioned tooling from him. He did sharpen his pencil a little, but the...
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    What issues have you had with the Chinese blades?...

    What issues have you had with the Chinese blades?
    According to H&F the 25mm parting off block and 32mm blade are Taiwanese sourced which is usually better but...
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    Ah yes the crapload, an ancient measurement...

    Ah yes the crapload, an ancient measurement defining the degree that a rep is prepared to smooch up to his client. I wish I could spend a crapload in order to get free stuff, but my crapload tree...
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    I checked out the link for that company. ...

    I checked out the link for that company. Interesting pricing structure as all parting blade holders are the same price no matter the size and are at the upper end of the prices I'd previously been...
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    That's what I figured too Baron. I will go back...

    That's what I figured too Baron. I will go back to Boyar and see if they can sharpen their pencil somewhat as they are a smaller concern and have treated me well in the past. Unless their is a...
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    Lathe tooling cost/quality

    I am about to purchase two additional tools complete with inserts to add to the arsenal for my new lathe, these being a 25mm external threading tool (16ER inserts) and a 25mm parting off kit (25mm...
  42. 3000X1500X3 is a standard sheet size for...

    3000X1500X3 is a standard sheet size for aluminium and I would grab it with PVC coating if possible so as to preserve the surface (no scratches) while you cut it. As far as cutting goes, either a...
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    I have the exact same lathe that you have bought...

    I have the exact same lathe that you have bought and based on my own experience I would definitely use ISO 32 in preference to ISO 68 in the headstock as I reckon you will find it reluctant to start...
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    I took the brake band to my local brake relining...

    I took the brake band to my local brake relining company today and they are of the opinion that it looks like a proper friction lining that has deteriorated after being exposed to oil and then...
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    Brake band for lathe

    The time has come to replace the brake band on my lathe and I am a little surprised by what I've found when I removed the brake band. I expected to find a metal band with a traditional riveted...
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    You've identified your problem right there. BOC...

    You've identified your problem right there. BOC Smootharc. I am yet to see a decent BOC Smootharc of any description and their build quality is absolute rubbish. Cheap Inverters often struggle...
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    The events of this year will certainly be...

    The events of this year will certainly be remembered for some time and their effects felt for many a year to come.
    Personally, other than taking a week of stored RDO's (which ultimately turned out...
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    If I am understanding your plans for your welding...

    If I am understanding your plans for your welding table correctly, I.E. a series of slats 130 wide by 6mm thick making up your table surface, then I don't know how successful it will be. It doesn't...
  49. I would think twice before using that method. It...

    I would think twice before using that method. It will work if and I do stress IF you are very confident that you can pull the pulley off before the weld cools and contracts. If you cannot achieve...
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    Fitted to a lot of old tractor front end loaders.

    Fitted to a lot of old tractor front end loaders.
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