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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:11 pm

so they are the same huh. I thought the micro mark look a bit better made but i could be wrong there is about a 100 dollar difference between them.

What do you mean by true imperical scale?
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Postby expfcwintergreen » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:16 pm

emspaul wrote:Are you sure it was a she?
Kevin,
Graig`s list is like any thing else .
There are a lot of good people on there .
I have only delt with one really weird guy.
And I got a better deal because I delt with him.
I hate when you e-mail people and they don`t e-mail back.
Remember you can always get one of those china made hobby lathes for around 500.00 and buy the milling attachment for another 400.00 or so.
Since you are heading up this way there is a place in Stoughton Ma. that sells them.
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Paul,
Where is that place? I actually grew up in that town...
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Postby expfcwintergreen » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:21 pm

Nuke Power wrote: What do you mean by true imperical scale?


Imperial scale; inches, feet, non-metric. The way God intended us to measure things....
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:45 pm

While I cannot say with certainty, I *think* the Micromark units have to pass a higher level of quality control.

The only reason I bought the HB mill was that I got it during their Xmas sale and it eliminated the shipping charges from MM.....made a large difference in $$.

The lathe I picked up myself while in the north NJ area, so there wasn't any shipping charge.

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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:47 pm

:) I prefer metric cause i hate fractions.
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:00 pm

What fractions? The vernier dials are not marked in fractions. (e.g. 1/2 or 3/4) The dials for either measurement system are marked in tenths and hundredths. Either way you are just moving a decimal point around. :)
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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:11 pm

Yeah my complaint is really with sockets
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:56 pm

Nuke Power wrote:Yeah my complaint is really with sockets


I'm with you on that one!
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Postby petn7 » Thu Sep 18, 2008 6:58 pm

Each system is good for different applications...in my opinion at least.
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Postby JWLaRue » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:15 pm

I agree and use both pretty much interchangeably. Whichever works best for a given application gets used.....

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Postby emspaul » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:34 pm

Hi Chris ,
The tool warehouse is on rt 138 just south of Town Spa pizza (the best pizza around love the garlic and linguica) right past the old Ashmont hardware.
I am heading down there Saturday morning to get some boring bits (Eric and myself are working on a surprize North Carolina)
Chris are you guys running this weekend?
Hi Kevin,
As far as learning how to use your new Lathe ,there are a couple of thing to do,read the manual !
Then save it for ordering parts.
I am self taught ,I watched a couple of vid on you tube and went from there.
I purchased some scrap brass stock from http://www.admiralmetals.com/AdmiralWeb/index.jsp and started from there.
It took me the better part of a day to figure out how to line up everything .Now I think I do a pretty good job.
The only thing I am having a hard time with is rounding over the ends of the struts that we use on our targets.
As far as the funkie little dials go the only one that I use is for depth of the cut ,I do everything else with a caliper.
If and when I figure out how to post pictures I will put some up.
If you want ,send me an e-mail at pphinney@eascare.com and I send you a couple of picks of some of the stuff I have made so far.
Please remember a few things.
1 always count your fingers before and after .
2 wear eye protection
3 this is a personal habit, I always unplug the machine when changing the stock in the chuck.
4 keep the speeds down low and play with it.

Paul
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Postby expfcwintergreen » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:43 pm

Got it, I used to live a couple of miles from there.
Spa pizza is good, but it was better when they were over by the train station (the move was a big point of contention with the locals...). Was always partial to to the pepper, onion and linguica myself...

Ever go to the Alumni on Hancock Street?


Wow... talk about a thread hijack... Sorry Kevin...
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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:50 pm

Im good on the lathe. Weve had to make parts for the boat underway before and I used to make rings for people out of boat parts on it.

A mil on the other hand is new to me. Gottag go get a book.
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Postby emspaul » Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:15 pm

Had that for dinner tonight.
Bacon ,garlic and pineapple well done.
Sounds grose ,but taste pretty good.
Kevin ,
The mill can be a little scary.
That one I will have my wifes cousin show me how to use.
He`s one of those smart guys that shoot things in to space.
Can`t wait for the holidays to shang hi him for a couple of hours .
Good luck and post some picks
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Postby Sub culture » Fri Sep 19, 2008 3:40 pm

The main difference between the two

1. With a lathe you move the tool and rotate the work

2. With a mill you move the work and rotate the cutter.

Many milling operations, in fact most can be carried out in a lathe, a lot of model engineers make superb models without one.

That said, they're handy for certain things.

Things to budget for with your mill-

A good collet holder for your cutters. The reason I recommend this is that a normal chuck tends to result in the cutter working it's way down the chuck. It's the vibration from the cutting action that does this.

A decent vice, clamps to clamp things to the mill bed.

The accessories can easily double the cost of your cheap mill.
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