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by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Zoro Code
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Zoro Code

Zoro has a new code: UNITED.

From 10% to 20% off, depending on how much you spend. Valid through 6-27.
by SteveHGraham
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Just Getting Started
Replies: 6
Views: 171

Re: Just Getting Started

There is a guy who put out a series of DVD's called "Lathe Learnin'." You can probably find it on the web. I thought the set was great. He's not an expert machinist, although he makes his living machinist. He's just a guy who gets stuff done. He won't teach you to thread with the compound, however. ...
by SteveHGraham
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

It's interesting that the Dumore handles the load better. The bearings aren't particularly large compared to the Dremel's bearings, but the tool's case appears to be steel, whereas the Dremel seems to be fiberglass. I guess a heavy metal casing makes it more rigid. It's considerably bulkier than the...
by SteveHGraham
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

I now have a Dumore. It arrived today. I installed the same tool that made the Dremel lose its lunch, and the Dumore purred like a kitten. It runs a Chinese (probably) burnishing tool with no complaints at all. I'm sure the tool is unbalanced and crude, and I think the poor balance is what upset the...
by SteveHGraham
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

I may have been too hard on the new tool. Maybe it's not defective. Maybe it's just wimpy.
by SteveHGraham
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

You are placing a lateral load against a ball bearing that is turning at 30,000 rpm. You can't expect a $100 tool to stand up to that kind of force forever. The same is true of any other brand of tool. More money means better bearings. My 1995 Dremel tolerated lateral loads just fine. It still woul...
by SteveHGraham
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

I noticed that people who bought Proxxons complained about the electronics failing. I'm getting a Dumore. We'll see how it works. I don't know why they cost so much new. It's hard to believe what is essentially a commercial-grade Dremel is worth over $300. I checked their parts site. Some of the bea...
by SteveHGraham
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 529

Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

I am frickin' fed up with rotary tools. I had a Dremel for 25 years. The switch had problems eventually, but I kept it and got it working a year or two ago. It pooped out last week, so I started looking for something new. I figured I would end up with a Proxxon. I already have one, and it seems bett...
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Help With Milling Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 333

Re: Help With Milling Problem

Belt grinder.
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 31
Views: 1496

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

It's some kind of calcium-based rock. In South Florida, the underground structure is oolite, which is a light stone made of loosely compacted shells and corals. Up here, it's sort of similar, but there are no air holes in it, and it's heavy. It's pretty hard. Some of the rocks here chip like flint.
by SteveHGraham
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 31
Views: 1496

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

I had some fun yesterday. I was using a subsoiler to dislodge a stump, and I ran into a huge rock I didn't know was there. I had to use the tractor and a rope to lift it. Learned an interesting thing about lifting heavy things with ropes. You have to think about the possibility that they will swing ...
by SteveHGraham
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 65
Views: 1824

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

Most of what I do is aluminum, and I couldn't ask for better results than I get with carbide.

I have no doubt that HSS does some things better, but man, it's nice, just grabbing that same old carbide tool and getting it done.