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by Mr Ron
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying drill bits
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Buying drill bits

The thing that worries me the most is if I bite the bullet and spend say $30 for a single drill bit, what if I damage it; chip and edge for example, I'm out $30. Is a high end drill bit less susceptible to damage over a garden variety HSS bit? OBTW, has anyone tried those single flute bits from Japa...
by Mr Ron
Mon Dec 11, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Inexpensive DRO
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Inexpensive DRO

Thanks for your input. I wish my shop was so clean.
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Learned something about drilling today
Replies: 26
Views: 839

Re: Learned something about drilling today

If I use a 135° split point drill, will it accurately stay on position without a punch mark; assuming aluminum or other soft metal?
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying drill bits
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: Buying drill bits

The only drill bits I use on a regular basis are tap drills and clearance drills for the machine screw sizes, usually 2-56 to 10-32 and 1/4-20 and 3/8-16. These sizes would cover about 95% of my needs. I have bits from 20 years ago that are still brand new, never used.
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buying drill bits
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Buying drill bits

After looking at catalogs of shop supplies (MSC), I am overwhelmed by the different types and materials of drill bits available. On top of that, there are many different manufacturers supplying the same basic item. I am looking for the best drill bit for aluminum, specifically wrought alloys (6061,2...
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Learned something about drilling today
Replies: 26
Views: 839

Re: Learned something about drilling today

This brings up a related thought. When center punching prior to center drilling, do you use a prick punch alone or follow up with a center punch?
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Inexpensive DRO
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Re: Inexpensive DRO

I purchased a DRO Pros 4-axis mill set with the EL700 Color LCD Display. It installed easily on my mill, and works without lag or problem. It totally meets my needs and the Display has more calculation capabilities than I am likely to use. The 4-axis setup provides readings on both the Quill and th...
by Mr Ron
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Inexpensive DRO
Replies: 12
Views: 406

Inexpensive DRO

Does anyone have an opinion about this DRO kit? The company is veteran owned and operated and claims to have assembled the best components from all around the globe in their kits. They are a lot cheaper than Newall, Fagor or Acurite. I am interested in the EL400 kit for $780. http://www.dropros.com/...
by Mr Ron
Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Learned something about drilling today
Replies: 26
Views: 839

Re: Learned something about drilling today

You made my day. It's a good day when I can learn something new. Thanks
by Mr Ron
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Bender for Arch Bars
Replies: 43
Views: 1924

Re: A Bender for Arch Bars

Charlie, It would appear to me that the bar you wish to bend would have to be tightly clamped between the back block and the die block to keep the bar from "creeping" as bending progresses. Is this a problem?
by Mr Ron
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 5C Collet Chuck
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: 5C Collet Chuck

hi-tech made by Chaitanya Machine tools in Rajkot, which is in the Punjab, in the west north of Mumbai. 15 years ago I bought a 16x48 lathe, with the 2 chucks mentioned above and a cooling system and a taper attachment for $2900 US. Shipping to Canada was another $350 It is very much like the lathe...
by Mr Ron
Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 5C Collet Chuck
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: 5C Collet Chuck

Is the lathe made in India, or comes from China? I haven't heard of any India made machine tools. The only thing I know about India is; they are the worlds largest manufacturer of farm tractors; (Mahindra).

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