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by RONALD
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts
Replies: 27
Views: 1482

Re: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts

I have purchased lotsa stuff from Harbor Frate, but I do believe their quality is marginal. The closest HF is about 7 miles west in a place called Crystal Lake, but on the way there is also a Menard's, so with my Menard's Card I go there first, they are just slightly better in tool quality. To my ea...
by RONALD
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts
Replies: 27
Views: 1482

Re: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts

Before buying that H.F. Lift, I would spend awhile looking at https://www.ebay.com/b/Hydraulic-Lift-Tables/bn_7024932961 You will get some idea about better quality and what used prices are. That's where I found those two Presto and one Econo Lift tables, of course, I did this over a span of about t...
by RONALD
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 19380

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

It's all about attracting the youth, and here is an AFS attempt. On this site, they have a magazine designed to show those looking for a career, how metal casting can be that one! Will it work, only time will tell: http://meltingpoint.squarespace.com/digitalmagazine Ye olde folks who have been comme...
by RONALD
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts
Replies: 27
Views: 1482

Re: Harbor Freight 6000-Pound Lift Thoughts

I have three Harbor Frate Lift tables, and they all have one problem, when you pump them up to a desired height, they slowly go back down. My brother, an expert in oil seals, believed it was the rubber compounds the Chinese used. I have two like the one shown below, and a smaller one used for vises,...
by RONALD
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Things to Look Out for When Buying Lift Table?
Replies: 9
Views: 1359

Re: Things to Look Out for When Buying Lift Table?

Here are three hydraulic tables we bought off of eBay, one is used for an assembly/welding table in my garage, the other two are used in conjunction with TT#1 and TT#2. In that third photo, I'm welding up the locomotive holder for the top of TT#2's lift table. The yellow Econo Lift was most expensiv...
by RONALD
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Consequences due to lack of penetration because of inexperience welders.
Replies: 32
Views: 6157

Re: Consequences due to lack of penetration because of inexperience welders.

Here is a case of poor civil engineering, it happened just a few months ago.

Probably cost several million to correct:

http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/vie ... 5&t=107870
by RONALD
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Casting Class
Replies: 0
Views: 1131

Casting Class

If you have the $$$ and time, this class may be of interest: https://www.afsinc.org/conferences/cast ... s-workshop
by RONALD
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: casting in the third world
Replies: 13
Views: 2592

Re: casting in the third world

Third World was our world in 1906!

Photo #1: Below is a 1906 Photo out of a book on crucibles, how many OSHA violations can you find.

( I had put this on before.)

Photo #2: Here are Ean and I dressed to make OSHA happy!
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by RONALD
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Northern Tool 20% Off
Replies: 1
Views: 1274

Re: Northern Tool 20% Off

Gotta keep and eye on their shipping costs, it can be rather high.
by RONALD
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 3138

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

Way back, I think Dremel had their factory in a suburb north of Chicago (North Chicago?), I remember their service was very prompt and correct. Today they are in Racine, I might think of driving that far, but I usually will buy a newer model, if it goes bad. Google: "dremel factory store" to read ab...
by RONALD
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 3138

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

Here is a company that has a large selection of rotary tools, but their prices are not the best.

I have bought from them many times, and they do have a printed catalog they mail out on an almost monthly basis.

https://www.micromark.com/mini-powertoo ... tary-tools
by RONALD
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Riding Scale Railroading
Topic: Patterened Sheet Metal
Replies: 0
Views: 1569

Patterened Sheet Metal

In an ad from Rio Grande, they had some patterned copper sheets that may be of interest:

https://www.riogrande.com/search?q=shee ... Sort=False

The gold sheets are too expensive.