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by thunderskunk
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: linkage pin material
Replies: 5
Views: 951

linkage pin material

Hey folks, What material do you use for the pins connecting linkages, rods, and such? I was thinking of cheating and buying some gage pins since they're already hardened. They're tough to work with, but not impossible. Grind off the ends, drill and tap through, then loctite some castle-nut looking b...
by thunderskunk
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Wallis and Steevens Road Roller Castings ****SOLD****
Replies: 7
Views: 1007

Re: Wallis and Steevens Road Roller Castings

That thing looks awesome! I’ve got enough projects to stay busy myself, but the prototype looks like a industrial era rat rod
by thunderskunk
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 6033

Little engines 1" line of engines

I don’t disagree; Honesty is a better all around policy over unfounded promises and a lack of proper updates. I read the other thread too, and it seems like this is a different subject entirely. This isn’t a product that’s promised, it’s new development. Hopefully nobody has made big claims to bring...
by thunderskunk
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Museums, Factories, Etc.
Topic: GoFundMe: Help move Long Island RR caboose #29
Replies: 5
Views: 1244

Re: GoFundMe: Help move Long Island RR caboose #29

Any clues where it’s going to end up?

The Valley Railroad just did a superb job restoring an NH caboose.
by thunderskunk
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Syil Machines
Replies: 15
Views: 3114

Re: Syil Machines

A standard robodrill from Fanuc starts at 60k new, and they have an eco model that’s even cheaper. That mill runs circles around even more expensive counterparts, especially Haas.

If conversational is the goal, Fryer or a Southwestern Trak machine are the way to go, so the toolmaker says.
by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Please plan ahead
Replies: 24
Views: 3512

Re: Please plan ahead

It’s weird how close you get to the suppliers on this forum, I guess I’m still getting used to it. A machine my company just purchased was listed at 55k for a few years, and they offered it at a bargain price of 45k to us. We declined and waited for it to go to auction; came off at 24k with another ...
by thunderskunk
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: I'm just an operator
Replies: 22
Views: 3907

Re: I'm just an operator

I think that a lot of people who are 'operators' actually call themselves machinists, and that may be where the disagreement is. For example, the person in the factory or job shop who puts a piece of material in a CNC mill, indicates it, bolts it down, Calls down the program, and then hits to go bu...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 3542

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

Ok, I see that now. I work pretty much exclusively with carbide, so I wasn’t comparing to HSS which makes sense in your case. And yea, their slit saws are a bit pricy. Seems they have both HSS and carbide. https://www.maritool.com/Cutting-Tools-Keyseat-/-Milling-Cutters-Slitting-Saws/c78_231_281/ind...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 3542

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

Maritool's prices are at least four times those of Shars for anything I'd want. The Shars stuff I've purchased has all worked ok. I’m just curious what it is you use? I’ve compared holders, endmills, drill chucks, even the NPT tap you just mentioned, and they’re all comparable. Don’t take me wrong ...
by thunderskunk
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Cheap Tool guy got me...
Replies: 18
Views: 3542

Re: The Cheap Tool guy got me...

rrnut-2 wrote:I know the feeling. I bought a R8 shell mill holder from Shars, after all it was cheap.

Jim B
Try out Maritool: same price as Shars, and Frank works right here in the US. Just got the 90 deg and the 45 face mill from him; they work great.
by thunderskunk
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 6033

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

Jack makes an important point. When I taught photography I'd spend one class session with my advanced students on how to do a "cost of doing business analysis." After this heavy dose of reality, most of my students were not smiling when the session was over. Many folks wander into something without...
by thunderskunk
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Little engines 1" line of engines
Replies: 33
Views: 6033

Re: Little engines 1" line of engines

Don’t let me distract anyone from answering the last question there. I know the castings have disappeared, but is there a source for the 1” scale and smaller LE drawings? I’ve barked up the email tree with no response as of yet. I guess one could just scale down the bigger set, but there’s kinks to ...