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  1. wheelieking71

    FS. Mitutoyo calipers, micrometers and interapid dial indicators Loot

    That is actually a pretty darn good deal for a guy that can use it all. Good luck with the sale!
  2. wheelieking71

    Pierson Roto-Vise F/S

    How 'bout $1500. For less it can stay here and ride the shelf. Buyer still responsible for shipping arrangement and cost.
  3. wheelieking71

    Brother : 2 machines or 1 pallet changer

    Yea, that might have been the one. I thought Dennis was doing it in a pallet changer. But, I've been wrong plenty of times before. Basically picture that process, but in a Brother R-series, with parts tray on one pallet, and auto-vise on the other. I wouldn't even consider it in a std. machine...
  4. wheelieking71

    Brother : 2 machines or 1 pallet changer

    I don't know what happened to the "started threads" tab in member profiles when they switched formats on here? But, a few years back I had a similar thread going when I was contemplating a Brother Flex cell. Andy (2outof3) posted a short video of Dennis Rathi's Brother pallet changer with...
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    Brother : 2 machines or 1 pallet changer

    You are both right and wrong at the same time. Too many variables in each different shop dynamic for one hard ruled answer. Trust me. I've gone years beyond just crunching the numbers (like you are doing). I've actually played the game. The Brother pallet machines are NOT! a gimmick.
  6. wheelieking71

    Brother : 2 machines or 1 pallet changer

    The best of both worlds: An R650 and an S300. I cant think of a better combo for a one man, smallish part, short run shop. One caveat to the 650: make sure you budget for a GOOD sump/conveyor. They can make mountains of chips very fast (and waste alot of coolant). I started with the medium sump...
  7. wheelieking71

    Shop owner burnout

    When the doc tells you you have a heart murmur that you never had before, bad hypertension, and your not far from congestive heart failure? You will find the damn switch! She even kicked me off my dirt-bike. She is very familiar with moto riding, and knows just how intense it is on the body. As...
  8. wheelieking71

    Shop owner burnout

    Yes, of course. The lesson I learned over the last 1.5 years though is this: I spent a whole lot of time stressing over shop related stuff, for not. I'm not saying I don't still work hard. And/or put in the hours when needed. Just that I don't let my thoughts dwell on everything. Example: an RFQ...
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    Shop owner burnout

    This is a very important post! The one factor that you would think does not fit in the health category is STRESS! Stress will kill you. I was exactly where you are about 1.5 years ago. Started having heart issues. What did I do? Well, for starters I cut WAY back on the beer (hey, we all have our...
  10. wheelieking71

    Pierson Roto-Vise F/S

    "You" can have it shipped anywhere, LOL. Shipping cost, and arrangements are on the buyer. I've been drug through the mud dealing with shipping too many times. I wont do it anymore. But, if somebody really wants it shipped, I will gladly package it, and set it on the truck they arrange to pick...
  11. wheelieking71

    Pierson Roto-Vise F/S

    Not sure which revision. I bought them in early 2021 if that tells you anything. Will ship with 2" bore adapter. But, easy for any competent machinist to adapt to just about anything if needed (like I did because Jay's mounting system is stupid). Ran in a Brother R450 for about 6 months. Been...
  12. wheelieking71

    Pierson Roto-Vise F/S

    I've got an extra Roto-Vise laying around. Not going to need it any time soon. Jay is at $3,800.00 for these now. I would send this one down the road for $2k includes the hard-jaws it came with (not in pic). Does not include a handle. Perfect condition. As I always do, shipping cost and...
  13. wheelieking71

    2008 Haas VF-3APC Vertical Machining Center W/ Automatic Pallet Changer

    Yea, good luck with that sale. The one Garwood posted is mine. An SS, and actually IS in very good condition. It's been for sale (off/on) for years. Yet still under my roof.
  14. wheelieking71

    looking for trouble

    I know a thing or three about your "niche' market". And manufacturing within it. What kind of bikes? More to the point: what kind of crank? Forged/cast, or pressed? Not to mention the necessary support equipment to go with those machines. You can pretty much triple the cost and add it on top of...
  15. wheelieking71

    What’s the longest you’ve ever been “slow”?

    I've been dead slow ever since the traitor puppet signed all those executive orders.
  16. wheelieking71

    Swapping drivetrain in an old Hyster...

    I'll chime in cause this is a fun thread. If I was going to re-power a 12k lift, incorporating an automotive auto tranny? First choice for me would be a Cummins 4bt paired to a Chrysler load-flight (fancy speak for medium duty truck 727). easy to find the combo in old bread-vans. And both units...
  17. wheelieking71

    Iscar Chamdrills can be so damn frustrating! (Venting)

    Through coolant? Makes all the difference in the world. But, I'm with Frank. Under 9/16' or so? And I stick to plain old twistys (almost exclusively YG1 Gold-P), or solid carb through-coolant. But I stay away from the solid carb "TIP" or insert drills till at least over that.
  18. wheelieking71

    Why do you like Orange Vise?

    All true. But, unless there is a pallet pool involved? In a primarily VMC shop, I will take a Brother R650 over an HMC any day. Call the guys at PAWS Workholding and ask them why their facility went from a shop full of HMCs to a small army of Brother pallet machines. I guess maybe you have to...
  19. wheelieking71

    Why do you like Orange Vise?

    Ohh yea, I get it! I have a family of parts I have been doing for one of my customers for quite a while now (8 years?). some of the parts need 7 set-ups in 3X mills! Yea 7 :eek: . I am currently working on transferring them to run the 1st OP on a Pierson Roto-Vise on a 4th (because anything...
  20. wheelieking71

    Allied Spade Drill

    Ohh, I know. I can do simple 2X lathe stuff well enough. But, here are just a few of the reasons why I never got real proficient at finger-CAM: I first started programming in '05. I was the lathe guy (set-up operate, there was 1 CNC lathe, pictured below). There was another guy doing all the...
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