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    Question: how well known are Scandinavian welding brands known in the rest of the world?

    this is true for everything from welders to aircraft carriers. A tig machine is going to have things like SCR's in it that are simply not available from the USA. For instance, many miller SCRs may be made in India or China. I am pretty sure every hydraulic hose on ever CAT product is made in the...
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    Are trains coming back?

    Right of way is right of way. The only reason we have the train network we do now is because the Federal Government GAVE the railroads billions of dollars worth of land, along with the right to borrow billions with government backing. Even at 1880 prices, paying for right of way would have been...
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    Are trains coming back?

    A huge amount of railroad track, and sometimes right of way, has been abandoned. From its peak mileage in 1910 or so, up to 1990, 100,000 miles was decommissioned. Since 1990, I cant find an exact number, but my guess is its over 50,000 miles. Its always a lot cheaper to maintain existing, as...
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    Are trains coming back?

    And yet, the economy has grown, the population has grown, and rail volume has stayed the same.
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    I keep hearing that this winter will be bad for manufacturing in Europe.

    This may be true, but the USA never would have grown if the Brits hadnt invested here. In both cases, the past is past. The chinese keep 51% of most companies with foreign investment. of course exports are still a consideration to them, but their decisions, just like ours, are mostly made...
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    I keep hearing that this winter will be bad for manufacturing in Europe.

    Exports in total are 19% of China's GDP. Of that 19%, 18% or so is to the USA. So, less than 1/5 of 1/5, of their GDP is selling stuff to American consumers. 4% of their economy. Sure, its a big chunk of change, but its highly unlikely to really be THE major decision point for their leaders. We...
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    I keep hearing that this winter will be bad for manufacturing in Europe.

    This one is a bit of a stretch. Current pipelines from Russia to China were running at capacity before the war. The new pipeline, the Power of Siberia, will be able to carry 1/6 to 1/4 of what they sold to Europe. And it wont be done for a couple of years. Theoretically, the chinese could buy...
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    Good "Will Ship" Starter/Alternator Shop You'd Recommend

    I havent seen a shop around here that actually rebuilds alternators since the 80s.
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    Steel identification

    I had a friend, Grant, sadly now deceased, who owned a shop called Apex, and made literally a million hammer bits for breaking up concrete. It was an industrial forging shop, and he really knew his stuff. Here is what he told blacksmiths about the steel content, some years ago: Grant Sarver-...
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    Pic Library?

    One thing I dont understand- if I go back to an old post I made, the photos I uploaded to the old PM are still there. So the photos made the transition. But if i go to media, I am told I have no media and no albums. They are there, but how do i get to em?
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    Are trains coming back?

    Since the Hedge Funds bought em all, there are now only FIVE class one railroads left in the USA. In 1980, there were 40. And all five of em have been shutting down routes, selling yards for the real estate value, and running fewer loads than they used to. They have this thing called PSR...
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    Toyota bet on the wrong horse in 1992 or so- They decided that electric cars wont be viable, and went all in on hydrogen cars. They have spent close to $14 billion on fuel cell and hydrogen tech, and still dont have a vehicle, after 30 years, that anyone wants to buy. Current models of the...
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    my family members fled the cossacks right around 1915. None were left alive by WW2 who stayed. Heads chopped off by mounted cossacks, or just hung from lamp posts. No famine staging - they were all in Pittsburgh during WW2. Either that, or they went to Minnesota around 1900. I refuse to believe...
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    I am half Finn. My kids are 1/4 Finn, 1/4 Hungarian Jew, and 1/4 Ukranian Jew. There is not a lot of love lost for Orcs in my family. California has a huge tax surplus. It is not going broke. Pennsylvania has to live with the Governor it elects. In a democracy, the voters decide. There are...
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    Question: how well known are Scandinavian welding brands known in the rest of the world?

    Esab is pretty widely distributed in the USA. I had a weldor work for me for a couple of years who was really really good at every process, had certs for em all. He ended up being a show demonstrator for ESAB, this would have been about 4 years ago, and he LOVED the new ESAB Rebel multiprocess...
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    Pic Library?

    I think the website update did not import our old pics, so you have to start rebuilding your "albums" by importing pics anew.
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    this "person", "mrSanders", has, to my knowledge, never made a single post about metals, machining, tools, or showing any experience or interest in actually making things from metal. I only looked back about six pages on their posting history, but it seems to be all completely political and...
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    I will spare you my propaganda when the Internet Research Agency stops blanketing my internet with literally millions of fake posts every single week.
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    again, even though I am now a Washingtonian, (also socialist) "WE" do not make your legislation. your problem is with your neighbors, your children, and how THEY vote in PA. I, personally, have never voted in PA. Thats on youse.
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    Thought provoking video regarding automakers worldwide

    russian google is censored. They leave out the car factories, the steel mills, the arms factories that are kicking yer butt, and the largest machine tool manufacturer in the USA. (haas, but there are a few other ones, too.) It is not a resource based economy, and, most likely a fair amount of...
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