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    GM to stop making internal combustion cars

    I think this is a lot more relevant to manufacturing than GameStop Stock. (my kids made me go to GameStop, in shitty malls, far too many times- I HATE the place) GM just announced that in 14 years, it will ONLY make electric cars. 14 years in Auto Industry years is like next week in people...
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    What happened to all the Belt Sanders?

    In the last few years, my 4x24 Milwaukee belt sander, and my 3x21 Bosch both died, and the industrial repair shop I use told me parts were no longer available for either. So I check, and both Bosch and Milwaukee no longer offer belt sanders. In fact, hardly anybody does. There is ONE Metabo...
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    Are Milwaukee tools no good any more?

    I probably own 50 hand power tools, more if you count air tools. I tend to buy Bosch and Metabo when buying new, but I have a pile of Milwaukees, along with lots of Makitas, some Hitachis, Porter Cables, Rockwells, and some oddball orphans. I use my old Sawzall, my milwaukee worm drive, a...
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    Why are only Foreign companies investing in America?

    Obviously, "only" is a bit of an exaggeration. But again and again, the big industrial projects, factories, refineries, steel mills, and other major investment in the USA are NOT being made by US companies, but, instead by foreign companies. What do they know that we dont know? US companies...
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    Is it true we cant make a screw at a competitive price?

    There is an article in today's NYT about Apple attempting to make computers here- and how they couldnt get locally made screws. Like most of this type of article, its written by somebody who doesnt really understand what they are writing about- so it leaves out a lot of the crucial facts. But...
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    America's Exports- portable sewage/water/power plant

    My neighbors up the road, a bunch of Tarheel Loggers who made good, previously built 5 of the world's largest 5 axis milling machines, then created an industry making tooling for Boeing, Airbus, the US Air Force, America's Cup hulls, and lots more. Now they have a little garage project underway-...
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    Forum buggy? 502 Bad Gateway messages

    Am I the only one getting these? On any post newer than about six hours ago, I get a 502 Bad Gateway page. Older posts come up fine. Did Don do some sort of software or forum update this morning? All the research I can find online tells me this is a server problem, not a problem with my...
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    We Don't Make Anything Anymore (WRONG)

    All the time, I hear people say we don't manufacture anything in the USA anymore. This is complete hogwash, but it seems to be widely believed. I thought I would post a bit about the stuff WE make in my little rural neck of the woods, thousands of miles from the manufacturing centers of the...
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    Art Deco Bandsaw

    I know, this is a meat bandsaw, not a metalworking tool, but its still a magnificent piece of equipment. I was in a small butcher shop in Tandil, in the province of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, last week, and came across this machine. Still used daily, and the meat was incredible. It is made in...
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    The End of Cheap Consumer Goods?

    China economy: Bye-bye cheap, Chinese labor | GlobalPost Interesting article about another 20% raise in Chinese Wages- thats on top of 20% to 30% last year, and significant raises in the last 5 years. I was particularly taken by the quote- “I think there’s quite a good argument now that the...
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    Another company moves production BACK from China

    Business & Technology | In Person: For new factory, Taphandles CEO Fichter prefers Woodinville to China | Seattle Times Newspaper Interesting article about an american guy who owns a 450 employee factory in China, who is moving 2 parts of his production back to the USA. In it, he says Chinese...
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    Japanese Industrial Standards?

    I am trying to make a replacement gear for an obsolete japanese tractor, and new or used parts seem to be unavailable. I have found a proper sized metric gear, but off the shelf, it came with a standard 1/2" round bore. My problem is that I need a bore cut in it to fit a 13 pin involute...
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    Basque Machinery Builders

    I am not sure exactly why, but the Basque country of northern Spain has long had many machine tool builders. Almost always, when you see a machine made in "Spain", its actually made in Eukadi, the Basque name for their own region. I recently found this Basque government site that has a lot of...
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    Making Bolts Video

    YouTube - How a Bolt is Made - Portland Bolt I buy bolts from these guys. They are great. Made in America, high quality, made to order in a reasonable time. We need more companies like this.
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    Microsoft Millionaire starts Machine Shop

    Sunday Buzz | Sunday Buzz: Microsoft researcher on the cutting edge with vintage machinery | Seattle Times Newspaper Just think- if he had hired Brian, from VersaMill, and paid Brian a hundred thousand dollar consulting fee, he probably could have set up a bigger, better, shop, for about 20%...
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    Misc Magazines for sale

    I still have an almost complete set of Fine Homebuilding, starting with number 1 in 1981, thru 2007, a few missing but 165 mags in total, over $1200 for backissues from the publisher. $250. plus postage Wheels of time, the magazine of the semi-truck collectors organization- a couple of years...
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    Magazines for Sale- Fine Homebuilding

    I am cleaning up, and paring down. I got shelves of things I never look at. This is a close to complete run from Numero UNO, way back in 1981, thru 2007. 165 issues. I have a complete list of issues that I have, can send it to you if you want, but basically, its only missing 20 or so issues...
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    Magazines for Sale- Journal of Light Construction

    Big cleanup underway- if I havent looked at it in ten years, its gotta go. Journal of Light Construction is more industrial and heavy duty than Fine Homebuilding, more oriented towards pros, as opposed to homeowners. Lots more ads for molders and planers, less beautiful kitchens with groovy...
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    Magazines for Sale- Wheels of Time

    I am doing a massive cleanup. Wife says we might sell in 3 to 5 years. With my pile, I am starting now. Anyway, these are 5 issues of the American Truck Historical Society magazine, Wheels of Time, from 1998 and 1999. Color and B&W pics and articles about historic trucks, usually 5 tons and...
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    Slightly OT Mags for SALE- Power Wagon Advertiser

    I am cleaning up, downsizing, and finding lots of things I have stored for way too long. I have about 50 copies of Power Wagon Advertiser, the magazine of antique Dodge Powerwagons, from about 1993 to 1996 http://www.powerwagonadvertiser.com/index.html If you are into powerwagons, lots of...
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