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#1 dc-65x

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:00 PM

Two years, four months, and six days from now I plan on retiring (but who's counting :D ). Money is going to be tight for sure so I've decided to do my part now and buy at least one neato scratchbuilding tool per month while I can. This will also help pull our "sluggish" economy out of the current "slowdown". :unsure:

Last month I got a Hudy comm lathe that most are familiar with:

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This month I decided to upgrade my 20-year-old workhorse Dremel tool:

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It still works but the sheath is all cracked and the two-wrench collet change system is a pain to use. There is also a ton of run-out in it. So after snooping around on woodworking and jewelry making forums I decided on a medium duty unit. If my cheapo Dremel has served me well for 20 years this new job should do me fine. It's a:

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Here are the goodies:

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I also bought the adjustable motor hanger and handpiece holder. It's all mounted to the workbench and I'm pretty happy with it:

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I still need to trim the wire ties once I'm happy with the motor height adjustment. I also bought the optional $14 super flexible neoprene sheath for the flex shaft. This is probably the only time you'll want a limp shaft :shok: but believe me it makes controlling the hand piece a dream ;) . There must be a dozen different style quick change handpieces available too.

Here's where I bought it:

Otto Frei

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Oh no, more bad news in the stock market. I'd better buy something else to help out! Bush doesn't have to worry about me not spending my credit from the stimulus package.

Where's the check? I need a mini lathe :) .

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 07:58 PM

Buy that lathe Rick and the cost for all its tooling will take care of your other 27 months of purchases. :)

You won't go wrong with a Sherline but there are some other nice mini lathes out there.

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Posted 01 March 2008 - 09:15 PM

That is one neato tool kit. Much better than any Dremels I've seen. It just might not be very portable though.

You might think about spending your money inside the city though so they won't have to file for bankruptcy. (Or are we too late?)

Nice comm lathe, too. I love mine and you will love yours. You did get the diamond bit, didn't you?
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Posted 01 March 2008 - 10:12 PM

No problem Bill, the government is going to buy my lathe :rolleyes: :) .

Hey, Scott, the Foredom isn't really portable. That gives me an excuse to by another Dremel for portability! The Hudy has a diamond bit and adjustable axial support. It was purchased from Dave at:

PROFORMANCE RACING

He also did an expert setup of the tool height and the axial support so the comm is cut to a true cylinder not a cone :) . Thanks, Dave!

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:16 AM

Sherline all the way for mini lathes, and mills for that matter, way better precision and accuracy than the Chinese ones, and the smaller capacity of the Sherline is NOT an issue for ANY slot car work, and even bigger stuff, too.

Sherline has by far a better and bigger range of accessories and extra bits and pieces.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 01:32 PM

Bush doesn't have to worry about me not spending my credit from the stimulus package.

I checked my mailbox today, and still no stimulus package. :angry: :laugh2:
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 08:00 PM

Try checking on a day when they deliver mail! :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

I got mail yesterday after digging my mailbox out of the snow. That was my stimulus package. ;)

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 08:08 PM

:laugh2: Sir Bill, people do check their mail on Sundays, indeed... I learned that as a PI... :laugh2:

I already spent it... where is it... ????? :angry: :D I'm never gonna retire, I'll just quit and push a shopping cart down the boulevard, lubricating the wheels with Liquid Bearings. :laugh2:
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 09:43 AM

Pablo,

OK, I'm gonna let you on my secret for retirement, three little words...

"Paper or plastic?"
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:37 PM

Joe,

When was the last time you were in a grocery store? "Paper or plastic" went out the door years ago. Now it's "Plastic okay?", providing they ask anything. :laugh2: :laugh2:

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 10:11 PM

Sorry, but in California now, it is bring your own.
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 10:19 PM

Here are a few others:

"Do you want cheese on the burger?"

"Would you like a cart ,sir?"

I plan on being an ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED slot car fabricator who no longer has to work for the man...

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:26 PM

A happy retirement requires some of the following:

Harbor Freight 9 x 20 lathe
Atlas 12 x 36 lathe
Harbor Freight mill drill
20-ton hydraulic press
1-1/2 ton hand press
24 x 42 sandblaster
48" belt sander
Sears 24 belt X 6 disc sander
Valve grinder
Soldering irons from 30 watt to 175 watt
Oxy-acetylene torches
Prestolite torch
Pedestal grinder
Every hand tool known to mankind
digital readouts for all the above for the arithmetic-challenged, LOL
Two work shops, one in the basement, one in the garage
AND AND LOTS of lights! And a part-time job driving a truck for a local machine job shop...
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 11:40 PM

Sounds good, Rick, except the track is in the basement and the shop is in the garage. :)

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 01:45 AM

A happy retirement requires some of the following...

You forgot the most important thing: TUNES, MAN!

A good Pioneer or JVC stereo and turntable plus eight-track are a FREAKING MUST!

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 01:52 AM

Rick Bennardo - What do you do with the valve grinder besides grind valves?

Jairus - What kind of stereo you runnin'? You know, stereo, turntable, speakers, etc.
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 02:11 AM

Well, it isn't the greatest system... but for the moment, I like it!

Marantz 2238 tuner
JVC LF41 turntable with diamond needle.
Pioneer eight-track
Sony TC758 reel to reel
JVC DKA22 tape deck with noise suppression
Fisher 60-disc CD player

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Oh yes, the speakers are big freaking *** JVC items that I have not managed to bust yet... but the neighbors do sorely complain...
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 02:16 AM

All I can say is, there's NUTHIN' better than a vintage Marantz! I should post a pic of mine. I did a refurb of it and replaced ALL the lamps with high grade LEDs. It rocks! ;) :yes: :music:

By the way, vintage is NEW now and your stuff is excellent!

Now we gotta talk Rick into a Marantz!
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 10:02 AM

Sony TC758 reel to reel

Mine's a TC788. ;)
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 10:09 AM

I'm not too worried about tunes just now. It's interesting (funny? odd? weird?) that a diehard vintage slot car nut like me likes NEW everything else. I stopped listening to classic rock because how many times do I want to hear the same songs? I still like them but for the last several years I've been listening to the "Bay-a-reaha's" alternative rock station, Live 105. When I take what's left of my Kalifornia home equity and buy a little dump somewhere where the dirt's cheap, I'm thinking they won't have a big city alternative radio station.

When I sold my Corvette I didn't buy a classic car. I love them but I don't want to have to spend the time to maintain one. I also like cruise control, power windows, locks, seats, air conditioning, add nauseam AND reliability. I love the 1965-6 Shelby GT350 but a good one is six figures now. So I'm building a modern version.

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It has all the V8 sounds and power with all the modern conveniences and retro looks.

Have you seen the Mustang TV commercial with the red GT drifting sideways past a couple of traffic cops that give the driver a thumbs up? I've done mini version of that a couple of times (without the cops!) so live axles are still good for something! Enough babbling, onward to tools.

So I think I'll buy one of these with the variable speed foot control:

MicroLux 5" Disk Sander

I have a POS. combination 6" belt - 6" disc sander that is so out of balance it wants to walk off the table every time I turn it on. I want a nice little smooth-running machine.

Does anyone have any other recommendations for a small disc sander?

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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:07 AM

Hey, Rick.

I saw a Dremel Stylus and drill/driver (both cordless) at Lowe's for around 100 bucks. Two tools for a really low price. I bought my Stylus last year for about 69 bucks; if I knew of this deal, I would have gotten that instead. :unsure: Damn!
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Posted 04 March 2008 - 11:29 AM

Thanks, Russ. I'll check it out :) .

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 12:59 AM

Check out THIS belt/disc sander at Grizzly.
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 01:02 AM

And I am also looking at THIS...
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 10:16 AM

Hi Scott,

I have a Delta band saw similar to the one you linked to. It's a keeper. I also have a combo disc-belt sander like your other link shows. I'm going to replace it with the MicroLux 5" Disk Sander with the variable speed foot control. I'm a great believer in the foot controls and have my drill motor and little Dremel hooked up to one.

The cheapo sander I have now is so out of balance it wants to walk off the table. I never use the belt so it wastes a lot of space. I'm only using the sander for very small things like putting a radius in a bat pan or grinding a chamfer in C-can magnets for clips...

The MicroLux is ordered and when it gets here I'll test it out and show some pictures of it in action. :)

MicroLux 5" Disk Sander

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