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    Cutting Aluminum

    Sharp corners are tough with a jig saw unless you can get at them from both sides. Other possibility would be cut as sharp as the jig saw allows and then finish with file/grinder/etc?
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    I would call this misleading lies....

    Yes their return policy is excellent. If the dies were not cheap to begin with and that I can use them I certainly would return them.
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    I would call this misleading lies....

    Actually NPT is not what I ordered or was advertised, but that is what I got. Oh well I guess I can always use dies.
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    Variable speed in reverse

    Ahh very inte Ahhh very interesting! I did not know that about the brushes. I had been having some problems with them and replaced them a while ago. I wonder if running it in reverse is somehow hard on them if they are in fact at 180* to each other?
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    Variable speed in reverse

    My motor is a brushed version and they are opposite of each other (180 degrees)
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    Variable speed in reverse

    My lathe cx700 is the previous version of the cx706. My wiring diagram is a tiny bit different I think but haven't had a chance to study it yet. I suspect it is also purposely wired to be at half speed but I can not figure out why. Thanks for your assistance!
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    Engine case seperator

    Yes those would have been my first two choices as well. While I have had really good luck with JB Weld in the past, I would be slightly concerned about it letting go someday if surface wasn't perfectly cleaned or something and then there is a chunk of JB Weld floating around. I think I would...
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    Variable speed in reverse

    It is a Craftex brand 10x22 lathe. The tumbler reverse mechanism is used only for carriage reverse and not the spindle. The actual motor speed is reduced when running in reverse.
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    Engine case seperator

    Hey that looks good and my sort of fix it instead of throw it away! Are you going to weld/glue, etc the sleeve in somehow?
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    Variable speed in reverse

    I have tried to do some research but have not been able to find an answer so I ask here... My variable speed lathe has only ever ran in reverse at half the rpms it will do in forward. I don't understand why that is? Is the an electrical reason for this? The motor is a brushed DC motor. I...
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    MIlling machine advice

    That's good to hear about the cx601. That's what I would like to get but am doubtful I would find a decent one used and if I'm not better off buying used other style? I'm being cheap and that seldom helps with making good tool decision making processes. I'm way "early in the game" as I won't...
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    How are these holes made?

    Ouch. While I haven't conducted that same research personally myself (although it's the sort of research I'd do) I could have surmised correctly at the end result and would have been happy to discuss with you only had you asked! :D
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    MIlling machine advice

    Ok I think I will use the defense "Well some guys have TWO milling machines" with my wife when I try to suggest that I need to buy one! :p
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    MIlling machine advice

    You still run the mini mill even though you have a bigger better knee mill? How come?
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    MIlling machine advice

    Someday (but unfortunately not likely soon) I would like to get a milling machine. I am probably going to buy used so I need to be a bit knowledgeable about my needs before the opportunity to buy pops up unexpectedly. I'm looking for some basic advice from others that have had some experience...
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    Anyone own a GH1440W lathe from Modern Tools or a PM1440HD from Precision Matthews?

    Just interested in the main reason you upgraded your lathe? Features or size or just new retirement gift?
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    threading problems on Craftex lathe

    "A shot in the dark". Good shot Johnwa! If I have to go "hunting in the dark" I want you along! Creeper now you can have fun with threading. Persistence pays off.
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    Kawasaki Rebuild

    Both projects look awesome... PS. We all love the pictures!
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    Kijiji welder, better than nothing!

    Welding is definitely one of those things that the more you do and practice the better you are, I don't think many people are natural born welders. I took a welding course in college and actually became pretty good and knew stuff, but because I don't do a lot anymore my welding skills are just...
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    threading problems on Craftex lathe

    Ok I reread your story and if I understand you correctly I believe the issue is that you are using the half nut lever to move the carriage back toward the headstock. This will change the position of the threading dial and the relation it has to the lead screw. Only engage the half nut lever at...