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  1. Tom Kitta

    Wanted: CNC Mill

    You should have 3ph in the shop in the first place. All of my larger machines are 3ph. Bigger possible problem with buying used is 3 different voltage systems - especially Canadian only voltage system of 600v. The 480v is US. You can get a transformer from 240v to 480v or 600v BUT these are...
  2. Tom Kitta

    Sand blasting? Bead blasting?

    When my dad was young he worked as part of Polish company in capitalist Germany painting high electricity lines. Germans hate rust and everything has to last forever - total opposite of Canada. Before painting they had to sand blast stuff. Their pots taken like 1000 lbs of abrasive. Their...
  3. Tom Kitta

    Sand blasting? Bead blasting?

    I just sand blasted all 4 rims on my truck like ... last weekend. I used my own compressor with my own blasting gun and my own blasting put. Compressor is 5hp. It worked hard but managed. The 3/8 internal diameter standard air hose is way too thin - you need to go to 1/2" ID. The blasting pot...
  4. Tom Kitta

    Wanted: CNC Mill

    It was like 2012 or something and went for 15k plus fees or so. I think one should get a bit older model say 2005 for around 10k + fees which seems fair price. That was around 2 years ago. Project mills usually go for around 1000 + fees or whereabouts - same as project lathes. There was...
  5. Tom Kitta

    Mini mill for sale

    Price looks very attractive.
  6. Tom Kitta

    Wanted: CNC Mill

    I am looking at one as well. Over a year ago one went on auction but it was almost new and got premium $$$ for it.
  7. Tom Kitta

    Looking for a tap

    I have 3 used taps and 3 new taps in that size. I can sell you new or used or you can just borrow it. I am in NE Calgary.
  8. Tom Kitta

    Mini Mill DRSs

    I have no pictures at work for Kijiji (they use eBay) - is it this one - https://www.busybeetools.com/products/rotary-table-6in.html or https://www.busybeetools.com/products/rotary-table-6in-c-w-tail-stock-indexing.html I have the 2nd one but grizzly version I got from Amazon... its OK... it...
  9. Tom Kitta

    Mini Mill DRSs

    I have rotary table but I used a DRO for a bolt pattern. Rotary table with dividing plates have other uses through - like I made a gear yesterday which would be somewhat difficult without one. For just a bolt pattern DRO is much quicker - find center, enter correct parameters and off you go -...
  10. Tom Kitta

    1st Milling Machine......which

    For $1200 it is a great deal as long as it was not dropped and indeed used just few times. You could have gotten it cheaper but in much worse shape and without added accessories. Similar mill went on auction for under 1000 total in Calgary but it needed feed screw repair and was in poor visual...
  11. Tom Kitta

    1st Milling Machine......which

    Congrats! Looks like it came from KMS originally based on vise.
  12. Tom Kitta

    Calgary BB Clearance Machines

    Busy Bee is too expensive these days - they jacked up their prices to the level that US has with 25% tariff. They think people's only choice is to buy from them or buy from the US. My total spending budget at BB is less than 1% of my machining $. KMS is a bit better. Out of all local stores...
  13. Tom Kitta

    Lathes.. Lathes and more lathes

    Except the last lathe on the list all others seem to be priced normally or even high (seriously someone wants $900 for used mini lathe? I can get them in 7x14 for less new). I am a bit suspect of the $750 lathe not used for 30 years - I guess they did clean it up for the pictures. If it can be...
  14. Tom Kitta

    Calgary BB Clearance Machines

    BB has warranty? Who knew? You mean like one that works? It would be worth it to investigate whatever they can take some $$$ of their regular machines and sell them without warranty as I think it is worthless. At 50% off some of these machines can be a great deal.
  15. Tom Kitta

    1st Milling Machine......which

    If CX600 is so unreliable then I guess I have to change my recommendation to mill drill - there is nothing much there that can go wrong - its just a very sturdy old school belt fed drill press after all - and motor is rather solid old school external. As I already posted before - it is better...
  16. Tom Kitta

    New to me 4” x 36” belt sander

    Common sense is not as common as many people think it is :)
  17. Tom Kitta

    Hardinge

    Well if its just the right size for car lift and you have a car lift why not.
  18. Tom Kitta

    New to me 4” x 36” belt sander

    I don't think the problem is so much the actual bearing but the fact that the bearings may not be well protected against wood/ grinding dust particle ingestion and thus die quickly. If you want to get EU bearings these are cheap - actually cheaper then princess auto stuff @ eBay. I think the...
  19. Tom Kitta

    Hardinge

    Its not a big lathe - both weight wise and size wise. People move that size lathe into their basements all the time. If you have engine hoist moving it into your garage will not take more then say 2h - including untying it and tying it to the hoist and moving it into place. Maybe an hour more if...
  20. Tom Kitta

    1st Milling Machine......which

    Yeah Busy Bee != quality or customer service (also depending on store). Main saving grace is that Grizzly parts fit. Offered to OP BP clone but price is too much for him. I agree that BP clones are the way to go for home workshop as long as you have the space and money for them. Similar sized...