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DavidR8's shop shenanigans

BMW Rider

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My friend in Burnaby is just looking to trade his 2014 RT to get back on a GS or some other adventure bike for our planned trip to Tuk next summer.
 

DavidR8

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More outside the shop work.
Ordered 2 yds of 3/8 minus crush to build out a pad so I can turn the ST around. Did most of the work yesterday when it was 27 degrees. Rented a 20” compactor this morning when it was 30 degrees.
The crush compacted down very well.
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Tom O

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Nice I’ve got a couple small compressors, one lives in the basement and one will live next to the lathe for when air is needed it’s better than running hoses all over.
 

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KMS has the Metabo HPT compressor on sale. Described as ultra quiet, <59db.
It is truly quiet.

Nice! CFM?

one will live next to the lathe for when air is needed it’s better than running hoses all over.

I use a can of wind or I run the hoses. Nothing in between. I'd love a bigger refillable wind can.

Not sure I could tolerate a small compressor next to my lathe or my mill....... Even a quiet one.....
 

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Go buy a portable air tank from PA, great for filling a tire or put on a blow gun for small projects.

I have one. I use it exactly as you do and wouldn't be without it. I LOVE IT! Especially since my shop is 200 yards from the house.

Too clumsy for the lathe without a hose though. I'm looking for something handheld. Like a can of wind but bigger.

I thought about using one of those fluid cans for oil and just dedicating it to air. But both of the ones I have are filled with oil and cleaning them out for clean air is probably a frustrating experience.
 

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I retired my old damaged air pig a while ago and certainly do miss it. Instead of getting a new pig, I’m considering getting a battery portable compressor (i have lots of M18 stuff & extra batteries) - it would be similar size and only a little heavier than an air pig but at nearly $500 it’s a bit hard to justify:


I like the more compact, cheaper & lighter DeWalt unit but i only have a DeWalt die grinder with a pair of small batteries- so I’d have to spring for another battery:



(Santa season is just around the corner - i always put at least one thing under the tree for me from Santa - that way Christmas is never disappointing)
 

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Just found this comparison review of the Milwaukee and DeWalt portal compressors:
 

historicalarms

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A couple of air tanks off a transport truck at the truck wreckers work excellent for carry tanks and very inexpensive ( $10 each I think mine were).
very easy to rig up. A couple pieces of 1/4 tubing to make a T handle that screws into the center hole ( you will need some to attach a tire inflator) and then a Milton coupler for one of the end holes and your fixed.
 

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I like the more compact, cheaper & lighter DeWalt unit but i only have a DeWalt die grinder with a pair of small batteries- so I’d have to spring for another battery:

Very interesting. A battery powered compressor that actually works! How many dozens have I purchased or been given that were pure crap. They don't work when you need them and never reach adequate tire pressure.

If these two actually work, they might be worth a try. I have a fair number of DeWalt 20V tools so that seems like a no-brainer - if it works. Although prolly still too big to be included in a travel tool kit.
 

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I'm going to pick up the broken part from the BB lathe on Wednesday. I'll take a bunch of pics, see if I can come up with a plan of attack to make a new part. I don't think repairing it is an option though I might JB Weld it together for measuring purposes.
 

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Picked up the parts tonight. No pics yet sorry. Arrived at the place while they were in the process of moving the lathe out. Was glad I was there as it was pretty sketchy and they needed the extra hands.

@Dabbler I would really appreciate your expert advice on rigging this particular machine.
 

Dabbler

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It ws my first move. and I hired professionals to do it. They did it a lot different than I'd do it now. I'm up from now til midnight. Call any time!
 
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