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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: Today at 12:37:08 AM »
I have learned a great deal from this thread. Mainly, that I don?t want a LML.


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X2  :beercheers:  :popcorn:

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 22, 2018, 04:38:01 PM »
I moved a couple axles out of the way, outside storage under a tarp. Cleaned up the shop, all the steel shavings etc got swept up. Then spring spray down of floor washing all nastiest out and down the street to the sewer. All prep for that new mill that left chi town yesterday at 1300 headed for its new home.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:47:15 AM »
Bobby, once you get certified where are you going?

Eventually I'd like to take Rescue Diver, Ice Diver. Not really looking at ever being an instructor, this will probably be a hobby for me.

Here I thought you were getting certified for a vacation activity. Are you volunteering on a local fire Dept or anything?

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CIEMR / Barbara Bush guarded by SS even after her passing
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:14:53 PM »
Former first lady Barbara Bush guarded by Secret Service after death, report says

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/21/former-first-lady-barbara-bush-guarded-by-secret-service-after-death-report-says.html

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:02:52 PM »
Bobby, once you get certified where are you going?

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:50:14 PM »
Made it through Pool Comp day 1.

Hot scuba instructor? Oh wait you?re taken still right?

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 21, 2018, 08:12:38 PM »
Heck Don, I use mine just going to work and back, no trailer...on flat ground no less!

Just to clarify, is H riding shotgun?

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Construction and Building / Re: Dave’s house
« on: April 21, 2018, 10:54:44 AM »
The problem I would have currently is tying it into the sewer drain, 


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Field tile maybe?

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So they processed the order in 3 days, the machine shipped out in two crates yesterday leaving PA. As of this evening it is loaded on a trailer in Chi town, should see it early to mid next week I think. I paid extra for the home delivery with lift gate, figured at 1300#'s I'd rather wheel it into the garage and have it on the floor versus trying to unload it from my trailer with an engine hoist.

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Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 20, 2018, 05:59:08 PM »
How cool

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:52:51 PM »
Stainless galls very easily, anything that has to be torqued can be an issue

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:06:26 AM »
Just don't run over them Don,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

JR, I doubt I have a picture still but when I first built the 60 cover we took one of my father in law?s excavators & sat a single bucket tooth on the cover. Then lifted the front end of the track several feet in the air. That was our first marketing campaign......

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Humor, Good Stuff, and Red Neck Practices! / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: April 19, 2018, 04:17:38 PM »
I think I would like to see a photo since I can?t read and all, let?s see a high school year book type photo Don, See what the world has shaped you from


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Happy B-day Don!

Dave for the record I didn?t say you couldn?t read, I implied you hadn?t read.......

Hey, look at it this way it?s better than me implying you?re H?s human walking stick! Sorry Ken.....

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:58:07 PM »
I agree with both of the above comments. Shawn does build some very high quality stuff, and the website was a very poor showing. we'll remedy that shortly though. In keeping with Throwback Thursday: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/transmission-drivetrain/154-0708-bulletproof-test/#photo-20

Thanks Tate, that was a great throwback btw. I miss dealing with Christian and Pete @ JP Magazine (rest in peace buddy)..........

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:56:51 AM »
You know it?s just a shame to see the weakness peering thru. I mean sure Bobby slacks a lot now on his DOTing duties but when he does drop in he hits em hard and fast. Very respectable!!

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 19, 2018, 12:19:14 AM »
Thank you Don

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:55:12 PM »
Don, once you get that manifold off let?s talk before you spend money on another. Usually several different ways to get a bolt out without a machine shop. Also stainless can be drilled FYI, it needs to be drilled slow with lubricant & take your time. A carbide drill bit is even better if you have a way to center drill the bolt slightly first & have a way to hold the piece being drilled. Carbide bits will not take side loading and they will snap easily.
But, except for the Triumph, I no longer have a ride. I'll evaluate it when I pull it. But options are limited right now

Uber?

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:28:30 PM »
Don, once you get that manifold off let?s talk before you spend money on another. Usually several different ways to get a bolt out without a machine shop. Also stainless can be drilled FYI, it needs to be drilled slow with lubricant & take your time. A carbide drill bit is even better if you have a way to center drill the bolt slightly first & have a way to hold the piece being drilled. Carbide bits will not take side loading and they will snap easily.

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D.O.T. / Re: So, I'm writing another book
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:16:14 PM »
So it?s a self help book. This may be a little stretch but I?m a thinking here so hang on. Since we essentially (us DOT?s at least but not you Ken) via this website are a self helping you & this in turn allows you to write a book (which might be a paying gig, if u sell more then you give away) then maybe we, we?ll those of us self helping DOT?s get a pay raise here too?  :facepalm:  :popcorn:  :knucklehead:
Yea, you're definitely over thinking it!

Hey it was worth a shot.....

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:52:47 PM »
I did read that don installed a diff cover but didn?t know to what extent stuff was being made, back garage shop and put together a pretty decent diff cover. 

I did google the site.  Lots of options I see.  Not mobile friendly


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Yeah, I?m guessing that site is somewhere between 8-12 years old now. It was the second site I created & then Mike started selling randy?s Parts and instead of freshening it up they just kind of added their stuff in. I think it leaves a lot to be desired & we?ll be addressing that soon.

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:49:23 PM »
In all seriousness, I hope you drop one of your boat anchor diff covers on your small toe. :P

I don?t think that has ever happened, however I did have a snow plow lift cylinder roll off a table & drop directly on the top of my foot where the metatarsal guard should have been but wasn?t. For the record I never wore steel toed protection etc all the years I worked in steel shops. I like my toes attached, kind of fond of them that way. My theory was I will take them smashed but still attached.

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:44:11 PM »
It is a manufacturing company of Off Road drivetrain products for jeeps, trucks etc. we built for race and recreational vehicles. I?ve had parts we built on everything from nascar to KOH race trucks & even DD grocery getters such as Cmax which apparently ruined the diff cover after getting stuck in a mulch bed for a prolonged period of time.

Now here?s the interesting part, we now know you only look at pictures Dave & do not actually read Don?s build threads...... :popcorn:

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:54:39 PM »
What was the boss thinkin'?. Me watching over you?  that's funny right there

Right? He should know H?s stumbling is a full time gig for you already.......  :popcorn:

On a serious note, once again thank all of you for valuable insights and words of encouragement.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 18, 2018, 12:27:22 PM »
In some cases the blades on fans like this are not equally spaced.  Doing this can help reduce the noise that a fan blade will make.  The unequal spacing can disrupt the air movement and breaks up the frequency of the fan blade without having a large reduction in the volume of air being moved.

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..but more importantly, it allows a mechanic a place to put his arms along with tools.

I call BS, no engineer ever thought about the guy fixing his design down the road. Most likely because mechanical engineers in their own mind design things that are fail proof. Granted they never met Don.......

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:36:21 AM »
Maybe a link to them? Someone has to be first

Let me get it reworked and proper then I'll post a link.

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CIEMR / Re: Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:35:38 AM »
Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

JR, the fact is that I was content when I sold it and had my auctions for the remaining equipment & tonnage. If I had my preference I would not have it back. But in life sometimes you don't get your first choice. Take my wife, I probably wasn't her first choice!  :tongue: So you have two options always, glass half full or glass half empty. I do know this business or used to and I know who to call to make things happen. So as an optimistic person it will be half full for me.

As far as logistics, still much is up in the air. In a perfect world I would touch every part before it gets shipped which is what used to happen but all my suppliers were within 40 minutes of me so that made it easier to do so. Today my suppliers are from 40 minutes to 15 hours away. These parts are steel and heavy so we'll see how it all works out. So I need to crunch numbers and look at the landscape. I have a lot of data to scroll through to get a feel for how I should progress forward. Currently my plan is to head back to Indiana the end of this month. I'll meet with some old vendors and sort through what's left of inventory or what I just purchased etc.

Don, the intent of those diff covers were to be bashed up against rocks. I made no claim to their durability stuck in a mulch bed and watered twice a day......

I did contact Don, initially I think in the 24 hours of craziness when I decided to go this route. I'm not sure why exactly I contacted him but I felt compelled to do so. One thing we decided was when the GLO site gets a rework is to change the link for Cmax from that heathen overrun D site to the RM site. The thought was to maybe inspire some godless customers of GLO to come here and partake. So we will be doing that once I get actual control of that site starting next month.

Oh and Ken, you're getting fired!!!! lol

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D.O.T. / Re: So, I'm writing another book
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:03:27 AM »
So it?s a self help book. This may be a little stretch but I?m a thinking here so hang on. Since we essentially (us DOT?s at least but not you Ken) via this website are a self helping you & this in turn allows you to write a book (which might be a paying gig, if u sell more then you give away) then maybe we, we?ll those of us self helping DOT?s get a pay raise here too?  :facepalm:  :popcorn:  :knucklehead:

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CIEMR / Great Lake Off Road aka GLO
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:01:30 PM »
Ok, so those of you who know me are aware that I sold in 2015 this company I started back in 2002. I did so in part to make the move to Colorado easier or to make the transition go smoother. The other part was that I needed a break. I had been the GM over a large laser fabrication shop for 16 years and that in of itself was a 7 day a week 24 hour gig. I then started GLO and my wife and I ran that while she went through nursing school. As if that wasn?t enough we had a small real estate development (more of a holding co really) company and our farm which I contracted out. So that?s the back story really.

In Jan of 15 I sold the company to Mike a good friend who I was in business with prior on another venture. You may recognize him as someone whom I?ve asked you to pray for in the past. Since he bought GLO he has had some major medical hurdles. It has gotten to the point where the company is too much and something had to give. So Mike called me and explained the situation. It wasn?t something he wanted to do and with everything he has going on his hand was forced, back against a wall situation.

In the past three years I did what I do & started a steel brokerage company. It?s small but we have a few clients here on the front range we service regularly. It doesn?t keep me near as busy as I used to be but it?s flexible and allows me to be around for my teenage daughters. For the record when they were young I was not around. I was in fact a workaholic for lack of a better definition. If there was an opportunity in business I went for it. Family was not my priority and well let?s just say I have changed in that regards.

So as of last Friday my brokerage company bought the remaining assets of GLO from Mike. The plan is to revamp the business I sold and rebuild it. It compliments my steel brokerage side of things and with the help of some very smart individuals I will undertake this opportunity over the next few months. I wanted it to be announced here first as you guys are like family.

So if you would say a prayer that this acquisition & transition goes smoothly for all parties involved I would appreciate it. Thank you, ST

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:43:50 PM »
Those are pretty nice looking.  :likebutton:

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Parenting / Re: Sophies soapbox derby
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:36:47 PM »
Tate, having them catch the racing bug at such a young age is a slippery and potentially expensive slope!  :likebutton:

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 17, 2018, 10:01:02 AM »
I?ll volunteer! Wait, keep my mouth shut? I think we may need an outside applicant for said position, maybe a monk with a vow of silence type.....

Or just promote Ken & with that H must be within earshot of him at all times so he?s cowering in a corner.  :tongue:

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Tires, Wheels, and Suspension / Re: All Terrain Tires for the Duramax
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:58:03 AM »
What?s the load rating on those bfg?s? Just curious I always thought of them as a light duty tire.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:27:21 AM »
Don, why not rent a trailer style portable air compressor. If you pickup on Sat morning and return on Monday am it would give you two days for price of one & you could probably do the whole thing. Have prerangers working ahead wiping things down with acetone then you follow behind.

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D.O.T. / Re: Skunk w/ the Diabeeeeeetus under the house
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:38:24 PM »
I'll cover you, go in after him.....



just make sure you have a gopro on, cause I want to watch that video

Charles or Stewie?

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Everything Trailer, Camper, or RV related / Re: Toter-home build.
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:36:11 PM »
Those $25 crimpers from Amazon have been worth their weight gold and then some around my place.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 16, 2018, 08:42:05 PM »
Sorry, sir!  I did 20 push-ups for my mistake


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Not good enough......  :tongue:


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The 755 is 34", but that spec isn't given on the 754.
I also really like the additional x&y travel on the Mathews. 8" on my Y travel is not enough for quite a few projects.

Honestly that 8 inches on the y travel had me concerned too.

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That does seem a lot nicer. I guess I got your PM too late. lol
Wanna trade?

...mine is 31 1/2" from the floor, so that one should be 3 1/2" taller? I contemplated building a base, to put under the base, to raise mine up. It is rough on the lower back.

Thanks Ken, I guess I should get this one before I start horse trading......

The Grizzly's I was looking at I swore they said 34 inches from the floor? Anyhow every bench I build and the one in my shop now is always 35 inches tall. I'm not building kitchen cabinets....... :tongue:

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JR, I will get with you when I?m ready. I?ve fixed or replace components on them before at the shop but never built one from scratch if you will.

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Build Threads / Re: LML Duramax build Part 5
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:45:41 PM »
Don, I like Rock auto and they have AC delco available at times

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OK, so I'll quit DOTing up Ken's thread since I went a different direction and bought this versus a Grizzly. As I stated around the forum some things have cropped up in my life throwing wrenches into the mix. It's all business and nothing personal so no worries there. I will be detailing that in another thread here in the next week or two.

I have been considering a smaller benchtop mill ever since I sold my 2HP Bridgeport. I had that mill for a good 13 years prior to the move to Colorado in 2015. At around 2000# it was just too large for me to move easily by myself. In the meantime I have been making due with a Powermatic Model 1200 with reversible 1hp motor and an aftermarket mill table which I will now be offloading (just the mill table not the drill press). It has been worked hard over the years and it has always been a great drill press. I've had two different motors on it over the years and the current one was rebuilt maybe ten years back.

So last night like every night for the past week I have been digging thru specifications on these Taiwanese built bench top mills. Last night I was going over the independent reviews on a couple of Grizzly units when someone mention Matthews Precision. So I started looking & unfortunately the selections of models they had in stock were few and far between. I would like to have had a unit with DRO already installed (I have enough projects currently on my plate) and those were all sold out at the moment with an 8 week lead time before the next ship arrives. My current time frame to get it up and running is 3 weeks roughly. This morning I called MP and spoke with a nice young lady and asked quite a few questions. By the time I was done I decided to order the the unit as stated in the title of the thread. Couple things that sold me was the substantially larger Y movement and the table work height was taller. I'm 6'3" so that extra 1 inch is helpful. The overall weight of the machine is impressive with a cast base that is 350# alone that they include in the price and recommend for stability. They ship in tow different crates for ease of moving it around with an engine hoist as I will be doing. Here is the link and specs.



http://www.precisionmatthews.com/shop/pm-940m/

Main Specifications of PM-940M:
Table Size: 9-1/2″x40″
Max. Recommended Table Load Capacity: 400 lbs (Centered)
Table T-Slot Size and Number: 14mm / 9/16″, 3 Slots
Table Travel, X Axis: 28″ Hand Only, 26″ w/ Power Feed
Table Surface Height from floor, 35″ (With base flat on floor)
Base Dimension at floor approx. 18-1/2″W x 27″D, with 5/8″ Bottom Holes for leveling pads/bolts
Normal Working Max Height: (top of column travel motor) 82″ (with base)
Height with head all the way up: (top of main motor) 85″(with base)
Stand (Base) height, to machine mounting surface: 24″
Cross Travel, Y Axis: 12″
Head Vertical Travel: 20″
Max. Distance Spindle to Table: 22″
Quill (Spindle) Travel: 5″
Lead Screw Type: Inch Pitch Acme Threads ? 10TPI on X and Y Axis
Spindle Taper: R-8, with 7/16-20 drawbar thread (U.S. Standard)
Quill Diameter: approx. 3″
Head Swivel: Side To Side, 90 Degrees
Power Required: 220 Volt, Single Phase, 10 Amp Supply
Main Motor Horsepower: 2 H.P.
Casting Type: Fine Grain Cast Iron
Approximate Weight: 1350lbs with Base
Warranty: 3 Years

& upgrades that come on this exact model I ordered are

Includes: Quill DRO (For spindle depth measurement), Z Axis (Head) Positioning Motor (used to lift and lower head for positioning, eliminates the need to raise and lower head by hand cranking) X Axis Table Feed, POWER DOWN FEED on spindle, and Cast Iron Base (Note: Same as #3, with the addition of Power Down Feed on spindle for boring operations)


And best part is it is not green or orange so if Don stops by it should get damaged by him...... :tongue:

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& after talking with them I just bought the precision Mathews.......

should be delivered early next week

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Ken, anyone else look at the Matthew Precision mills? I was reading reviews on the grizzlies last night & someone mentioned them. They are Taiwan made as well (probably same factory as grizzlies) but at quick glance may be a little better unit. Definitely more working area on them at least.

http://www.precisionmatthews.com/shop/pm-940m/

Looking at option #5 as they have it in stock, wanted #4 w/ included DRO but they have an 8 week lead time. Can always throw DRO on myself later.

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D.O.T. / Re: WDYDT (What Did You Do Today)
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:44:44 PM »
The 3 jack home built press is interesting too

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Naw, but I did stay in a holiday express once.

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The short of it is on a manual mill you should conventional mill so if the cutter is spinning clockwise then you should attack the cut in a clockwise fashion. This link explains it in much greater detail. CNC guys will normally climb mill which is attacking in opposite direction.

https://www.cnccookbook.com/climb-milling-versus-conventional-milling/

Btw, last holiday inn I stayed at near Indianapolis airport (new version with restaurant in it) wasn?t half bad.

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The 754 is really stout, but I have gotten a bit of flex out of the post. You have to really tighten the pinch bolts (like 1" nuts iirc). The wrench it comes with doesn't have enough leverage. Need to set up a socket and breaker bar but I keep forgetting.

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Movement because you let H tighten the pinch bolts? Or are you saying the post flexed & if so what were you doing? Don?t tell me you let Don torture test it.......
I haven't seen it, nor run over it, nor bush hogged anything like that recently...

Sorry, my mistake these machines are green not your favorite orange color for bush hogging and running over.....

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Last time I remember, I was using a large bit to face a piece of steel and it wouldn't take a .025 cut. the vibrations caused the nuts to loosen even tho I had tightened the crap out of them (with the supplied wrench).
Probably a multitude of user errors, like cheap bits, feed to fast, no strength in my arms, you know, the usual.

Ken, copy just a thought but you know the difference between conventional & climb milling?

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The 754 is really stout, but I have gotten a bit of flex out of the post. You have to really tighten the pinch bolts (like 1" nuts iirc). The wrench it comes with doesn't have enough leverage. Need to set up a socket and breaker bar but I keep forgetting.

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Movement because you let H tighten the pinch bolts? Or are you saying the post flexed & if so what were you doing? Don?t tell me you let Don torture test it.......

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