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Old 02-11-2019, 05:30 PM
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Connected one of these to a customers computer network last year. Table is about 13' x 30'. Cuts 6" thick structural steel plate with a 94,000 psi water jet with extreme precision.

This is THT. Go big or go home : )


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Old 02-11-2019, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by rdmallory View Post
This is mine.
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...th-Stand/G0704

No it is not a Bridgeport.
No it does not weigh 3000lbs
No it is not 3 phase

But it does great on small aluminum items.
Tooling can be bought on eBay

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I could spend a lot of money on that site!!!
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for the idea's dudes! Keep'em coming. When I get a chance I'll post some pics of some items that I'd like to make versions of, or similar stuff.
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Seacat FL View Post
Connected one of these to a customers computer network last year. Table is about 13' x 30'. Cuts 6" thick structural steel plate with a 94,000 psi water jet with extreme precision.

This is THT. Go big or go home : )


you do NOT want a waterjet anywhere near your home! they make a MESS!
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:55 AM
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Used J head(fixed pulley) or 2J head (variable speed) Bridgeport(3 phase or use a variable frequency drive) for a manual mill or a Tormach 770 or 1100 if you want a 220v single phase CNC mill with a tool changer(optional).

The Bridgeport is the most universal, widely available parts, tooling is very economical. A very easy to learn, pay as you go type of machine.
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Old 02-12-2019, 05:57 AM
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They can perform some pretty amazing things with water jets, those things are amazing.
RD, that milling machine looks pretty nice, I've been wanting a Grizzly mill to compliment my Grizzly 12" x 36" lathe for too long.
As already stated, the tooling can easily cost more than the machine. The trick is to just buy what you need now and add to your collection of tooling/tools with time.
OP, buy more machine than you think you need, you will find uses for it.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:16 AM
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I own Sherline. I have touched Taig. Sherline has a lot of accesories and it well supported. Taig is more rigid, more custom. I think a retired machinist looking for a hobby would go with Taig if they wanted to do small parts. Any good machinist will tell you not to blame the machine. They could make much of the chinesium at little machine shop work just fine.

I want a bridgeport. I don’t have the space at this time. Bigger = more rigid and more power.
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Old 02-12-2019, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
I've done it this way too. Also smashed the ever-livin' crap of my left index finger doing it when the blade caught and yanked the work piece out. It's doable and 99 times out of 100 it's "safe". It's that 1 time that gets ya. My index finger is still mis-shaped after 8 + years since that happened.
I had the same thing happen with a small piece of angle iron. Except when it ripped it out my hand, I was holding on to it TIGHT, It almost took my thumb with it when it went flying across the shop. Yeah, that took a trip to the ER and quite a few stiches.
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