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The Water Cooler / Re: visiting Canada August 2024
« Last post by Muzzerboy on February 23, 2024, 07:30:36 AM »
KBC Tools have a branch in Toronto https://www.kbctools.ca/company/our-locations

Tools aren't the obvious thing to buy when in Canada. Carriage into the country takes ages and costs a bomb, while the customs and carriers help themselves freely to passing goods. That is reflected in prices there, even if you buy from an importer rather import yourself.

I used KBC myself a few times when I lived in Vancouver but TBH, most/much of their stuff was Chinese / Indian / mid-range US stuff and not particularly well priced at that. If you must buy stuff over there, Busybee may be another option - they seem to be a Canadian sister to Grizzly in the US. https://www.busybeetools.com/categories/Metalworking/ They have a few branches near and east of Toronto.

To my mind, they are both in a similar boat to RDG Tools, Chronos and Machine Mart over here. My preference in the UK is the likes of Cutwel, APT Tools etc, ie better quality, often at similar prices, particularly if you can hold off until there is an offer on what you want. I tried to order from Cutwel when I was over there but their franchises wouldn't allow them to supply to customers outside of their UK / Ireland sales area.
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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Pi PICO DRO/Quill-Knee combiner
« Last post by BillTodd on February 22, 2024, 01:50:06 PM »
It has enabled me to time travel, just by closing my eyes...

Forwards about an hour
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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Pi PICO DRO/Quill-Knee combiner
« Last post by awemawson on February 22, 2024, 12:14:16 PM »
I feel your pain Bill.

We're on the A21 and they've been doing 'safety upgrades' for weeks on end overnight. They even coned our driveway off and made us press a buzzer to summons escorts to leave the premises !
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Electronics & IC Programing / Re: Pi PICO DRO/Quill-Knee combiner
« Last post by BillTodd on February 22, 2024, 05:13:54 AM »
Apologies for lack of progress.

The A12 resurfacing work  has reached stanway , and even though I am a couple of miles away the buggers are waking me at 3 or 4am every bloody night with the low frequency vibration. It's like having a bus ticking over outside the window! 
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The Water Cooler / Re: visiting Canada August 2024
« Last post by ninefinger on February 21, 2024, 05:42:13 PM »
Passing through Ottawa maybe on your way east?  Or a nice country road detour.
Theres a small tool shop just West of Ottawa near Perth, called Cardon Tools
https://cardontools.ca/
" In store shopping is available Wednesday to  Saturday 9-5pm and Sunday 11-5."
https://maps.app.goo.gl/mQg2h1nGZDSoy5Pq6

I'd go more often but its over an hours drive for me to go there and there's not much else around it, so I'd be forced to buy stuff to justify the drive!

Mike
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Tools / Re: Fitting a Multifix Aa
« Last post by Jo on February 21, 2024, 03:43:49 PM »
My various Lathes have size AA, A and C Multifix toolsets.

I have never used the holes under the holder to lock the toolholder to the top slide. Can't see the point of locking them, just tighten up the nut on the centre pillar to the correct angle. I would much rather the tool/holder/post get knocked out of the way than have something else break  if it goes wrong :bugeye:

Jo
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Project Logs / Re: Scratch build a VMC .. any interest
« Last post by hanermo on February 20, 2024, 09:14:21 PM »
I have a 250 kg air cylinder on each end.
It results in about 100-200 kgf net mass downwards.
Table is about 600 kg in mass, using 35 mm hiwin linear rails, and 20 mm thick tool steel flats of 200 mm height on x axis bridge of 220 cm width.
The portals are reinforced 400x250 mm towers, 20 mm thick tool steel, 10 mm skin on the wider sides.
About 1600 mm tall.
Around 150 6 mm shcs each on 120 mm centers, nearish, for the skins, each portal.

The new screw I plan for is a 40-05 mm screw with double ballnut, hopefully.
1 kW 220V AC servo, 4 Nm cont. 12 Nm peak iirc.

There is endless, endless, commercial work for large(ish), low-precision items of medium-high value.
Things like jetski impellers, boat props, flat cut steel stock, etc. etc.
Plan is to start commercial ops in low-volume items like that.

No molds, no high precision stuff, nothing that clients will measure with a micrometer or 3d devices.

If and or when the commercial stuff starts selling, I can get longer screws, ground screws, etc.

ATM the x screw is 1200 mm long, on a 1600 mm bed. 3205, tbi. For example.
So I can fit large workpieces, but only have about 600 mm movement available.

Cheaped out on the screws, not brave enough at the time to put all that money into it.
Itīs a minimax of what one can afford, one can build, time, space.

Now I have a beautiful real (commercial registry) shop, 200 sqm, with seaviews for both the mill and lathe, in my house lower floor.

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Project Logs / Re: Scratch build a VMC .. any interest
« Last post by BillTodd on February 20, 2024, 10:07:22 AM »
Yes wow:-)
Interesting configuration . heavy Z : do you have any counter force?  (hope you've got good brakes ;-))

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Project Logs / Re: Scratch build a VMC .. any interest
« Last post by philf on February 20, 2024, 09:53:02 AM »
I'm pleased that you've got the picture problem sussed.

At one time you used to be able to host on Google Drive but Google put a stop to it. I just tried again and it doesn't work.

I don't know if it works with OneDrive.

There must be an alternative to Photobucket.

That is a little bit more substantial than my mill! Wow!
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Project Logs / Re: Scratch build a VMC .. any interest
« Last post by hanermo on February 20, 2024, 09:46:49 AM »
Worked ! with a low-res image.

Libra is a german sheperd, pedigreed, the first puppy I ever got, after 45 years between dogs (had 3 as a kid).

Slept near her for 6 weeks when she came here, worked with pro dog trainers for 6 months -
several hundred hours of training.
she is very social, loves people and kids and dogs, and has never bitten anyone.
But a wolf, basically.

Extremely smart, loves to learn things and do stuff, -- typical german shepherd.
They are very easy to train, but demand a good boss and consistency.

My wife who never had dogs and was quite negative fell in love in 15 minutes, my daughter of 10 loves her to bits.
Daughter takes her to the wilderness reserve, often, on their own.
Best thing I ever did, according to my lovely wife.
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