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Old 03-24-2016, 12:43 PM   #741
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I might pick up one of the 20 ton presses this weekend with the 25% off coupon.
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20 ton press- once you have one, then you realize just how often you CAN use it instead of [insert misused tool here].

Similarly I coughed up the dough (after coupon) for the 6 in. x 9 in. Combination Belt and Disc Sander Central-Machinery - Item#61750. It has been wonderful to clean up every crap cut I make in just a few seconds. Made short work of all intercooler tubing and exhaust pipe tweaks/cleanup. Great for all other kinds of fab work too. And I'm still using the original belt and disc that came on it.
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Old 03-24-2016, 03:13 PM   #743
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20 ton press- once you have one, then you realize just how often you CAN use it instead of [insert misused tool here].

Similarly I coughed up the dough (after coupon) for the 6 in. x 9 in. Combination Belt and Disc Sander Central-Machinery - Item#61750. It has been wonderful to clean up every crap cut I make in just a few seconds. Made short work of all intercooler tubing and exhaust pipe tweaks/cleanup. Great for all other kinds of fab work too. And I'm still using the original belt and disc that came on it.
6 in. x 9 in. Combination Belt and Disc Sander
I almost bought that sander. After talking to a few machine shops though that make manifolds and use the sanders to make sure flanges are true they highly recommended that I get a bigger more powerful one. So I ended up getting an ENCO huge *** belt sander last fall on cyber monday.

As for the press, I figure I need to do all my bushings soon and that alone will make the cost worth it. Also using a press to squish things seems to be getting people all the Karma on reddit recently.
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I can see that for flanges. I have not attempted any- just tubes, pipe, brackets etc. I've also used the press for bending stuff that's unmanageable in a vise.
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I have that sander, and it stalls out pretty easily on metal. I originally bought it for wood, and it works great for that...

This 1/2" corded drill, on the other hand, has been a WIN:

1/2 in. Heavy Duty D-Handle Variable Speed Reversible Drill



I bought it primarily for tube notching, and have done a bunch of that with 1 3/4 steel tubing for my Bronco. This week I used it to drill some holes in the override springs on my Dodge 3500 for a suspension mod. Worked like a champ.
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Old 03-27-2016, 10:18 PM   #746
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Tell us more about your tube notcher!
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Tell us more about your tube notcher!
It's just a cheap one from Eastwoods:

Pipe Notcher holds up to 2"dia round tubing

Works OK, but not the greatest. As you can see in the pic, it clamps into a vise, which is handy, but only really works with straight tubing. Uses standard holesaws. I'm definitely planning to upgrade to something better before I start on the cage for my Miata. Unfortunately, 'better' is a LOT more $$$...

Edit: one nice thing about Eastwood's... you can usually find their stuff on Amazon for free Prime shipping.
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I use this for tube notching:



Use good blades, like most HF cutting tools.
I notch like this:
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Those gaps are huge. There's a nifty MSDOS based program that will print out a curve on a piece of paper when given your blend data, and you just wrap that around the tube and cut via your choice of angle grinder, torch, or plasma. Of you can get that print out straight out of solidworks if you have that at your disposal.
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Now is the time to buy this.

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Yes. Even expensive name brand tools dont last forever like your dad's tools so you might as well buy the cheap on that lasts for a few years than the expensive one that lasts for a decade. So what if the HF lasts half as long as the dewalt when its 1/5th the price.
You might like this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/user/arduinoversusevil

takes apart powertools and talks you through the electrics, gear materials, greases and plastics. Trying to find the manufactured failure points or simply why a tool failed.
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You might like this guy.
https://www.youtube.com/user/arduinoversusevil

takes apart powertools and talks you through the electrics, gear materials, greases and plastics. Trying to find the manufactured failure points or simply why a tool failed.
lol, Ave's videos have been posted on just about every page of this thread.
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lol, Ave's videos have been posted on just about every page of this thread.
lol, my bad. We don't have HF, so I never check here :P
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lol, my bad. We don't have HF, so I never check here :P
Princess auto?
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Princess auto?
none of that stuff. the only stores you'd know around here are fast food places.
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none of that stuff. the only stores you'd know around here are fast food places.
canadian tire?
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Looks like I'm finally getting a shop press this weekend. Thanks for posting that monk.
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canadian tire?
Look, we covered this already. Canadians do buy milk in bags, however they do not eat tires or challenge bears to arm-wrestling matches.
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Lars just reminded me to post about air compressors.
In short, don't buy this.


Save your money and buy this.


It is barely portable, but it is significantly quieter and more powerful.
It drives my impacts, grinders, and framing nailers easily.
Anything smaller is only suitable for very limited use.
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I am seriously considering one of these:
http://Look at this on eBay http://w...m/182152294609
Lars, you have a combo unit right?
Have you tried to tig with it?

Edit: can't get the link to embed properly. It's an eBay tig/ plasma jobby
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