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what can be done with harbor freight mill/lathe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Slag Kustom, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Mickm
    Joined: May 20, 2010
    Posts: 82

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    I wanted to learn how to make machined parts so I went to Machine Shop Trade School at night.
    Now I have a Smithy Granite lathe/mill/drill in my home shop and can make darn near anything I want.
    It is a cool way to turn what you see in your mind into a part on your hotrod.

    Cheers!
    Mickm
     
  2. gibraltar72
    Joined: Jan 21, 2011
    Posts: 260

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    from Osseo Mi.

    I have posted several times defending HF I have a boat load of their stuff. And have seldom been disappointed . Reminds me of the days of the first fuel shortages I bought a new Pinto as did a friend of mine. I asked him how he liked his Pinto and he said it was kind of cramped. Duh I replied I loved mine cause it did exactly what I expected it to do no less no more. Ya can't look for fuel mileage plus a great big comfortable ride. Anyhow you sir are a master, among my HF tools I also have a mill lathe I can only hope to do the stuff you do but it does the stuff I bought it to do turn spacers make weld in threaded inserts etc. I am in awe of your talent and ability to figure out exactly how to make tool do what you want. And by the way I think with my 20% off coupon I paid just a little over $500.00 bucks for mine. I wouldn't expect to run it 8 hours a day five days a week but the fact that I can turn to it if i need a thingie rather than run to town and pay someone else to make it is priceless. Hope to see more of your work to inspire myself and others!
     
  3. “The tools to him that can use them”
    -Thomas Carlyle

     
  4. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

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    some parts for my bike. sprocket is offset 7/8 of an inch with a bearing that presses in, bearing rides on a stainless shaft, spacers and a rotor i made lighter, chain tension-er, some cleaned up stainless bolts.
     

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  5. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
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    from Finland

    I was going to say that you can do a carrot shaped objects with that lathe,but i take my words back before i say them.Really nice work!
     
  6. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
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  7. Nice work man !
    A lathe/mill is on my list of tools I want.
     
  8. Slag, It's been a while I know, but what material did you use for that hub?
     
  9. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

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    most of the stuff that does not need any welding gets made of 7075, plate stuff is all 6061t6 and formed sheet stuff is all 5052
     
  10. 1lowbuckrodder
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
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    its not really the brand name of the tool,, it the person operating it that counts nice work
     
  11. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

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    some more parts. alt bracket and harley rotor
     

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  12. My hat is off to you. Great work. yes . The real question is, What CANT you make..........?"
    Don
     
  13. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,312

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    cant make my self happy. I dont like the big alt so the bracket is listed for sale. going to make a new one to use the small 1 wire alt.
     

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