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truckramrod
Dec 11, 2004
Black Culture Thief!?!

Who needs a Geiger counter?!?

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auction...Counter-4389855

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944
Sep 23, 2008

by Ozma


InitialDave posted:

What you need is an adaptor of some kind that screws onto the grease gun at one end, and onto the threaded hole where the nipple goes at the other, that way the grease can't go anywhere except into the assembly.

Good point. I'm sure something can be pieced together, if somebody doesn't already make something like that.

I've never NOT been able to make a grease fitting work by hitting the whole area with Kroil and possibly replacing the Zerk. Almost every time just jamming the gun on as hard as possible and ramming some grease in has taken care of it.

nicad
Feb 21, 2004


truckramrod posted:

Who needs a Geiger counter?!?

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auction...Counter-4389855

the range on that is pretty low. you can get 100cpm or so simply from background radiation.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


truckramrod posted:

Who needs a Geiger counter?!?

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auction...Counter-4389855

Who doesn't?! Awesome.

Apparently working ones for for $25-30 shipped on ebay for the nuclear disaster type.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 13:35 on Jan 19, 2009

Vin BioEthanol
Jan 18, 2002

by Ralp


edit: never mind

Vin BioEthanol fucked around with this message at 17:44 on Jan 19, 2009

helno
Jun 19, 2003
hmm now were did I leave that plane

truckramrod posted:

Who needs a Geiger counter?!?

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auction...Counter-4389855

It doesn't look like it comes with a test source. Not much good without that to calibrate it.

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I Want To Believe.


helno posted:

It doesn't look like it comes with a test source. Not much good without that to calibrate it.
Luckily, I know a couple of friendly physicists...

King no one
Aug 26, 2000
Forum Veteran

Dancing Hog posted:

I feel so lucky to be able to shop at Canadian Tire for tools, sales all the time, and the Mastercraft Maximum stuff is awesome quality.

I think it's been brought up before, but it's true. If you guys end up in Canada at some point, I'd recommend checking it out.

For sure! Pretty much everything is around 40% off at some time during the year. Just stay away from the 'jobmate' brand. Also, the mastercraft power tools aren't so great. Oh and you can also borrow tools there too which is nice.

ScaryFast
Apr 16, 2003



I just saw this post on Toolmonger...



http://toolmonger.com/2009/01/19/ta...one/#more-18718

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I know it's been discussed in the tools thread before, but I just got a harbor freight aluminum racing jack and so far it's been great. (this is a link to the blue one, my local HF only had it in blue, which costs $20 more online but only $10 more in the store).

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=40105

Coming from a $30 autozone jack I was surprised at how much bigger the HF one is, and it got the car up on jack stands much quicker. It also lifts up to almost 18", whereas I think my old jack is only good for 13". My car is pretty low but the jack was able to fit under without any problems (although I don't think I can get it under the front crossmember without driving up on some wood first, I just did each side individually).

If anyone is thinking of getting a super cheap kragen/autozone jack, I'd recommend just purchasing a HF one instead.

Dyscrasia
Jun 23, 2003
Give Me Hamms Premium Draft or Give Me DEATH!!!!

devnull420 posted:

I know it's been discussed in the tools thread before, but I just got a harbor freight aluminum racing jack and so far it's been great. (this is a link to the blue one, my local HF only had it in blue, which costs $20 more online but only $10 more in the store).

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ct...temnumber=40105

Coming from a $30 autozone jack I was surprised at how much bigger the HF one is, and it got the car up on jack stands much quicker. It also lifts up to almost 18", whereas I think my old jack is only good for 13". My car is pretty low but the jack was able to fit under without any problems (although I don't think I can get it under the front crossmember without driving up on some wood first, I just did each side individually).

If anyone is thinking of getting a super cheap kragen/autozone jack, I'd recommend just purchasing a HF one instead.


Ive got the exact same jack (The aluminum colored one, they did not have the blue one). Its winter here though, so I have not had a chance to use it yet.

But you know what? I took a look at Sears, and that jack is 99% identical to the $300 Craftsman one. The 1% difference is the paintjob. Same thing with the cheap harbor freight jackstands. Same thing as Craftsman, but with a different paint job, and about half the price. This is what I love about Harbor Freight

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I have the blue one and am very happy with mine.

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Gimme Gimme Swedish Fish...



Fallen Rib

Dyscrasia posted:

Ive got the exact same jack (The aluminum colored one, they did not have the blue one). Its winter here though, so I have not had a chance to use it yet.

But you know what? I took a look at Sears, and that jack is 99% identical to the $300 Craftsman one. The 1% difference is the paintjob. Same thing with the cheap harbor freight jackstands. Same thing as Craftsman, but with a different paint job, and about half the price. This is what I love about Harbor Freight

And the other difference: the HF one won't blow up like every single Craftsman AL jack. Read the reviews on Sears.com. gently caress those things.

As for jackstands, don't buy chinese crap. Buy something thats way overbuilt.

Vin BioEthanol
Jan 18, 2002

by Ralp


Recommend me an air compressor for under $200 for use with air-hammer, ratchet and impact. maybe a jack in the future (do jacks need a lot of air?)

I borrowed an 8 gal 115 psi central pneumatic compressor from a friend, brand new from harbor freight for $129. It did what I needed it to for the air hammer, had to stop for tank recharge a minute a couple times but I didn't mind.

I've been told I need higher PSI at least and preferably a bigger tank to to run an impact. I just want it good enough to run an impact to install one wheel, 6 140 lb-ft lug nuts. Thats about the most workout I'd ever "need" an impact for. there are some things you absolutely have to have an impact for like the nuts on top of struts but I'm sure even the $129 hf one could could do that.

I've been looking on craigslist thinking I might be able to find a whole lot bigger one used for the same $$ but not seeing much.

I 99% want 120v unless there's a 220 that is just some insane deal and does all kinds of cool poo poo.

Are oil-less really that bad? loud?

Vin BioEthanol fucked around with this message at 21:48 on Jan 22, 2009

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Gimme Gimme Swedish Fish...



Fallen Rib

Wagonburner posted:

Recommend me an air compressor for under $200 for use with air-hammer, ratchet and impact. maybe a jack in the future (do jacks need a lot of air?)

I borrowed an 8 gal 115 psi central pneumatic compressor from a friend, brand new from harbor freight for $129. It did what I needed it to for the air hammer, had to stop for tank recharge a minute a couple times but I didn't mind.

I've been told I need higher PSI at least and preferably a bigger tank to to run an impact. I just want it good enough to run an impact to install one wheel, 6 140 lb-ft lug nuts. Thats about the most workout I'd ever "need" an impact for. there are some things you absolutely have to have an impact for like the nuts on top of struts but I'm sure even the $129 hf one could could do that.

I've been looking on craigslist thinking I might be able to find a whole lot bigger one used for the same $$ but not seeing much.

I 99% want 120v unless there's a 220 that is just some insane deal and does all kinds of cool poo poo.

You don't need higher PSI. You need more CFM, or a bigger tank. A tank will let a smaller compressor "act" like a bigger compressor for short periods.

I'd look for a 15 gallon or 33 gallon compressor. The compressor itself will put out some pitiful amount of air, but if all you need is to put on and take off wheels, you can just turn on the compressor, let it fill up as you drive the car in and jack it up, then use the air in the tank to remove the wheels. It'll probably need to refill after that, but you've got the time as you swap the wheels or whatever. I've got the Craftsman 33G vertical thats always on sale. Its 110v, oil-less and loud as gently caress (all oil-less ones are, but they are a lot cheaper than an oiled unit), but gets the job done. It only sucks when I have to sandblast or use an air grinder. Then its grind/blast, wait 3-4 minutes, grind/blast, wait, etc.

Vin BioEthanol
Jan 18, 2002

by Ralp


sharkytm posted:

You don't need higher PSI. You need more CFM, or a bigger tank. A tank will let a smaller compressor "act" like a bigger compressor for short periods.


So is CFM the actual CFM the compressor puts out? If it says 5cfm does that mean you can use 5cfm non-stop? If the tank is fully charged can a 5cfm put out a lot more than 5cfm until the tank gets depleted some?

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I Want To Believe.


Wagonburner posted:

So is CFM the actual CFM the compressor puts out? If it says 5cfm does that mean you can use 5cfm non-stop? If the tank is fully charged can a 5cfm put out a lot more than 5cfm until the tank gets depleted some?
Not usually. Most of the time the advertised CFM is the output from the compressor assembly, the output from the actual connector to your tool is the Free Air Delivery, and will be slightly less.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


HF 20% off coupon again!

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...44&keycode=0000

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 22:39 on Jan 22, 2009

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Gimme Gimme Swedish Fish...



Fallen Rib

InitialDave posted:

Not usually. Most of the time the advertised CFM is the output from the compressor assembly, the output from the actual connector to your tool is the Free Air Delivery, and will be slightly less.

Correct, plus as the compressor heats up, the air it puts out expands, which isn't good for your tools (warm air=wet air), and de-rates it even more. Plus, lovely companies love to over-rate their compressors. My Craftsman is "rated" at 3.5hp, but its actually 1hp. They used the starting amperage draw to calculate HP, and got called on it. Lawsuit, etc, now its a true rating.

Basically, buy as much compressor as you can afford.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I will be adding this to my assortment of machining related equipment very soon.

20% off of $250? gently caress yea.


It says it can cut up to 4.5" round which is pretty much the biggest I can handle in my machine.

AnomalousBoners fucked around with this message at 23:50 on Jan 22, 2009

Slung Blade
Jul 10, 2002

IN STEEL WE TRUST



I need one of those really badly. But my Milwaukee abrasive cutoff saw is pretty good for now. First one I found with a really good, heavy cast iron base.

Nerobro
Nov 4, 2005

Rider now with 100% more titanium!


RealKyleH posted:

It says it can cut up to 4.5" round which is pretty much the biggest I can handle in my machine.
I picked mine up for $75.. used. :-) the thing is devilishly useful

I own a metal cutting bandsaw, drill press, and grinder. Now I just need to add REAL machine tools.

Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


I use the Jet version which is identical. They are awesome to the max.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


The band saw? here I was worried it might be too small and crappy although I guess the blade would have a lot to do with that.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


RealKyleH posted:

HF 20% off coupon again!

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa...44&keycode=0000

Goddamn, 2 days after I spend a couple hundred at HF - 20% off is a great deal.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


devnull420 posted:

Goddamn, 2 days after I spend a couple hundred at HF - 20% off is a great deal.

I know how you feel, I am trying to figure out what all I'll need.

Slung Blade
Jul 10, 2002

IN STEEL WE TRUST



RealKyleH posted:

The band saw? here I was worried it might be too small and crappy although I guess the blade would have a lot to do with that.

I would look for one with an oil reservoir and the associated catching system that it would need.

But that's just me.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Yea I am going to rig up a coolant system for it since it probably doesnt have one. gently caress using anything becides water soluble oil. I use cutting oil a lot cause I use a lot of HSS tooling on my lathe and at the end of the day theres just a very fine mist of it everywhere.

Nerobro
Nov 4, 2005

Rider now with 100% more titanium!


Most people I know with these bandsaws run them dry. I've had no trouble with mine, even running dry. A big, long, belt does a lot for keeping the blade cool.

Chauncey
Sep 16, 2007

Gibbering
Fathead




A cheap pump, 5 gallon bucket, and a few feet of tubing is easy to do and having used both, I'd rig the coolant system up any day. It makes a difference in blade life and also keeps the piece you're cutting cool and carries chips away from the cutting surface.

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


Chauncey posted:

A cheap pump, 5 gallon bucket, and a few feet of tubing is easy to do and having used both, I'd rig the coolant system up any day. It makes a difference in blade life and also keeps the piece you're cutting cool and carries chips away from the cutting surface.

All of this x2 If I was cutting soft materials with this that'd be one thing but I'll be cutting mild and stainless mostly starting out.

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Gimme Gimme Swedish Fish...



Fallen Rib

Kynetx posted:

I use the Jet version which is identical. They are awesome to the max.

I hate to break it to you, but the Jet version isn't the same. Its very similar, but the guys on h-t did a thread a few years ago comparing them. The rollers and bearings in the Jet are way nicer, which explains its cleaner cuts.

I'm headed down to HF this weekend, $210 in gift cards and a 20% off coupon!

\/\/ A bottle of brake fluid upside down in the MC reservoir, and a piece of tubing that fits the bleeders stuck into an empty plastic bottle works for me. Just open the bleeder, and the brake fluid just obeys gravity and flows out. When the level drops low enough in the reservoir, it'll burp the fresh bottle, and refill. It depends on your MC size, but it always works for me.

sharkytm fucked around with this message at 19:04 on Jan 23, 2009

AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


I saw the "Vacula" brake fluid changer, would I be able to hook up like a shop vac to a cup and suck brake fluid out that way and then just pour in new fluid until what comes out is clear, close and repeat? I guess I am asking what the fastest way to change brake fluid is without a $150 Vacula that I will sue twice. Is there a good, quick, harbor freight alternative? It is definitely past time for my Mark VIII.

SlapActionJackson
Jul 27, 2006
I'm comin to getcha

I bought a mityvac at autozone for $40 and it's done a perfectly fine job so far.

InitialDave
Jun 14, 2007

I Want To Believe.


Those dirt cheap bit-of-tube-with-a-one-way-valve assemblies do actually work.

Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


sharkytm posted:

I hate to break it to you, but the Jet version isn't the same. Its very similar, but the guys on h-t did a thread a few years ago comparing them. The rollers and bearings in the Jet are way nicer, which explains its cleaner cuts.
Any reason a guy couldn't just mod it to match?

Kynetx
Jan 8, 2003


Full of ignorant tribalism. Kinda sad.


Bling bling

Why is this so cheap?

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Gimme Gimme Swedish Fish...



Fallen Rib

Kynetx posted:

Any reason a guy couldn't just mod it to match?

you could, and some people have, usually when their sleeve bearings fail on the HF machines. The biggest problem is the rollers, if you had a good machine shop, you could machine your own. The better the roller (harder, less wobble) and the smoother the bearings, the straighter the bandsaw will hold the blade, and the straighter your cuts will be. The other gripe, iirc, was that the HF machine had problems holding blade tension. It would loosen up over the course of a few cuts.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





RealKyleH posted:

I saw the "Vacula" brake fluid changer, would I be able to hook up like a shop vac to a cup and suck brake fluid out that way and then just pour in new fluid until what comes out is clear, close and repeat? I guess I am asking what the fastest way to change brake fluid is without a $150 Vacula that I will sue twice. Is there a good, quick, harbor freight alternative? It is definitely past time for my Mark VIII.

Get a MityVac at HF for $30. I picked one up to do the clutch master on my Miata and I'm never doing anything with hydraulics any other way ever again.

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AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


IOwnCalculus posted:

Get a MityVac at HF for $30. I picked one up to do the clutch master on my Miata and I'm never doing anything with hydraulics any other way ever again.

I saw that, isnt it just a hand pump unit?

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