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Old 04-27-2012, 03:28 PM
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I've thought about selling my machines to pay for my car parts before, but never very seriously. I think about how much I've made using my machines and it's mulitple times more than what I payed for them. Of course, I don't have any kids, so I can go out in my shop and work almost whenever I want.

The one big thing that always changes my mind is thinking back to when I didn't have my mill or lathe. There were many projects I wanted to do, but couldn't because I didn't have access to machines. The quality of my work on my own car is light years better because I have the proper tools. I searched every day for a good year to find a good mill and lathe that I could afford. I do not want to go through that again.
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:51 PM
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Yeh I did, figured it was the right thing to do, etiquette wise.

It sounds like you and myself and others are in the same boat though. I make a good living enough but my passion gets confused with capacity. I have had my hot rods engine on the engine stand for 3 years or better waiting to be reassembled...

It's not time, not money, not really anything other than it's item #48 on my list of stuff to do. I have a early Bronco that I'm doing a resto/update on for the last two years and can barely seem to make forward progress. I put family first though (like my parents did) and some days riding bikes to the park is more important. I have vowed to myself that this Bronco will be the last venture I do until my stuff is done.

I see your mill as a kind of the same stumbling block, sure it allows you to do all kinds of great work but if that room/money/time is better spent else were is it worth it. When my dad and I built my first hot rod, we had no mill, no lathe, bandsaws or any other "must have" fabbing tool but we wanted to do what we were doing and did a damn fine job for a 15 year old kid and a guy who could make farm repairs.

Fast forward to now where I have 500% more ability, capability but it seems like something is missing. I think the working on other peoples toys (regardless of pay) has soured me.

But I could just be having a early/mid life crisis, if so disregard my posts here altogether.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:40 AM
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In 83ish I left home with my Mum and sister, when I was 18, I had a far bit of gear then, Shotguns, rilfes, Bikes, Hi-fi etc. It was a really bad time over here job wise and I was on the dole for 2 1/2 yrs in that time I sold pity much everything I had. I've regretted some of those sales to this day.

What I'm trying to say is, it takes a long time to find good stuff at the right price, and some times, those bits will never turn up again. One thing for sure it always seems to take you ages to recover to a stage where you can replace them.

You of all people should realise the frailty of life. Enjoy it!!
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:26 AM
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Well said
When did empirical knowledge get replaced by a theoretical education?

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Old 07-10-2017, 04:41 PM
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Update - I did finally decide to sell the mill. It's been unused for almost 3 years since my last move as I've continued to spend more and more of my time doing family activities than building or fabricating. The space will be used for all the kids bikes, scooters, sports equipment, etc that has slowly been growing into a pile in front of the machine. As much as I will miss making chips on this thing, I still have a few ways to access and use machines both at work and through a local vocational shop program, so not all is lost.

Regarding moving this thing, this time I suggested using an engine hoist and taking it apart instead of monkeying around with skates and a Johnson bar like I have in the past. I have to say now this was a much much better way to do it for this size machine. We took the motor off, then moved the head onto the front of a car trailer, and put the base with the knee and column on the back of the trailer. Had the whole thing on the trailer in 3-1/2 hours. With the skate method, the machine always wanted to run away and sometimes the skates would slide out from under an unloaded corner or get stuck on a pebble. It was just way too tipsy. Hoist and disassembly is the way to go.

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Old 08-03-2017, 04:09 PM
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Hi,i am jimmy, I have also realized that not everyone is my buddy, and I do not need to try to give them a deal. Working on other people's stuff is fun when it is something interesting.
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