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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
On a general note........one of the jobs that came through here in the last cpl weeks was a "quickie" repair on a mid size metal turning lathe.Guy got it on the mega cheap.
One of the "issues" was a broken casting(shoe bx size)......gray cast iron,mid 1960's?Don't need to get into all the particulars about the process's involved with the repair.But will say theres a HUGE difference in the quality of cast iron in general.Which helps to explain why theres alot of disparity when welding repairs are needed for technical AND practical reasons.It goes back to...."you get what you pay for".
So when comparing prices on equip,all cast iron isn't created equal.If you brought me a sample of say,H.F.....Grizz....and Powermatic and we did a blind taste test,errr welding sample,the Powermatic would be noticably easier to deal with at the tig bench.And these pale in comparison to mid -century US castings.
Sure you can question what this has to do with a tool purchase.....and to that,would respond....."think about it".BW
PS,Grizz gets high marks because they offer different levels of "quality"....you know,choices.
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.