Good News for International Customers on Shipping Charges

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One of the biggest bummers for International buyers is excessive shipping charges. I don’t tack on any handling charges, but the cost of getting a Medium Flat Rate box overseas can get up to 70$, and I can’t blame potential customers for opting out when it gets to checkout time. One of my customers asked me to make up a “small kit” of 8 OZ bottles with all four of the Recommended oils, so that he could take advantage of the cheaper shipping price. The end result was a savings of 45$ on shipping! Bottom line: This is too good a deal to be a one-off deal, so its here to stay. Now there is a new product (called ABC Lite) that is the Recommended Oils in a smaller package that ships for about  a third of the regular ABC lube pack. I hope that helps some; I wish I had come up with the idea myself.

Roy Dean DE-112 Grease and the Modern Equivalent

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One of the most frequent question I get from my customers is if I carry Roy Dean DE-112 grease (as specified in the SBL Lube Chart). This chart dates back to when cars had running boards, and some of the lube requirements are somewhat out-of-date. the Roy Dean grease IS still available through Steve Wells @ the SBL workshop at www.wswells.com, and Steve Brooks at stevewb on Ebay. These guys have THE LAST remaining inventory of the Roy Dean grease, and have told me when its gone, there won’t be another production run. Get some now, if you want it! This led me to look around for a modern alternative, and I have come up with a reasonable substitute. But lets look at the history of Roy Dean grease first:

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Experiment in Social Networking: BCMS YouTube Channel

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Sometimes circumstances conspire to lead you in directions that you might not be ready to travel, but will eventually be a good move for you. For years, I have been saying I was going to shoot some YouTube videos, and never took the first step. I’m sure my friends and kids were tired of hearing me “plan” my Hollywood debut. Well, last night I took the plunge and christened the bluechipmachineshop channel.

 

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Countersink Tool Made from Surplus Junk

 

 

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I was working on a drill chuck for my mill, and I ran across a Jacobs 3/8″ keyless chuck that I pulled off a power drill that leaked it’s Magic Smoke. The chuck was the only thing salvageable from the drill, and I tossed it in the chuck drawer for a future project.

 

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“How much is a Bridgeport Mill Worth?”

 

 

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I get alot of questions about what different machines are  worth, and to be honest; unless you are standing right next to a machine, it’s tough to say. About the best I can tell most guys is the most important factors are: Location, Condition and Tooling. Thats not much help to anybody that is looking to buy a new toy. The other day I got a note from a site viewer that made me aware of just how many aspects there are to the fine art of buying a machine, and how badly I missed the mark on just ONE of the considerations when I replied to his inquiry. Heres the Email:

 

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