Category archives for: Shop Tips & Product Reviews

Shop Tip: Anti-Fatigue Mats

Shop Tip: Anti-Fatigue Mats

We’ll keep this one short since anti fatigue mats are nothing new.  They not only provide a nice cushy place to stand for hours on end, but did you realize they easily pay for themselves by keeping dropped parts from becoming scrapped parts? There’s plenty of choices out there, but we recommend the basic ribbed-pattern [...]

Product Review: Table Stop for 5 Axis Machining

Product Review: Table Stop for 5 Axis Machining

With most other 5 axis table stops we’ve seen most suffer from instability from flex due to poor engineering or manufacturing.  The Pro-Stop is a solid table stop that made setups quick and easy. The body is made from 6061-T6 and pivot components are made from stainless steel to prevent rusting and to insure rigidity. [...]

Shop Tip: Measuring Tool Offsets without the Paperwork

Shop Tip: Measuring Tool Offsets without the Paperwork

Taking tool offset measurements is a must-know skill for any machinist, but who knew there were so many ways to do it.  If you’re the type that doesn’t need some fancy probe do your job, this week’s shop tip will show you the safest and most accurate way to measure offsets. For some reason, the [...]

Shop Tip: ShamWow in the Shop

Shop Tip: ShamWow in the Shop

No, the ShamWow guy did not pay us to post this tip.  But, we’re recommending this German made towel as this week’s shop tip for several reasons: Absorbent – Take wet parts out of the machine and set them on the towel.  By the end of the day, you won’t have a puddle on your [...]

Shop Tip: No Mess Grinding Wheel

Shop Tip: No Mess Grinding Wheel

Using a grinding wheel always creates a lot of dust that mucks up a work environment.  To make for a quick clean up and to keep dust collected, cut the flaps and sides off a cardboard box to create a box for the grinding wheel to sit in.  Notice one of the flaps left on [...]

Product Review: Silvent Cold Air Nozzle

Product Review: Silvent Cold Air Nozzle

A short while back we introduced the cold air nozzle from Silvent.  This technology involves converting compressed air into a stream of cold air 40 degrees colder than what entered using no moving parts.  Intrigued?  Absolutely!  But the real question remained… How would this fascinating technology help us solve real world problems. We first found [...]

Product Review: Dura Fix makes Welding Repairs and Fixture Creation Easy

Product Review: Dura Fix makes Welding Repairs and Fixture Creation Easy

Accidents happen. Things break. Repairs are needed. It’s just a normal part of shop life. But before you throw something away, you might just save time and money with Dura Fix. Dura Fix is an Aluminum based welding rod designed to weld brass, copper, aluminum and zinc based metals without any special tools or a [...]

Product Review: Barrel Blaster is a Winner!

Product Review: Barrel Blaster is a Winner!

With our economy being pummeled by high oil prices, higher material prices and manufacturing jobs being lost overseas, it’s a nice relief when an American made product comes along that is both affordable and works well. The metal finishing and prep industry has seen the market flooded with sandblaster booths that are imported, poorly built [...]

A Movie You Can’t Afford to Miss: The Call of the Entreprenuer

A Movie You Can’t Afford to Miss: The Call of the Entreprenuer

Starting a business is not for everyone. It takes the right balance of courage and skill… or ignorance and luck depending on the way you look at it. This movie showcases entrepreneurs in different industries and walks of life. “A merchant banker. A failing dairy farmer. A refugee from Communist China. One risked his savings. [...]

Product Review: Blasocut BC 230… Does it cut it?

Product Review: Blasocut BC 230… Does it cut it?

A couple months ago we covered a new coolant Swiss company Blaser introduced. Blasocut® BC 230 is touted by the company to allow for superior stability and long-term sump life for improved machine up-time. However, in our shop tests we found other findings worth reporting. We replaced our coolant in a few of our test [...]


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