If you think of a tool or piece of kit that you think would add functionality to the metal working areas. We can discuss it here and Ill update this post as we find new toys to add to the list.
Infrastructure changes can go here too. If you think we need to build a bench, add a power point or change the position of a tool, bring it up here.
I’ve listed Machinery House Prices as indicative costs and illustrations for these things. Most of the welding gear pops up periodically on gumtree and so should tools like the panbrake and workshop equipment.
The “need” category is relative.
NT40 - 3MT collet adapter - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M171 - This would allow us to fit the vertical mill with MT tapers. This would allow us to use the carbide cutter we have.
Carbide tooling for the Big Lathe. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L453 - This is going to have swipe access on it, before it ever sees any service. Given there’s accountability for the tooling and the skill level expected of anyone using this lathe, we can have decent tooling for it and allow the machine to work as intended. I’d prefer a kit that matched the insert style of the carbide cutters we have for the mill to save costs there.
BT40 - ER32 Collet Chuck. -
T40 Drill Chuck. -
Boring head - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/M182 - Allows us to make big holes in stuff. Also doubles as a gigantic 100+mm Face Mill.
Rotary table/dividing head. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/R0065 - Allows us to work in a 4th axis and cut gears. Could be CNC’d at a later date.
Finger style dial indicator. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/Q217 - Allows much quicker setup in certain situations.
Roller in-feed for the bandsaw. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/L812 - Makes cutting longer sections a breeze.
AC/DC TIG - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W174 - These bad boys are the bomb diggety for anything non-ferrous. Its a fantastic piece of kit to have around. This is the one for all those neat little aluminium and stainless jobs. It’s also the most fun welding process, by a wide margin. If one came up cheap, we’d do well to jump on it, quick smart.
Plasma Cutter - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K017A - Makes processing materials much much simpler. Plug it in to power and air, and you’re away. Much cheaper in the middle to long term than most other cutting processes.
Sensibly Sized MIG welder. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/W178 - The giant MIG is a fine piece of kit and certainly worth what we paid for it. Its just slightly too big for most of the stuff we want to do. It’ll do it. But it doesn’t want to. Something like I listed, makes things much easier on the 2-6mm stuff we’re usually working with.
Bulk Drill Bits. - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/D126 - Its incredibly handy to have spares around. This kit would keep the entire space stocked with bits for as long as we exist.
Parts Washer - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/A368 - Big tub of recirculating degreaser for removing caked on grease. Sooooooooo handy.
Panbrake - http://www.machineryhouse.com.au/S249 - As @andrewm said, NOT a pressbrake. A press brake is fine for putting creases in a sheet, but if you want to make any kind of box or do more intricate shapes, then a press brake will not do the job. A pan brake has a number of differently sized “fingers” which can be used to get into corners and such, to bend up complex shapes.
Car hoist - http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/pinkenba/other-parts-accessories/1900mm-lift-happ40-4t-clear-floor-car-hoist-wh-s-approved-/1094818234 - Makes working on anything car related an absolute breeze. The pit is good, but a hoist is frikken amazing. Having this alone attract a great number of folks.