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  1. I tried a harbor freight 8 ish years ago and...

    I tried a harbor freight 8 ish years ago and could not get them to hold on the pipe. They always slipped. I even removed the paint off the dog and no bueno.

    Luckily I found a antique dealer who...
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    Well I did some actual timing today (not to 500...

    Well I did some actual timing today (not to 500 yet) and here is my times for getting up to 225 smoking temp
    3:42 to get first puff of smoke
    6:47 to get initial smoke / burn off (get to clear blue...
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    On a side note, anyone tried reqtec pellet...

    On a side note, anyone tried reqtec pellet grills. They make one that looks like a Weber that claims searing temps of 750 degrees with pretty favorable reviews
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    I looked at that one but it was 250 more than...

    I looked at that one but it was 250 more than mine, if I'm remembering correctly and they wife already wasn't hot on spending 500 on a grill.
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    Thanks John I need to time mine to make sure I'm...

    Thanks John
    I need to time mine to make sure I'm not over exaggerating, but tonight was another night of frustration with it. Tried to have the wife turn it on while I was at work, she couldn't get...
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    Hmm interesting. I emailed pit boss and they said...

    Hmm interesting. I emailed pit boss and they said that yes like 7-10 minutes for the initial smoke / ignition is normal and to then adjust to my desired temp.

    My burner pot also sounds like a...
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    Dang, that's kind of my findings so far to. Plus...

    Dang, that's kind of my findings so far to. Plus the burn pot area itself is fairly small to for searing your only getting like 1 steak on that portion at a time.
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    Maybe I'm just not using my charcoal right then....

    Maybe I'm just not using my charcoal right then. I always found the charcoal to be at least a 30 minute process to get grilling.
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    Thanks kev Maybe a hour is the right amount of...

    Thanks kev
    Maybe a hour is the right amount of time for grilling on one these pellet machines. Guess the marketing of smoking + searing got my hopes up a little high. (To be fair it never said how...
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    Pellet smoker / pit boss

    I bought a pit boss Platinum Laredo from Walmart last week. I'm wondering if either I had too high of expectations and or if my pellet smoker isn't working properly. I've had gas BBQ, electric...
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    Patrick it's obviously because Derek is from down...

    Patrick it's obviously because Derek is from down under. Not the only thing backwards... I heard the toilets flush the other way too 😲😂🤣
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    LoL I said ASSUME 😉

    LoL
    I said ASSUME 😉
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    If money was no concern, then the high end brand...

    If money was no concern, then the high end brand spanking new Nova drill press or other top brand.
    I like restoring tools but not the time it takes. Since I've finally bought a few new tools I can...
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    That's what I've been semi seeing as well. Theres...

    That's what I've been semi seeing as well. Theres a Used bench top mill for 400 locally now. Tempting... Sure I could find lots of uses for a milling machine
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    Thanks Jamie, I thought it was a steal as well...

    Thanks Jamie, I thought it was a steal as well once I finally found the jc-3 model's. Seems to good to be a true even for a project.
    I messaged the seller. We'll see where is goes.
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    Thanks Derek I had thought of that, but being...

    Thanks Derek
    I had thought of that, but being full time employed leaves me very little time during normal business hours when these shops are open to hunt down scraps. I do know of a nice stone...
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    Thanks Robert that was my thinking as well.

    Thanks Robert that was my thinking as well.
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    Hi Phil Excellent restoration! I've seen...

    Hi Phil
    Excellent restoration!
    I've seen various floor standing and bench models with this design ranging from 300-500. Is that a reasonable price for those types of machines in normal old...
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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding but according to some...

    Maybe I'm misunderstanding but according to some inflation calculators I just did 500 in 1985 is $1283 in today money. $30k salary in 1985 is 73k in today's money.

    Which is about the same money....
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    I can see that now 😁

    I can see that now 😁
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    Andrew I was just looking at the full size...

    Andrew
    I was just looking at the full size models in the magazine which I think we're rikon,powermatic and Nova. I think the cheapest one was 1k

    I'm not after any particular model of drill...
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    Thanks Robert Like I said the pictures look...

    Thanks Robert
    Like I said the pictures look rough, just don't want to get in over my head type of deal. But I can remove rust and paint real well if the bones are good.

    Any ideas what to look...
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    Jet JC-3 dust collector value

    Probably used up all my questions for the month today, but...

    Since I've been using more machinery, I've been thinking more and more about dust collection. I currently have a little roll around...
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    Why are drill presses so expensive?

    Probably a dumb question, but why the heck are full size drill presses so expensive. I was flipping through either a woodcraft or rockler catalog and noticed the drill presses were just as expensive...
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    Melamine router table?

    I've been spending my free time by thinking about building a router table. I had another recent thread about routers and simple tables. I went to a local supplier today who sells excess / seconds...
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