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    Quote Originally Posted by old miner called Pop View Post
    I saw some at the NAPA store today...I didnt know they sell them but they do at that one...I didnt get any so I dont know the price
    Checking online, it doesn't look like they handle them on the Cdn. side... just gasket scrapers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    Lost my good CP scaler last week... I think it's riding around in the kingpin box on a hay trailer. My guy got in a hurry to finish the deck work and forgot to check for tools.
    Forgot to update this. Bonehead put it in the wrong toolbox. I found it 4 days later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    It should work dandy. I agree about the mud, my place is clean and cool in comparison. You would love the Chief with the wire wheel on it.

    I thought about getting another one for that purpose...I really dont use a grinder all that much but they do come in handy sometimes. he most I use a grinder for is cleaning the slag off of a piece of plate I cut or the groove in a crack I gouge out and that really isnt that often. I make a pretty clean cut usually all I need to do is hit it with a chippin hammer or a scraper and off it comes. The cracks I gouge out I do with the jet arc and the slag just blows away, hit it a good lick with the neeedle scaler and then blow it out with my air chuck, heat it up with the weed burner and go to town weldin. Nail the weld with the needle scaler, wire brush it with the hand held one and repeat til she is filled up and lookin pretty and then on to next disaster


    The thing is the more stuff I get out of the truck during the course of the day its just that much more I got to put away.

    I hate wrappin up to leave. I would be content to just stay there and keep goin but they only allow me to work so many hours a day 14 is usually the limit but there have been times Ive never left the job until 4 days later...seriously...some stuff breaks that bad and they want this stuff up and goin as soon as possible and I stay and get it done. One Friday morning over in Locust Gap Slim the lead maintenance guy told me there is a crack in the lip of the Demag bucket can you fix it this afternoon? Sure I said..so I get to this thing and gouge out the crack and start preheating this thing...while I am preheating it I see another crack...and another crack..and another crack...til I get done lookin at this thing there is 7 cracks... evry one of them alongside the tooth bases and right through to the underside. I call Slim and tell him you have a big problem here. He comes over to look at it and makes a few phone calls. 10 minutes later he says fix it right whatever it takes get it goin as fast as possible. So we get 2 heavy pieces of c channel and weld em on the sides to prop the bucket up with the teeth pointed down and I get to work He stayed there that whole weekend with me kept me in coffee food fuel...went up to our shop and got me more wire rods and whatever else I needed and Joe asks him should I send another guy out there...Slim says no...I want this guy to do it that way I know it aint comin back apart. 430 am Monday morning it was done. 4 years later that bucket still diggin away at some of the nastiest damn rock you will find


    They know when I do it its gonna stay together and be done right. Those jobs they keep me in coffee fuel and sometimes food. My wife aint happy when I do that but she knew when we got together what I was all about and accepted it,,,her dad and my dad were the same way so she understands it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    Forgot to update this. Bonehead put it in the wrong toolbox. I found it 4 days later.

    Ha!! Well thats good you found it, at least the guy put it away...somewhere. I do that sometimes with my own stuff...it all gets put away and evrything has its place...but there is days when you are in a hurry to get out of the rain or you are just too damn tired to care and it gets put in the wrong box or wrong spot. Next day...where is that damn thing? I know I put it away. 20 minutes later..or maybe even the next day when you are lookin for somethin else you find it...but you dont need it just then so you put it back in its proper place and tell it to stay there

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    I burn and gouge well also. I think its easier with big ole fat carbon than little ones. I rarely do it at home. mI had a unit, used it about twice, lost it in a fire and borrowed my neighbors,,, then one came up foir sale, got it and havnt used it since. I can work long hours too but that type of thing would be grueling after a couple weeks. A wheel on the air just rips it so clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old miner called Pop View Post
    Ha!! Well thats good you found it, at least the guy put it away...somewhere. I do that sometimes with my own stuff....
    Yea.... Grandpa memory. I spend a way too much time these days looking for the tool I just put down. I've driven a swather for 27 hrs straight but I can't imagine welding that long. It gets to the point that you are really happy when the rabbit runs out of the grain at the end of the field and you're just happy that you weren't seeing things. You can only run on coffee for so long and then you start to lose alertness. When I went to college I partied all night every 2nd night for weeks... a schedule like that might kill me now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Yea.... When I went to college I partied all night every 2nd night for weeks... a schedule like that might kill me now...
    LOL not me!


    Id fall asleep way before that happens.


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    Re: Needle Scalers

    About a month ago I got the Chief needle scaler from HF...I've not done heavy usage with it yet, only a few times, but it seems to perform well, and looks to be about the same as the Pro Forme pictured in the posts previously in this thread. It does have hardened rods, and so far no deformity in the ends of those using them on steel. I like the adjustability of the unit, and it seems to be well made.
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    Re: Needle Scalers

    I got the Chief brand from HF about a month ago, and it seems to be well made, and looks to be the same unit as the Pro Point pictured in the previous posts in this thread. It has hardened rods, and is adjustable on the force of scaling by which setting you put it on. I've used it several times, and no deforming of the rod tips so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sberry View Post
    It should work dandy. I agree about the mud, my place is clean and cool in comparison. You would love the Chief with the wire wheel on it.

    I dont know...maybe I am a wee bit too demanding with the stuff I work with...I figure stuff should work as hard as I do all day long with no quibbles about it. The 4 inch air grinder I got seems to stall out with the least little bit of water in the line. I changed the filter drain thing in my manifold the other day and drain it regular and it dont seem to help this problem much. Last night I went to grind a small goober off and it wouldn't even start. So I drained the filter and dumped some air tool oil in the grinder and it blew a bunch of water and oil just about evrywhere...I was a mess which is nothin new Im a greaseball at work anyway. Well it started then and stopped and after spinning the wheel by hand (oh my safety violation!!!) it started up. Now the needle scaler dont do this much at all unless its below 30 degrees, thren I spray some WD40 in it and put a wee bit of air dry in the riser I made coming off the tank. Maybe bein as how there a gizmo that rotates inside the grinder it gets bound up easier whereas the needle scaler is nothing but a hammer. I dont know I never had an air grinder apart but Ive had my share of needle scalers apart and know them pretty well.

    Another little snivel Ive got about the grinder is the damn little lever you have to move out the way to mash the handle to make the grinder go, yeah I know its a safety thing but its a pain in the butt Im not used to. Thinkin about removing it but then MSHA would have a damn fit over it.

    Speakin of which...safety and grinders...I know this aint the place and it should be in the dangerous tool thread we got goin on in the safety forum. Ive used grinders for years and years and for most of those years I used to take that damn guard off and throw it away. After I got told about it 6 or 7 times I put it back on. But in all that time I have never given myself a manicure with a grinder or cut a finger or my hands. Ive had em smashed doin other dumb s$%t but never had an issue or accident with a grinder...until...the damn guard got wore and started spinning like a propellor and ripped my thumb apart. So watch that guard when it wears it can be just as bad as not having a guard

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