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Why would anyone buy this thing?
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August 25, 2011
8:12 PM
Alexander m
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I was searching through the travers tool website and stumbled across this.

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It looks like a decent machine, it's said to be used for deburring and polishing parts with the it held in a 5C collet and a file or sand paper would be held against it. Reasonable enough if it costs $200-$500, but instead it costs $4050!  I'm not joking, so why would anyone buy this thing. 

 

 

Edit: price has come down in recent years.

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August 25, 2011
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Alexander, maybe it's for the guy that has everything but that. I found a steal for you at only $2600. Laugh

http://www.overbeckmachine.com/

 

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August 26, 2011
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Perhaps it is so that you don't have to cover the ways when using sandpaper, or if you are making batches, someone can be polishing one product while you can get started making the next one.

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August 28, 2011
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Maybe they are overstock from NASA- used to polish toilet seat fasteners!

Kevin "If it aint broke, fix it till it is!"
October 8, 2011
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Reading the spiel on their website is seems to provide the advantage of rapid run up and stopping. I can see the sense in that, polishing small parts might take less time than it would take for a regular lathe to some up to seed, hence increased productivity. 

As for the price, dunno, possibly a product of short batch runs.

November 4, 2012
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They are small and that restrick what is sharpened.

November 19, 2012
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Having viewed this machine(and it's price),I can only assume it was manufactured under the P.T. Barnum principle..........."there's one born every minute"

                                Swarfie........

October 17, 2014
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Alexander m
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Funny how things come around.

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October 17, 2014
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Brings back memories.  Funny how some of the old regular posters are missing.

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I've been absent for a while. Haven't been doing much shedwise lately. :(

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