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Boojie

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I have a CB-1220XL ( essentially a MI-1220XL). I was planning on ordering the Chicago bolt Smithy sells for mounting a QCTP. While I am paying the $11 handling fee is there anything else I should get from them? I know it’s a loaded question LOL.
 

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Is this an item you can't make yourself? I'm guessing it's a chicken and egg problem?
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Is this an item you can't make yourself? I'm guessing it's a chicken and egg problem?
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For the $9 they want for the bolt it makes more sense to buy it than to spend my time on it.
I’m just wondering if there are some other things I should buy from Smithy ( that I can’t get elsewhere )

I have a steady rest and the standard Smithy accessory kit.


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I hear that- I would say any items that are non-specific to Smithy you could most likely find them cheaper elsewhere, tool bits and so forth
You might want to buy a spare chuck backplate if those are unique to Smithy, in case you want to fit another chuck
Also high-wear items like half-nuts perhaps, depending on how much you plan on using power feed on the carriage when turning
 

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Threading dial if your machine doesn’t already have one. They’ll include the dimensions for making a bracket for it.


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Threading dial if your machine doesn’t already have one. They’ll include the dimensions for making a bracket for it.
Are you referring to the dial that rotates as the feedscrew turns to let you know where to start making thread cuts again?
 

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Are you referring to the dial that rotates as the feedscrew turns to let you know where to start making thread cuts again?
Yes. I don’t think it’s a standard option on the older 1220 Midas machines (or at least the used one I purchased did not have one). Smithy has a threading dial that can be purchased separately (or they used to) and they will also send along a .pdf blueprint for making the bracket for it. I assume they still sell these.


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