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  • So where in Minnesota do you reside? My parents, brother, and sister live in the Minneapolis area. I grew up across the river in Grand Forks, ND. I moved to Iowa for a job and now retired.
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    ajoeiam
    Its a long long ways from Minneapolis - - - grin!
    We have had season's tickets to the opera there though and for a number of years.
    Lately though - - - - I'm not that much a fan of 20th and 21st century opera - - - - most of its quite boring and worse, puerile, and then the covid stuff isn't helping.
    Made some good friends from seat mates.
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    I want to by a mill does any one know if the Grizzly G0705 would be a good choice?
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    ajoeiam
    I collect packages in the far northern end of Minnesota.
    Sorry about how this message was sent, they limit a message to 420 characters. I tried a private conversation, but could not post it. Anyway these are backwards order, so read from the bottom.
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    ajoeiam
    The inability to have private messages is a pita!
    So I get lucky sometimes as when I click on a link from the listings, inside there eBay puts up links with photos to other sellers of similar items. I've gotten lots of insert tooling lately from China.
    Now you will see the Aloris brand, high quality, but 4x-8x the price. I've not seen anywhere in my shop that that is needed.
    Hope you see this private message.
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    ajoeiam
    Dunno - - - - Aloris is very nice in use!!!!
    Look at eBay, and Amazon, and do a general search for QCTP sets, if you don't have one on your lathe currently. I shop around. But even there, sellers on eBay may have a spelling error, or they don't have a keyword that you think is required.
    As for the piston type, they just don't have the tool holder power. I've bent the height adjust screw (twice now) which is a long set screw into the holder with a large knurled wheel threaded nut. I did this on my large lathe, that is a geared head, and I was treppaning at the time.
    ajoeiam: I just did a search for "QCTP number system" and I got a link to Phase II brand catalog online.
    I've 3 sets of these. One is unused as it is the piston type. I have the 1xx size for my 10x24 lathe, and 4xx size for my 18x40 lathe. They are Phase II. I've been getting holders from Shars. I think the best price is from eBay, that I've found.
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