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7:13 PM - Oct 05, 2018 #11

Square-D, Eaton/Siemens and Milbank all have them.  Depends if your utility wants Ring or Ringless meters, Bypass sockets, or other setups to match the meters they use.  
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Siemens-400 ... 04L1400RLM
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9:40 PM - Oct 05, 2018 #12

Just going to upgrade the house (where my shop is), I cant afford fancy, or a garage.. or a driveway that isnt falling over   - _ -

Biggest concern right now is how do I wire up this 4 prong twist lock to some 10/3 stranded, and then feed it into a single box with a Nema 6-13 wall outlet. I dont need the 120 end of that socket for this machine (its european, so all 220 / 240)
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1:38 AM - Oct 06, 2018 #13

And of course... cant leave it alone. Grabbed one of my 5 speed jeep shifters we made back in the day, threw in an 8mm insert that I have from our rear shock mounts, a bit of epoxy. Gave it a wipedown. This thing sat in a somewhat humid shop for a while, and the surfaces, especially the sliding ones, are not just dry as a popcorn fart, some of them have some powdery surface rust on them. A mr clean pad and some light oil (weapon shield, made locally) takes care of that through. Some orange cleaner for the front, followed by novus. Not bad for a 2nd hand machine. 

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2:43 AM - Oct 06, 2018 #14

BruceBergman wrote: Well then!  Check with the local Authorities and see what you can do before starting - there's the "California 400" panel (350A Continuous rated) if they allow it.   
Id like to hear more about this - ive been looking for a non insanely priced load center over 200 amps for when i move, as i have a big phase perfect digital inverter to feed, with hopes of a vertical machining center in the future. Unfortunately, the best ive managed to find from Square D is a 225 amp panel. Ive found an Eaton panel rated at 400 smp single phase, with 42 circuit, with a large price swing at different places, and im not impressed with eatons quality, to be frank. Makes me wonder why one place was cheaper than a typical 200 amp panel, the othe was mid 4 figures..
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1:41 PM - Oct 06, 2018 #15

When Home Depot or Lowes buy in huge quantity they can get a really good price wholesale and pass it on.  But these are Single Phase

The only chance of having this in 3-Phase is Milbank, they like doing odd stuff like a 3-Phase 42-space in the panel and a couple Single Phase  sub-mains off to external panels.  But that would work out perfect for the average home shop with 2 or 3 3-phase machines and a feed out to the Well. 

And consider your local Electrical Recyclers - they have good used standing sections for a lot less than the New ones for a bloody fortune.  Bernard & Sons in Van Nuys (Los Angeles) is my go-to.  They buy old oddball breakers, clean 'em up, run them on a testing machine to make sure they trip, and resell them for reasonable. 
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10:32 PM - Oct 08, 2018 #16

??? I bought my 3-phase Siemens panel from Home Depot in 2008/2009.  It would not surprise me if it was not always in stock, but it was a (literal) off-the-shelf item at that time.
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11:12 PM - Oct 08, 2018 #17

Home Depot shows standalone 3-Phase breaker panels, 100A to 200A size - but not a Service Entrance Device/Panel / Meter Entrance Panel. You'd have to order a boxed 3-phase meter socket and a breaker panel and roll it out of separate pieces. 
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12:39 PM - Oct 11, 2018 #18

Well a little bit of progress, I was able to get the right plugs and convert a 4 prong 240/120 generator plug to a Nema 6-15, which is stock, and used 25' of 10/4 wire to be able to run this in the short term.

That said... Test 1 from my first Jeep Renegade mold.
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5:29 PM - Oct 11, 2018 #19

Doesn't look like it's getting the fine detail off the graduation ticks - a little more heat and hit the vacuum faster.
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3:27 PM - Oct 12, 2018 #20

BruceBergman wrote: Doesn't look like it's getting the fine detail off the graduation ticks - a little more heat and hit the vacuum faster.
Those tics are a pain in the ass. They need to be holes, and the next version of this needs to have them cut out. But its pulling more detail than needed, when I look close, you can see the printing from the factory gauge face. 
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