Small machines

On this site I will list the machines that are not worth a dedicaded site, but are absolutely necessary to run a shop.

Festool CTL Mini and Cyclone seperator
Bench Grinder Metabo DS150
Air compressor
Tig welder
Blast cabinet

Festool CTL Mini and Cyclone seperator

I had a Festool CTL Mini for very long time in my shop, I like it because it has a very good filtration, but in the rescent time I do a lot work with plastics and end up with a lot of chips that fill the dustbag very quick.
I decided to order a very cheap cyclone seperator and a 12 liter steel bucket, which work very well to seperate all kind of chips and swarf out of the airstream into the bucket, almost nothing ends up in the dustbag of the vacuum cleaner.

China Nantong

Bench Grinder Metabo DS150

A basic 150mm bench grinder used for generic tool grinding.
It is setup with a coarse 36grit wheel on the left and a 60grit wheel on the right side, both aluminum oxide.

Air compressor

For many years I had a very loud one zylinder, oil lubricated, direct drive compressor with a 50l tank. Most of the time that compressor was up to what I needed it - Airgun to clear chips, a nailgun and a paint sprayer.
But in the recent time I use more and more compressed air with tools like a rightangle die grinder or the Fogbuster lubrication system. That made the loud compressor run very often to fill the tank - And while the compressor sits in the storage room next to my shop, it is still annoyingly loud.
For that reason I decided to buy one of those "silent" compressors with the two Diaphragm pumps. Those run without oil and are reasonable quiet - While delivering a good amount of air.

The unit I have choosen puts out 240l/min, has a 50l tank, a total power rating of 1500W and tops out at 8bar. It is also an import machine that is sold by a variety of suppliers and you should not have problems to find one similar to this.

Tig welder

My Tig welder is a 200amp DC/Puls machine - While it is a chinese import it works quite well. Almost all my work is steel, so I don't have need for a machine with AC capabilities.

The standard 17 size torch and the CK worldwide 9 size torch - Both gas cooled:

Consumables - Standard hardware and stubby gas lens for the 17 size torch and normal hardware for the 9 size torch:

Blast cabinet

A very cheap 90L volume blasting cabinet - It got outsourced into a shed as those cabinets create quite a lot of airborne dust which you don't want to have near your precision machines.
I run 150µm glas beads for cleaning and finishing surfaces in it. I have my old compressor dedicated to it and added a water trap - Otherwise the glas beads tend to get wet and lump up.