I found a wagner drill :)

I worked at a steel structure firm a few years ago. One day the drill operator went on vacation and his backup decided the last day he was also going on vacation, so there was no one to operate the drill.

These things are triple axis 12 by 15 ft machines, up to 1.5 inch diameter steel drills, 5 drills per axis, either manual or network fed nc. It handled up to 60 ft beams, but most were about 12 foot, for malls and plants.

wagner drill

Not having a working drill meant 30 people without work and three weeks delay in delivery, that’s a 100K++ loss. Sysop was part of my job, and the drill is mainly a computer so i said ‘If you don’t mind, I’ll take the drill’.

I got an hour instruction on what all the little buttons do and how the transports worked and spent two or three weeks drilling holes.

wagner control panel

That was actually fun, working in the factory for a change.

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