I didn't like how soldering was going on some sheet metal boxes so I made the jump to spot welding. I don't have the money or space for a nice stationary system so I bought a harbor freight unit and immediately started turning it into something useable.
I was making a part at work on the sheldon lathe and noticed that I had a hard time moving the carriage side to side. I took the gearbox off the carriage and found three missing teeth on the main drive gear. A slow speed gear with reasonably low forces made fixing the gear an easier choice than purchasing a new one and modifying to fit.
The first mill I purchased was this cute little Industro-Lite horizontal. It is a little machine but well designed. Well worth the time I spent to rebuild it.
A horizontal bandsaw for cutting stock was on my list for a long time. I ended up winning Wells 8M on ebay finally. It was a little rough and needed a rebuild to be useable so I gave it one.
I purchased a Rockwell tool and cutter grinder for $350 off craigslist. As one might expect it was worn out and needed a complete rebuild.