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    Quote Originally Posted by lowCountryCamo View Post
    I have tried but still cannot understand why machinist are paid so little compared to other trades. Can anyone enlighten me.
    Simple, most other trades compete locally, we compete globally. The plumber or electrician might have 50 or 100 competitors, most machine shops have 100,000+ and many of those are in third world countries with $1 an hour labor.

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    Business is good. We turn down nothing. Trying to find way's to get everything done now. Not complaining about being busy ! It was not that long ago when just about eveyone was hurting.

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    We have a few long term contracts, so the smaller ones come and go from week to week. We are lucky right now though, we haven't really got any competition, what we do is still fairly new.

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    I plan on opening a new waterjet shop in the next six months or so. I have 15 years experience as an operator and now have the means to buy a new Ward machine and be able to carry the shop for a year or two if need be. Most new shops fail quickly because they cannot make a profit until they are well known. I plan to cling on and market myself shamelessly. It will be at least a year or two before I can hire an operator, if ever. If I just break even, then I will have the coolest hobby shop ever.

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    The next 6 months. July has 2)4 day autocross race weekends for us. August has a week vacation in upper Maine, racing again, and a 2nd long weekend. September I plan on being at the IMTS, followed by a "work" trip to Verona with wifey. October we will be in Miami "working" for a week. Staying around home for November. December is time for a vacation so will be in Barbados for a few weeks, and holidays finish the year. Back to work in January spending a week in Vegas "working".
    Tough job but it has gotta be done.
    Prob not the answers Mil was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy887 View Post
    Prob not the answers Mil was looking for.
    Yeah, especially since the original post is almost 3 yrs old. Pretty sure THOSE six months are long gone.

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    Seeing as another 6 months or so has passed guess updates are due,

    This year started at a blistering pace for me. Then the oil slump hit and one of my customers customers who does a lot of wood chip burners customers switched from the agro of burning wood back to burning oil, cheaper and less effort! Thats kinda had a knock on effect and created some spare capacity and so im not getting much work from there which use to indirectly account for about 1/4 my income.

    That aside everything else is a little slower but stable this month. Have enough work to show a profit, but not as much as i would kinda like. Then again, i have kinda spent the last couple of years pretty backed up work wise. Currently theres enough definite work to see me through a good month or 2 as yet, but this years looking like it will be a bit quieter than last year which was pretty good really all told. So i spose a stable outlook looking forwards right now, probaly not the growth i was hopeing for but its still early in the year,

    I also hope to take on some proper premises this year, but have no idea when its actually going to be, but it will finally give me a lot more space and the ability to buy material direct and in qty (at least qty by my needs!!) Weather theres then going to be a enough work to really show a profit doing that i don't know, but its something i need, hopefully it will unlock some doors and at least break even.

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    We are very-busy.Purchased a new Haas w/5th axis.Hopefully this will help.North of me(Detroit)area,from what
    i have been told,slammed with work.They need bodies,how one guy put it.

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    things are slowing down.
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    oil is cheaper from fracking so oil industry is slowing down
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    15% alcohol addition to gas did not pass but stayed at 10% so corn prices are low and farmers have less money to buy equipment so farm and construction equipment manufacturers slowing
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    west port strike slowing imports and export loading and unloading. this is effecting manufacturers who depend on imports and exports to be on time. supply chain delays mean maybe a week off or more and no pay until supplies come in
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    wind energy tax credits expired? so not as many big wind turbine projects in the works, which means machine tools sold to those shop making turbines is slowing too
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    Russian embargo is effecting world markets. both imports and exports.
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    in general as of Feb 2015 things are slowing compared to 2014

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    Spose its update time,

    Things here are good, probaly some of the best work i have ever had with the best margins. Brexit seams to be largely ignored and i have nothing to dio with oil, if anything the fear and low savings return probaly push more stuff my way as people look to invest in other tangible things they both have and like!

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    I got a job that will take 400 hrs in addition to the work that I normally do. I am already short a good lathe machinist.

    John


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