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    Calling Locknut again.

    I opened the PDF and they look fine. Most likely a font issue. I had a customer send me a file and it was gibberish. Long story short, I had to load a particular font to view it, couldnt just open in a different font.....stupid bs.....
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    Calling Locknut again.

    On my 2007 400LC WC61 goes to the conveyor
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    So is it slowin down? (business/mfrg)

    Not sure about casing, Im not in that part of the business, but have heard the same. I have had a lot of issues with mechanical tubing and 4340 rd bar. The supplier I use most frequently has been out of a lot of sizes of tubing repeatedly for the last year, at least. They get some in and I think...
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    Reasons for working overtime

    Yep. Our workload is so erratic ( o&g ) if everyone was at 40hrs I would have to hire and layoff monthly. ( I dont treat people that way ) I am lucky enough that my 2 main guys love OT so they are on 60hrs, and have been for a year and a half. They are very productive so the cost doesnt bother...
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    So is it slowin down? (business/mfrg)

    My customers are primarily oil & gas, not seeing a slowdown yet, and THINK we will be ok for a bit ( but who ever really knows ). Last year was our best ever with this year looking at least as good, but having serious issues finding decent employees. Have run through 3 this year on one machine...
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    Too much demand!

    This is a constant problem here. It is the nature of doing oilfield work. But has been getting worse, especially when material is getting harder and harder to find. I have mentioned this to my main customers in hopes of a little more lead time. Its not unusual for us to get just a few days for...
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    Converting from Quickbooks 2019 desktop to online version - any issues or problems?

    Dealing with this myself. Since I dont have my bank linked etc, it looks like I will be ok continuing with the old version. I dont do payroll or have any accounts linked. Hard to really tell for sure if it will still be usable past the end of May
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    Passing Costs To Customer Like Everyone Else

    I started raising prices in the last few months. My costs have gone up, and I had been told I was low, repeatedly. Last week one of my two largest customers ( we do the majority of their parts ) questioned a price and told me another vendor quoted lower. Not sure if they are playing me, or it...
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    1 big rotary phase convertor or a small one per machine

    Mine are all American Rotary. No problems at all so far. 9yrs on the first one. As far as the other posts about transformers, they dropped a 50kva for my first service ( two 200a, technically 320a total ) and the guy that came out when I wanted to add another told me he looked up my actual...
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    I'm tired. Tired and I don't think I have any left in me, to give my company

    If you do bail, arent you a little worried you will miss it? Thats a pretty big change in lifestyle pretty quick. As exhausting as it is, Im pretty sure I would miss it after a bit. At least for a while. And get bored. I would go insane with boredom.
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    I'm tired. Tired and I don't think I have any left in me, to give my company

    Hate to hear it Doug, been there and havent been in business near as long. Up until just early last year there were many weeks I had to put my paycheck right back in, or tell the CPA to not pay me. It got old real quick. But Im hard headed as a MF, and didnt give up. It sounds like you are set...
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    1 big rotary phase convertor or a small one per machine

    I guess it depends on how big you are talking. Your service will determine how big you can actually go. My latest addition required ( another ) transformer on the pole at 320 amps, ( 2 200amp services at an actual total of 320a ) one full 200a panel powers just one 60amp phase converter (...
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    Starting a small CNC shop

    Up there Im sure its different, I have no experience with it. But here a lot of companies design and build tools for a very specific set of circumstances. One customer very often builds 2 tools ( one to run, one for backup-well time can be expensive ) for a specific customer, for a specific...
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    Hiring new workers and pay scale of current workers, what options are there?

    I am doing it to retain good, productive employees. As far as material costs, yes, I pass it on to customers. Everyone else is paying more for matl too. If I had long term contracts, then yeah, I would be screwed. Guess thats a benefit to being a job shop
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    What are your current shop hurdles, and how will you beat them?

    Same old issue of whether to hire another mill guy or run it myself. Being a job shop in the oil business means you never know what is coming, and when they will need it. Hard to schedule when you have no idea what the workload is going to be. Most of our work is 2 weeks or less, often a couple...
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    Hiring new workers and pay scale of current workers, what options are there?

    Illegal here too. The state says you can ask them to not tell, but cant tell them, or punish them for telling. To me its really no big deal. I can justify everyones wages here ( only 4 guys ) and explain why they make what they make. ( I do prefer if they dont talk about it just to keep any...
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    Hiring new workers and pay scale of current workers, what options are there?

    I am small and havent been around long enough to have long timers, but this is what Im doing. Well, with the exception of one guy. Been on the fence about firing him so he can quit if he doesnt like it......
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    Multiple business entities?

    Not going to claim that I know what Im doing, but I started as a SP. Shop is on my personal property ( homestead ) As things got busier I created an LLC for the machine shop itself, and kept the building and machines in the SP. I rent the machines and building to the LLC. All the actual business...
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    Am I not smart?

    I generally dont give advice here because in the end, what the hell do I know? Especially compared to some of the other guys here. But will give my experience in case it helps. I am in a different situation than you, my house and land have been paid off for years. I am very risk adverse, but...
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    Is LEADWELL a stable machie?

    Unless something has changed recently, in my area its Campat Machine Tools, their service down here ( north of Houston ) is top notch, the best I have seen. I have a V30 and have run several others including LTC25, LTC-50, MCV 1500 and V40i. Not high end Japanese machines, but good solid...