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kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
I must politely comment on "Everything is Easy", and some take more time than others. My business does not "sell time", we sell skill and charge appropriately.

We tend to apply our skills to a given project and charge for the time involved in completing it, I recon we all have another way to figure it, many here are a lot more scientific and time consuming than I.
 
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otrlt

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We tend to apply our skills to a given project and charge for the time involved in completing it, I recon we all have another way to figure it, many here are a lot more scientific and time consuming than I.

I'm very much like you Kustomizer,
I like to keep it simple as well. The truth is that I was not explaining myself correctly. Yes, I bill skill, but I also add time.
 
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otrlt

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otrit,

I have several sets of your vise jaws. They are nicely made.

Thank you for your compliment of my tools,. I don't recognize your name but I will recognize your city.

I hope that you are not purchasing through ebay, significant discounts are available through us directly.
 
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otrlt

Guest
Yes, eBay :( bmmachine Midway, GA

BM Machine Midway , GA

I'm not at my main shop computer, I'm at home, but your company name rings a bell. What model did you purchase, and what do you like/or dislike about it?
 

David_M

Hot Rolled
Joined
Sep 30, 2014
Location
Midway, GA, USA
BM Machine Midway , GA

I'm not at my main shop computer, I'm at home, but your company name rings a bell. What model did you purchase, and what do you like/or dislike about it?

Model 500 and Model 200 (I think, I'll confirm tomorrow). Top workmanship. Nice, durable coating.
 
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otrlt

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Model 500 and Model 200 (I think, I'll confirm tomorrow). Top workmanship. Nice, durable coating.

Hello David,
ViseCleats Model 500 is extensively used in my shop. It is perhaps the most useful for precision "tall" work piece location.

Our Model 200 is the big seller. It is the mostly used vise jaw set in my shop. I recently been compelled to produce a 8" version of this jaw for 8" Kurts.

By now, many have attempted to copy this design, but I'm sure that many machinist know the effectiveness of the "Dovetailed Knife Edge Grip"

I have encroached enough on this thread pertaining to my product.
 

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
Hello,
I own a small CNC machine shop in south Florida. Our company specializes in prototyping and short runs. we have two lathes (one with live tooling) a Vf2 and a UMC 750. We are looking to get new customers as we are very slow in work at the moment. We have tried being a supplier for Xometry but the rates they want to pay don't add up.
Any advise on how we can gain new customers ?
we recently got a new website made EGM Manufacturing

any advise/tips will help.

I have just got hold of a friend in Florida, she heads up assembly of some fancy machines built in your neck of the woods.
She will give me the contact info in the am, half their company is working from home these days. Anyhow I should be able to get you the contact info for the guy you need to talk to, They have lots of work and they pay their bills. I will PM you when I get it and after that it is up to you Sir.

Sorry for helping in hijacking your thread, hope this helps make up for it.
 

Doug

Diamond
Joined
Dec 16, 2002
Location
Pacific NW
zayy, how did you get the work that paid for those machines you have. Can you repeat that? Or, did you come to own this shop by other means?
 
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CITIZEN F16

Titanium
Joined
May 2, 2021
I need to see a Bridgeport.

The older I get, the more likely I am to go set-up a CNC, the manual machines get less and less use. Let the hot chips fly around inside the cover instead of landing on me. Let the chip conveyor throw the chips in the trash instead of me sweeping or vacuuming them up.
 

CITIZEN F16

Titanium
Joined
May 2, 2021
I have just got hold of a friend in Florida, she heads up assembly of some fancy machines built in your neck of the woods.
She will give me the contact info in the am, half their company is working from home these days. Anyhow I should be able to get you the contact info for the guy you need to talk to, They have lots of work and they pay their bills. I will PM you when I get it and after that it is up to you Sir.

Sorry for helping in hijacking your thread, hope this helps make up for it.

I think you should also send him your Christmas list as an attachment, just in case things work out.
 

kustomizer

Titanium
Joined
Aug 17, 2007
Location
North Fork Idaho
I think you should also send him your Christmas list as an attachment, just in case things work out.

I guess I should get busy and put one together, been so busy chasing around trying to get material to keep the contractors busy I ain't thought about it yet.

She is a sweetheart, he should be able to get more work there than a guy could want.
 

dkmc

Diamond
A business card is quickly lost or misplaced. But a scratch pad of 50 "business cards" has a much better chance of sticking around awhile. Example: Many, many years ago, I made a cold call to a smaller screw machine shop 25 miles away. I asked if I could send my company info, and I did. I sent a letter of introduction, a business card, and 2 small 4 x 5" scratch pads (each page is a business card). Lo and behold, nearly 8 years later I got a call from the owner asking if I would be interested in visiting them to discus some work possibilities. She said she had one of my scratch pads on her desk....which I completely forgot about sending. They were good for about an 8 year run, always paid COD, easy work. It lasted until they closed.
So, sometimes it takes time for things to happen. I really never expected to hear from them.

I would also suggest coming up with something to give prospective clients with your name and number on it that they will keep. Most prospects are not going to give you instant business, you will most likely get called when a current vendor of theirs can't make something or screws up for the last time. That coffee cup or whatever could make a sale 3 months from now. A business card or line card could hit the round file after you walk out.
 








 
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