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    Does it have to be a vise? A mitee bite uniforce...

    Does it have to be a vise? A mitee bite uniforce with a hydraulic pull cylinder is pretty inexpensive.
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    Wow! That's way cheaper than the Schunk KSPs we...

    Wow! That's way cheaper than the Schunk KSPs we use. Do they have a spec for repeatability?
  3. Person to clean toilets is the best investment...

    Person to clean toilets is the best investment we've ever made.

    He also sweeps, mops, mows, weeds, salts, paints, changes lightbulbs and ballasts, empties trash cans etc.
  4. "Job shop" doesn't tell us anything. What are you...

    "Job shop" doesn't tell us anything. What are you making, and in what lot quantities?

    A ten million dollar shop may only need one sales, if it is doing one million dollar per PO jobs. It might...
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    If it is material heavy or you're not comfortable...

    If it is material heavy or you're not comfortable with the customer, you could ask for 1/3rd of the total (for all 50) up front, then 2/3rds of each release upon shipment. That gives them incentive...
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    Overthinking it. Spin the cylinder, spin the...

    Overthinking it.

    Spin the cylinder, spin the connector, take up the rotation in the air line. A couple feet of 1/4" polyurethane tubing won't even notice one rotation.

    Be careful not to wrap...
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    So, if I understand correctly... Convince...

    So, if I understand correctly...

    Convince people to not account for their own overhead costs
    Flout/ignore environmental regulations around finishing
    Provide a terrible quality product
    *techy...
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    Even if every machine had a list price online, it...

    Even if every machine had a list price online, it might not tell you much. Some machines I have purchased it took months to get 3% knocked off, and nobody I know has done any better. Some machines...
  9. Some formal training is always better than no...

    Some formal training is always better than no formal training.

    With some formal training, a person at least touches on the basics of what's possible and maybe a little bit of what's standard...
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    I have a pretty big tracked hydrostatic Honda....

    I have a pretty big tracked hydrostatic Honda. Our driveway climbs 70 feet and is 600 feet long, and turns too much to plow. So it's a lifesaver. It is much more stable, so much so that if the...
  11. Thread: Recession?

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    All the warning lights are blinking recession....

    All the warning lights are blinking recession. We've been dead slow since the latest round of tariff increases in May. Dead slow like 20% of our typical monthly revenue.

    Even given that, I'm...
  12. Delta (back when they were an industrial brand)...

    Delta (back when they were an industrial brand) used to make benchtop versions of all their floor standing drill presses. I'm sure you could find one under 750.
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    Don't worry, if they leave the pricing at "we...

    Don't worry, if they leave the pricing at "we can't be bothered" and it's really that easy to copy, there are already eight companies making clones and selling them on alibaba...
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    I like the idea of skipping the lathe entirely....

    I like the idea of skipping the lathe entirely. If you have a piece of plate (I guess it'd be sheet at this scale) and a vacuum table with locating pins, you clamp down a 6"x6" piece of plate,...
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    Came to post use circuit board drills, but that's...

    Came to post use circuit board drills, but that's been handled. They're designed for this stuff and you're just about at the upper thickness limit. Shouldn't be a big deal to make two holes.

    My...
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    Acrobat has a Compare Files tool, which will do...

    Acrobat has a Compare Files tool, which will do what you're looking for. Or there are lots of other Diff utilities out there, some online, most free.

    It's galling on their part, but you can...
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    I use ebay from time to time for test equipment...

    I use ebay from time to time for test equipment parts. There it makes sense. You build a product, build the test and production fixtures for it, the product goes obsolete and you sell the fixtures to...
  18. Look, this is the owner forum. If the bigger...

    Look, this is the owner forum. If the bigger companies weren't so dysfunctional there'd be nothing there for us little guys. So what are we complaining about?
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    I have a dual spindle nearly new Y axis lathe...

    I have a dual spindle nearly new Y axis lathe with bar feeder sitting around doing nothing... Not so much one customer as one industry and then when fashions change...

    OTOH I paid cash for it new...
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    I have a couple of my (2016 and under-used)...

    I have a couple of my (2016 and under-used) Brother S500X1s with rotary in the For Sale section of the site but that's smaller travel and fancier than you're probably looking for.

    If you really...
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    Kern makes a pretty small fiber, but .25 aluminum...

    Kern makes a pretty small fiber, but .25 aluminum will be a multi-kilowatt system, which limits how small you can be.

    Reasonable in the case means $200k, correct?
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    Brother Speedio S500X1 16k

    I have six (mostly) matching Brother Speedio S500X1 machines. Four are from 2016 and two are 2015. I got them for doing electronic cigarette cases, and that market has cooled significantly, at least...
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    Fusion and its siblings (HSMworks etc) are fine...

    Fusion and its siblings (HSMworks etc) are fine for 3+1 and 3+2 work, but they're absolute garbage for anything that requires anything simultaneous.

    If everything you're doing is small the Lang...
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    I have an Atlas Copco that sits in a puddle of...

    I have an Atlas Copco that sits in a puddle of its own oil too, but it has 28,000 hours on it and I've never had to replace the air end. Three thermostats, belts, oil, separators and the control...
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    If the point of a kickstarter is to get enough...

    If the point of a kickstarter is to get enough funds to go from prototype to production, and they needed an order of $100k to get all their molds and tooling and designs done and be into serial...
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