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    When I started my business, Torchmate, I began...

    When I started my business, Torchmate, I began small, using equipment that would fit in my basement and garage. I let sales growth dictate my expansion. Rather than go into it all here, I will...
  2. Business Life Cycle

    There may be some disagreement here, but I think businesses are a lot like movie actors.

    The majority of people who go to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a star don't make it. Those that do...
  3. Trends

    I believe an awareness of evolving trends is crucial in planning for a startup business.

    As an example, before personal computers permitted advertising copy to be produced in one's home office, we...
  4. In the very early CNC days, all I sold were DIY...

    In the very early CNC days, all I sold were DIY kits that would work regardless of the size table the customer built. I had the gear racks machined so they could be butted end to end without the...
  5. Other than a 4x4 unit being made by another...

    Other than a 4x4 unit being made by another startup company, the only remotely comparable machines out there in 1998 were the expensive industrial machines you mention above. They were sold via...
  6. More on Being in the Right Place at the Right Time

    We have all heard the phrase "he or she was just in the right place at the right time." I don't know how many of you have seen the scene in the 1949 movie "Twelve O'Clock High" where General...
  7. Can't disagree! I was definitely in the right...

    Can't disagree! I was definitely in the right place at the right time. I still think it is wise to avoid making major investments prematurely, whether for equipment or real estate. Proprietary...
  8. Very eloquently put! Assuming that a startup...

    Very eloquently put!

    Assuming that a startup business reinvests as much of the net profit as possible, there is the question of how to reinvest it. Do you buy machinery and equipment (M&E) that...
  9. I certainly don't pretend to have answers for...

    I certainly don't pretend to have answers for everyones' personnel problems. So much depends on your locality, the jobs available in that region, the supply of viable job applicants, and a variety...
  10. I would agree that if a business has been around...

    I would agree that if a business has been around for even 10 years and its space needs have remained relatively static, it should definitely consider buying rather than renting. There are many...
  11. My comment that one man can only do one man's...

    My comment that one man can only do one man's work did not necessarily refer to hiring employees in a new business. What I was suggesting was using existing mass produced components in your product,...
  12. Another aspect of starting a business that I...

    Another aspect of starting a business that I didn't discuss is the issue of the company structure: sole proprietor, partnership, C corp., S corp.? Any opinions?
  13. Extra Security Moving Rotary Table or Vise to Bridgeport Mill

    The thought of having a heavy Accessory get away from you when transferring it to your mill is frightening to most of us. If you use a lift table to handle the chore, this idea may appeal to you.
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  14. Conclusion

    Conclusion

    There have been many changes since I started my business. The Internet was just getting off the ground, and the search engines had not yet figured out a way to squeeze the last dollar...
  15. Marketing and Sales

    Marketing & Sales

    As you are no doubt aware, marketing is the publicizing of the availability of products to potential customers. Selling is the act of consummating the sale of those products. ...
  16. Starting a manufacturing business from scratch

    Before I get started, let me point out that I am describing what worked for me at a certain point in time, with a particular product line, at a particular stage in my life. My comments are meant to...
  17. Suggestions for Startup Manufacturing Businesses

    There are few employees in any occupation who haven't had a pipe dream about going into business for themselves. In most cases it doesn't go beyond that, and those who do make an attempt at it often...
  18. My first thread on the PM forum was definitely...

    My first thread on the PM forum was definitely outside the boundaries of the guidelines, and was met with anger, disgust, and insults. A subsequent thread described how I built and ultimately sold...
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    How about this one? 324016

    How about this one?

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    Pint Sized Scissors Lift Table

    I just picked up this little (16 1/2" x 13 3/4") Durhand scissors lift table. It weighs 60 lbs+, has a 300 lb capacity, and raises objects from just under 14" to to a height of 36". It has 4 swivel...
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    I finished the above project and thought I would...

    I finished the above project and thought I would post a couple of photos after completion. It rolls around easily, and avoids having to completely disassemble the thing or lug a bunch of heavy parts...
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    Nice hoist!

    Nice hoist!
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    Storage of Bluebird Engine Hoist

    I have used Bluebird engine hoists for years, and really like them other than the difficulty in storing them when disassembled. Bluebird makes a storage cart for them (2nd photo), but they can't be...
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    Most of the time I don't need it, but when I do I...

    Most of the time I don't need it, but when I do I use a regular rubber hammer.

    I hang it on a length of 8020 extrusion, along with a 1/2" drill with a Knee adapter, a VFD, and a shop towel bar.
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    Those who believed this approach required the...

    Those who believed this approach required the mill operator to reach even higher than when using a wrench should take another look!

    This set-up cost $230.00, plus you can use the driver for other...
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