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  1. There is no doubt in my mind this CARES law was...

    There is no doubt in my mind this CARES law was on the shelf long long before we ever heard of it. It does nothing for small business that makes sense. Nothing.
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    The government MAY allow it to be forgiven. ...

    The government MAY allow it to be forgiven. Personally, I wouldn't go in to debt to keep people not working. They're covered by unemployment, we small owners get nothing but an opportunity to take...
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    "Free" There's a 2 trillion dollar debt that...

    "Free" There's a 2 trillion dollar debt that just passed to pay for all that "free" stuff. A few more trillion on the way.
  4. ^^^THIS!!! It will cost a billion dollars just...

    ^^^THIS!!! It will cost a billion dollars just to get FDA approval. Add another billion a year for insurance. Throw in a couple billion for greasing the palms of connected politicians. Don't...
  5. All the democrats who said it was no big deal are...

    All the democrats who said it was no big deal are now suddenly experts in logistics, manufacturing, epidemiology, manufacturing vaccines, and making medical equipment. All day everyday you people...
  6. It would seem to me anyone with a shop space will...

    It would seem to me anyone with a shop space will have their own machines and won't need to use your machine. With only needing machine work 2 times a month I would advise just sending it out to a...
  7. You are not buying a machine shop. You are...

    You are not buying a machine shop. You are buying a business. All you need to ask is can you make money. Do you know how to run a business? Do you know machining. Personally, I would not buy a...
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    Talk to the QA auditor at the company you are...

    Talk to the QA auditor at the company you are making parts for. You may be able to get under their umbrella without going through any of the processes yourself.
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    As with everything it depends on the situation. ...

    As with everything it depends on the situation. If I were to follow the JIT and 5S religions I would be working in the shop 24 hours away just doing setups to reduce my inventory "waste."

    Are...
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    My gut instinct in a situation like this would be...

    My gut instinct in a situation like this would be to continue to approach the part as a two operation procedure and buy a new lathe and barfead and new milling machine instead of the single mill/turn...
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    You did your audit. Have the owners sign it...

    You did your audit. Have the owners sign it acknowledging the failures. It could be part of their overall business plan and they know all about it. But if you are an "executive" member of the...
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    You mean the millions of illegals flooding the...

    You mean the millions of illegals flooding the border aren't highly skilled tradespeople that we hear about???

    I can't compete with the bigger companies in town that have the fancy new equipment,...
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    Start your own business. Freelance designers and...

    Start your own business. Freelance designers and engineers are needed all over Europe. Or scrounge up some money and start your own machine shop. That's what I did.
  14. Another vote for Red Wings here. I have very...

    Another vote for Red Wings here. I have very wide feet and get them custom fit. I have had the same pair over 20 years. You can also get them resoled and repaired and should last a life time.
  15. I have been busier than ever. My customers are...

    I have been busier than ever. My customers are busy as can be. My buddies are all busy. The typical cycle in my industries should last another 2 years before it slows down.
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    This is why I phased out everything for Fusion...

    This is why I phased out everything for Fusion 360. The resellers are useless for support and "corporate" just keeps kicking up with increases with ZERO additional value.
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    There is a limited market so beware of that. I...

    There is a limited market so beware of that. I had two products that were fantastic. Everyone wanted one in the industry. Problem is there aren't that many people in the industry. So I stopped...
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    *Every day is Monday *Say good bye to weekend...

    *Every day is Monday
    *Say good bye to weekend
    *Make sure your significant other is dedicated to the hours and work required. I have lost girlfriends with this one. (They say they will help and...
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    Don't do stuff you suck at. Hire a professional...

    Don't do stuff you suck at. Hire a professional to run the office. I absolutely despise accounting and book keeping so i hire a book keeper. Why waste your time doing the job af a $20 an hour...
  20. File a stolen property report with the Sheriff. ...

    File a stolen property report with the Sheriff. They won't do anything but it gets it on record. You will need an inventory with as much information and pictures as you can gather. As for an...
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    I suggest watching some youtube videos of Chris...

    I suggest watching some youtube videos of Chris Voss, former FBI negotiator. No one will give you a raise if you just ask for it.
  22. I worked in aerospace. One QA inspector was lazy...

    I worked in aerospace. One QA inspector was lazy and signed off without doing the correct inspections. It nearly killed a pilot and test engineer. People get lazy for no reason. And I don't...
  23. The best training I can imagine is making newbies...

    The best training I can imagine is making newbies buy their own cutters. They'll be VERY cautious when it's their money in the tool holder.
  24. What I have done is lay the side by side on my...

    What I have done is lay the side by side on my inspection rock. Then I'll take a parallel and lay it on the drill bits. you can sort them quickly this way. you don't measure them but just sort...
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    I had a Tree Journeyman circa 1979 with the...

    I had a Tree Journeyman circa 1979 with the original Tree controller. I don't think Tree uses their own anymore. I retrofitted it with a Centroid. It works great. Very stout and the motors work...
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