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    I like that method you described it is right up...

    I like that method you described it is right up my alley. I am going to give it a try. I appreciate you taking the time with these questions.
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    Thats exactly what I was hopeing to try, casting...

    Thats exactly what I was hopeing to try, casting electrodes that I printed or carved from an stl file. I have the tooling and electrodes from several companies that have closed and one of them was...
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    I was told that I could use fine silver as an...

    I was told that I could use fine silver as an electrode. Have you guys ever done this. It is common in the jewelry industry.
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    I was wondering about copper electrodes. I like...

    I was wondering about copper electrodes. I like that idea much better than graphite. Do they work well.
  5. I recently purchased the cranston fancy wire...

    I recently purchased the cranston fancy wire company, we roll pattern sheet and wire as well as form roll metal into shapes. What we do is very small scale but similar. I have not found any books...
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    I hired a young girl to answer the phone and the...

    I hired a young girl to answer the phone and the emails, she did the packing and shipping and helped run the machines. 6 years later she was running my shop and in charge of 15 employe It will be...
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    I hand carve everything right now, I have been...

    I hand carve everything right now, I have been doing it this way for my whole life. I want to keep my company running after I am no longer able to do this work. I have employees that can program and...
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    thinking of getting a sinker edm

    I make hubs and dies for the jewelry industry, I currently carve them by hand and with manual mills and pantographs. We are modernizing our business. I would like to get into using an edm. I now have...
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    I was worried that 10 thousand would be a bit...

    I was worried that 10 thousand would be a bit slow for the small stuff we are doing. I dont have the money to buy a faster spindle so I will look at a speeder. Thanks for the input guys
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    I cold press everyday making dies we use presses...

    I cold press everyday making dies we use presses up to 500 tons. I use h13 for some of this work and it has been fine. I also like s7 and d2
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    haas mini mill for small jewelry die work,

    I finally moved into the modern age and have bought cnc machines. I am a tool and die shop that does jewelry dies. I have been hand carving them and pantographing them for over 25 years but have...
  12. I used to work for a machinerey dealer, I have 15...

    I used to work for a machinerey dealer, I have 15 vidmar cabinets filled with tooling I have a warehouse with pallet racks filled with tooling. I cant find what I need when I need it. I will be...
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    Steel tarrifs that add 25 percent dont just add...

    Steel tarrifs that add 25 percent dont just add 25 percent. When the 25 percent is at the wholesale level it just goes up from there. My costs have gone up 70 percent by the time I get my cut parts...
  14. I think the days of building to last forever are...

    I think the days of building to last forever are done. I have a shop full of K and T and lodge and shipely they are built to last forever even though they are totally obsolete. WW2 was won because we...
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    I have the same mill I have a 5000 pound hyster...

    I have the same mill I have a 5000 pound hyster fork lift. I cant lift it. The mill is every bit of 7 thousand pounds. I would get a rigger to move it. If you dump this thing or break an axle on your...
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    The only thing that matters in starting a...

    The only thing that matters in starting a business is the sales of the product. If you have not sold a few hundred of these you are nuts to even buy machines and rent space and cash in your...
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    I started with 3 kids, they were 13 years old. I...

    I started with 3 kids, they were 13 years old. I paid them minimum wage and had their parents permission to work. They worked a couple hours everyday after school and 4 or 5 on saturday. One quit...
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    The world is run by plow horses not race horses....

    The world is run by plow horses not race horses. If you are the kind of guy who will time your employee as he sits in the bathroom or watches to make sure he or she is working as fast as possible...
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    I asked this same question here years ago. I...

    I asked this same question here years ago. I didnt think I could afford an employee then someone said employees make you money. I then realized that they are supposed to earn their wage plus make...
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    feeler hardinge hlv copy power feed motor

    I just picked up a feeler hardinge copy of an hlv. I need a new feed motor for the lathe I have the old parts to get rebuilt or buy a new ones. Does anyone know where to go, I have been looking for a...
  21. I ran a whole months worth of parts in about 10...

    I ran a whole months worth of parts in about 10 hours using these machines. They are running slowly so they dont make a bunch of mist and I dont have to listen to the noise. Even running slow they...
  22. I am a very late adapter to the cnc automation...

    I am a very late adapter to the cnc automation world. I have been in business 25 years and never owned or ran cnc. I have 13 fulltime employees and we had dedicated machines to produce our products....
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    An engineer was at my shop and he said that he...

    An engineer was at my shop and he said that he had never seen a more inefficient machine, it spent half its time going backwards. I told him that a shapper will make anything but money. That being...
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    Tell me you saw it running and doing tool changes...

    Tell me you saw it running and doing tool changes before you bought it and had it dragged into your shop. I once had a kitamura that was given to me for free, I paid to move it, it looked brand new...
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    competeing with imports is now completely...

    competeing with imports is now completely impossible with the metal tarriffs. We build our products in the USA and in Europe as well as Austrailia. There is no difference in cost when I produce in...
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