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    Someone dragged my old post out of the depths of...

    Someone dragged my old post out of the depths of the internet. Its funny to read it now, I have 18 employees now. I took all the stuff I learned from watching failure and did my best to not make the...
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    We have 18 employees and today we sat everyone...

    We have 18 employees and today we sat everyone down and told them if they are sick or get sick stay home. We have two weeks of sick time and 2 weeks of vacation. I extended it to one month of sick...
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    I made an offer on a daito they showed video of...

    I made an offer on a daito they showed video of it running its a 10 inch model. looked good They look like a serious heavy duty saw
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    I had to bail out of the doall I asked them if...

    I had to bail out of the doall I asked them if they ran it and if it worked. They said they couldnt plug it in and they didnt know. I wont be buying that saw. I think I am going to look into an amada
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    I spoke with the dealer in bristol connecticut...

    I spoke with the dealer in bristol connecticut who has the saw, they say it works fine and they have gone through it. They painted it nicely but I used to work for a machine dealer so I am fully...
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    I put in an offer on a doall c70 with feed. I...

    I put in an offer on a doall c70 with feed. I like the idea of simple hydraulics vs electronics. If the doall doesnt work out I may buy the hydmech 230 but if something under 10 grand will do the job...
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    We thought about buying another cnc lathe with...

    We thought about buying another cnc lathe with bar feed but it seems crazy to run such an expensive machine that can wad itself up so bad parting tons of bar stock for such cheap parts. too much risk...
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    i am hoping to bring the sawing in house because...

    i am hoping to bring the sawing in house because 2000 dollars a month in charges and 2 week lead times are killing me. I end up stocking way more material than I need just to smooth out the delays. I...
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    I am currently farming out all the cutting, we...

    I am currently farming out all the cutting, we have been farming it out for the past 7 years. I am currently spending 20 grand a year on saw cutting. I want to bring it in house now that we have the...
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    I build hydraulic presses that are used for die...

    I build hydraulic presses that are used for die striking, we also make coining die sets and ornamental dies. Any kind of coining is going to need 100 tons to start at least for stuff around 1 inch in...
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    Automatic bandsaws, need to buy one

    I need to purchase an automatic bandsaw, We are cutting about 3000 cuts per month of the same 2 inch solid round stock. I have been looking at hydmech 230 a saws they are around 25 grand. Would I be...
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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.
  16. 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...
  23. 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...
  25. 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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