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    I can't answer directly but I can say this. I...

    I can't answer directly but I can say this. I always start with McMaster Carr, even though I know that they are not always the cheapest and it's hard to tell the brand. But it's so easy to find...
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    There are so many things other than the "value"...

    There are so many things other than the "value" of the machine that can affect the transaction. If it's old, not working well, needs a lot of effort to rig-out, transport and rig-in, if it's getting...
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    I will say this: be careful. There can be a few...

    I will say this: be careful. There can be a few good things about monitoring spindle time, but it can also be a distraction (i.e. there might be better/more important things to measure). One of...
  4. I didn't say you can't make money with certain...

    I didn't say you can't make money with certain kinds of lasers, it's whether you should by one to make relatively few parts, like the OP inquired about. It's not worth the machine cost, maintenance,...
  5. Here's why laser cutting is best as a purchased...

    Here's why laser cutting is best as a purchased item: the best CNC's are hugely expensive but also so efficient that prices are quite reasonable and nearly impossible to justify in-house mfg. I buy...
  6. Thread: Travelers

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    If you're a job shop, I would just say that...

    If you're a job shop, I would just say that ideally, when you make a quote you should be able to turn it into a traveler "pretty darn easy". That is based on having a system where you can select a...
  7. Hey thanks guys, I will "experiment" with a small...

    Hey thanks guys, I will "experiment" with a small router table just as if it works it will be so much more efficient and consistent in shaping. Hopefully with your suggestions we can overcome any...
  8. Question regarding finishing on cedar lumber

    We're trying to improve some cedar lumber (1 1/4 x 4 nominal, 1 x 3.5 actual) processing that is used on an outdoor gardening product. The volume is increasing (you probably know why!) so the labor...
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    I didn't have enough time to read through all of...

    I didn't have enough time to read through all of this and see where it's at but I want to make one recommendation: Don't focus on "attitude", focus on "behavior". They may or not be correlated. In...
  10. It's really just factors of (in order of...

    It's really just factors of (in order of priority): Parts and services availability (don't buy if it's not or soon won't be), the shape it is in (how much to get it going) and the reliability (in...
  11. I'll throw in one factor: large volumes are...

    I'll throw in one factor: large volumes are usually from large customers who are much more concerned about cost and beating up suppliers. Assuming you're a job shop and can quote quickly and...
  12. I know this doesn't directly answer your...

    I know this doesn't directly answer your question, but I'm kind of shocked that GS doesn't have a "proper" scheduling system. Is that the case or is it more that you don't like theirs?

    If you can...
  13. I have my domain name registered on GoDaddy along...

    I have my domain name registered on GoDaddy along with Office 365 and email. I have my website on Weebly. The 365/email has been "error-proof" for around 5-6 years, works great and gives me emails...
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    I'm not writing this to convince you of anything,...

    I'm not writing this to convince you of anything, but just an option to consider. If you go from quote to invoice, here's a possible reason why a more capable system would be well worth the...
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    I'll say two things that hopefully will help. ...

    I'll say two things that hopefully will help. First, a custom database, if done "correctly" (functional and efficient) is almost always justifiable. Second, it's almost always more efficient to...
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    Here's the basic problem: MS has made Excel way...

    Here's the basic problem: MS has made Excel way to "smart and capable", letting people "think" that it works well as a database, but it doesn't. If you have reasonably good DB experience, you will...
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    Fixtures, machine tools, clamps, etc. anything...

    Fixtures, machine tools, clamps, etc. anything that's needed at a particular machine/operation step so that everyone does the job correctly and consistently.


    The Dude.
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    You didn't ask specifically about this but if...

    You didn't ask specifically about this but if there's ANYTHING I can say for tool organization (if you have enough tools and big enough business to support), your ERP system should have each and...
  19. Trying to come up with a fully accurate "smart"...

    Trying to come up with a fully accurate "smart" part number can take a lot of time and really create a lot of training issues and what happens when someone uses and assigns one incorrectly?

    Now,...
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    You're making a great evaluation of your time. ...

    You're making a great evaluation of your time. Didn't have time to fully read all of the responses (factoring in my time) but here's a few potentially useful points that may have already been...
  21. Oh man, good but loaded question! I can't make a...

    Oh man, good but loaded question! I can't make a strong recommendation on a particular brand except that I do fully believe that custom systems can be far more effective (less cost, increased...
  22. Consider selling parts of the machines on eBay,...

    Consider selling parts of the machines on eBay, especially controller parts. Type in the brand name and something about the model (might have to edit this around) and then filter by sold items, then...
  23. Anyone have any cut speed data on laser-cutting plywood?

    Everything I can find on the internet and this forum (in the wood working section) appears to be based on "cheap" and low-powered lasers (hobbyists, artwork, etc.). I'm trying to find some...
  24. Thanks, that's very close to the process I'm...

    Thanks, that's very close to the process I'm looking for. I'm assuming that his is OEM software (for OMAX machines only)?

    The Dude
  25. Thanks Jason, it is "multi-layers". I'm hoping...

    Thanks Jason, it is "multi-layers". I'm hoping to get it more towards single layers with vacuum but that's going to be rolling a big ball uphill that might roll back on me.

    I'm curious about the...
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