Last month we were doing some work in Tennessee when we decided to drop into this home workshop to see what was cooking! This video contains a lot of great information for those new to the idea of using a phase converter.
If you have a garage workshop you can probably imagine the possibilities of what you can use a phase converter to save you both time and money. For more information about what phase converter is best for your needs, click here.
A while back, some of the American Rotary team headed back to Indiana to visit Dusty Hicks at his machine shop, where we first met with him a couple of months earlier to get to know him and his work.
Dusty is a hobbyist and machinist who enjoys building (and shooting) cannons and working on other projects around the shop. He was kind enough to take a few moments to share with us his top five tips for those who are looking to get into machining and we are glad to show them with you here.
If a beginner came to you, what tips would you offer them? Do you know somebody that would find this video helpful? Share it with them!
Recap: 5 Machining Tips and Tricks For Beginners:
1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen. It’s how you learn.
2. Don’t be afraid to get big equipment. You can outgrow small equipment and you can still make small and intricate pieces on large equipment such as a large lathe.
3. Use your resources. The internet is a goldmine of information for anything you want to learn. One of Dusty’s favorites to learn from on YouTube was Tubal Cain.
4. Be creative. Everyone’s different and has a unique perspective to offer.
5. Have fun. It doesn’t always have to be work.
We hope you enjoyed these tips and find ways to apply them to your work. Starting out in any trade is exciting and you may even discover some things on your own over time that you feel others might like to know as well. By sharing insights with others we can all help each other by paying it forward as those did who helped us.
In this video, we go behind the scenes with our friend John Marton of Marton Brothers in Lake Elsinore, CA. Marton Brothers is a versatile machine shop that takes on all types of requests and orders of all sizes. Whether it be thousand piece orders or a one-piece order, Marton Brothers can likely do it. By always trying to keep the “small guy” in mind they are able to help a wide array of customers and keep their business going strong while doing what they love.
Marton Brothers Shop Tour
As part of our recent trip to Lake Elsinore, CA to visit John Marton of Marton Brothers, John was kind enough to take some time and describe his experience with American Rotary. For someone who is running their machines 18-24 hours/day, 7 days/week, including 2 CNC milling machines, a Bridgeport mill, a CNC plasma cutter, a Miller 875 Spectrum, air compressor and more, John is able to keep his operations running smoothly at an affordable cost. In addition, American Rotary has been able to assist him in the growth of his shop over the years.
Marton Brothers with American Rotary Part 2
American Rotary phase converters are perfectly suited for precision metalworking equipment such as wire EDM’s, CNC lathes, CNC mills, and other voltage-sensitive applications. General Metal Fabrication equipment such as grinders, welders, shears, brakes, and benders, are often run on American Rotary phase converters. When converting from single-phase to three-phase power, American Rotary phase converters produce balanced 3-phase output to accommodate both very small, lightly loaded machines and very large or heavily loaded machines…all with just one phase converter.
In its second year, the NYC CNC Open House had another great turnout! People came from all over the country and even out of the country to meet and network with other machinists and metalworkers alike. A huge thanks to John Saunders of NYC CNC for putting this event together. It was a great time!
If you weren’t able to make it to Zanesville in 2016, we hope to see you next year.
Oh, and did we mention? There will also be a raffle for the chance to win an AI12 20hp Nema3R outdoor rated Rotary Phase Converter! All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to benefit youth machining and engineering!
At American Rotary, we have the opportunity to connect with customers across the country who create amazing, American made products. Last month, we had the chance to meet up with Richard and Dusty Hicks at the NYC CNC Show. Dusty and his father, Richard, are long time American Rotary customers and invited us out to visit their workshop in Union Mills, Indiana to see what they were working on, including fully functioning, miniature cannons!
Dusty and Richard have an impressive workshop that includes a Bridgeport Mill, a LaBlond Lathe, a CNC machining center, a crane and welder all powered by American Rotary phase converters. Dusty shared, “We don’t have access to three phase utility power and the cost to bring it out to our property is outrageous.”
The Hicks are also running two of our new AI Industrial units to irrigate their fields, driving their farm lease revenue. We also had a chance to visit their forest of impressive black walnut trees. Richard added, “We used to run our irrigation systems on diesel generators, but we’ve found it is more cost efficient to use an American Rotary phase converter.”
Dusty and Richard are both full of entrepreneurial spirit and we had a great time checking out all the new products they were working on. Dusty was experimenting with a number of new projects, including; tractor attachments, chess pieces and our favorite. . . Dusty’s miniature, fully functioning cannons. Check out this video to see these amazing cannons in action!
Big thanks to Richard and Dusty Hicks for having us out to their workshop. We had a great time on our visit. Seeing the cannon in action was a definite highlight. “I could sit out here and do this all day!”, Christopher Feavel, American Rotary.
When you go to a trade-show, do you ever get the feeling that you are being sold to? If you are like me, I just want to look at equipment and get more information. A tradeshow provides a chance to see a machine up close, but everyone knows that companies are really there to sell, and just about any machine looks good when new, with a factory pro running it, in an environmentally controlled carpeted showroom. With the age of social media, there may be a new way to get a realistic perspective on equipment beyond the video.
Our friend John Saunders of Saunders Machine Works, YouTube: (NYC CNC) may just be onto something a bit different. John is hosting a mini-trade-show or open house so that any of his more than 45,000 YouTube subscribers can see first hand some of the machines working that he uses daily in his videos about metalworking and machining.
John’s YouTube channel is called NYC CNC and he provides his viewers with a first-hand look at some of the problems and solutions of running a small machine shop. Attendees of his open house will get to see his equipment, making real parts in a real shop, in real-time. No salespeople, just technicians on hand to answer questions and to demonstrate the machines in a real working environment.
American Rotary is here in Zanesville, Ohio at John’s shop to help support his efforts and to answer any questions regarding the use of American Rotary Phase Converters which run some of John’s equipment.
Dave & Dave visit East Side Cabinets, a maker of european style cabinets. Bryan gives us a tour of his shop and shows how multiple phase converters from American Rotary power all of his equipment from his edge-bander, air-compressor, to his CNC router, all three-phase. As East Side expands, American Rotary has continued to provide the single to three-phase solution for the company.