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Garage Workshop – BBQ Smoker Build with American Rotary Phase Converters

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.

5 Machining Tips For Beginners

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.

How To Create a Successful YouTube Channel Doing What You Love

If you’re a machinist, metalworker, woodworker, or maker of any sort and have been thinking about how to share your knowledge with the world, this is the video for you!

In these videos, we talk with several YouTube channel creators to get their take on what they believe makes a successful channel.

What’s interesting to note is some of the similarities between each in addition to some golden nuggets unique to their own.

YouTube Tips – Part 1

In this first video, we give you a first-hand take on the top 3 tips for creating a successful YouTube channel from many of your favorite machinists.

YouTube Tips – Part 2

In this video, we go a little deeper and get their thoughts on how they got started, why they share video content, and how to create content people want to watch.

Whether you’re a machinist, metalworker, woodworker, or maker of any sort and have been thinking about how to share your knowledge with others, video is a great way to do it. It’s often faster than writing, it’s engaging, and you can create more of a personal connection with your audience.

Most of all, it’s really cool to see a community of people come together who enjoy making things and sharing different tips and insights with each other.

If you’ve ever been considering sharing what you do with the world, hopefully, you can find the tips here of help. The most important thing is to just get started. We all have something unique to share and you never know who else might find value in it!

How to Create a Successful YouTube Channel (Part 2)

In our first YouTube Tips video, we gave you a first-hand take on the top 3 tips for creating a successful YouTube channel from many of your favorite machinists.

In this video, we go a little deeper and get their thoughts on how they got started, why they share video content, and how to create content people want to watch.

Whether you’re a machinist, metalworker, woodworker, or maker of any sort and have been thinking about how to share your knowledge with others, video is a great way to do it. It’s often faster than writing, it’s engaging, and you can create more of a personal connection with your audience. Most of all, it’s really cool to see a community of people come together who enjoy making things and sharing different tips and insights with each other.

2016 Tormach Open House

Not long ago, American Rotary visited another Wisconsin based business and their good friends at Tormach for their 2016 open house. The turn out was amazing as it was packed the entire time! The show featured seminars that were held all day long to help educate and inform machinists at all stages in their development.

In attendance was Autodesk, providing some great tutorials and training. YouTube machinist, John Saunders of NYCCNC, was also in attendance. As a friend and Sponsor of John’s channel it was great to visit with him as always. American Rotary can not wait to see what Tormach has in store for everyone next year and we sure hope to see you there!

2016 Bar Z Summer Bash

Stan from Bar Z Industrial held his second annual Bar Z Summer Bash for YouTube fans and fellow YouTube contributors. After American Rotary sent down the AI 12 phase converter for the online contest, Chris and Jason went down as well. Here is a video recap of the day’s events, with commentary from Stan, Adam, John, Keith, Ray, James and more.

2016 Bar Z Summer Bash: Prologue!

Before the 2016 Bar Z Summer Bash event in June, we stopped by the Marton Brothers shop in Lake Elsinore, CA. This was Stan’s second year hosting the bash for YouTube fans and contributors. So while on our visit with John, we decided to whip up something quick in the shop to give away at the bash the next morning. You can check out the prologue video below to get an idea of more to come!

2016 Bar Z Summer Bash Phase Converter Giveaway

We’re excited to announce that we will be at the 2016 Bar Z Industrial Summer Bash coming up in June. Leading up to the event, we are accepting submissions for the chance to win a 20 HP AI Smart Series Industrial Phase Converter.

Enter here for your chance to win and watch below for details!

Learn more about the AI Industrial Phase Converter.

Also, make sure to visit our friends mentioned in this video:
Bar Z Industrial
NYC CNC
Abom79
Turn Wright Machine Works
DoRite Fabrication

Marton Brothers Machine Shop Tour

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.

2016 NYC CNC Open House Recap

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.

For more information on how you can attend visit: http://www.nyccnc.com/open-house.html
 
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!
 
To purchase your raffle tickets, visit: https://raffles.ticketprinting.com/raffle.jsp?raffleID=5530

2016 NYC CNC Open House

On April 30th, we will be attending the 2016 NYC CNC Open House in Zanesville, Ohio, hosted by John Saunders.

Last year, we gave away a 10hp AI Industrial Phase Converter. This year we’re excited to give away another phase converter, but we’re going to give away a 20hp Industrial Phase Converter!

In addition, we will be giving away 3 gift certificates ($200, $150, $100) toward any Smart Series Phase Converter. For more details, see here.

All proceeds will go to youth machining and engineering. Hope to See you there!

Update 5/12/16: If you weren’t able to make it to Zanesville this year, we put together a video to give you an inside look at what the event was like here.

Cannon Shooting with Richard and Dusty Hicks

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!

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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.

If you would like American Rotary to visit your business or home workshop, give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to hear your #WeAreAmericanMade story!

NYC CNC Open House with John Saunders

The DEATH of traditional tradeshows?

 

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.

As a proud sponsor of John’s Open House, we are giving away our newest phase converter, AI – American Rotary Industrial, to one lucky winner. See our Facebook page for more details! 

 

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Visit John online to learn more about NYC CNC and Saunders Machine Works!

www.nyccnc.com

www.saundersmachineworks.com

MD Helicopters and Notar with American Rotary Phase Converters

American Rotary visits an MD helicopter maintenance facility. They have a shop full of 3-phase equipment from mills and lathes to welders and air compressors. Hangars that are off the 3-phase grid can run three phase equipment on American Rotary phase converters.

Jeff Kress of Clamp-it-Once with American Rotary Phase Converters

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.