American Machine Tool Blog covers metalworking machinery, tools, fabrication,
manufacturing and the industrial marketplace.
Get to know the staff
at American Machine Tools Company:
We believe everyone who wants to buy a metalworking machine wants to talk
to a sales person with on-the-job experience. Experience to understand
the machines they sell. Someone who used to design machinery. Someone
who used to design tooling. Someone who used to be a Tool and Die maker.
Someone who used to fabricate parts. That is how we decided who to hire
to help our customers. The staff of American Machine Tools Company are
industry professionals to these guys have many years of experience with
the machines we sell.
Click to meet the sales staff of American Machine Tools Company.
The low cost alternative to buying a fork lift:
What do you do if you dont have a loading dock and cant afford a forklift
but you need the ability to load and unload shipping crates, skids or
pallets of heavy materials? Check out the two different types of Pallet
Lifts we offer. Hydraulic or winch style. Do you simply need to move and
lift heavy boxes or equipment around your shop? Then you should look at
Pallet Jacks. Either choice is a low cost alternative to a forklift. JET
makes a line of low cost material handling equipment. Click to see our
selection of JET pallet lifts and pallet jacks.
If you find what you want it is easy to click the quote request form link
and we will email your quote and mail you a formal quotation and catalog
to the address you provide.
your Metalworking Employees:
Managers of machine shops, fabrication shops and manufacturing companies
need to remember to continually train their employees. Sure you want to
train them how to do their coworkers job so they can fill in when a coworker
is absent or on vacation. But you also want employees to keep up with
advances in technology and safety. Employees with well-developed professional
skills are more innovative and productive. Investing in the training of
your workers improves the quality and productivity of their work. Many
training resources are now listed ......click
to finish reading about Training your Metalworking Employees
JET Machine Tools
are on sale - 10% Off:
If you were thinking of buying a metalworking machine, you are in luck.
Because JET Machine Tools are having a once a year 10% off sale until
April 5, 2013. Dont miss this opportunity to spend less money to finally
get the machinery your shop needs. Most machines even have free shipping.
Click here to read more.......
An American success story: RAMS Sheet Metal Equipment Company:
There once was an owner of a machine shop in Wisconsin that was bored.
He had rows of CNC Machining Centers manufacturing components for his
various customers but he craved something more. One day about 7 years
ago he decided to start a new company to make HVAC Machines. These machines
form sheet metal into heating and ventilating ductwork The shop owner
designed and engineered his machines slightly different with extra precision
and a 2 year warranty. Today RAMS sheet metal
machinery is among the highest quality in the industry yet they sell
for just a little more than the imported machines from Asia. There are
now 18 different machines manufactured by RAMS, and more are in the pipeline.
A great business success story about high quality machinery made in the
USA. For more information about a RAMS Pittsburgh lock machines, rollformers,
slitter, powered flanger or the new RAMS plasma table, please call American
Machine Tools at 773-334-5000.
Check out our newest educational webpage from American Machine Tools:
Do you know which metalworking machine is sometimes called the swiss
army knife of machine tools? You would if you have used one. Because
this machine can do in seconds what normally takes a drill press or a
saw minutes to do. Whether you want to punch holes, cut plate, cut angle
iron, notch steel, bend steel, or notch pipe, you should learn about these
very versatile machines. To learn more click on our educational webpage
called How to use an Ironworker
machine. American Machine Tools Company has 15 different educational
webpages dedicated to explaining how to use a machine, how to calculate
capacity, recommended bend radii, metal properties and machinery safety.
U.S. Sales of Manufacturing Equipment highest in 16 years:
2012 total U.S. sales were $5.7 billion. 2012 Machinery and equipment
sales are up 2.6% over 2011. This shows that manufacturing is continuing
to grow at a steady pace in the USA. But the 16 year high is not as good
as it looks since it does not account for inflation. Also notable is that
much of the growth came from the southern states which posted a 12.2%
increase year over year and western states which had a 6.9% increase.
By contrast, sales in northeastern states dropped 9%. The information
is courtesy of the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
How to Become a Machinist or Tool and Die Maker:
Are you mechanically inclined, like working with your hands and are good
at making things and repairing stuff? Then maybe a career as a Machininst
would be good for you. These are good paying jobs that dont involve sitting
in an office cubicle. You actually get to make things on the job by using
a lathe, a milling
machine, and other machine
tools to cut and shape metal. How to get one of the jobs?........click
to read more about Training How
to Become a Machinist or Tool & Die Maker.
Company introduces RED ASSURANCE:
Is your company in the USA? Then make sure you consider a JET machine
when you are looking to buy a new lathe, mill, drill, saw or belt sander
machine. Jet's RED ASSURANCE is the name they give to their philosophy
of extra helpful service and support after the sale. Designed to be the
industry's most dependable service and support guarantee, the RED ASSURANCE
philosophy is designed to give you extra peace of mind that you are making
a good choice when you choose JET......click
to finish reading about JET Tools RED ASSURANCE
2013 brings changes to the U.S. Section 179 Tax Deduction for Machine
Good news! The American Taxpayer Relief Act passed January 1, 2013 and
has extended Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code to allow a business to deduct,
for the current tax year, the full purchase price of business equipment
purchased, financed or leased up to a total of $500,000 in 2013. The $139,000
limit for 2012 was also retroactively increased to $500,000. This of course
includes metalworking machine tools. For 2013, 50% Bonus (accelerated)
Depreciation is still available, but only for new equipment (not used)
and can be deducted by large businesses spending more than $500,000 on
new capital equipment. This also effect businesses that have a net loss
in 2012 to qualify to carry-forward the Bonus Depreciation to a future
year. When applying these tax deductions, Section 179 is generally taken
first, followed by Bonus Depreciation - unless the business has no taxable
profit in 2012. There are certain limitations that apply to the Section
179 deduction including a $2,000,000 cap on total equipment purchases.
Additionally, the Section 179 deduction may not exceed taxable income
for the year in which it is taken. Ask your accountant.
Check out one of the educational webpages from American Machine Tools:
Our most popular educational webpage is How
to use a Lathe. This section has explanations and 108 different diagrams
and charts covering the types of lathe designs, lathe safety, turning
operations, speeds, feeds, taper turning, thread cutting, carbide tooling,
tool sharpening, chucks, collets, cutting oils and attachments. We recommend
reading it, even if you are an experienced machinist. There is more information
there than even the most experienced machinist could remember. It is 2
huge long webpages full of information plus references to machinist tables.
Also visit our Lathe Diagram webpage which
names all the different parts of the typical engine lathe.....a good place
to start if you are a beginner.
Only a few weeks left to lock in your IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction
The machinery must be purchased before the end of 2012!
The American Equipment deduction limit for Section 179 is now $139,000.
The 2012 Umited States Section 179 Deduction threshold for total
amount of equipment that can be purchased is now $560,000.
New machinery, and CNC software, qualifies for the Section 179
New equipment purchased in 2012 qualifies for the "50% Bonus Depreciation".
To maximize the deduction, Section 179 is taken first, followed
by Bonus Depreciation.
To learn more about how this applies to you, call your accountant
or visit the IRS website.
Hurry because time is running out! We are closed for the holidays
after December 21.
Are Manufacturing Tax Credits Coming to an End?:
Important tax write-offs used by manufacturers for machinery and equipment
purchases, research and development and to keep jobs in the United States
are scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Bonus Depreciation, the
R&D Tax Credit and Section 199 Domestic Production are just a few of the
manufacturing tax credits that are set to expire next month unless renewed
by Congress. Which of these tax credits will survive depends upon you.
Call or write your congressman and senator!
American Machine Tools Company develops new bore Facing Tool:
Are you in the business of reboring pivot holes on backhoes, endloaders,
excavators or machinery frames? We have designed a new facing tool that
attaches to our boring shafts. The tool is an aluminum disc that is engineered
to spin at speeds up to 350 RPM and faces an 8 inch diameter area. This
optional tool comes with replaceable coarse and medium grit round sand
paper discs that attach via sticky back. The sand paper is stuck onto
the disc and spins around while pushing against the rough spots that need
facing. Since we have priced the whole kit for under $200 you can now
afford to perform a facing operation quick and easy. This facing disc
is just the latest addition to our full line of portable
line boring tools. Our portable boring equipment is still made in
the USA, but without being too expensive.
running criminal background checks on your shop personnel?:
If you are conducting a criminal background check on propective employees
before you hire them, it can now be no-win situation. You want to avoid
hiring a dangerous criminal but now you have to worry about what you do
with the information. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has
issued a new warning to discourage manufacturing companies from .......click
to finish reading EEOC guidelines for Criminal Background Checks
Are you ordering
a machine tool for use in Canada?:
To our Canadian customers, we want you to know that buying from us is
not a problem. We can help. We have shipped hundreds of machines to Canada
over the years. We have trucking services that can deliver to most of
Canada. Not just BC, Alberta, Sasketchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario
and Quebec......click to finish reading
how to buy a machine for Canada
Ever been to the International
Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago?:
IMTS. What a place! Right on the Chicago lakefront of Lake Michigan just
south of downtown. It is over now until 2014 but make plans to attend
if you are looking for ideas to increase productivity. Formerly known
as the International Machine Tool Show, IMTS happens every even numbered
year. There were thousands of machinery and equipment companies in 4 huge
buildings that took more than one day to see even if .......click
to finish reading about IMTS
slowdown caused by Europe or the election?:
Worrisome new statistics show that American Manufacturing has declined
slightly for the third straight month as new orders, production and employment
fell in August. Weak consumer spending and declines in business orders
for large machinery and other capital goods are slowing factory output.
Export orders increased but new orders, a sign of future production, dropped.
The report adds..........click
to finish reading about Manufacturing Slowdown
Some Companies Cant Find Qualified Workers?:
You may not of heard this but some machine shops, fab shops and manufacturers
are claiming they cant find qualified people ready to fill some job openings.
Is this true? Then we need to send all our kids to Trade School to learn
machining and fabrication, not to a university to learn political science.
Perhaps the problem is not what it seems. Maybe one of the qualifications
some machine shops, fab shops and manufacturers are looking for is the
willingness of skilled craftsmen to accept a lower wage than they used
to get. Wages for these jobs have fallen in most parts of the USA due
to the recession and due to the competition from workers in other countries.
The invention of the shipping container and lowering of trade tarriffs
have created a huge economic problem. If foreign competion can bring things
into the USA with little (China) or no (Korea) trade tarriffs, how can
American workers compete? And now with some software, some cameras and
an internet connection, a company can have their CNC machines programmed
from workers in China or India. The highly skilled machining jobs in the
USA may not be as valuable as they used to be. This is a worrisome thought
if you are a dedicated CNC Machinist with kids and a mortgage. Our politicians
made outsourcing too easy and too profitable. Meanwhile, the Home Depot
and some other stores are now pushing shoppers to use the self service
cashier machine. American jobs are being replaced by people in foreign
countries and automated machines here in ours. Should we only use the
human cashier to save their jobs? Should we send our kids to trade school
to learn a skill or to a university to learn political science? What do
we do? Will any of our politicians in Washington help us?
Consider a Digital
Read Out for your Machine Tool:
You may be surprised at all the machines that we can add a Digital
Read Out to. Or an Automatic Feed with Digital Readout. A great way
to improve the ease at which you can turn out accurately made parts and
do it repeatably. Such as +/- .001 inch. For a little extra money, we
can add a 2 axis DRO to a........click
to finish reading about a digital readout for your machine
Educational webpages from American Machine Tools:
Want to read about How
to use a Band Saw machine? Our educational webpages include diagrams,
blade selection charts, recomendations for cutting speeds and feeds, plus
special cutting methods for both horizontal and vertical band saw machines.
There is more to it then you probably realize. You will find our HOW TO
webpages to be a helpful resource for both the novice and expert user.
Click on the link provided. The How to use a band saw webpage and others
like that we offer for free are another example of our helpful commitment
to the manufacturing community.
Manufacturing Activity slows in June:
A surprise contraction in U.S. manufacturing activity in June is a worrisome
sign during this difficult economic cycle. Many had thought that manufacturing
was leading the way out of the recession in the USA. While the decline
in manufacturing was unexpected, the weakness was not across the board.
There are still jobs available in some segments of manufacturing and some
employers are having difficulty filling some skilled labor jobs. The shortage
of skilled manufacturing workers in some sectors could be encouraging
businesses to hold off on new orders until they get better idea of what
the future holds. Meanwhile, construction spending in the U.S. increased
a better than expected 0.9 percent in May which is a bright spot that
will hopefully continue.
Ethics in the Machine Tool Business:
Some customers worry that machinery dealers may not be ethical in their
business practices. This can be a real worry for someone trying to buy
a dependable new machine tool. The perception is even worse for dealers
of used machinery. As if they had the reputation of used car dealers.
If you are a customer what can you do?
What should you look for? Before you buy, look for.........finish
reading about ethical machinery dealers.
U.S. Manufacturing Activity Expanded Again in May:
That is 34 straight months of economic growth in the manufacturing sector.
The growth was measured to be a little slower than in past months. Perhaps
as a result of the slower growth, the prices of raw materials have fallen
since April. Hopefully the combination of continued growth and lower material
costs will spur higher profits and more hiring. The manufacturing industries
reported the most growth in May: Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture;
Apparel, Leather Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Metals; Electrical
Equipment, Appliances; Fabricated Metal Products; Machinery; Textile Mills;
Paper Products; Electronics; Printing; and Chemical Products. Meanwhile,
sales of metalworking machinery at American Machine Tools Company are
steady, which could be seen as confirmation of the continued growth in
Another new Boring Cutter Positioning Tool:
We are now manufacturing a special Magnetic Mouting Bracket to firmly
position a customized Dial Indicator against the carbide cutter in our
boring bars. This new measuing set includes
a Dial Indicator with .001 inch increments, a flat pusher disc (that the
carbide cutter pushes against), and a Magnetic Mounting Bracket with multiple
threaded hole positions to screw the Indicator into. Our L shaped Magnetic
Mounting Bracket clips on next to any of our boring bar bearings. This
solid mounting system takes the place of the flimsy rods normally used
with a dial indicator.
BUY NOW - PAY LATER by Leasing or Financing your machine:
We have partnered up with Marlin Leasing and Financing Company to provide
you with money to buy machinery now and pay for it in small monthly payments.
This allows you to take on a new job with a new machine and pay for it
with the money you will make on the new work. This will free up money
needed now for other purposes. For more information visit our Machinery
Leasing & Financing webpage where we explain it in more detail
and have a link to our Quick Quote Monthly Payment Calculator
where you type in the estimated machine cost and the calculator will show
you an estimate of what the monthly payment will be. Marlin is a well
known respected equipment finance company, which is why we suggest them.
We receive no benefit if you choose Marlin, our only benefit is your repeat
Important information about the IRS Section 179 Tax Deduction for 2012:
The USA Equipment deduction limit for Section 179 is now $139,000.
The 2012 Umited States Section 179 Deduction threshold for total
amount of equipment that can be purchased is now $560,000.
Most new machinery, and CNC software, qualifies for the Section
Only new equipment purchased in 2012 qualifies for the "50% Bonus
When taking the deduction, Section 179 is generally taken first,
followed by Bonus Depreciation.
To find out more about how this specifically applies to you, ask
your accountant or visit the IRS website.
Visit our Youtube Channel:
Click to visit the American
Machine Tools Youtube Video Library on Youtube. Subscribe to our Youtube
channel. We have many videos of machines from AMT Line Boring, Birmingham,
Chicago Dreis & Krump. JET, and others. We have many more coming soon.
These videos show holes being welded, holes being bored, lathes, CNC and
and CNC mills, bending rolls, hydraulic shearing, hydraulic metal bending
machine and many many JET fabricating machines.
Our Machine Tool Blog is 2 years old:
Now that we have been writing about the business of machine tools and
its users for two years, is there something you think we should write
about? We eat, sleep and breath machine tools everyday. We can research
ideas and write a paragraph or more about them in a short and concise
manner. We would like to hear your suggestions. Email
us by clicking this link.
Our Q150 Line Boring Equipment now includes extra measuring tools free:
Order a Q150-S, Q150-L, Q150XLS or Q150E from us and we now include a
telescoping gauge set free and an extension set for the digital caliper
that we already include. These tools allow you to accurately measure inside
holes without pulling the boring shaft out.
Newly changed Fein Auto-feed Magnetic Drill Press for our Q150 Line
American Machine Tools Company and Fein Power Tools USA are proud to announce
that Fein is now manufacturing a special KBM-80U-Auto-LB magnetic drill
press specifically for our Q150 line
boring equipment. The Fein mag drill now comes with a slower auto-feed
rate. This allows you to bore larger holes up to 8 inches (200mm) diameter
using the autofeed without having to compromise cutting tool depth. The
Fein magnetic drill press is designed and manufactured in Germany, with
tech support from Fein USA in Pennsylvania. This powerful machine has
auto-feed, manual-feed, variable speed, adjustable position base, 3/4
inch (19mm) chuck, Morse Taper#3 slugger bit holder and comes in a strong
plastic case with dolly wheels.
The manufacturing ecomony is really picking up!
2011 orders for machinery and manufacturing equipment were up 66%
compared to 2010. December orders were up 12.2% from November and up 12.7%
from December 2010. This information is according to the Association For
Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association.
Tracking of machine tool
consumption gives us a reliable leading economic indicator as manufacturing
industries purchase machinery and metalworking equipment to increase capacity
and improve productivity.
Becoming a customer:
When you become our customer, you get sales people with nearly 100
years of industry experience between them. Get our experience working
for you. We can help you choose amoung the many different machinery choices
to do your work. Our sales staff has worked designing machinery, building
machinery, designing dies, working as a machinist, tool and die making,
metal parts forming, etc. There is no substitute for actual experience.
American Machine Tools customer SpaceX to fly to International Space
When SpaceX flies its Dragon spacecraft on an unmanned mission to
the International Space Station in 2012, our customer will be the first
company to do so. In December 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial
company to send a spacecraft into orbit and back. The commercial effort
is part of a competition between private companies including SpaceX, Boeing
and Sierra Nevada to be the first to create a spacecraft capable of replacing
the US space shuttle which retired earlier this year. The first manned
mission by a private company is not expected until at least 2015. In the
meantime the only way for the world's astronauts to get to the Orbiting
Space Station is via one of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Another customer
of American Machine Tools Company has been to space: NASA.
American Machine Tools offers more machines made in USA:
We now offer over 500 different models of metalworking
machines made in America. Our recent additions include Belt Grinding
machines from Burr-King, Abrasive Saws from Everett and Beveling machines
from Heck Industries. If you are an American, buying a machine made in
the USA is good for many reasons:
1. Get a better quality long lasting machine.
2. Good for our economy by keeping your money ins the USA.
3. Feel good about your patriotism.
4. Get tech support direct from the factory.
5. Future spare parts are easy to get.
U.S. manufacturing still growing, but at slower pace:
Factory orders fell by 0.4 per cent in October, the Commerce Department
reported, for the second straight month. But business activity, prices
paid, and new orders all posted gains. The Commerce Department report
showed demand for so-called core capital goods, a good proxy for business
investment, fell 0.8 per cent. Still, that's after two months of solid
increases in that category, caused by increased demand for computers and
heavy machinery. Manufacturers increased their stockpiles by 0.9 per cent
in October after more modest increases in previous months, which normally
shows they are optimistic about future sales.
Manufacturers order more Machine Tools:
September U.S. manufacturing technology orders added up to $606 million
according to figures from the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association
and the Association For Manufacturing Technology. This was up 23% from
August and up 52% when compared with the total of $399 million reported
for September 2010. So far, the year to date total is $4,074 million,
so 2011 is up 92% compared with 2010.
Tax Law Gives Manufacturers a boost:
The tax law enacted President Obama's proposal to increase bonus depreciation
to 100% for new equipment purchased and placed in service through December
31, 2011. The new law also includes important provisions that reduce business
costs and incentivize innovation and R&D. So, what are you waiting for?
It is unlikely there will ever be a better time to buy a new machine.
If you want to get a 100% tax write off, you can start by requesting a
quote for your next metalworking machine.
Read our new safety webpage:
Please read our newly created webpage about machinery
safety. Nothing is more important the in the metalworking industry
that preventing horrible accidents. Though we always had a links to the
OSHA machinery safety website to help the customers, our new safety webpage
is written to help you understand the dangers if you ignore safety. Because
fingers, hands, and lives are more important than the short term profit
made from ignoring safety.
CNC Machinists report low job satisfaction:
According a survey of many thousands of employees conducted in 2011,
CareerBliss determined the 10 most hated jobs, rated on a scale of 1 to
10. In almost all cases, respondents reported that the factors causing
the most job dissatisfaction were not lousy pay. It was found that limited
growth opportunities and lack of reward seemed to drive the misery index
up more than anything else. The 9th most disliked job was CNC machinist.
CNC machinists operate computer numerical controlled machines such as
a CNC Milling Machine and CNC
Lathe. Basically, a lathe or a mill with a computer attached. On the
upside, it can render obsolete processes that used to be performed by
hand, at a slow pace and with high risk to quality and safety. Now that
the operator has had most of the physical hazards of manufacturing replaced
by a computerized machine, there's not a lot to do but push buttons and
perform equipment inspections, change tooling and maintain the coolant
at a safe level. Since it's a specialized skill, the job offers less room
for advancement, which apparently caused respondents to report a high
degree of dissatisfaction.
The August Manufacturing Numbers are in:
Companies ordered more machinery,
computers and communication equipment in August, a positive sign for the
slumping U.S. economy. An increase in demand for those kind of longer-lasting
factory goods suggests businesses are sticking with their investment plans,
despite slow growth and weak consumer spending. Though overall orders
for durable goods slipped 0.1 percent last month, shipments of longer-lasting
factory goods rose 2.8 percent, the fourth consecutive gain in this category.
In July, demand for those goods surged 10.2 percent which is largest increase
in eight years. But Economists look more closely at a 1.1 percent increase
in a key category that measures business investment plans. Those are core
capital goods that are neither used for defense nor transportation. The
National Association for Business Economics is forecasting 2.2 percent
growth in the second half of this year.
Consider an American Car:
Rarely do we purchase something that creates jobs more than a car.
Especially for those of us who work with machine
tools. The next time you care looking to buy one, make sure you visit
a GM, Ford or Chrysler Dealer to look at the American made choices. We
Americans make good cars. When you buy an American car, it usually was
designed in the USA, engineered in the USA, fabricated in the USA, and
assembled in the USA. Also most of the spare parts, machinery, computers
and software used to produce the cars is purchased from American companies.
Back in the 1970s, General Motors Corporation was responsible for nearly
1% of the Gross Domestic Product of the whole USA. Imagine that. Think
about the huge contribution you make to the American economy when you
buy a new car.
Our Machine Tool sales are up in August:
The number and size of machines ordered from American Machine Tools
Company grew significantly in August compared to previous months. Some
rather large machines were ordered. This probably indicates an upsurge
in manufacturing. Is this jump in purchases the beginning of a long term
trend for metalworking machinery?
Or is it just one big month of pent up demand being released? Only time
will tell. Normally the month of August is very quiet due to many managers
taking their vacation time.
Manufacturing is still growing:
The economy expanded at faster 1.3 percent annual rate in the April-June
period after a meager 0.4 percent increase in the January-March period.
But manufacturing output, employment, and prices paid my manufacturers
all grew more slowly in July than in June. The manufacturing sector has
expanded for 23 straight months. In a separate report, the Commerce Department
said builders began work on more projects in June, pushing construction
spending higher for a third straight month.
Se Habla Espanol!
Hemos añadido muchas categorías individuales en español. Si desea
hacer preguntas acerca de nuestra maquinaria en español, llame a nuestra
oficina. Nosotros podemos ayudarle.
tornos metal, plegadora de mano,
guillotinas hidraulicas, maquinas
Measuring Tools for boring cutters:
We now manufacture and sell a Cutting Tool Adjuster that mounts on
our square carbide boring cutter to set the height within .001 inch.
Hemos traducido algunos de nuestro sitio web en español. Clic para
ver nuestra página web máquinas para trabajo metal
en español. Todas las semanas vamos a añadir una nueva sección en español.
Our website has added more:
If you ever need a CNC plasma table
visit our website. We have added the EasyCut CNC line of pasma cutting
table with your choice of Hypertherm or Thermal Dynamics plasma cutting
torches to give you high definition plasma cutting capability. Sizes available
go from a small 4 x 4 feet table up to the large 6 x 12 feet table model.
All 4 sizes are made in USA.
Do you have a video of you line boring with our Q150 system?
If you do, American Machine Tools is offering a reward of up to $300 for
a video over 1 minute long showing you setting up, using a Q150 portable
line boring machine. Our new customers are interested in seeing how
other customers used our Q150 system to rebore pivot holes. Videos must
be shorter than 5 minutes long. If you have some photos you would like
to share, we offer a bunch of free carbide cutting tools in exchange.
Our website has grown:
In the past few months we have added extra webpages dedicated to metal
cutting Cold Saws and Dake Arbor Presses
and Pipe & Tube Notchers and educational
information and this blog. Check back regularly as we add more to serve
you better. Have a suggestion? Contact
Section 179 End of Year Machinery Purchase Tax Deduction:
If you are thinking of waiting until next year to buy the metalworking
machine you want, think again. The United States government is allowing
an immediate 50% to 100% business tax deduction (section 179) on machinery
up to $500,000 if purchased before December 31, 2010 under certain conditions.
To qualify at the 100% deduction level, check with your accountant to
prevent any technicalities from changing part of your immediate tax write
off into a gradually depreciated tax write off.
Machine Tool Sales up:
The first nine months of 2010 show U.S. sales
of machine tools and related equipment are up 74% over the same nine
months of 2009. At this rate, we should quickly return to 2008 levels.
U.S. factory output grew for the 16th straight month in November. Manufacturing
has been one of the strongest sectors of the economy since the recession
ended. After slowing over the summer, factories have picked up in recent
months as consumer demand for autos, computers and other goods has rebounded.
The Federal Reserve of the United States is currently flooding the financial
markets with easy money to stimulate the U.S. economy. This should drive
down interest rates and make it easier for banks to lend money. The downside
to the U.S. Dollar is inflation which can be seen in the runup in gold
prices and commodities important to manufacturing such as steel, aluminum,
New Line Boring Tools:
We now manufacture several tools to assist with reboring holes using our
portable boring equipment. Our Centering-Measuring Tool will accurately
measure holes while the boring
bar is still in the hole. Our custom made Grooving Cutting Tool is
an inexpensive way to cut a retaining ring groove inside a hole.
Made in USA is making a comback:
Manufacturing products in America is making a comeback. The recession
has held wages down in the US, making them more competitve. Meanwhile
Chinese labor costs are going up and so is the value of the Chinese currency
compared to the US Dollar. Also, some people are trying to buy American
made products for patriotic reasons to help our economy as well as the
usual reasons of quality, safety, tech support and spare parts availabilty.
Expanded tax cuts for Research and Development work should also promote
more purchases of the kind of capital equipment often made in USA.
New Fein Powerfeed Magnetic Drill Press for our Q150 Line Boring Equipment:
American Machine Tools Company and Fein Power Tools USA are proud to announce
that the Fein KBM-80U-AutoLB is now available as a Magnetic Drill Press
option to drive the Q150 line of portable hole
boring bars from American Machine Tools Corp. The Fein KBM-80U-AutoLB
allows line boring in Manual or Auto-Feed mode. Unlike other Fein magnetic
drill presses, the KBM-80U-AutoLB is specially equipped with a 3/4 inch
chuck for driving the Q150 boring shafts. The German made quality is remarkable
and will provide many years of use. The Q150 portable line boring tools
enable your magnetic drill press to rebore pivot holes in cranes, backhoes,
endloaders, excavators, tractors, machinery frames, steel mill ladles,
bridge support pivots, etc.
Chinese labor costs going up, currency value going up:
The Chinese have finally uncoupled their currency (Yuan) from the US Dollar.
They are allowing it to rise in value from the long time rate of 6.83
Yuan per Dollar. This should quickly cause Chinese made machine tools
and other equipment to cost more in the US. Simultaneously, Chinese manufacturers
are reporting that employees are very unhappy (with some resorting to
suicide). The Chinese workers are demanding higher pay, better working
conditions and less brutal work hours. This will raise costs for Chinese
factories and their customers. While this is good news for many American
manufacturers whose prices should soon be more competitive, it is bad
news for American importers of Chinese made machinery and equipment since
they will lose some of their pricing advantage.
Industrial Rebound Taking Hold with Inventory Replacement, Exports:
The Institute for Supply Management reports that its Purchasing Managers
Index was 59.7 percent in May. At that level, the index is well above
the 50 percent growth threshold. Replacing of depleted inventories seems
to be driving an improved domestic demand. Healthy gains in exports is
another reason to hope for an industrial rebound.
Our New Q88E Boring Equipment:
American Machine Tools Company introduces its newest boring setup using
a small 7/8 inch diameter boring shaft capable of boring holes down to
1 inch diameter and up to 1 1/2 inch. The Q88 includes a manual feed drill
press mechanism and is driven by a Milwaukee drill. As with all line boring
equipment from American Machine Tools Company, the Q88 includes everything
you need including enough carbide cutters to complete your job. We also
offer a lower cost Q88A add on option for use with our Q150 equipment.
Coming soon: New Fein Magnetic Drill Press with Auto-Feed for our Q150!
Economic Climate for Manufacturing in the USA:
Lets face it. We are still struggling to work our way out of this recession.
But this recession was deeper than any other we have seen in our lifetime.
Do you remember the past few recessions? The 2001 recession started out
bad and just as things started to improve September 11 knocked us down
again. The stock market took a much longer time to recover than this time.
The 1991 recession cost the first President Bush the election to Bill
Clinton. My father almost lost his consulting engineering company. The
1981 recession was a very scary time for me. I remember working for a
machine builder far from home who paid extra low wages since there was
so many good people out of work. The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo caused a recession
with very high gas prices, shortages and long lines at gas stations while
the US was still recovering from the expensive Vietnam War. Currently
our problems seem to stem from a real estate bubble and all the debt our
country took on to fight two wars after a big tax cut. But the stock market
has recovered quicker than last time. In retrospect things don't seem
so bad if you aren't one of the unemployed Americans whose home is in
foreclosure. We feel optimistic. If we work hard, invest in productivity
and buy American (when still possible), manufacturing can help lead us
out of this recession.
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