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We sell direct for two reasons: Better Pricing Better Service Better Pricing For some reason the industry has followed the same old distribution pattern – make a product, sell it to manufacturer reps, sell it to distributors, sell it to the end user. The entire time every one of those middlemen are taking a little (or a lot) off the top. By the time the product gets into the hands of the user its price has been artificially inflated beyond its actual value. On the service side of things, the application knowledge of the product gets diminished each time it is handed down until you finally have an order taker at a distribution house trying to BS his way through application advice. I recently had a good conversation with a customer about this distribution model. They had a job that they had previously passed up on because it required a vacuum chuck for manufacturing. They had their eyes on a competing product and decided to make the purchase in order to complete the job. When they called up their local distributor they were shocked to find out that the manufacturer of the vacuum chuck had aligned themselves with a large manufacturer’s rep and that the price had risen by 80% overnight. The product didn’t get any better, and it was still purchased from the same local distributor, but the simple fact that a middleman was added caused the price to skyrocket. Irritated, the customer walked away and the sale was lost. Better Service A few months later the job came back around for quoting and by then we were in full production of our SmartVac II. Our price was unbeatable, but our detailed application support, something that a local distributor could not offer, sealed the deal. We were able to walk them though some very tricky workholding and get the job dialed in so their purchase paid for itself in a matter of weeks....
[​IMG] We’re proud to announce the opening of our new online store. Now all of our products can be purchased online at any hour of any day. The store is secured through 128 bit SSL encryption to ensure credit card transactions are safe. Continue reading...
[​IMG] We recently introduced the Speed Change Pallet System (SCPS) to our lineup of workholding products. The SCPS is a ground-up redesign of our best selling Pallet Retention System (PRS). At first glance you’ll notice a few obvious cosmetic changes but here is a quick list of the top 10 improvements:
  1. Wider Base – The best selling PRS Pallets were always the 8″ wide sizes. We’d sell them 10:1 over the 6″ sizes and 5:1 over the 10″ sizes. Naturally, we engineered the Base to use the more popular 8″ and 10″ pallets only.
  2. Cast Iron Core – Cast iron is a great material for workholding devices (tough, thermally stable, dampens vibration), but using it from tool to table is overkill (weight, corrosion exposure, higher cost of manufacturing). We kept all the benefits of cast iron and placed it in a….
  3. Hard-Anodized Aluminum Carrier – Aluminum machines faster, has lower tooling cost and requires fewer post machining operations than cast iron. All these benefits lead to lower cost that we pass on to you, the customer.
  4. All-Around Clamping – Previously, there were only two slots for clamping the Base to the table. We’ve added a step on all sides of the SCPS Base and are providing four toe clamps with bolts. This gives unlimited mounting options.
  5. Improved Chip Management – One silicone rubber face seal runs aroung the entire perimeter of the Base. Plus, rounded edges allows chips to easily wash away.
  6. Higher Holding Power – 3000 lbs of locking force holds pallets tight against the Base. This means vibrations from cutting are transferred from the pallet to the machine table which yields better part finsishes.
  7. Larger Alignment Pins – Larger, tougher pins means better performance over the long run. Plus, the pins are replaceable if they get damaged or corroded.
  8. Round Locking Mechanisms – Rectangle or...
[​IMG] We recently expanded our SmartVac II line by adding two new sizes of vacuum chuck bases. We now carry a 13.5″ x 13.5″ square chuck which is perfect for 12″ square workpieces. Our other new size is 13.5″ x 20″ which doubles the working area of our original 9.5″ x 14″ base. All three sizes are still powered by our Vacuum Control Unit and are available in discounted Starter Packages ranging in price of $995 to $1495. Continue reading...
It’s always nice to get feedback from customers, but it’s not often that we get product feedback from our non-customers. This one started our year off with a smile:
Just a note from Australia, to say thanks for the Smart Jaw drawing. I checked out your website; very impressive. The sense of Quality, Value for money, and Pride in workmanship really come through. And with a simple, clean, no nonsense, professional look. Very classy. Have a happy and prosperous New Year. Thanks again.Steve in Australia
Yup, Steve gets it. We put a lot of pride and effort into creating simple and dependable products with a great website to match. Don’t forget to download your FREE Smart Jaw print too.

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We recently introduced the Speed Change Pallet System (SCPS) to our lineup of workholding products. The SCPS is a ground-up redesign of our best selling Pallet Retention System (PRS). At first glance you’ll notice a few obvious cosmetic changes but here is a quick list of the top 10 improvements:
  1. Wider Base – The best selling PRS Pallets were always the 8″ wide sizes. We’d sell them 10:1 over the 6″ sizes and 5:1 over the 10″ sizes. Naturally, we engineered the Base to use the more popular 8″ and 10″ pallets only.
  2. Cast Iron Core – Cast iron is a great material for workholding devices (tough, thermally stable, dampens vibration), but using it from tool to table is overkill (weight, corrosion exposure, higher Read the rest of this entry »
Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has provided an instant a preemptive marketplace for projects to raise capital through individual investors. The practice is known as “crowdfunding”. This is HUGE for machinists. We’ve all seen good ideas floating around the shop but the two biggest hurdles to turning an idea into a product has been [...] Continue reading...
Lexair’s modular CIVI Rail workholding system boosts the productivity, accuracy and repeatability of horizontal machining centers, providing multi-part clamping in virtually limitless configurations on tombstones and trunnions. A unique V-jaw design pulls parts down against the parallels and a 60-degree angle on serrations provide more clamping surface for a sure hold on high-value parts. CIVI [...] Continue reading...
There’s a problem here. This photo is from an assembly workstation in a mid size shop. A magnetic bar holds essential tools. The problem is that it is the ONLY magnetic bar in the area and if there’s a tool missing, then there’s a drawn out search for that one tool to complete the job. [...] Continue reading...
A new law beginning on July 1, 2014 allows California based manufacturers to obtain a “partial exemption of sales and use tax” certificate for certain manufacturing equipment purchases. The certificate is much like the current resale certificates that most manufacturers have. To be eligible under this law, you must meet all three of these conditions: [...] Continue reading...