What are the main reasons you buy any machine? Do you buy the same type of machine as what you already have? Do you buy what your father always bought? Why do I keep buying those same crappy chips for Cinco de Mayo? Sometimes you need to step outside of the box you made for yourself and really questions why your doing what your doing. A better way may save you a ton of money, and make for a better Cinco de Mayo. (I swear thats how you spell it, but I am reading it may-o)
A beautiful quick little video on how well Fusion 360 works for complex parts on a Hurco 5 Axis. MJK is a real success story on how you can accomplish anything on the right platform.
Last week we held our first ever online training course. That sounds really stupid, it's 2018, where the hell have we been since like 2005? Anyway, we got our first one in the can. It went really well with a total of 9 attendees by the time we got finished. There were a few guys who couldn't make it on but that's okay! Because we have it right here for everyone to watch, and re-watch. We would love to hear your feedback on the class either here, on youtube or just send us an email directly.
You gotta start somewhere...
It's been no little secret that over Gage Machines Tool's 18-year history, Training, has played a vital role in the companies success. Over the years that training has taken many different forms. From extensive onsite, multi-day courses to intimate one-on-one discussions, the definition of training has evolved. When you're trying to decide how to spend anywhere from Sixty Thousand dollars to Half a million, it helps to know that the people you're giving your hard earned money to actually know how to run the equipment your buying. The last thing a busy shop floor needs is the morale boost of the bosses latest paperweight.
Coming off the huge success that 2017 was for Gage Machine Tool we are going to double down on our "always training" philosophy. Part of this is an effort to actually make all the training possible as we have been swamped. If you were not aware, Gage Machine Tool trains, for free, on every single machine we sell. When you sell over 50 in a year and you have at least two days of training on each machine. You get the picture.
So in 2018, we will be implementing a few changes to our training programs. First, we will be training on every new machine we sell, as always. This is part of who we are and that will never change. Secondly, we will be holding training classes on a regular basis throughout the year. (See below for your areas dates). These classes will be the "101" Intro classes that encompass the exact same training you would get if you bought a machine. These will be classroom settings and machines will be available to work on in some cases. Thirdly, we will be offering on-site additional training as well. These are designed to be at the machine classes that focus on your companies specific requirements. Whether its G-Code integration, robotics integration, fixture design/work holding, 5 Axis, or just efficiency help. Last but not least we will be rolling out a new training program call "Advanced Class". This course will start out as a free course and be web-based, two-hour training. For now, it looks like Go-To-Meeting will be the preferred method of delivering these classes.
Feedback on these courses, times, locations and content is always encouraged. Please feel free to contact us anytime about your training requirements.
Hurco 101 Training
Omaha - MCC - March 13th and 14th 2018
Wichita - Showroom - May 8th and 9th 2018
Kansas City - Showroom - August 14th and 15th 2018
Columbus NE - TBD - November 13th and 14th 2018
Hurco Advanced Classes
March 23rd from 9 am to 11 am
Limited to 10 attendees
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Excerpt directly from there website. Results above.
CNC Control Customer Satisfaction: 2017
As in 2016, respondents were asked to report their Customer Satisfaction towards their control with the following responses:
- It Rocks! (Scored as 1.0)
- Works Fine (Scored as 0.0)
- Not Very Happy (Scored as -1)
A perfect score would therefore be 1.0, meaning every respondent said, “It Rocks!”
Customer Satisfaction Award, Pro Category: Hurco
Hurco ran away with it compared to the other controls, scoring 0.67. In essence, that means 2/3’s of Hurco respondents said their control rocks. I haven’t had the pleasure of using a Hurco control, but I know they have a lot of awesome features, especially in the area of Conversational CNC. One user remarked, “Extremely quick on-machine programming, especially for helix and thread mill operations.”
Accordingly, we’re awarding Hurco our Gold Customer Satisfaction Seal for 2017:
Find out more about the survey on CNCCookBook.com
Hurco has several machine "Specials" running for the next couple of weeks. Usually Hurco ships the last machines of the year by December 15th! So time is running out to get a new machine on your floor by year end. There are only a few machines of each of these models available. The following specials are running on a few select models. If there is a model you are looking for and do not see it, give us a call!
VM10HSi - 20,000 RPM Spindle, now $89,995.00
VMX24HSi - 18,000 RPM Spindle, now $108,495.00
VM10i - Max 5 Control - now, $57,995.00
VM20i - Max 5 Control - now, $74,295.00
VMX42SWi - CTS, Max 5 - now, $220,995.00
TMX8i - Max 5 Control - now, $92,995.00
TMM10i - Live Tooling Lathe with Tailstock, Presetter, Parts Catcher, now $117,195.00
Call or email Gage Machine Tool today to get your year-end deal!
Guest Post by Billy Briggs - SOE Metals
My story begins 4 months ago when a life long friend approached me asking if
I ever thought about starting my own business. I had been around lasers and
plasmas my whole life but never thought about getting myself a mill and
So in January, I contacted a company and the salesman sounded great
but he lacked communication. So I gave up on that company and that is when I
turned to Gage Machine Tool. I called and within a week Dirk(the owner) and
Chad his trusty salesman came and had a lunch meeting with my wife and me.
Not only were they super knowledgeable of the machines and tools, but they
brought with them an actual controller off of a machine. That had me sold
on the spot. It was so easy to go through the steps to get a high-quality
So after we got approved and the machines were delivered March 6th.
I purchased the VM10i and the TM8i, they were so tough looking. We had to
wait a couple weeks for me to get the correct power put in (no 3 phase
direct) I have to run off of a 50hp phase converter. Then 2 service techs
came and had them hard installed in a matter of hours. The following Monday
Chad Waldo came and the next 3 days he and I put in some long hours. He
wanted to make sure I was super comfortable running and programming both the
mill and the lathe that he stayed as long as I wanted him to.
He came back in 2 weeks and was very surprised to find I had been
doing such a great job. How could you not with such an amazing machine! I
still have questions from time to time but rest assured Chad and his staff
are super eager to help!
I would recommend the Hurco brand and Gage Machine Tool to anyone and everyone. Such an easy machine to work with to get critical tolerances within .0005 of an
-Billy Briggs - SOE METALS
Earlier this week, Hurco was invited to a local function to meet the command staff of a newly commissioned Virginia Class Nuclear Submarine, for the U.S. Navy, named after the Hoosier state - the USS INDIANA…and, as it was written on the picture above, by the skipper of the Indiana, Commander Jesse Zimbauer, this submarine is “Hurco made”.
If you have any questions about how accurate and reliable a Hurco is, ask Commander Jesse Zimbauer.
Why wait for IMTS when you can get the deal BEFORE the show?
Many people wait for IMTS to see what show deals builders will offer, but
we decided to give you the BIG deal BEFORE the BIG show. Why wait?
Request a quote today to get the deal.
Give us a call today to find out how you can get once of these deals! 1-800-522-4705