Advanced Class - Fixture Plate Design 101

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.

Training is the foundation of our Business



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
Go-To-Meeting based
Limited to 10 attendees


Most Loved CNC Control

Survey done by CNC CookBook, a website that receives 4 million visitors a year.

Survey done by CNC CookBook, a website that receives 4 million visitors a year.

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:

  1. It Rocks! (Scored as 1.0)
  2. Works Fine (Scored as 0.0)
  3. 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

2017 goes out with a BANG!

The all new BX40Ui

The all new BX40Ui

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!

My Experience

Guest Post by Billy Briggs - SOE Metals


Billy Briggs

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

Billy workin it on his TM8!

Billy workin it on his TM8!

Submarine is "Hurco Made"

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.

Pre-IMTS Deals Annouced

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

Can a Hurco hold tight tolerances... How about 10 microns? Yes

Have a quick look at this video from MTDCNC in the UK. First thing you'll notice in the A&M shop they visited, they have all Hurco's. Not only that, they have a DCX22 and TWO DCX32's. This is a tight tolerance shop that specializes in the machining parts from D2, Inconel and Titanium. Not your average cup of tea. Have a listen.

What a difference an End Mill makes.

New Sandvik End Mill from Tim Baust at Sandvik - The guy knows his stuff!

New Sandvik End Mill from Tim Baust at Sandvik - The guy knows his stuff!

A few weeks ago we installed a new VM30i here in the Gage Machine Tool Showroom. We had a brief discussion about what kind of tooling we needed to get for doing demo's and customer runs. You would think that we had all the tooling holders and cutting tools you could imagine after having at least 20 machines in and out of the showroom over the last decade. What most people do not know is that we typically sell that tooling with the machine when it goes out the door. Hence the discussion on what kind of tooling we would need. In the past we would normally call on our buddy over at Sandvik who would come by and load us up with all the latest and greatest. He recently took another position and that left a bit of a vacuum.

As luck would have it, I was recently working with one of my customers, Viden Industries and told him to get a hold of someone at Sandvik and get some better tooling. His cycle times were 8 minutes on op 1 and 21 minutes on op 2. That was horrible and yes Dennis, the machine can run a lot faster than that. You need some tooling better than what your getting from the Shar catalog. So he called and a fellow named Tim came out and gave him a 3/8 Solid Carbide End Mill that had a new design and coating. It was a new End Mill, just on the market as of last December. Runs dry with air blast at full depth, no pecking. Needless to say Dennis was nervous about putting a 150 dollar end mill into his machine and running it a full 1/2" depth at 5000 rpm's and a feed rate of 85 inches a minute. Op 1 was 37 seconds. Op 2 was 4 and half minutes. Pretty freaking fantastic. But would it last?

I am happy to report that end mill one lasted thru all 255 pieces of op 1 and is still being used for op 2 as of this post. What a difference a single end mill can make. 

New VM30i

New VM30i


We tested it out on our VM30 when Tim came by the showroom. We didn't have 4140 like Viden had, just 6061 Alum. So our speeds and feeds were a bit different. Like 10,000 RPM's and a feed of 312 inches a minute. Oh and that was at a depth of 3/4". We cut a pocket 2 inches wide, 3/4" deep by 8 inches long in 27 seconds in one pass. No coolant, no air. We could have pushed it faster if we had a higher spindle speed.

So we installed a new VMX42HSRTi with an 18K spindle to try it out. I'll let you know the results!

New VMX42HSRTi at Gage Machine Tool

New VMX42HSRTi at Gage Machine Tool

SFQ - How does it work?


I have been asked several times of late about the SFQ feature on the Hurco control and thought I would dig up a previous blog post by Mike Cope at Hurco to explain in detail. I admit, I do not have the best explanation for how this works. So I will let Mike do the talking.

SFQ in detail

Its an excellent read and Mike does a good job explaining everything Hurco, I would highly recommend you subscribing to his posts and these as well!

If you have something that you would like us to highlight here please let me know!

Chad Waldo