Market for Lathe Machines Shows Strong Indicators

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Close up of Lathe machine

Lathes are in high demand and it’s no surprise as to why. These versatile machines can handle a lot of different functions. Whether you are drilling a piece of metal or sanding a piece of wood, the main objective can be achieved by using a lathe. Every kind of major industry that produces physical goods will probably have a need for a lathe at some point – from furniture companies to automotive and aerospace giants.

A recent report by The Insight Partners shines a light on the limitless potential of this dynamic machine industry. The report gives a detailed analysis of several global territories and companies that manufacture lathes such as Yamazaki, Doosan, Dailan and more. A synopsis of the study notes that, “The lathe machine market is experiencing high demand due to rise in the demand from manufacturing and automotive sector. The company’s manufacturing these machines are focusing on the development of more efficient and less energy consuming machines to stay competitive in the market and subsequently attract more customers.” Read the full article here. 

HGR is proud to feature a wide assortment of used Lathe machines from many different manufacturers. These machines range from $1,000 to $100,000 and fall into many different categories of use. Our warehouse is open to the public on weekdays from 8am to 5pm and our stock of lathes is available to see in person. Alternatively, HGR will also buy previously owned lathes if you have any available to sell. See the process of buying and selling on our home page.

Here is a recent addition to our lathe machine family below:

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Lathe at HGR

Woodworking in the spotlight at Cabinets & Closets Expo in March 2020

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Woodworking in a shop

Woodworking fanatics from around the country will convene in Arlington, Texas for the Cabinets & Closets Expo on March 11, 2020. The annual event – which features a full-day conference, plant tour, and exposition – is dedicated to home remodeling professionals specializing in building kitchen cabinets, closets, and other home storage designs. The scope and creativity of the exhibits are a testament to the continued intrigue of woodworking. Get more details on the Expo here.

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Cabinets and Closets Expo

In addition to viewing impressive woodworking pieces for improving your home, the conference will feature speeches from woodworking veterans who can offer unique insights. Will Sampson, a lifelong woodworker and entrepreneur, will be giving a speech about pricing trends in the wood market. Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes, “Woodworkers also tend to be craftsmen first and business operators second. Another recipe for disaster.” He goes on to note that Sampson says, “It is too easy to overlook business fundamentals while scrambling to get work out the door. But just as no amount of finish will cover up bad preparation on woodwork, there can’t be any profit if your system isn’t in place to build that into the price.” Read the full article here. 

In addition to checking out all the new woodworking innovations and business trends, this Expo will also look to the future generations in woodworking. Most people don’t think of going to college for a major in woodworking. However, there are several ways to open up a career as a woodworker as a sole practitioner or part of a design firm. Young entrepreneurs will get plenty of insight and tips about the best ways to start the journey of a woodworking career. 

This conference helps prove that the interest in woodworking is strong in our modern times. Machines that assist with woodworking, of course, will go hand in hand with this strong interest.  

View some of HGR’s woodworking inventory here

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Champ Fond Shaper

Everybody’s Welding for the Weekend

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Welder Working

The modern science of fusing metals together has been around for over a century. Depending on how far back in history we want to go, one could find evidence of primitive welding in the Bronze Age when common metals were used to create tools, weapons and even currency. In the intervening millennia, welding has grown from humble beginnings into an industry unto itself. Welding is used by many organizations, and in many disparate ways, to create all sorts of unique commodities.

Welding machines can have a long lifespan. In many cases, a welding machine will outlive the factory where it operated. The used machines are highly prized and can be used to benefit in other areas of commerce, such as farming. Agriculture Magazine recently listed some used welders on their website including an ESAB Rebel and a Millermatic 255.

While there is a science to metalworking, there is also an artistic and educational side. The next generation is eager to learn the foundations of what welding is and how it works. The Augusta Chronicle recently reported a story about scrap metal being donated to local schools near Savannah, GA to help train welding students. “Welding programs at high schools and technical colleges in the region surrounding the Savannah River Site (SRS) each received 2,000 lbs. of stainless steel from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at SRS for use in training future welders.” Read the full article here.

If you are in the market for a welder, you’re in luck! There is no shortage of used machines to check in HGR’s inventory

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Welder at HGR

If you are relatively new to welding, our friends at Welding Supplies from IOC have you covered! They breakdown “The Secrets of Buying Your First Welder” on this article here.

And of course, you can be very creative with old welding machines too. Get some inspiration from this video showing a custom welder build on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVt7jnfQCxg

The Future Is Bright For Big Business Using Big Machines

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Big Business Machines

2020 is only a few weeks old, and yet, there are already early indicators that heavy machinery will be steadily increasing in production and usage throughout the decade. With the continuing rise of global commerce, combined with the power of Artificial Intelligence and various automation functionality, many machinery companies are feeling confident that business is going to be booming in the coming years.

Michael Tyrrell – contributor to Production Engineering Solutions – notes that big machine company executives are excited about the future prospects. He reports that Alan Mucklow, managing director UK/Ireland sales division at Yamazaki Mazak, said: “2019 has been an excellent year for machine orders in the UK, with a continuation of the recovery in the oil and gas sector, a strong showing in aerospace and a resilient general subcontracting base that has continued to invest in new technology. I’m also delighted with the performance of our laser division, which continues to build its position in the UK market.” The UK and Ireland are not alone. Many other counties in the developed world are also on board to invest in new machinery.

New technology is constantly evolving and replacing the technology of yesteryear in fascinating ways. Some of these evolutions were anticipated while others caught certain segments of the manufacturing industry completely off guard. Howard Larue of Machinery Observer notes that, “The rise in adoption and utilization of real-time information access is promoting the use of Internet of Things or IoT-enabled devices. This is because IoT devices provide cost and energy efficiency and are capable of tracking the energy consumed, thus providing greater visibility on product schedule optimization and saving energy.” Click here for the full article. 

Advances in technology and engineering have been vital in expanding the potential of what big machinery can help accomplish. One major factor that has been particularly beneficial is the reduction of energy consumption in the creation, and more importantly, the performance of many big machines. The benefits go beyond saving money. As alternative energy sources become more widely available to construct and lend power to machines, the reliance on environmentally toxic energy sources dissipates. The net benefit of this paradigm shift in energy creates a cleaner planet with maximized cost efficiency. It’s a win-win scenario for companies and the general population alike.

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CNC Lathe at HGR