HGR partners with RAKE for company charity event

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RAKE Charity Event

It’s always nice to give back! A group of employees from HGR helped to pack 200 lunches for people in need on Friday, February 21. HGR partnered up with Ricky Smith and his organization RAKE – Random Acts Of Kindness – to coordinate the charity event. Over 20 employees, along with Ricky and his representatives from RAKE, spent a part of the afternoon assembling peanut butter & jelly sandwiches with other goodies to pass out. These bagged lunches were supplemented with other helpful items like new socks and toothbrushes. The goal of the event, and the main objective of RAKE, is to help spread kindness around the world.

Having Ricky Smith at HGR’s warehouse was a great experience. A native of Cleveland, Ricky built up the RAKE Organization from humble grassroots efforts. The RAKE website tells the story, “Raised in the Cleveland suburbs of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Ricky possessed a need to excite the world with his off-kilter wit and eagerness to help the needy any way he could.  Through his routine charitable actions, Ricky possessed a sense of randomness.” It only seemed natural to connect Ricky’s random personality with his warm charitable disposition to create RAKE.

RAKE operates in a lot of other cities beyond Cleveland. In fact, Ricky has taken his charitable operations to several different places on tour. Like a proper touring act, RAKE has gone so far as to hit 50 cities in 30 days! From Atlanta to Denver to San Francisco and everything in between, RAKE goes on the road to collect donations and set up charity events all across America.

RAKE is an organization that does amazing work for less fortunate people whenever they can. HGR is proud to help support such a wonderful cause. We would encourage you to explore what the RAKE Organization has to offer for yourself. Please do yourself a favor and get on board with Ricky Smith and RAKE at the next opportunity you have. Follow Ricky and RAKE on his social media channels below!

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Packing lunches with RAKE

Used Machines Create Lasting Savings

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Used Lathe for sale at HGR

The machine industry is big business. Depending on what kind of machine is needed, it is not uncommon to spend six figures, if not more, on a single item for your company. It may be necessary to buy a brand new expensive machine from time to time, however, what if you need a fleet of machines for your operation? Alternatively, you may be a lone practitioner or a hobbyist who needs a sophisticated machine for personal projects. Putting your personal project on Hobby Machinist becomes infinitely easier when you don’t have to spend a fortune to acquire the machine.

Funding for new machinery could be an issue, especially if you don’t want to accumulate massive debt. It’s an issue of time as well. The amount of time put into research and discovery on a new machine does not happen overnight. It could take several weeks, if not longer, to have all of your ducks in a row for this type of major purchase. Most shoppers don’t have the luxury of extra time and money to be frivolous in these matters. Luckily, there is a simple and elegant solution to this type of problem: buying used machinery.

Most people know that when you purchase a new car, the value of that car instantly drops the moment you drive if off the dealership lot. Cars are mobile machines after all – and they can still be sold after 80,000 miles are racked up on the odometer. The same principle holds true for machine tools, lathes, press brakes and other items after they are purchased and run for hundreds of hours. Once your new machine is fired up and operational, that machine is unlikely to command a higher value if resold. This is a double edged sword to be sure. While the new machine investment is sometimes unavoidable, the opportunity to purchase a used machine is ever present and growing all the time. You will be able to see firsthand accounts of these stories on a forum like Chaski’s Home Machinist.

Used machinery is well suited to be resold in a variety of ways. One popular way to sell a used machine is via full service equipment auction. While recognizable names like Christie’s or Sotheby’s may deal in fine art, heirlooms and real estate, other companies like Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers will put a specific focus on selling used machinery. HGR partners up with CIA – who works with BidSpotter – to run several machine auction events each year. Participating in a machine auction is super simple. It doesn’t involve much more than registering for an account, locating an auction and placing bids online. The auction will always have an inspection day if you need to spend some time with the item, or receive customer service information, before committing. The machine auction process may seem intimidating on the surface, but really, it’s not much different from buying an item from Ebay.

In addition to the auction model, a company such as HGR can help facilitate the transaction of selling used machines in a more traditional way. Our 12 Acre Public Showroom is open during regular business hours to browse thousands of used machines in our inventory. The benefits of buying used machinery extend beyond immediate monetary savings. Short term savings may seem like the best reason to purchase a used machine. However, the long term economic advantage is also worth noting. Saving a mere 10% of overhead costs can lead to tremendous positive changes in a company’s bottom line. When these savings are extended over several years it can lead to a tremendous increase in company profits. HGR is proud to help create a marketplace for selling used machinery that gives people (and machines) an extra opportunity to create more potential for less capital investment.

Check HGR’s website for more details on auctions, used machinery and special sales.

Browse CNC Machine Arrivals at HGR

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HGR is your best source for used CNC machines. Computer Numerical Control – better known as CNC – is the main architecture behind programming machine movements. The programming of CNC movements creates a structure and blueprints for machines to follow when using CAM or CAD software. Rather than manually adjusting every millimeter of movement in advance, the CNC allows machinists to create a coding diagram that will let a machine work in auto pilot until the objective is complete. The machine can be a milling machine, lathe, router, welder, grinder, laser or waterjet cutter, sheet metal stamping machine, robot, or many others. For larger industrial machines, the computer is generally an on-board dedicated controller. However, the CNC can also be an external computer which communicates with the larger machine for the coding instructions.

The HGR warehouse occupies over 500,000 square feet of floorspace in Euclid, Ohio. Among that massive space is an entire fleet of different used CNC machines. At any given time, it is not uncommon for HGR to have over 100 CNC machines available to browse and purchase. New CNC items arrive every week and get sold rather quickly. When a category of machine has a high demand, combined with a wide versatility of uses, they usually don’t sit around for long before being bought. While it can be intricate to program and run a proper CNC schematic, HGR is happy to simplify the process of acquiring the machine with a significant price reduction. It’s even easier to keep an eye on the new CNC arrivals at our warehouse by checking this page.

HGR is proud to carry top line name brands in the world of CNC machining. You will find items manufactured by major brands like Falcon Chevalier, Okuma, Hardinge, Cincinnati, Tree and others. Many of the machine brands are domestic but we also carry famous international brands from countries like Korea and Japan. There is practically no limit on the potential of uses for a CNC machine that can be purchased from HGR. Whatever your project may be, HGR is confident you will find a proper solution with our selection of CNC machines. Our warehouse is open to the public during regular business hours on weekdays. Of course, you can also browse our entire inventory of machines on HGR’s website here.

In addition to searching on our website, the HGR Facebook page will post information on new CNC machines from time to time.

Going Once, Going Twice? The Evolution Of Online Auctions.

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Auctioneer Gavel

Before Ebay was even a possibility, a traditional auction was an event that had an aristocratic audience and was usually hidden from the general public. Early auction houses date back to the 1700s when aristocrats would gather to bid on a variety of hugely valuable items. Artwork, jewelry, books and furniture were common items featured in auction houses. When items are sold to the highest bidder, the experience becomes something closer to a sporting event more than just a sale of goods. In the early days of auctions, names like Sotheby’s and Christie’s were the only game in town. A couple hundred years later, the entire paradigm of an auction would shift into a digital world of unlimited potential.

In the old days, an auctioneer would swing a gavel to indicate that a lot has sold at auction. In today’s world of auctions, the auctioneer has been replaced by a massive media server that runs millions of auctions every month. Ebay has, of course, become the most dominant auction house in history. And while Ebay gets the lion’s share of all modern auction transactions, it certainly doesn’t get to handle everything.

While Ebay can deal with most general items, it’s a different story when it comes to machinery and specialized industrial equipment. There are too many moving parts, literally and figuratively, when it comes to putting heavy machinery up for online auction. The online auction process becomes a bit more sensitive when the lot costs $10,000 or weighs 10,000 pounds. This is where a company like Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers can jump in and take the lead when it comes to putting heavy machines up for auction.

HGR Industrial Surplus partners with Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers – who works with BidSpotter – to hold a handful of online auctions each year. These auctions feature dozens of items and span the spectrum from basic machine tools to jib cranes that weigh over 10,000 pounds. Each auction has an inspection day built in so bidders have a chance to get up close and personal with the items they bid on. The inspection day is normally held one day before the auction ends.

HGR is proud to add a lot of items up for online auction including tooling, extruders, air compressors, forklifts and much more. Get details on HGR’s current auction, which runs through March 10, with Cincinnati Industrial Auctioneers here: https://get.hgrinc.com/westech-aution-via-hgr/

And of course, you can always browse our 12 acre showroom which is open to the public and see our inventory online at our website: https://hgrinc.com/

 

HGR Saturday Sales – Monthly Marvel For Machine Enthusiasts

 

Once a month, HGR is proud to host a massive machine sale that features big discounts on hundreds of items. Our sales are held on the second Saturday of each month. People have been known to line up outside the front entrance as the doors open at 7:30am to begin the sale. Once inside, our customers are eager to browse HGR’s 12 acre showroom which contains hundreds of discounted machines and items.

Products are discounted anywhere from 10% to 40% and include a variety of items like dust collectors, air handlers, welding equipment, motors, pumps, desks, hardware and many more. We have a dedicated team of salesmen here to help assist and answer any questions you may have about the items on sale. From time to time, we will also host special events during the sale such as a raffle giveaway. During our Saturday Sale in January 2020, we gave away 3 tool chests to 3 participating customers during our raffle. Below is an image of one of the winners in January.

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HGR Raffle Winner Jan 2020

You can view all the details for our Saturday Sale in February – including times and discount information – on our sale splash page here.

As an added bonus, we bring in complimentary breakfast at 8:00am from Rascal House Pizza in Euclid. Supplies are limited so make sure to arrive early so you can have a couple slices before they are gone! Our Saturday Sales run from 7:30am to 1:00pm on the second Saturday of each month. And as always, our 12 acre showroom is open to the public on weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm if you want to browse our full inventory.

We are happy to host this sale, and others, throughout the year. View our inventory and stay up to date with HGR’s promotions on our home page.