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Graff-Pinkert Now Helps Companies Buy and Sell Machining Businesses

August 30, 2016 - 4:12pm -- Noah Graff

Graff-Pinkert is very excited to be offering a valuble new service, matching buyers and sellers of machining companies. With its extensive contacts around the world and rich knowledge of the machining industry gleaned from 75 years in the business Graff-Pinkert is in a unique position to help machining companies looking to grow as well as help owners who want to retire or capitalize on their assets.

If you are interested in buying or selling a machining company contact Graff-Pinkert for a consultation today.

Chip Breaking Logan Clutch at Graff-Pinkert's Seminar

January 7, 2015 - 6:01pm -- Noah Graff
Last September Graff-Pinkert held a seminar at its facility in which we showcased a solution to the age old problem of long stringy chips that clog up screw machines when working with materials such as aluminum and copper. Graff-Pinkert's salesman Rex Magagnotti suggested that Logan Clutch could program an automated high/low clutch for a Wickman multi-spindle that would automatically execute intermittent cuts to break the chips. It was an adaptation of an old school approach of notching a cam that could peck drill to break chips. Logan Clutch's engineers successfully accomplished this feat and presented the product on a Wickman 1-3/4" at Graff-Pinkert's Screw Machine Innovations Seminar.
 
 

It's a Wonderful Business

December 20, 2013 - 12:18pm -- Lloyd Graff

Yesterday was an emotional day for me. I gave out end of the year bonus checks to the employees of my used machinery company, Graff-Pinkert, holding impromptu talks with each person after delivering each envelope. I thanked each person for their contribution, asked them how they could improve next year and how I could help them. Paternalistic, very old school.I found myself holding back my tears during some of the sessions. I scurried to an empty shop office to pull myself together — and wept. Some context. As I drove to work yesterday, I was wallowing in a sense of futility.

Buy a Screw Machine for 179

December 10, 2013 - 10:18am -- Lloyd Graff
Matthew Lesko, That crazy guy on TV advertising "Free Money" form the Government

I normally deal in subtleties — close calls on whether to buy a machine, take a gamble, hire a new person, eat a piece of pie. But occasionally a deal comes along that is so breathtakingly clear you just shake your head and say YES! We are in one of those odd moments. When the handwriting on the wall is so clear even a blind man can read it. The investment incentive, Section 179 of the Federal Tax Code, can bring savings of more than a million dollars in taxes in the right situation, and is most likely ending in three weeks.

Graff-Pinkert History Lesson

December 4, 2013 - 11:28am -- Noah Graff

The photo above is a Graff-Pinkert ad in the Serial Number Reference Book For Metalworking Machinery 7th Edition from 1979. Graff-Pinkert & Co. has undergone a lot of changes since my grandfather Leonard Graff and his cousin Aaron Pinkert started the used machine tools business back in 1941. We've been in business almost three quarters of a century, and it's mind boggling how many multispindle screw machines we've sold and then ended up buying back decades later, which we then refurbish and sell to new customers.

Machines I'm Thankful for and More

November 26, 2013 - 1:16pm -- Noah Graff

I'm thankful for our 8-32 Euroturn (ZPS). Rigid, fast, accurate. A modern beautiful, multi-spindle, almost as beautiful as the Czech women who live where it's built.

I'm thankful for traditional cutting oil. No, not the water soluble stuff which destroys beautiful machine tools.

I'm thankful to live and work in a country which still manufactures many of the best parts in the world at competitive prices.

I'm thankful for all our Wickmans, solid, high precision multi-spindle screw machines, great for quick changeover. Why buy any other machine?

Section 179 is Really Ending

November 18, 2013 - 10:07am -- Noah Graff
Hydromat HW 25-12 for sale by Graff-Pinkert

Business owners, “the moving walkway is now ending.” The punch bowl is being pulled away. Section 179 of the United States Tax Code will essentially evaporate December 31 of this year. It is really going to end, and you are going to kick yourself if you blew big money by not taking advantage of the best goodie package the awful Feds have provided in decades. This is really quite important for any small business that needs a truck, crane or parts cleaner. Even a screw machine or a hundred iPads.

The Davenport Screw Machine Won World War II

October 22, 2013 - 8:12pm -- Noah Graff
Apprentices filing a part at Brehm Präzisionstechnik GmbH & Co. KG

"The Davenport screw machine won World War II," Massimo Bonaldo said to me, as we ate kebabs in a rural village 40 minutes from the center of Hannover, where I was to attend the EMO Machine Tool Show the following day. Massimo is the technical manager of Tajmac-MTM S.p.A., the Italian headquarters of ZPS, one of Europe's top machine tool builders.

I had trekked throughout Germany the previous two weeks, visiting elite manufacturers and machine tools dealers. I had walked through state-of- the-art shops, packed with the latest INDEX MS machines, Hydromats and CNC machining centers. And now I found myself hanging out at midnight with three Italian ZPS technicians in middle-of-nowhere Germany, with one of the company's top engineers giving me a history lesson on the good old noisy American Davenport. The reason the Davenport won World War II for the Allies, Massimo explained, was that the Germans were using European single-spindle machines to bang out ammunition, while the Americans spit out bullets like mad with five-spindle Davenports. Times have changed since the days of American multi-spindle domination. Today Germany is the place to be to see tons of manufacturers full of the best multi-spindle screw machines on the market. That's why Graff-Pinkert sent me there to find machines.

The first shop I visited on my trip was Brehm Präzisionstechnik GmbH & Co. KG, about 100 km southeast of Stuttgart. ...

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