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Tariff Talk

June 19, 2018 - 1:57pm -- Noah Graff

Noah Graff recently interviewed Miles Free, the Precision Machined Products Association’s Director of Industry Research and Technology. He’s a guru of machining industry world politics and one of the world’s foremost experts on the steel trade.

In March when President Trump tweeted his intentions to implement a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum coming into the United States, Free was bombarded from news outlets around the globe for his analysis—he really knows his steel. 

He compared the tariffs to the economic sanctions on imports that the United States would inflict on an enemy like Russia or Iran. “Nobody would have dreamed that the White House would ever use an entire industry as a negotiating technique” Free said.

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
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?

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