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We've been busy this year! Historically, we've serviced industrial and hardware markets for the past 132 years. For the past 12 years we've
concentrated on food service products. While other markets have softened and have been saturated by imports, food service has been growing steadily. It seems that even in recession people eat out a lot. Here's what we've been developing: (Remember my tube bending questions?)
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All simple products and I fill the brushes on machines set up to make welding brushes with a few modifications. All good additions to my other food service offerings that I've been making for years. The scrapers were just die work and the parts are barrel plated.
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Wow -- that is a sharp tubing bend. Care to share how that was done without kinking? Was it notched and welded?
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On 7/17/2011 7:13 AM, Denis G. wrote:

The tube is 1/2" EMT. We made Aluminum bending die with roller "wings" and mounted it to a shop-built hydraulic press using a 2-1/4" bore x 5" stroke cylinder. The press was originally built to quickly press a tube into a Nylon handle. Funny, we never talked about the tube kinking...good thing it all works before YOU jinxed it! It's a great product and already established by other manufacturers on the west coast...to which we already sell them the block brushes. The east coast is wide open! We instal Flat-wire brush, Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel and Brass wire block brushes and sell replacement brushes with a routed groove on the top and piloted screw holes so the end user saves the handle and a few bucks.
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Sorry, I didn't mean to jinx things, but I think that your magic is stronger than mine anyways if you can get tubing to do that. Nice work!
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looks like great products to me

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae22/knotbrush/broilerbrushwithscrapertopshot.jpg
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Stupid for them, good for you.

Sure do. How did you end up doing it, press/crimp style?

Booful! I hope Carlisle appreciates the craftsmanship.

Cool. Carry on, American manufacturer! We salute you.
-- Life is an escalator: You can move forward or backward; you can not remain still. -- Patricia Russell-McCloud
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On 7/17/2011 10:10 AM, Larry Jaques wrote: <snip>

Carlisle has been buying our stuff for many years but has taken a couple of products of mine to China. They thought to save a lot of money but have had all kinds of problems and massive returns. The wood that the Chinese use is "Rubberwood", it won't hold a staple very well. We pull-test tufts to 50 pounds, Rubberwood won't hold at even 20 pounds so the wire falls out and possibly ends up in your food. We are targeting Carlisle's customers more and more and they are very receptive to American-Made products that last.
It really sucks that I constantly have to develop new products, I want to rest on my laurels! I want to play golf and go fishing, not still be working on weekends.
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Have you mentioned that you consider that to be a less than reputable action by a customer, and that further like behavior would be met by a full loss of any future orders being filled by OBC? (Or something to that effect.)

I haven't found a decent grille brush yet. Everything sold locally is Chiwawanese and the viagra has worn off the brass bristles. They go limp at the first insertion.

Yabbut, all that work helps you keep your girlish figure. Priceless!
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I've solved the problem with an alternative non-medical technology, heat.
With the grill bars at about 500 F, scrub them off using a stainless-steel curly scour pad (actually, two pads matted together) held in a loooong pair of tongs. The heat softens the cooked-on crust enough to make removal easy.
I also made a special scraper with a blade custom-made to fit exactly over and around the grill bars, but hardly ever need it.
Joe Gwinn
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On 7/17/2011 3:45 PM, Larry Jaques wrote:

It happens every day but I still sell them stuff with a smile. NEVER burn a bridge!
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Ever diminish your discounts to them?
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On 7/18/2011 7:19 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

On some items I have raised prices but some items are under a yearly contract.
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That's nice, but you know what we're REALLY interested in - the machines that make them. Yeah, I know - trade secrets. But, what about the brush with the bent handle - how did you eventually handle the bending?
Bob
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On 17/07/2011 3:49 PM, Tom Gardner wrote:

http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae22/knotbrush/broilerbrushwithscrapertopshot.jpg
http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae22/knotbrush/brasssinglesidedwithscraper.jpg
Nice work. Not being in the field myself its good to see what comes of some of the dicussions here on RCM. cheers
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On 7/17/2011 10:45 PM, Dennis wrote:

I've had a lot of questions answered here and often answers invoke new questions and new ideas.
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