Basic Engine Machining - Understanding The Machine Shop Processes
Basic Engine Machining – Understanding The Machine Shop Processes

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So, Basic engine machining for your engine rebuild can be confusing. Consequently, There is a wide spectrum of options from which to choose. As a result, Your choice ranges between a one-man operation to a full-blown shop that employs over a dozen people. Which is right for you? The following will prepare you in choosing the ideal machine shop.

1) Machine Shop

So, Is the shop clean or messy? Most machine shops are typically cluttered; but on the flip side; a shop that is messy will typically reflect the machinist’s work. A shop that is clean will have machinery that is clean. Simply stated, clean tools do their jobs better.

2) Types of Machinery/Tools

The defining characteristic of most shops is the type of machines they operate. Also, Is the equipment new, top of the line, and well maintained? Many customers prefer old-school machinists using old-school machines; but take into consideration that as a piece of equipment gets older its ability to hold narrow tolerances slips; particularly if it has not been regularly maintained and periodically calibrated.

3) Small Machine Shops Expertise

Never be afraid to ask questions, regardless of how foolish or stupid they might seem. Always spend some time talking with the shop operator. It will become apparent very quickly if the operator is simply pushing parts; or really applying professional machining techniques in every job. The more questions you ask; the better you should be able to sense their experience and how they handle a job. Your goal is to find a machine shop that is fast without sacrificing quality. If your machinist lacks communication or is not willing to discuss the engine process with you; simply pick up your parts and move on to another that can offer what you need.

4) Reputation/Affordability

Ask around. Inquire where friends/colleagues take their parts to be machined. Machine shops live off of their reputations, and happy customers can tell you a lot about their work. Consequently, There’s nothing wrong with comparative shopping. Much like many things in life, you get what you pay for. The better machine shops, will not be the cheapest in town. Finally, Be prepared to pay for good service.

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