Forster Co-Ax availability update

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Dr. Vette, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    At the SHOT Show this week I had a chance to talk with the people from Forster. They admitted that they have had problems keeping up with demand and still keeping quality high.

    In a couple of months they will have two new CNC machines set up and running which should significantly improve their production capacity. So, for those still waiting there is hope!

    FYI they are really nice people who are very open to comments and suggestions.
     
  2. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    Waiting for stuff is just part of shooting. I have learned to just place my order and wait.
     

  3. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    Looking at the basic Co-Ax design and knowing a tiny bit about how a CNC machine center works, I see a machine center with two pallots and two different fixtures with the operator removing one part and installing it on the "b" fixture. Total machine time will be in the five minutes or less range. The equipment I was around would cut the whole thing in about three minutes, and hold in under five tenths. What this will give us is a faster delivery, and they'll also be able to hold down the costs for a long time. If they tooled up right with seriously good programing they should be able to put out around 75 presses in an eight hour shif without too much trouble. If they tool it up to where they can have four castings eight castings mounted on a square based column I think 100 pieces in eight hours would easilly be there for them.
    gary
     
  4. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    Gary - any idea who does their castings?
     
  5. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea
    gary
     
  6. Zep

    Zep Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, very few companies doing it anymore in the USA.
     
  7. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    Our wonderfull EPA has virtually killed all the foundries we built in this country over the last 15 years. There are still a few small ones out there, but even they are doomed. I'm pretty certain that the cast iron in my press was poured inside the USA (was built in 1978). The sad part is that even though we manufacture parts inside this country we often are found doing it with machinery and tooling made off shore. I know of only two or three lathes made over here right now, and no hand lathes. Even machinery we've used for a lifetime are now built off shore. And most of it is junk
    gary