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Tool & Die Shop Sells Industrial Equipment, Too
Robert Hanson is an unusual fellow. He can help design a new product, reproduce an obsolete part, or he can sell you a secondhand milling machine or metal lathe and teach you how to do it yourself. His company, Manufacturing Solutions, does all types of fabrications in wood, metal, plastic and stone, operating a nearly 2,000-sq. ft. machine shop.
    “One of our bragging rights is building a braking system for a F-117A Stealth Fighter and a fuel cell testing system for the Delta 2 rocket program,” says Hanson. “We’ve done everything from building a prototype for an aircraft ice detection system now used by the FAA to building rubber band guns or equipment for a farm or ranch.”
    Hanson has been doing machining for the past 17 years. His shop is fully equipped with manual and CNC lathes and mills, sheet metal fabrication equipment, heat-treating ovens, MIG and TIG welding and woodworking tools.
    “We do precision machining,” says Hanson. “We have all the tools and toys every machinist dreams about.”
    Matching new tools to his changing business, Hanson would often look for high quality secondhand industrial equipment. Often times while looking at one piece of equipment, he would see other pieces also for sale for a good price and buy them as well. As different jobs and different needs developed, he ended up with surplus equipment. For the past 7 years he has been selling those tools along with other things he found for a good price.
    “I pick up a lot of equipment on the East Coast and fill a semi at a time,” says Hanson. “We have everything from restaurant equipment to tools for working on wood, metal, pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical systems.”
    Today he has a 6,000-ft. showroom, 1/2-acre of motor homes, and a Quonset-style fabric roof storage building with another 3,000 sq. ft. of stuff.
    “We’ll buy, sell or trade almost anything,” says Hanson. “A lot of it is by word of mouth. Last year we sold 24 vertical milling machines ($800 to $3,000) and 17 metal lathes ($700 to $2,200) and even more the year before.”
    In addition to on-site sales, Hanson sells a variety of items through Craigslist. Recent listings included milling machines, lathes, a Kawasaki motorcycle and a beer cooler.
    A good share of the tools he sells have 3-phase motors. “Just about any piece of industrial shop equipment is 3-phase, even new equipment,” he says. “Most people don’t have 3-phase power, so we sell and install different lines of static or rotary phase converters.”
    Hanson notes that a converter allows customers to get a good deal on a machine and run it on their single-phase power. He points out that while a rotary is more expensive, it works with hard starters like a lathe or air compressor.
    “Once you make the plunge on a 15 hp rotary converter, you can generally run an entire shop off it,” says Hanson.
    Industrial 2nd Hand’s website doesn’t have a listing of products on-hand. Hanson suggests stopping by if in the area or simply calling if you need a lathe or milling machine - or even a beer cooler.
    He offers training on equipment as well. “In a few hours, I can train someone to run a milling machine,” says Hanson. “We work with a lot of farmers and ranchers who want to make their own repairs.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Manufacturing Solutions, 2130 Dyess Ave., Rapid City, S. Dak. 57701 (mfgsolutions@peoplepc.com; www.industrial2ndhand.com).

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