pod.link copied!
Today's Machining World

Noah Graff, used machine tool dealer and editor of Today’s Machining World, interviews machining company owners, equipment gurus, and experts with insight... more

Listen now on

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Podcast Addict
Pocket Casts
Player FM
Podcast Republic


Machinery Auctions Off the Stand with Robert Levy, (Part II)–EP. 146

Today’s episode is Part II of our interview with industrial auctioneer Robert Levy. In Part I, I tried to get... more

18 Jul 2024 · 39 minutes
Machinery Auctions Off the Stand, with Robert Levy (Part I)

Auctions are always on our mind at Graff-Pinkert. Since Internet bidding became ubiquitous in the last 15 years they’ve become... more

17 Jul 2024 · 42 minutes
How to Promote Your Business on LinkedIn, with Scott Aaron–EP 221

I’ve had a LinkedIn profile for a long time, but I didn’t pay much attention to it until two years... more

10 Jul 2024 · 43 minutes
What If The Employees Owned Your Company?, with Rich Gaffney–EP 220

The concept of an ESOP to me has always seemed extraordinary yet at the same time a little hard to... more

26 Jun 2024 · 52 minutes
Where Rotary Transfers Fit, with Kris Fugate

My guest on today’s show is Kris Fugate, President of Revolution Machine Works, a prominent rotary transfer machine rebuilder, specializing... more

19 Jun 2024 ·
Betting Your Savings to Start a Machining Company, Dulio Arellano (Part II)—EP 219

Using savings to buy a 20-year-old Swiss machine that’s been sitting idle for year is a gamble. Buying one to... more

06 Jun 2024 ·
Manufacturing a $70,000 Wristwatch in the United States, with Josh Shapiro

Our guest on the podcast today is a machinist, entrepreneur, and master craftsman. Josh Shapiro is the owner and founder of... more

05 Jun 2024 ·
18-Year-Old Immigrant to Machine Shop Founder, Dulio Arellano (Part I)—EP 218

My guest on today’s show immigrated to the United States from Mexico at 18 years old, went to tech school,... more

29 May 2024 ·
How to Cut Machine Setup Time in Half, with Paul Van Metre

This week on Swarfcast, we’re sharing an interview we originally did back in 2020 with Paul Van Metre, Co-Founder of... more

22 May 2024 · 37 minutes
How to Buy and Sell Machines Like a Used Machinery Dealer--EP 117

Do you ever wonder how I make a living buying and selling old iron? Sometimes Graff-Pinkert’s used machinery business boggles... more

15 May 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Pasta Machines and Precision Parts, with Antonio Adiletta

Pasta machines operate a lot like cam screw machines, Antonio Adiletta told me when I interviewed him for this week’s... more

08 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Escaping Your Comfort Zone with Lean Manufacturing, Matthew Rassi-EP 216

Working in the machining industry I hear the term “lean manufacturing” mentioned a lot. But what does the word “lean”... more

01 May 2024 · 56 minutes
Attached to Multi-Spindles, With Elliott May

In honor of this weekend’s PMPA National Technical Conference, we’re resharing a podcast we did last year with Elliott May,... more

24 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
Ghosted by a Customer, What Do You Do?—EP 215

I’m dealing with a customer right now who seems interested in some CNC machines Graff-Pinkert has for sale. They told... more

17 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
How to Prevent Fires in Your Machine Tools with Mike Campo-EP 98

On this week’s classic episode of Swarfcast, we’re talking about preventing fires inside of machinery. Our guest is Mike Campo,... more

10 Apr 2024 · 38 minutes
Leaving your Father’s Manufacturing Company and then Founding Your Own, With Howard Sheldon-EP 214

Our guest on today’s show, Howard Sheldon, grew up working in his family’s third generation precision turning company. He planned... more

03 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
Sharing What's Working and What Isn't, with Reid Leland

It seems that today’s younger generations of workers, such as millennials, want to understand why they are instructed to do... more

27 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
Supplying Medical Parts Directly to Hospitals, with Thadd Mellott-EP 213

My guest on today’s show, Thadd Mellott, called us at Graff-Pinkert because he needed a Star SB20 CNC Swiss machine.... more

20 Mar 2024 · 44 minutes
How to Market a Manufacturing Business by Becoming a Thought Leader, with Joe Sullivan-EP 137

In the last year, our used machinery company, Graff-Pinkert, has been successfully growing our business brokering division. This podcast and... more

14 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Breaking Your Machining Business Out of Its Goldfish Bowl, Roger Duffy (Part II)-EP 212

Today’s episode is Part II of our interview with Roger Duffy, owner of F&F Machine Products. In Part I we... more

08 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
How to Turn a Business Failure Into an Opportunity—Seeking Serendipity-EP 211

How many times has something happened to you that really sucked but then eventually turned out to be a good... more

01 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
How Do You Manage Employees When a Company is Acquired? With Jennifer Fondrevay

Recently, we have seen a growing number of mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing space. After these deals are finalized... more

22 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
Growing a Thriving Shop by Creating Chaos and then Organizing it, Roger Duffy (Part I)-EP 110

At Graff-Pinkert, I’ve sold a lot of machine tools to successful entrepreneurs, including my guest on today’s show, Roger Duffy,... more

14 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Change, Fear, and Screw Machines--EP 209

“I can’t hire a cam multi-spindle operator who knows what they’re doing! I’m throwing out my multi-spindles and going all... more

08 Feb 2024 · 6 minutes
Becoming the Machining Doctor, with Erez Speiser- EP 208

Have you ever dreamed about combining your expertise and passions to become an entrepreneur? My guess on today’s podcast did... more

31 Jan 2024 · 49 minutes
3D Printing Houses With Robots, Jonathan Ladouceur

As the housing market has slowed recently in our current economy, alternative types of construction such as 3D printing with... more

25 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
Precision Machining Class in Session, with Jarod Dailey-EP 207

My guest on today’s podcast, Jerod Dailey, could have been a mechanical engineer or even a doctor if he wanted... more

17 Jan 2024 ·
Selling Real Cow Bone to Machine Bone Screws! With Mary and Jim Rickert

Have you ever wondered if bone screws could actually be machined from real tissue? If that were possible, where could... more

10 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Hard Lessons We Learned in the Machining World in 2023–EP 206

Happy New Year everybody! On today’s podcast, Lloyd Graff and I reflect on the ups and downs of machining world... more

03 Jan 2024 · 41 minutes
Manufacturing in Israel, With Patrice Zamor

We originally published this episode in 2019. It was a better time in Israel’s history, before the country was savagely... more

27 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Meeting People Project: My Fellow Treasure Hunter, Steve--EP 205

Today I’m debuting a new episode series under the Swarfcast umbrella that I’m going to put out every so often.... more

21 Dec 2023 · 8 minutes
Making Your Manufacturing Company Salable, With Damon Pistulka-EP 204

Have you considered whether your business is salable? My guest on today's podcast says only a small fraction of companies... more

13 Dec 2023 ·
Running a "First Class" Cold Heading Company, with Joe Bennett

Our guest on today’s podcast is Joe Bennett, Vice President of Sales at Seaway Bolt and Specials, a privately held... more

07 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Freeing Humans One Robot a Time, with Malachi Greb

Malachi Greb, my guest on today’s show, has a mission, “freeing humans, one robot at a time.” He is the... more

29 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
Should I Buy the Expensive or Cheaper CNC Machine? With Justin Tauber

When you’re shopping for machines do you find yourself wondering if the more expensive option for a machine is the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Not a Technician, with Steve Preda

Do you ever ask yourself why the majority of businesses out there are struggling to survive while an elite handful... more

08 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
What Brings Me to Work

Last week, Lloyd Graff wrote a blog called “What Brings Me to Work,” which we think will speak to a... more

02 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
A 150-Year-Old Manufacturing Business Reinvented, Adria and Aaron Bagshaw

On today’s podcast episode, you’re going to hear the story of a thriving fifth-generation family manufacturing business that is constantly... more

25 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
How to Get More Done While Working Less, With Ari Meisel

The last year and a half, I’ve been a rookie family man. I’m trying to balance selling sexy-ugly iron, podcasting,... more

20 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
A 67-Year Adventure in Swiss Machining Continues, with Paul Huber

Today’s guest on the show is Paul Huber, CEO of COMEX, in Monroe Connecticut. Paul is a machinery dealer specializing... more

11 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Business Pin Action: Seeking Serendipity

In college, one of my favorite elective classes was bowling—I took it twice. Maybe you poo poo the idea of... more

06 Oct 2023 · 9 minutes
What Should I Charge for My Parts?, Jay Jacobs (Part II)

How do you know what to charge for your product? How do you negotiate with customers and leave the least money... more

27 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Calculate the Value of a Machining Business, with John Habe IV

As Graff-Pinkert has gotten more into consulting machining businesses who want to sell their companies, we are constantly learning new... more

21 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
A Shop that Makes Promises Like Domino's Pizza, Jay Jacobs (Part 1)

Imagine a sheet metal prototype shop that was so fast and reliable it never turned down a job if it... more

13 Sep 2023 · 45 minutes
Developing a World-Class CNC Turning Company with Mike Reader

Today’s podcast is the fourth episode of our season interviewing people involved in CNC Swiss machining. Our guest is Mike... more

07 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Manufacturing Watches is Complicated and Spiritual, with Josh Hacko

Josh Hacko is a fourth generation watchmaker. He says he was born into his vocation, but in reality his work... more

30 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Innovation from Playing with Machines, with Mike Taylor

I love this classic episode because it emphasizes how having fun with your product (or service) and feeling free to... more

24 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
How to Persuade Customers to Buy Your New Product

This podcast has been going for five years now, and those people who listen to it frequently might be tired... more

18 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
How a Machinist Entrepreneur Retired at 40, with Tyler Jarosz

Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded in Spring of 2022. Tyler has now been retired for over 2 years, and... more

10 Aug 2023 · 45 minutes
Robots that Know Where to Go, With George Konidaris

George Konidaris is the cofounder of the startup, Realtime Robotics. He’s also a Professor of Computer Science and the director of the Intelligent... more

03 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Listening to Customers and Selling Hammers with Joel Trusty

On today’s podcast we continue our season talking to successful companies who produce their own products. Today’s guest is Joel... more

28 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
How to Make Your Employees Want to Stay, with Adam Wiltsie

Last week, I heard a story about an old customer of Graff-Pinkert who lost three key machinists because a shop... more

20 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
How a Small Manufacturer Becomes Secure Enough for the DoD, with Jayme Rahz

Today’s guest on the podcast is Jayme Rahz, CEO of Midway Swiss Turn, a small precision machining job shop in... more

12 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
How Unexpected Help Creates Profitable Relationships: Seeking Serendipity

In November of 2015, our used machine tool company, Graff-Pinkert, bought a Schütte S32PC, mfd. 2002, in Cologne, Germany, from... more

06 Jul 2023 · 7 minutes
Should I Hire Ex-Felons?, with Kathryn Shibelski

On today’s podcast I interviewed Kathryn Shibelski. Kathryn is a second chance hiring advocate. Her firm, KES HR Consulting, works... more

29 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Do You Have Any Business Starting a Podcast? With Kevin Chemidlin--EP 190

Recently, I’ve talked to a few Swarfcast listeners who are considering starting their own podcast shows, so I thought it... more

26 Jun 2023 · 45 minutes
Manufacturing Parts for the Department of Defense, with Mike Topolewski

Sometimes machining companies tell Graff-Pinkert they have long running, lucrative jobs supplying parts to the D.O.D., and it always has... more

08 Jun 2023 · 42 minutes
Connecting the "Right People" at the Right Times: Seeking Serendipity

Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you... more

30 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Running a Machine Shop like a Tech Company with David Wynn

Today’s Swarfcast is part one of an interview we did with David Wynn, CFO of ABF Engineering and Machining, a... more

25 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Automating a Machining Business with David Wynn

Today’s podcast is part two of an interview we did with David Wynn, CFO of ABF Engineering and Machining, a... more

24 May 2023 · 23 minutes
How Unexpected Help Creates Profitable Relationships: Seeking Serendipity

Listen now on

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Podcast Addict
Pocket Casts
Player FM
Podcast Republic


In November of 2015, our used machine tool company, Graff-Pinkert, bought a Schütte S32PC, mfd. 2002, in Cologne, Germany, from a dealer... more