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    SPIRAL DUCT MACHINE

    Thinking about going in the trade and maybe becoming a owner later down the road.How many small shops own a spiral duct machine? i am just researching. thank you for your responds

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    our little shop has one.

    we employ any where from 60-150 sheet metal workers. 20-40 pipe fitters too.
    FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinner73 View Post
    our little shop has one.

    we employ any where from 60-150 sheet metal workers. 20-40 pipe fitters too.
    Dang, that is a LITTLE SHOP.

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    If that makes you're shop little, then my shop is bearly a blimp on the map. Needless to say, we don't have a spiral duct machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinner73 View Post
    our little shop has one.

    we employ any where from 60-150 sheet metal workers. 20-40 pipe fitters too.
    Are you just a sheet metal shop or do you install to?
    Always here

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    You give us so little information that asking that question is foolish.
    I do not understand why people are ashamed of were they live so they leave that blank.
    So to answer your question,if you live in the country and there are only 100 houses in a 50 mile radius of your shop,then no its not a good idea.

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    Who are you asking? ^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by proofturn View Post
    Thinking about going in the trade and maybe becoming a owner later down the road.How many small shops own a spiral duct machine? i am just researching. thank you for your responds
    If you are going to do commercial mechanical bids and, perhaps, make spiral pipe (a lot of it) to sell to other sheet metal shops, then yes, it may be worth buying a spiral machine.

    OTH, if you are going to be doing residential work, then I would recommend just buying spiral from another company on an "as needed" basis.

    We buy spiral pipe from a company 60 miles from us and have it in our hands in 2 days, cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by energy star View Post
    Are you just a sheet metal shop or do you install to?
    we install too.
    FILL OUT YOUR PROFILE!!

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    i want to know more about spiral duct mfg so far looks like a very large investment

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    You would have to do A LOT of spiral to justify the machine. For smaller jobs you can buy spiral premade at a supply house at very reasonable prices.

    My supply house stocks every spiral pipe and fitting you could need to build out a residence, restaurant, or strip mall. Only once you get into big stuff like supermarkets and industrial with 36"+ spiral would you need the machine.

    of course if you have the machine you can make every size duct in unlimited lengths which is pretty cool

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    do you see the spiral pipe business becoming more popular, have you ever used oval spiral pipe?

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