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2012 325 Trailblazer EFI with Excel power
2007 302 Trailblazer with the Robin FOR SALE
2008 Suitcase 12RC
2009 Dynasty 200DX
2000 XMT 304
2008 Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 52
Retired:Shopmaster 300 with a HF-251
I have found a lot of people who would love one..........for $100. They can just keep searching the net for one.
That's kinda what I was thinking.
It reminds me of people that see something cool that I made, right away they want one. I used to get excited and think I might be able to make them one so I'd spend some time and price it out. I'd account for the material and consumables plus mark up, then figure out the labor and give them the final price... what a waste of time. 98% of the time they wanted to pay a mass production price... if that. Sorry I'm not Walmart, I don't have a factory out back pumping a 1000 of these out an hour.
So then I started asking them what they do for a living... oh your a carpenter (purely an example) oh sweet, I just picked up a lift of econo studs from an auction, they're a little twisted, some have some bark and knots in them, but do you think you could frame me a house tomorrow for $500??? What... you can't??? What do you mean it would take longer than that and you work for more than $500 a day???
Oh never mind, I'll burn the studs for fire wood and buy an RTM house.
I got burned on a bumper I built for an '80's K-5 Chevy blazer about 5 years ago. I'm trying to locate a few pix of it, but much like you already said, the labor alone was far in excess of any "production" piece price. It was a custom job & he outright didn't finish paying for it tho.
I wouldn't get too excited at the prospects. It's a lot like building a trailer. You can't really compete with the places down south that are churning them out all day long with cheap production labor, specific made jigs & equipment to process the materials & a volume discount on those materials from buying in large quantities.
Make 'em for yourself & just take the compliments.