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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:05 pm

Seconded, first impressions count in business and basic typographical errors will score you no points with possible clients.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:26 pm

Seconded, and what Carlman said, what experience do you have?

You can't really run the business on a few basic pneumatics under your belt, so what cannons have you built?
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:02 pm

I'd be very interested if Spudtech got up and running but you will definitely need helpers. Any friends willing to help you in your venture?

I'd also feel more comfortable seeing some better english just like everyone else.

Any cannons you want to show us?

I hope it goes well for you. I'd definitely order some rrifled barrel and i'm sure many others would too.
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:09 pm

How will you pay for the takeover?

Finance? Like a mortgage?
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Unread postAuthor: maxfreke88 » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:10 pm

Do it man, if you have the expertise! :D :D :D :D

I want a rifled barrel,I want a rifled barrel,I want a rifled barrel
!!!! :D :D :shock: :D :D

EDIT: Maxus THE 2ND?!! :shock:

What happened are you his son or did you lose your account?
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:44 pm

Better have experience.

Also......can you and kyle restart The SGTC forums!!?!??!
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:01 pm

maxfreke88 wrote:What happened are you his son or did you lose your account?


Lost the old account because I forgot all my passwords for everything.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:51 pm

MrCrowley wrote:You can't really run the business on a few basic pneumatics under your belt, so what cannons have you built?

Excellent point.

I don't know how many people I know are experienced would handle running spudtech, and unless you've got some reasonable experience, it's going not so much be a steep learning curve as a solid cliff.
I probably have the building skill to run the company (with some help, I'm not up for working weeks that long), but I'm not too partial to the idea of turning out dozens of basic combustions - or admittedly, to the idea of short circuiting the normal brainpower requirement of spudguns. There are enough dimwits out there that do themselves a mischief with spudguns, making it easier to get one isn't entirely something I agree with.

It's going to be a big decision to make, so you really do need to think it through. We may not be top notch financial advisers, but the members of this forum are probably the largest source of knowledge about the hobby in the world.

But I'll tell you what I really think needs to happen in sites selling pre-built spudgun parts - there needs to be more interaction between the customers and the owners on new R&D and new spudgun bits. They tend to just sell the same stuff year in, year out, regardless of what developments have gone on, and really, that needs to change a bit.
I'm not talking about DIY bits like stunguns and special fittings, but more in the way of improved valves and possibly even autoloaders - I can think that a lot of people would like an automatic golfball cannon or something.

I'm unlikely to be a customer myself, living in the UK makes shipping costly from the US - and I'm more of a "do it yourself" guy myself. It's worked so far, 10 piston valves and more than 2 dozen launchers later, it's all mostly worked.

The only thing I'm not confident I could do myself is rifling, and unless someone can offer a rifled 22.0mm OD copper barrel that I feel would work (and is safe) - I'm going to need to find my own solution.
Most other things shouldn't be too much trouble, except for cost. I've got a beautiful design for a full auto hybrid (yup, I upgraded it from plain combustion) minigun, but I'm it would cost an arm and a leg to make.
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Unread postAuthor: jr » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:50 am

I hate it when the power blinks because I was almost done and it was all erased....#$* #@!% &^%(*$#@!? :x

So anyways .....I know that my spelling is bad and there is only so much that spell check can do for a sad soul like myself.

I know that my cannon building has been limited but that is only due to money..I have dozens of hobbies and interests that require vast amounts of money (wife is agreeing). 4x4 trucks, VWtrikes, ATVs, sandrails, my harley, spudguns, hunting, fishing, rc cars...........I think you get the hint.

So my skill and willingness to learn is only because i am to spread out...

I have realized my condition and have started to down size my toys and activities..I need to get working toward retirement and the future. So a company that demands atention will help me do just that..
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:37 am

To channel your hobbies into a business that actually generates revenue is a great idea, I think what everyone is trying to say is that you fully appreciate the magnitude of the task you'd be undertaking before investing your hard-earned.
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Unread postAuthor: benstern » Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:52 am

Looks like you need way more experience. You also need machining experience and be able to perfectly solvent weld pvc.
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:02 am

I defenatenly agree with benstern you dont have nearly enough experience and I wouldnt be able to instantly name anyone on this forum that does. Think if you mess up on one solvent weld and it blows up when the client uses it you get sued and earn yourself a bad name.
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Unread postAuthor: dewey-1 » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:37 am

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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:38 am

Here's my advice:

First of all, put your decision on hold for now.
Stick around here for a while, build a few projectile launchers, and learn the concepts involved in everything.

Then look at whether or not you want to actually buy the SGTC. Do you enjoy what you're doing? Would you really want to do it for a living?
The enjoyable aspect of many hobbies wears off if you have to work on it all the time.

For example, a year ago, nearly to the day, I built a little mini combustion.
It was sooo cool at the time, but the fun wears off as you get used to the experience. It was the same story with my hybrid, the night I got it working reliably I was cracking off blank fires 20 seconds apart making the dogs around the neighborhood go crazy. Now I hardly ever shoot it.

The main reason I'm still here is because this site has helped me branch off into other things, from pulse jets(though I have yet to build one) to high voltage to programming and 3D modeling.


So basically, find out if you really enjoy doing this before you make a life-altering decision.
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Unread postAuthor: clide » Thu Feb 07, 2008 3:05 pm

I can't say for sure, but I don't think Joel had much experience when he took over from Ed, so I don't think a heavy amount of experience is a must, just being handy with working with things would probably be enough.

Although I do agree with Fnord to some extent, you really need to think if it is something you want to do every day for quite a while. Sure the idea of building spudguns for a living sounds neat, but it really is a lot of work and will quickly become just as mundane as any other job.

Although somebody does need to take over Spudtech. If you feel it is right for you then you should go for it.
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