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A friend of mine a few shops up the road from mine is a really good engraver But He doesn't want to do Dog tags . What would be a good machine for this type of thing ? cheers.

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If it is only for dog tags , you can get a second hand Gravogarph manual machine (cost £150-250 on ebay or Gumtree or may be some on in this forum). However, Engraving on them is time consuming if you very busy at your shop, but they do the job nicely and efficiently. 

While, if you want expand to other types of engraving in the future , you can invest in a computerised machine  such as                   GEM TX5 U-MRAQ which cost 3-4 K new or around 2 K second hand on ebay. 

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20 hours ago, beware said:

For a non spinning diamond drag mark for dog tags you could use an M20 Energy or the new M10. 

(Gravograph) 

I find a spinning diamond is better on dog tags.

 

 

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Hi, Engraving machines are only as versatile as your imagination, Dog Tags will bring in some revenue but whilst they are there mention that you can do other items too...Keyrings, luggage tags, charity/fundraising items etc all of these can be engraved under the flat engraving heading but investing a little bit more and adding a ring engraver option will open a few more doors.

Make your tags bespoke with funny slogans for golfers and contact the club captain to see if he thinks the members would be interested he/she may even give out club keyrings as id tags?...Tennis clubs, Bowls clubs ...basically you need to get out and about...Proactive not Reactive selling

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1 hour ago, Gray said:

Yes absolutely, as long as it comes with the centre vice and software.

 

Comes with dongle, vice, guillotine, software (windows XP), spare tips and all accesories.

does that mean it only works with  XP ?

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21 hours ago, lock&quay said:

I just don't want to step on my mates toes down the road who is a time served engraver , He really hates doing dog tags & wants to stick to the skilled stuff .

The obvious line here is "Business is Business" if you don't someone else will - yes look after your mate but if you invest in a good machine you will be amazed at how much business you will create, if you do not someone else will - Mr t is opening everywhere hey also do engraving

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55 minutes ago, k4mrc said:

The obvious line here is "Business is Business" if you don't someone else will - yes look after your mate but if you invest in a good machine you will be amazed at how much business you will create, if you do not someone else will - Mr t is opening everywhere hey also do engraving

We put a lot of work each others way as we are at opposite ends of the High Street , but He may not always be there & will keep that in mind .

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