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PTFE Skids

Hey guys, I do some regular business at a local machine shop. They do "side work" for me when I need it. Their primary business, 100% of it, is making automated machines for food processing and food service. Everything they build is stainless and PTFE.



They use a TON of PTFE, and I noticed a lot of scrap laying around. So I have two questions:


1. If enough people want PTFE for anything, I'll ask for the garbage can.



2. If enough people want PTFE skids, I can have him make them up. He has a number of CNC and Laser Cutters, if we all do the same design, I'm sure he can rip them out fast.


Any interest in either?
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only issue would be the distance between bolts on the different brands, Every one seems different than the next.

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At $35 for a pair of Ariens OEM polyethylene skid shoes, I wonder how much it would be for a custom machined pair in PTFE? I bet it would be hard to do any better unless he did a pretty good quantity. Having said that, if I had a chance to grab a bin of scraps, I probably would.


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Hey guys, I do some regular business at a local machine shop. They do "side work" for me when I need it. Their primary business, 100% of it, is making automated machines for food processing and food service. Everything they build is stainless and PTFE.



They use a TON of PTFE, and I noticed a lot of scrap laying around. So I have two questions:


1. If enough people want PTFE for anything, I'll ask for the garbage can.



2. If enough people want PTFE skids, I can have him make them up. He has a number of CNC and Laser Cutters, if we all do the same design, I'm sure he can rip them out fast.


Any interest in either?
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Having said that, if I had a chance to grab a bin of scraps, I probably would.
Same here. Teflon skids could be pretty cool.

You have me wondering if there's a way to attach a strip of Teflon to the underside of my Ariens poly skids. Ideally without significant modifications (damage) to the existing skids. I guess they could be mounted to my original steel skids as well, since at that point you don't really care what the actual skids themselves are made of.

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Hey guys, I do some regular business at a local machine shop. They do "side work" for me when I need it. Their primary business, 100% of it, is making automated machines for food processing and food service. Everything they build is stainless and PTFE. They use a TON of PTFE, and I noticed a lot of scrap laying around. So I have two questions:
1. If enough people want PTFE for anything, I'll ask for the garbage can. 2. If enough people want PTFE skids, I can have him make them up. He has a number of CNC and Laser Cutters, if we all do the same design, I'm sure he can rip them out fast.
Any interest in either?

My Simplicity came with plastic? skids and I replaced them with the Armorskids. The OEM plastic was a very wide design and would tend to make bucket ride up, when it comes to skids thin is in.
How well would skinny PTFE shoes hold up?
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only issue would be the distance between bolts on the different brands, Every one seems different than the next.

Yeah, I know, but on a CNC or router bed you can make them different distances by just changing a number. Anyway, just askin'.
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If you decide to have some made I might buy a set from you to try out for my deluxe 24

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is ptfe similar to hdpe? if yes then its easy enough to work with to make your own custom skids as in here in making my own using an old cutting board



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Again, why reinvent the skid, when this guy makes such nice ones for so little: https://www.ebay.com/sch/Snow-Blower...0&_ssn=dmws106
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If you decide to have some made I might buy a set from you to try out for my deluxe 24
I'm not trying to make money, at this juncture. I wanted to try it as a group purchase, making nothing, just as a proof of concept. If it works, then I'd consider production.



When I release a product, I have a six step process, that could last a year or more:
1. Concept
2. Prototype
3. Proof of concept
4. adjustments
5. POC 2
6. Production


I've done every one of my products this way. Right now I'm just at "it's a nifty idea lets see if people want to try it."



I'm thinking this guy buys PTFE in massive quantities and probably gets a great price. He has the capabilities to do what I want, so if other people want to try, I'll ask the questions.
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