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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Pricing & Purchasing
How can I get a quote?
You can request a quote for castings by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Before a part can be priced, we will require a print and a material specification at a minimum. The more information you can send (part weights, estimated annual demand, pictures of existing tooling, etc.) the faster we will be able to process your request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
How much do castings cost?
Finishing / secondary processing requirements
What is the lead time for my order?
Lead time vary based on several factors, including current facility capacity, order volume, complexity of parts and materials required. Our current standard lead time is 14 weeks from receipt of purchase order since iron castings are currently in high demand, but we are flexible and will do everything we can to accomodate. We are continuously working to decrease lead time and increase capacity, and our process is fluid enough that we are able to satisfy urgent needs for customers as they arise. Our new equipment installed in Nov. 2020 will be 4 times faster and should reduce lead-times to 6 weeks by Jan. 2021.
How can I pay for my order?
Payment by ACH is our preferred method of payment. When submitting payment by check allow time for transit and processing. Orders ship only after checks have been received, processed and funds deposited. Send checks collect to: 1010 4th Street, P.O. Box, Durant, Iowa, 52747. Other available payment methods are: Check and electronic funds transfer (EFT): Specify EFT when submitting an order and we will provide bank transfer details.
How much do custom products cost?
Process & Production
What is your quality process?
What other metals do you use?
At this time, we only offer gray and ductile iron castings. However, if your part requires a different metal we have partnerships with foundries that pour steel, stainless steel, ni-hard, ni-resists, aluminum, and bronze.
What is the difference between gray and ductile iron?
There are a few key differences between gray and ductile iron. Gray iron is generally easier to machine, better at dampening vibration, and is less expensive. Gray iron is often used to make manhole covers and machine parts. Ductile iron is stronger and more impact resistant, but more expensive and more difficult to machine. Many ductile iron castings are used to make pump components and gear boxes.
How many lines do you run?
We currently have three no-bake lines and floor molding. The majority of our production is handled by our Palmer UMM, which runs most any type of pattern up to 48 x 60, and is well-suited for low-to-medium volume work. We also have floor molding capability, which allows us to accommodate low-volume orders or very large castings.
What is your capacity?
Our process facilitates quick changeovers and allows us to accept orders as small as 1 piece. We are one of only a few foundries that specialize in short runs and one-off jobs. Our targeted annual volume for our Palmer UMM is 50-5000 pieces per year. However, our jobbing floor focuses on running either very small or very large castings, and handles our most complex work. The job floor currently supports all of our low-volume work, which is where we focus on volumes of 1-50 pcs. per order.
What are your methods of ramming mold boxes?
Our cope & drag molds are hand-rammed on jolt/squeeze machines which allows high levels of detail while retaining structural integrity. Our no-bake molds are hand-packed and vibrated, making it possible to cast very complex parts. We can also create molds with loose patterns through the use of these techniques.
Machining & Tooling
Do we offer machining or partner with the machine shop?
We do not have in-house machining but we do have several partner facilities that allow us to provide machined complete parts.
Do you make your own tooling?
We have a full pattern shop but focus on repair and maintenance. New patterns are made by one of our affiliated pattern shops.