Close it. All it does is give narrow minded toss jobs a good excuse to copy ya stuff
There’s a reason why cast iron wheels etc haven’t been made for sixty years!Well I don't think the vice, the anvil or the wheel is a new invention. We all copy stuff to make things, it is rare to come up with anything new. The trick is of course to be able to make a business out of manufacturing which it itself is very tricky these days.
But the CCP can't compete with quality large items like this because 1. they are too niche/low volume and 2. they're too heavy even for the UN subsidised China post.
If anyone else in the UK wants to "copy" the idea and cast large items like this then good luck to them. Either there is a business to be had making these things or there is not. Sadly, I fear at best you get to cover your costs or have the occasional sale subsidise parts you want to make anyway. Make an anvil for yourself, sell a second one to help pay for it sort of thing.
My seat of the pants guesstimate is that for it to be a commercial venture, you need your own foundry works. Otherwise how do you persuade someone to buy your "unknown brand" for sensible money when they could buy from a known producer who's been making them for generations? One way of course is via social media, the new "word of mouth". Alec Steele is making that work via YouTube and I'd be amazed if the recent episode with one of Clives creations in the background didn't generate a fair bit of interest in itself...
I have no experience with Instagram so can't comment one way or the other but social media advertising is the way to grow a business these days. I was massively impressed that Clive has managed to make these things AT ALL! Making them pay and creating a business from it is another kettle of fish entirely.
My nemesis is shipping as I said the U.K. is not a market for meI think closing insta is a mistake Clive.
You're not the first person I've seen with loads of talent, motivation and work ethic... but without much idea of how to identify, market and price stuff properly, and struggling as a result.
The last two things are the most important thing in this day and age for growing a business... look at KC for example.... doesn't matter to their bottom line whether their products are quality or not, all that matters is that it looks absolutely premium, and marketed as such. Their brand is pretty well recognised by anyone on instagram
Your wheels look absolutely the nuts, premium isn't the word, and they can be backed up by proper engineering.
But it needs to be more... you need the Lambco brand to be what everyone talks about, not "pressbrake/clive/blacksheep's" english wheels. Lambco is your brand, it needs to be the identity. It's not "I'll sell you a wheel" it's "we'll sell you a wheel".
They're always going to be a small volume product, and if you need a good english wheel there's no difference between £3500 and £5000. What are they going to buy instead? A baighley HD for £8k? Or a second hand wheel for £5k? A Frost for £2k that doesn't work the way it's supposed to?
Same with those small ones... Far too cheap. I fancy buying one for one reason, and don't take this the wrong way: Buying one to keep and sell on, for when you make the first 10off and either give up, or double the price for the next batch.
There is NO WAY you're going to do 10off machining works and anvil sets for £300 each and not hate yourself, everything and everyone by the end.
Don't be that poor and bitter bloke in your old age, start rewarding yourself properly by demanding a proper price for things!
Nice. One day in the future middle aged men on this forum, or it's modern replacement will be asking who this SheepCo guy was that made this amazing stuff....
Did your hand play with your change when you typed sheepNice. One day in the future middle aged men on this forum, or it's modern replacement will be asking who this SheepCo guy was that made this amazing stuff....