Wait not

If you wait until you’re fully prepared to do something, you’ll never do it because you’ll never be fully prepared.

Very few machine tool and precision tool manufacturers started out in the business of machine tools or precision tools.

  • Starrett realized the need for a better square while building his vegetable hashers.
  • Pratt and Whitney started as a job-shop in a rented room.
  • Bridgeport started with a hedge clipper which failed to sell due to the Great Depression.
  • Brown and Sharpe began after David Brown failed to make a go of repairing clocks.


John Paulding, machine shop owner from Southern Illinois