I order a "Special Shape" for my special
We will try to answer your
question on "SPECIALS" as briefly as possible,
but it is a complicated situation. The main thing
to remember is that the "COST of PRODUCTION",
and "PROJECTED SALES" are the main factors,
and good management requires that we use these factors
to run our company. Things get a little sticky
here so stay with me for a bit, as "WE DO WANT
TO HELP YOU".
We manufacture a standard
line of spinners that are cut for the standard size
of prop in two, three, and four blade. But, we do not
drop our customer off at this point. We also offer
a lot of special services such as "SPECIAL SIZE"
slots, "LEFT HAND" slots for pushers, as well
as fitting them for "IGNITION SYSTEMS" and
other "WILD REQUESTS".
The problem here is that
what is standard for the sport flyer is nothing close
to what you need when you are talking about scale.
The word "SCALE" almost always brings up the
subject of "SHAPES" and "SPECIALS".
The way that we manufacture
a spinner is very unique in that we do not second operation
machine the cone or backing plate. What this means
is that there are "NO SHORT CUTS" to making
a spinner. Once we have made "ONE PIECE"
we can run production the rest of the day or the rest
of the week.
The system that we incorporate
to make our spinners requires Special Tooling for each
size and shape. This means that a new shape or
size will cost us anywhere from $750.00 to $2,500.00
to set up plus the estimated price of the actual spinner.
This does not include the expenses that come after we
have manufactured the spinner, such as adding it to
our price sheets, advertising it, etc. As you
can well imagine, this builds up very fast and all of
these "BUCKS" go out long before you sell
We charge a one time minimum
"SET UP" fee for a particular shape of spinner
to be produced. We will quote the cost of that
spinner on the first 10 pieces only and we will re-evaluate
the cost after a production run. We unconditionally
guarantee your satisfaction on a special shape.
You provide us with the necessary information and we
will make it exactly the way you requested.
If you choose to have a
special spinner made for your project and it becomes
a "WINNER", you will get your investment back
from us. What this means is that if we develop a requirement
to run production on this shape (200 pc. per year or
more) we will refund your "SET UP" money.
You would think that with
a cost of a special spinner running that high, there
would be "NO TAKERS". That's what I
thought too, but I was wrong again. We have had
several occasions to do specials and they were willing
to pay the price.
One example of this is
Wayne Siewert's National Scale Champion Mooney-Porsche.
It is a 2 7/8" spinner that is over 3 1/2"
long, and is three blade at that. Other examples
would be the 3 1/4" for Sig Mfg's "Spacewalker"
by Maxie Hester and the BYRON ORIGINALS INC's new Huskey
The big difference between
these, is that we did not charge "Sig" or
"Byron" for the special set up, because they
ordered several hundred pieces up front, and the shapes
and sizes were fairly standard. These Spinners
have become a standard item and we have sold thousands
of them in the past years.
BUT! This is "NOT"
the case with the 2 7/8" spinner for the Mooney-Porsche.
Although it is a very pretty spinner, we have sold only
a couple of dozen at the most. Maybe some day
I will have to give Wayne back his set up charges, and
we hope so because that will be good for us too!
I am sure by now that you
are getting the drift of things. (Or awfully bored with
Please Note: We do
not make exclusives for anyone, as this tends to cause
problems in managing our company. If we make a
special shape for you, we will eventually add it to
our regular price sheet and it will become available
to everyone who requests it. We also require anyone
selling our products to sell them as "TRU-TURN"
products in the original "TRU-TURN" package.
I hope that I have helped
you on your question, and if you decide to go ahead
with this project, just give us a call. Thank you
for your interest in TRU-TURN Products and I hope we
can make your flying time just a little better this
for shopping the TRU-TURN Website.