Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the largest casting Farrar can pour?
A: Allowing for sand walls in the mold, the maximum size is 16” x 20” at about 70#.

Q: What is your casting “Sweet Spot”?
A: We are best at parts that weigh between 5# – 55# with straight forward coring.

Q: You pour ductile iron. Anything else?
A: We think it is best to focus on Ductile and Austempered Ductile Irons exclusively.

Q: We have our own machine shop, will you just sell us castings?
A: Yes, we have many customers with machining capabilities, so we supply just castings. However, we also have customers with internal machining who prefer us to supply them a finished part. We are happy to work with you to determine the best solution for your needs.

Q: Can you utilize my existing tooling?
A: If your tooling is a matchplate running on an automatic machine, the odds are very good that we can use your tool. However, it is always best to give us a call so we might discuss the specifics of your situation.

Q:  What is the basis for Farrar’s raw material and utility surcharges?
A: The basis is the delivered cost to Farrar of all raw materials in 2004 and is indexed on and adjusted according to the published Chicago #1 bundle price on a monthly basis for the raw material surcharge. The basis for the utility surcharge is January 1, 2020.

Q: Tell me about lead times.
A: We typically are within 4 – 6 weeks for a raw casting.

Q: Will you entertain systems such as Kan Ban?
A: Yes, our philosophy is to be customer focused and we welcome the chance to work together to solve a customers needs… including stocking programs when they make sense.

Q: Are you ISO certified?
A: Yes, you can view and/or download our certificate on our Quality page.

Q: What kind of painting do you do?
A: We do dip coating of liquid primer paint.

Q: Are you unionized:
A: No

Q: Do you machine anything other than castings you pour in your own foundry?
A: Yes. We can machine castings larger than we can pour as well as other materials including grey iron, steel, aluminum, and bronze.