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Get out of there, you have idiots in the higher positions.
My guess is that your boss, who pushed to get the machine is under pressure to keep costs down, since now there is a machine payment. I'm sure he knows you need to spend money to make money but the bean counters don't understand that. Its easier for him to keep costs low, keeps them off his a@@. If he buys you $1000 in holders and quality cutting tools, which nets another 5k per month, he is still going to be evil in the mind of the bean counters for spending $1000.
I've been your boss, it sucks, the owner got me a nice new $21k automatic bandsaw, and then gave me hell when I spent $200 on sawblades. Then the idiot gave me hell when he would show up every other week and it wasn't running. What the dips@@t didn't understand is that it was fast, it was like having a free employee, and the savings on material from being able to make accurate, straight, consistant cut, was huge also(maybe the pallets of cut up stock should have given it away). Probably paid for itself in about 4 months. But I was the rotten horrible one for buying bandsaw blades.
I think its great that you want to be better at something you really enjoy, don't do it for the idiots you work for, do it for yourself, to make yourself a better machininst, to make more money down the line, or open your own business.
As for specifics on how to go faster, you were pretty vague, but asking specific questions and reading this and other boards will help you along greatly. Also there are a ton of free trade magazines, just subscribe online, some have good info, some just suck, but at least they can give you ideas.