Metal Shearing Tips

“Shear” Determination If a shop needs to trim plate or sheet metal to size, chances are likely they own a metal cutting shear. Metal shearing is the most efficient way to make a straight cut through flat stock. A small sheet metal operation may be able to get by with a slitter, while lasers, plasmas, […]

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How to Choose the Right Press Brake Tooling

The Right Tool for the Job The time-honored adage that your dad taught you about selecting “the right tool for the job” doesn’t just apply to your toolbox. Any tool that contacts a workpiece—whether it be a hammer, a drill bit, or a shear blade—should be chosen wisely. For all the massive tonnage that a […]

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How to Avoid Flood Coolant Mess in Your Shop

Keeping a Cool Tool Flood coolant has been a standard process in the machine tool industry for a long time—more than 150 years, in fact. Using a fast-moving liquid to cool and lubricate a cutting tool and workpiece alike, while washing away swarf (the chips that are cut away), made sense to some metalworker back […]

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