A Tool as an Asset

DSC_0218The main difference between a quality saw and a less than perfect saw lies not in the outward appearance but rather in what’s below the surface. And with the ever increasing amount of different saw blades, the choices are aplenty and become more challenging.

Top Quality tools offer a high degree of technical sophistication. There are some important details that differentiate the better tools from those of lesser quality.

The quality of the materials, the technology, the workmanship and the support provided by the tool manufacturer are the factors which eventually determine whether the user will be able to perform high quality cuts with a saw blade and also how long the blade will last.

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Sales figures for low-cost producers show that purchase decisions are often price-driven. Other factors, such as product quality and safety, are often merely an afterthought or only come in as a secondary consideration.

Those who make purchasing decisions based on price alone though, generally wind up paying more in the end. When one considers that the money spent on tools is only a small percentage of the total tool cost but the tool has a decisive influence on the quality of the workpiece, a high quality tool should be the right choice.

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Source: VDMA Quality Guide – Perceived Value of Tools

Determining When to Sharpen PCD Tooling

PCD Diamond Router Bit

PCD Diamond Router Bit

In order to maximize your run-time with PCD and carbide tooling it’s essential to get saw blades, router bits, drill bits and other cutting items maintained at appropriate intervals before the PCD/carbide wears to the point of failure.  By removing the tool from the machine for sharpening before the cutting edge is completely dull or even lost, the durability of the tool will be improved and it will require less material to be removed to recover the cutting edge.

PCD Hogger

PCD Hogger

Three simple steps can help improve the longevity of tools as they allow to establish the ideal resharpening time.

  • Step 1.  – Take two like new tools and run them until they are dull monitoring the amount of material cut. The point of removal will be when the cut finish on the material (wood, metal, plastic, etc.) is no longer acceptable.
  • Step 2. – Compare the total number of linear feet cut or the amount of material (number of sheets) that was cut with each tool.
  • Step 3. – Take the number acquired in step 2 and subtract 15% to 20% from the average.

Use this number as a guide for when tools should be sent in for maintenance.

Example: 175 table top cuts minus 20% equals 140 table tops, therefore the tool should be sharpened at around 140 table top cuts. 

GUHDO Tooling

GUHDO Tooling

 

Here are some tips for getting the maximize sharpening and increase the longevity of tools:

  • Materials should be consistent quality and type
  • Cut types should be fairly similar
  • Engraving cutting tools with a number will make tracking and incorporating tool information in spreadsheets easier

We would be happy to give you a quote on your PCD or carbide sharpening needs and we have a full service facility on-site for quick turnaround.