The last couple of years have been tough on those of us in the manufacturing industry. Supply chain woes, inflationary pressures and labor shortages continue to plague many of us, and these issues have unfortunately become a constant in the day-to-day of many of our peers, too. These days, it’s becoming more important than ever to make the most of what you have.

For those working with tools such as endmills, reamers, drill bits, taps, hob cutters, stick blades, shaper cutters or rock drills, you know first-hand just how important it is to keep your tools in sharp working order. In fact, keeping these tools in their best working order is critical in your efforts to keep lines running and orders going out the door.

Although everyone knows the benefits of keeping tools sharp, these kinds of maintenance features can often languish on the to-do list as other more pressing tasks take priority, and these days there are plenty of pressing matters. Unfortunately, the time for remembering is often when you find yourself using a tool that is dull enough to negatively impact your current workflow. But this is not the time to throw away a tool. That kind of thinking is detrimental and can quickly eat away at the bottom line.

Thankfully, there is a better solution at hand – edge preparation. No longer considered “hand work,” edge prep efficiently and economically extends the life of your tools, and you save money and time in the process. In addition to improving the lifespan of a tool, edge prep offers a range of benefits including improved surface finish of the workpiece, a reduced spindle load and an overall reduction in the cost of manufacturing.

Having a dedicated edge prep solution also means you won’t have to take a valuable worker off the line to hand sharpen tools when it’s a “good” time. Over the years, Mutschler Edge Tech (MET) has continued to refine and improve upon the age-old practice of edge prep, offering a range of edge honing systems that use abrasive brush media including nylon, silicon carbide, ceramic, or diamond.

Tools Benefitting from Edge Prep

  • Drills
  • End mills
  • Carbide inserts in most shapes
  • Form ground round tools
  • Reamers
  • Taps
  • Gear hobs
  • Gear shaper cutters
  • Spiral bevel stick blades
  • Round and hack-style saw blades
  • Rock drills