How many times have you picked up a dull cutting tool at home or in the shop or on the job and thought seriously about just tossing it away? To someone who has been around tools all their life or works with tools on the job, that kind of mentality doesn’t make a bit of sense, does it? A tool is an instrument. Sure, they come from the hardware store or the supplier razor sharp, but we all know that, over time, a sharp edge will slowly begin to dull. And, if you’re a smart, cost-conscious worker, you know that a little edge preparation is all your cutting tools require from time to time in order to stay sharp and beneficial on the job.
Edge preparation is essential maintenance for any cutting tool made from any material (scientists haven’t yet found a material that will stay sharp indefinitely, but they’re probably still looking). Since the first stone knife was fashioned, all those millennia ago, there has been a need for edge preparation. Fortunately for those of us living in the 21st Century, edge preparation has become a lot easier. So, if you’re working with drill bits, endmills, reamers, taps, hob cutters, shaper cutters, stick blades, saw blades, or rock drills, you know by now that each of those tools will someday become dull enough that it will begin to negatively impact the time you put into your work and the quality of the end product. But you’d never consider tossing a $69 carbide spur tip just because it was dull. That’s the kind of wasteful thinking that eats away at your bottom line and gets you into serious trouble with your foreman.
So, this is where edge preparation comes in handy, stepping in to save the day when your expensive cutting tools need a little sharpening. Edge preparation means that you can go back to work without losing valuable time and money. As stated earlier, edge preparation has come a long way from the days when tool or drill bit sharpening was all “hand work” at the shop or the factory. From a labor perspective, it takes a long time to hand sharpen a set of specialty cutting tools. You need a series of sharpening tools to do the job (that costs money) and a worker to perform all the edge preparation (also costs money). Additional to those expenses, many manufacturing companies don’t have a readily-available worker to perform edge preparation when the need arises; they often have to take a person from the line to do the job (that costs labor and slows down production). That’s where professional edge preparation becomes an asset to the company.
At Mutschler Edge Technologies (MET), we know that edge preparation extends the life of your tools and saves you money. That’s why we’ve developed a number of edge honing systems that make use of abrasive brush media (nylon, silicon carbide, ceramic, or diamond) to perform edge preparation on a number of different kinds and types of cutting tools The end result is a perfectly-honed cutting edge. Consistently.
Mutschler Edge Technologies (MET) produces cost-effective edge-honing machines that enable companies to apply standard or custom-edge preparations to a wide range of cutting tools. Contact MET for a solution tailored to your needs.