Press Brakes – A Buyer’s Guide For Beginners

Before purchasing a new hydraulic press brake, you should determine your job’s size. A press brake should be able to perform the job you expect it to do. The tonnage and length of the parts to be pressed will determine the capacity. Keep in mind that the press is not designed to be operated at full capacity all of the time. The tonnage and length are only a limit on the machine’s capacity.

Choose a press brake that will fit in a large space:

If you have a small shop, choosing a press brake that will fit in a large space is important. You can’t use a press brake in a cramped room, and if you do, you risk damaging the machine or bracket being bent. Choosing a large hydraulic press brake is a wise decision. Besides being safer and more durable, it is also a more efficient option.

The material being worked on:

Another factor to consider when choosing a press brake is the material being worked on. If you are inking with sheet metal, it is best to choose a specialized machine for that type of material. When choosing a press brake, other factors are the thickness, flange length, and length. Finally, take into account any unique bend characteristics you need to achieve, such as the tensile strength of the material and how many bends are needed on the average project.

Size of your building is an important consideration:

Lastly, the size of your building is an important consideration. Whether you need a small or large hydraulic press brake, you must consider the size of your building to fit it comfortably. The electrical system should be able to handle the power demands of the hydraulic press brake. If the press brake is too big, it could be dangerous, and you don’t want to endanger your building.

The type of metal you plan to work with:

The type of metal you plan to work with is another important factor in choosing a press brake. Ideally, you should choose a hydraulic press brake specializing in the material you need. Likewise, the size of the flange and thickness of the metal should be a factor. You should also consider the number of bends in a typical project. This will help you make a proper choice of a press brake for your needs.