The Right Tooling Really Does Matter

Updated: Oct 15, 2019

Eric Jansen – President, Wood-Cutters Tooling Inc.

While you are probably aware that your machinery investment is essential to the success of your business, did you know that the tooling you choose to use on that machinery can be just as important? Although tooling is considered a commodity, there are numerous applications where buying a “commodity” product isn’t the right way to go. You may not realize it, but the right tooling really can make all the difference. High-quality, precision tooling is designed to withstand demanding tasks and help you increase production, improve efficiency, ensure quality, and extend the life of your equipment. So, don’t compromise on your investment, give tooling the consideration it deserves... just as much as the machinery itself. Get tooling experts involved early in your machinery search and ensure that your needs are met on all fronts.

You can make the most of your machinery investment by purchasing tooling that is exactly right for the job. But with the extensive array of tooling options available, how do you know what the “right” tooling is? Should you just buy the “best”...and what is the “best”? Well those aren’t simple questions to answer. The “right” / “best” tooling is completely dependent upon the application and what your needs are. For instance, if have applications that will require a tool that you run constantly every day, then longevity as well as finish quality is what you’re going to be looking for. But, if you’re going to have a short run and you’ll be using an expensive material for a high-end product, then you’ll want a tool that will give you the best finish quality, even though it may not last as long. The point is, a number of factors should be considered when determining which tooling is “right”/”best” for you, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly.

Because there isn’t universal tooling that should be used on a machine, it’s important to include the costs of tooling in the price of your machinery. When considering a machine, sit down with an expert to determine the proper tooling that is capable & best for your requirements. Depending on the expected applications, you will likely need a variety of tooling. While diamond tooling costs more, it also lasts much longer. The longevity of diamond tooling means you won’t have to purchase or service tooling as often and you probably won’t have as much down-time due to infrequent servicing of the machine. In comparison, if you choose less expensive tooling, you’ll need to buy more or service your tooling more often, and depending on the machine’s application, this may lead to a lot of costly down-time.

Once you’ve determined which tooling is right for your machine/s, how can you get the most life out of this tooling? One of the most effective ways sounds like a contradiction, but the answer is to not run the tooling too long. When you run a tool beyond its intended life, it will rapidly dull and its performance will go down dramatically, which you will notice in the finish of your material. When the tool is run too long, it requires more grinding to get it back to ultimate sharpness, likely leading to less service times, and forcing you to purchase new tools more often. More power is required to force a dull tool through material, and if you continue to run that dull tool on your machine, the tool can ultimately break, or you may damage the machine’s spindle. Therefore, removing a tool before it becomes dull and having it serviced properly will result in getting the most life out of your tooling investment.

Are you interested in learning more or need assistance with your tooling applications?

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