I realize that it is difficult to be an expert in everything.
When I speak about deburring and cutting machines I realize that I’m talking about really specific arguments and I’m not sure that it’s really that simple.
I see that many people make mistakes in choosing the right supplier and eventually the machine, taking a really round about route.
So I ‘ve decided to give you a gift.

Here is a list of questions in order to understand if your supplier is the correct one and if the machine is the right one for you.
When you need a machine, call your supplier and ask him the following questions. If you are in front of a rogue salesman or improvised salesman, you’ll realize it immediately.

– How many cutting or deburring machines have you built so far?

Experience is everything. At school (even in engineering) they do not teach you how to build machines, especially cutting and deburring machines. If your supplier can build them, it follows that he must have already tried them on someone else.

And he must have it done successfully many times.
If he is trying to con you, God help you!
How many technicians have you got?

Neither well structured companies nor very small ones work well .

If you call your supplier someone must always respond, and the answer must be fair and quick.
If your supplier is too big, he cannot be specialized and the technicians you will talk to won’t be prepared.

If your supplier is too small… when you need him, he will be busy with someone else.
You need a company with super-skilled technicians.

– Has the machine are you offering got a basement?

Believe me, the basement is not an option.
It really makes a difference.
If your supplier has not understood this, it means that he has no experience.

The base provides process stability, machining precision and reduces maintenance costs.
The machine will be more expensive, but will give innumerable  advantages. Without a base the machine won’t work.

– Do you use standard units?

If you use tools and work-units you can find on the market, you will surely fail.
I tell you because I’ve tried it.
I tried to buy all these units and tested them.
The first few days they worked well, but later on they became unreliable. Furthermore, they generated space, power and compensation problems.  Failure guaranteed.

To be successful you need specific units, built to be used in foundries. You also know  that the foundry is not a pharmacy and that everything has to be planned oversized to last through the years.

– Do you think of deburring  with a milling cutter?

If the answer is yes, you’ve got a problem. There are a few cases in which it is necessary to do this, but they are very limited.
Usually, those who use a cutter to deburr is because they do not know anything about the process.

The cutter produces many problems. It is difficult, it is unreliable and gives a poor quality finish.

Did I confuse you?

I hope not. Use these questions and you will see the results.