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DELIVER T
BENEFITS
THESE BREAD-AND-BUTTER
TOOLS OFFER EFFICIENCY
AND COST SAVINGS.
by Jeff Moravec
SMALL TOOLS
AND MACHINES
big
he " right tool for the job " has long been a maxim
for success. Marine fabrication can involve the use
of large, complex tools, but those are not the bread
and butter of most operations. It's the smaller
tools used daily, over and over, that can often
determine if a shop is efficient and effective or not-tools
such as grommet machines (both manual and automated),
hot knives and foam cutters.
When it comes to these smaller
tools, fabricators need to find the
right mix of quality, durability
and price, as cheap tools that
won't hold up end up costing
more in the long run than better,
more expensive ones.
" With small tools, everything is
about maximizing time and labor, "
says Jay Hanks, owner of Allerton
Harbor Canvas in Hull, Mass.
Advantages of portability
" For the marine industry, whether
you're on-site on the dock replacing
a bimini top, or on a deck
covering deck furniture, smaller
machines and tools work best
because they set up and travel
well, " says Sam Cheatham, senior
vice president of HSGM Heat
Cutting Equipment & Machines
Inc. in Duncan, S.C., which sells
and distributes products manufactured
by HSGM GmbH in
Walluf, Germany. These heat-cutting
tools are designed to cut while
at the same time sealing the edges
of synthetic materials such as rope,
webbing and netting. HSGM
GmbH Germany also produces
a line of soldering equipment and
polystyrene cutters for cutting
foam using heated blades, wires
and nichrome bands.
" Our smaller heat-cutting
machines also need little or no
setup, " adds Cheatham. " When
you're ready to cut, just plug
in the unit and make a blade
selection that suits your project
and begin your cuts. "
Many fabricators have experienced
the challenges of cutting
on-site projects without a good
work surface. Cheatham says
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