Do I need a new press brake?

The answer isn't always obvious. There are a few things you first need to consider:

  1. How much will it cost to fix my current machine?
  2. Are the parts I need readily available (or available at all, for older machines)?
  3. If I fix my current machine, how likely are more problems to arise down the line?  Can I afford to fix those, as well?
  4. Have the demands I place on my machine changed?  If so, is my old machine still the best option?
  5. How much money will a new machine cost me?
  6. How much money will a new machine save me?

Owning a press brake is a lot like owning a car; sometimes simple maintenance is the answer and sometime's it's just smarter to buy a new vehicle.


That's why we're here; to listen to your unique situation and help you find the best solution for your problem.  


Whether that means our skilled Technical Service Team is helping you diagnosis and service your existing machine, or our Expert Sales Team is helping you select the best New Machine for your shop, Mac-Tech is here to help.

What sort of preventative maintenance do I need to do on my machine?

Honestly, it depends on the machine.  But there are a few rules-of-thumb that you can follow that will make a big difference:


1.  Regular Oil Changes
The number one cause of problems with most machines is old oil.  Let us put it this way: Would you keep driving your car, day in and day out, for 16-24 hours a day without stopping for a tune up every once in a while?  No?  That's because your car would eventually break down and you'd be stuck.  In exactly the same way, a machine can break down, leaving you stuck.


How often you should change your oil depends on how many shifts the machine is running:


1 shift = Change oil every year
2 shifts = Change oil every 6 months
3 shifts = Change oil every 4 months


Don't have the time or manpower to spend on oil changes?  That's fine.  Mac-Tech, Inc. offers a comprehensive Preventative Mainteance Package, which includes an oil change, regreasing, and more.

2.  Degreasing & Regreasing
Degreasing and regreasing your machine is another essential measure for smooth production.  As grease ages, it becomes sticky and dry, until it eventually quits working.  Without fresh grease to lubricate your machine, parts can overheat and break, causing the entire machine to break down.  If you're unsure of how to degrease your machine, or simply don't have the time to do it, give us a call.  That's one of many services covered in our comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Package.

3.  Flip Blades (Shears Only)
This last piece of advice is only applicable to  shears, but we see the issue often enough that we decided to include it.  It's important to flip and/or sharpen your shear blades at least once per year.  This can vary based on your production output, but the idea is that you need to keep your blades sharp.  Dull blades means less-than-precise cuts, slower production times, and more strain on the overall machine.


Preventative maintenance is one of the most important and more often neglected parts of maintaining your machine.  We know you're busy running your business.  That's why Mac-Tech, Inc. offers to do the work for you.  For more information on our comprehensive Preventative Maintenance Package, click here.

What brands do you service?

All of them. Click Here for a comprehensive list of the brands that we service.

What should I know before buying a Laser Cutter?
  1. What materials will you be cutting?
    It's important to know what materials you intend to cut because it vastly affects what type of cutter you will need and how powerful it will need to be.
  2. How much power will you need?
    This goes hand-in-hand with the matierals being cut.  Different materials (and material thicknesses) require different wattages to cut.  You will also need to make sure that your shop is capable of supplying the power needed. Step-up and step-down transformers are available through our Parts department.
  3. How big are your materials?
    The size of your materials directly affects the size of the bed you will need to support them. Bigger beds can produce more jobs at a single time, but will also require more space in your shop. You should also consider if any automated materials handling will be necessary.
  4. Do you have an operator?
    It is crucial to your business that the operator of the machine is properly trained and knows what he/she is doing. A poorly-trained operator can mean lower production, slower handling, or even injury. That's why Mac-Tech, Inc. offers training on all metal fabrication machines, whether you bought them from us or someone else.
What do I need to know before buying a Press Brake?

There are two things you absolutely have to know before purchasing a new Press Brake:

  1. Tonnage
    You need to know exactly how much bending force the machine will need for your daily manufacturing.
  2. Bending Length
    The other thing you'll need to know is what bending length you'll need.  Take into account the size of the parts you'll be bending and the floor space available in the shop.  Keep in mind that the bending length and the overall length of the machine are not always the same.
How often should I upgrade my software?

If you haven't updated your software in the last 3-5 years, there's a good chance you're losing money. Technology is advancing quicker than ever before, which makes up-to-date software a vital component to out-manufacturing competitors. Nesting software, in particular, has seen major progress in the last ten years.