looking to upgrade the machine shop at work. We currently have a newer lathe and an old bridgeport that is pretty useless. Anyways, the boss wants to get an ironworker, break of some sort and a drill press. New is not priority but an option. Good used ironworker (scotchman etc), radial arm drill press, tubing bender(hossfeld type)? Shop is about 30' x 20'.....that's just the room we r going to use.where to by good used equipment in the jersey area? Should be get an ironworker with or without a break? basically our work is construction equipment modifications and fab. lots of truck body mods. we have plenty of local shops but we often have 3/16 mild bent and formed for trucks. sorry for the lack of caps, poor grammar etc.....this is a speedy sunday morning post with newborn in one arm. Dave
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Thread: upgrading at work.....opinions?
09-15-2013, 11:00 AM #1Member
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upgrading at work.....opinions?
09-15-2013, 11:42 AM #2Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
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09-15-2013, 12:12 PM #3Senior Member
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Machinery Values in Harrison has stuff. I have no idea if they have a good reputation.Miller stuff:
Dialarc 250 (1974)
Syncrowave 250 (1992)
Spot welder (Dayton badged)
09-15-2013, 12:43 PM #4
If you are doing a lot of construction eq and truck bed stuff...
a CNC plasma like Plasmacam could be invaluable ..
The more you know, The better you know, How little you know......
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten”
Buy the best tools you can afford.. Learn to use them to the best of your ability.. and take care of them...
My Blue Stuff:
Dynasty 350DX Tigrunner
Millermatic 350P w/25ft Alumapro & 30A
TONS of Non-Blue Equip, plus CNC Mill, Lathes & a Plasmacam..
09-15-2013, 04:10 PM #5Senior Member
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I had a 90 ton Piranha here at my shop for a while (loaner).
The salesman said it would break 1/4 X 24'' on the punch end.
12'' break was on mine. The 24" was an option.
Don't bend round stock without a rounded blade.
If you do you will notch you blade, ask me how I know.
And that notch will show up in all subsequent breaks.
Ironworkers are very handy for making support parts.
I used the shear the most, followed by the punch.
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09-15-2013, 04:46 PM #6Senior Member
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I have an older Pirahna 45 ton. I use it every day, don't know how I could operate without it. Brake, punch, shear, and notcher. I have also made custom dimpling tools, bending tools for it. Also made a tool to do offsets in flat bar, where two flat bars would overlap. IMHO, go for the Pirahna, I wouldn't really like the cavity type of machine.
Why not set up the BP as your drill press?
What type of brake are you interested in? As said, fairly long brakes are available for some ironworkers. If not, I would think a 48", 35 ton, press brake would do everything you would want in that type of shop.