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Jointing & Planing: 101

Submitted by mattk on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:16
Precision is arguably the most important aspect of woodworking—a great work of craftsmanship can be ruined by only a couple millimeters. Luckily for us, there are tools specifically made to accurately size, shape, and level workpieces and eliminate deformities. Two such tools are jointers and planers.

CNC Waterjet vs. Plasma vs. Laser: The Pros and Cons Before You Buy

Submitted by mattk on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:33
The most commonly asked question regarding CNC cutting tables is “What type is the best?”. It’s a great question, and a very important question—but has many different answers. There are a lot of factors involved in choosing between a plasma table, waterjet table, and laser table. Capabilities, upfront cost, cost to operate, cutting precision and quality, production rate, and adaptability are all important considerations to make when deciding to purchase a CNC cutting machine. This guide will discuss the pros and cons of each machine based on the aspects that customers have found valuable in the past.

Hemp Farming Timeline & Budget

Submitted by mattk on Fri, 05/22/2020 - 22:30
In 2018, the Farm Bill federally allowed the growing of hemp for hemp-derived products including supplements, textiles, food products, and commercial materials. Utilizing unique attributes of different cannabis species, industrial farming and processing has created the opportunity to create new products, improve existing products, and create a more sustainable model for the future. This young industry continues to grow, and with that growth comes many questions about best practices, economic sustainability, and longevity of the production, processing, and use of hemp. We at Elite Metal Tools are invested in laying the groundwork for an industry that can create sustainability in the industrial world.

Why Choose a Panel Saw

Submitted by mattk on Fri, 05/08/2020 - 19:35
Whether it’s done in the shop or on the job site, accurately cutting sheets of wood, MDF board, plastic, or other sheet goods usually requires a table saw and often a second person to lift heavy sheets on and off the saw. But there isn’t always a spare employee available, particularly these days, when many formerly busy contractors are glad to take on any one-man job they can get.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Company Response

Submitted by mattk on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:04
Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Elite Metal Tools is taking actions in the interest of the health and well-being of our staff, our customers, and our partners and vendors. During such uncertain times measures must be taken in the interest of health and safety. Please stay up to date on all advisories from us, as it may effect your orders and shipping times.

Landscape Edging Buyers Guide

Submitted by mattk on Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:26
Whether it’s a backyard or the front of a business, landscaping should be treated as a work of art—one that leaves a lasting impression. Like most artwork, landscaping is the combination of several elements. The goal is to seamlessly blend the natural world with the man-made. A tool used to balance these elements is flexible landscape edging. The best of which are the products from Permaloc Edging, an edging solutions provider committed to sustainability, quality, and product innovation

Choosing the Right Press Brake

Submitted by mattk on Mon, 11/04/2019 - 22:01
For many shops or businesses, a press brake is crucial during production. Press Brakes, like band saws, shears, and sanders, are industry standards on a shop floor—so when choosing a machine for your shop or business, there are many things to consider to assure it is the best press brake for you.

Tersa vs. Xylent Cutter Heads: An Expert Opinion

Submitted by mattk on Thu, 09/19/2019 - 17:30
Sam Blasco is a renowned woodworking expert with SCM Group and MiniMax USA. See what he has to say about the importance of understanding application before choosing a cutter head system.

Cold Saw vs. Abrasive Chop Saw: What Do You Need?

Submitted by mattk on Wed, 09/18/2019 - 22:33
Choosing the correct saw for your shop or business is an important step in having efficient and effective production of end products. Knowing the differences in abrasive saws versus cold saws will allow you to make the right choice for your own applications. Like all machines, these saws have advantages and limitations that should be addressed before purchasing.

What to Consider when Choosing a Hydraulic Press

Submitted by mattk on Tue, 09/17/2019 - 22:56
Hydraulic Presses, or a variation of this machine, are easily the most utilized machines in any fabrication or manufacturing shop. Determining the right one for your applications is an important step in expanding your shop. Whether you are utilizing your press for punching, setting tires, or pressing bearings, this simple guide will give you a better understanding of the abilities and limitations of hydraulic presses and how to find the best fit for your shop or business.