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Putting the ‘Specialty’ in Finishing Tools

(May 2012) posted on Tue May 22, 2012

These 17 tools can help keep the production floor humming.

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Punch It
Seeking a portable solution for cutting holes? EL Hatton’s PowerPunch is a heavy-duty, handheld punch capable of cutting a 5/16-in. hole through substrates up to 1/8-in. thick (reach is 1-in. on center). The punch itself is replaceable. Designed to work in conjunction with EL Hatton’s Banner Ups PowerTabs and PowerTape products, the PowerPunch can also cut through thick banner material.

Big and Purple
ImageOne Impact’s Sooper Edge is a stainless-steel cutting edge designed especially for the signage and graphics markets. With a curved aluminum finger-guard design to offer maximum protection, the Sooper Edge features an anodized purple finish and a non-slip bottom to prevent unwanted movement. In sizes from 28- to 96-in.

Heavyweight Sewing
Brother’s S722OB is an industrial sewing machine for medium- and heavy-weight materials. A single-needle direct-drive straight lock stitcher, the S722OB also features a thread trimmer, low noise and vibration, lubrication-free technology, a user-friendly operation panel, and more. Maximum sewing speed is 4000-5000 RPM; maximum stitch length is 4-5mm.

Like Cutting Butter
The handheld TC 20 Thermocutter from AZ Formen is compact and easy to use for cutting plastics, fabrics, polystyrene, rubber, and other materials. It offers: adjustable power regulation; rapid blade heat up (with overheating protection); easily changed blades; LED function control; and much more. A variety of thermocutter blades are available for different applications.

Interchangeable is Good
From Hiker USA, this H-901F/B Grommeting Hand Press features interchangeable die, so several different types and sizes of grommets can be accommodated. In addition, the lower die is adjustable, providing a consistent, quality setting in various material thicknesses, the company reports. The H-901F/B can insert eyelets as small as 1/16-in. interior diameter, and self-piercing grommets as large as 5/8-in. interior diameter. Available with forward or backward handle.

Razor’s Edge
ScrapeRite plastic razor blades can be used for scraping, peeling, and cleaning – all without scratching or damaging the surface you’re working on. The dual-edge blades measure ¾ x 1-1/2 in., and fit most standard blade holders. The blades themselves are available in three compounds: General Purpose (orange), the softest of the compounds and the most chemical-resistant; Polycarbonate (blue), a Lexan blend and the toughest surface; and Acrylic (yellow), an acylic blend and the most brittle.