If you already own an ironworker but need to boost your shop’s punching capacity, it may be best to avoid getting another one and instead buy a single end punching machine.

Although ironworkers play an important role in any shop as a 3-in-1 shear, notcher, and punch, using a single end punching machine is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to put holes into a range of materials.

The logic behind buying certain machinery varies from shop to shop, but here are 3 reasons to buy a single end punch if you already own an ironworker:

pm-88xt-fabmaster-punching-machine1.      Large Throats and Higher Tonnage

Single end punching machines typically have bigger throats and higher tonnage capacities than the punching stations on ironworkers.

With a larger throat, you can handle longer and wider workpieces. With a higher tonnage capacity, you can put larger holes in thicker materials.

2.      Straightforward Transition

If you buy a single end punch, your ironworker operators should be able to quickly learn how to use it. For the most part, punching machines and ironworker punching stations work the same way.

Not only will you save time training operators, but you can also avoid the hassle of ordering and waiting to receive new tooling. The tooling you already own will be interchangeable if your ironworker and punching machine are from the same manufacturer. This will make the transition even more straightforward for your employees.

3.      Affordability

Adding another ironworker to your shop’s floor can be expensive. Ironworker manufacturers such as Fabmaster offer impressive value, but generally speaking single end punching machines cost 30 to 40% less.

Always get in touch with a fabrication technology dealer for a quote before making a decision.

Owning an ironworker brings versatility to your shop. But if you already own one and just need to increase your punching capacity, a single end punching machine is usually the preferred option.

>> Westway Machinery offers a range of punching machines, ironworkers, and other metal forming technology to meet the needs of your shop. Contact us today to learn more or make a purchase.

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