Ermaksan CNC HGS Haydraulic Guillotine 3100x6
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Guillotines or Metal Shears

Guillotine or metal shear cutting is a method widely employed in various industries for shearing sheet metal and steel with precision and speed. It involves a straightforward yet highly effective process where a blade descends vertically to cut the material against a stationary blade, resulting in clean, accurate cuts.

We stock both Ermaksan and Cidan branded guillotines which are both high quality, durable brands in the shear cutting industry.

Ermaksan Guillotines

Ermaksan is a trusted brand in the realm of metalworking machinery, known for its commitment to innovation and quality. Ermaksan guillotines are engineered with advanced features and cutting-edge technology to meet the demands of modern manufacturing. With a focus on precision, reliability, and user-friendliness, Ermaksan guillotines offer exceptional performance across a range of applications.

Key Features of Ermaksan Guillotines:

  • High cutting accuracy ensuring minimal material wastage.
  • Robust construction for enhanced durability and stability.
  • User-friendly interfaces for intuitive operation and increased productivity.
  • Advanced safety features to ensure operator well-being and compliance with industry standards.
  • Versatile configurations to accommodate various sheet metal thicknesses and sizes.

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Cidan Guillotines

Cidan is another trusted player in the field of metal fabrication equipment, renowned for its extensive range of quality guillotines tailored to diverse industrial needs. Cidan shears are engineered with a focus on efficiency, precision, and versatility, making them indispensable assets for metalworking professionals across Australia.

Key Features of Cidan Guillotines:

  • Precision-engineered blades for clean, burr-free cuts.
  • Modular design allowing for easy customization and integration into existing workflows.
  • Energy-efficient systems for optimized performance and reduced operational costs.
  • Cutting-edge control systems enabling seamless operation and enhanced productivity.
  • Comprehensive support services ensuring minimal downtime and maximum uptime for your operations.

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Investing in a high-quality guillotine cutting solution from trusted brands like Ermaksan and Cidan is essential for achieving superior results in sheet metal and steel fabrication. Whether you prioritize precision, efficiency, or versatility, these brands offer a diverse range of options to suit your specific requirements.

Contact us today on (02) 8445 8555 to discuss how you can elevate your metalworking capabilities with cutting-edge guillotine technology.

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In the 70s and 80s, the legendary John Heine 108B (2.5m x 3.0mm)Guillotine dominated Australian sheet metal shops. This beauty cut at a rate of 55 Strokes per minute (SPM), today if you aren’t careful, some of the cheap machines on the market are as slow as 12 SPM. That is like watching grass grow! Hydraulic rather mechanical drive systems and increased rake angles are mostly to blame.

Rake angle is the angle between the upper and lower blade. The bigger the rake, the easier it is for the machine to cut. The steeper rake reduces the cross-section of material needing to break under strain. It, therefore, requires less power and the manufacturer can then lessen the structural rigidity in the guillotine and offer for a lower price. However, the compromise is the steeper the rake angle is, the slower the SPM due to the moving beam needing to travel further to complete the length of the cut. A typical 1.5-degree rake guillotine has to stroke 80mm down then back up to complete a 3.0m cut. It would be 110mm each way on a 2.0-degree rake machine.

Also, the steeper the rake angle, the more twist and bow is generated in the offcut strip. Twist and bow might be critical if the offcut strip is the piece required for the job. You usually need it flat and straight!

Something else not typically mentioned in the brochures is the distance from the front of the finger guard to the cutting line. On heavy capacity machines that often look attractive due to the small price premium from the lighter gauge models, need to allow enough room under the finger guard to manoeuvre full-thickness plate, even when the plate is slightly warped. So a 6.0mm guillotine might need a 10mm or 12mm space. Since you can fit your fingertips into that space, they then need to set the guards far enough back not only so that your fingers can’t reach the blade, but so they can’t reach the hydraulic hold-down cylinders in front of the blades. This can result in the front of the finger guards being more than 200mm from the cutting line. So visually seeing the cutting line is very difficult and if you want to trim cut narrow cut strips, you need to use a scrap piece of material to push the metal.

Floor space, can your new machine offer a return to sender function so that you can optimise floor space and position the back of the shear closer to a wall.

Sheet support systems, to utilise your new power-operated backgauge system you need a mechanism to ensure the sheet metal is kept flat and doesn’t droop and miss the back gauge bar. There are different sheet support systems available some are excellent, some are terrible.

Blade gap adjustment, benefits of full-length clamp bar, safety, programmable back gauges, so much to discuss to help you get the best solution for your business.