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How to Make Easy-to-Maintain Metal Components for Home & Garden Tools

Manufacturing durable home and garden tools, the kind that customers will pay good money for, requires using quality “tool steel.” Sure, there are plenty of cheaper tools that use other materials...

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Garden Tool Manufacturers Need the Right Design for the Right Job

Despite what the thermostat may say in your neck of the woods, spring will return soon. Gardeners everywhere will eagerly run outside with their rake, hand trowel, garden spade and hoe in hand,...

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Is Steel Still Cheaper Than Aluminum?

Metals like steel and aluminum, while crucial to many applications, have a glaring issue. They’re particularly susceptible to market fluctuations, prone to potential scarcity and sociopolitical...

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Fertilizer Spreader Manufacturers: Should You Use Metal or Plastic?

Metal or plastic? That's the question many ask when designing -- or buying -- fertilizer spreader blades and parts. And while both materials are viable options that can contribute to a great end...

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CNC Bending: Everything You Need to Know

What is CNC bending, and why should the old-fashioned OEM manufacturer care about it? The short answer comes down to just two points.

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5 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Starting as early as 1967, laser cutting proved to be a versatile and efficient means of fabricating sheet metal. Currently, it's still one of the most cost-effective and precise methods of sheet...

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Galvanized Vs Powder Coated: Cost & Other Considerations

To powder coat or not to powder coat. … Whether ‘tis better to galvanize steel ...

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Mild Steel Vs Aluminum: 5 Differences You Should Care About

In metal fabrication and manufacturing, material choice can make a big difference in real-world outcomes. One comparison you’ve probably made before is mild steel vs aluminum.

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Sandblasting and Powder Coating Cost: What to Expect

In the metal manufacturing world, the amount you’ll pay for powder coating or sandblasting (a general term that doesn’t account for other blasting methods) varies. A lot.

For example, average ...

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What’s the Average Cost per Square Foot for Powder Coating?

Deciding whether to powder coat or paint can come down to something as simple as price. Either solution can yield excellent results using a high-quality product and proper application. There are...

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