24 Jun THE TOP TEN PORTABLE MACHINE TOOLS OF CHOICE – TOOL NO. 6
WHAT’S IN YOUR TOOLBOX? The CLIMAX and H&S TOOL OD Mount Flange Facers
Continuing our weekly series on the most versatile portable machine tools we asked the questions: Are you starting a new field machining company or division? Expanding your existing operation? Are you a general contractor or owner operator looking to self-perform mechanical maintenance onsite? While industry and geography will factor into what equipment would be ideal for your toolbox, we asked our Global Application Engineers and Field Machining Experts to suggest a list of tools they might purchase first if they had to start up their own field machining operation.
The last five weeks, we recommended the following tools:
This week our field machining experts recommended the CLIMAX and H&S TOOL OD Mount Flange Facers.
#6 – The CLIMAX and H&S TOOL OD Mount Flange Facers
Gulf Coast Area Sales Manager
I have used OD mount flange facers in the field for many years. Over five years ago, I started selling and renting the CLIMAX and H&S TOOL OD mount flange facer. First and foremost, the safety of the hands-free auto-feed is unrivaled and sets this equipment apart from all others. I like the easier setup with these machines. Access for indication leveling and front and rear adjustment capabilities are practically designed. These machines are also more efficient for users, faster completion times with the ability to run the auto-feed while running at full speed. Lastly, the infinitely variable auto-feed both radial and axial allows for a more precise and consistent surface finish over hand-fed designs.
Lead Clamshell Technician
I built and assembled the first SPEED FACER™. These heavy-duty machines are built to last and built for user safety. The guards keep the user hands out of the internal components like rollers, belts, and pullies. It’s easy to set up and level the machine with the leveling feet and jaws. The trippers can switch you from a fine almost mirror finish, with one tripper, to a phonographic finish by just flipping up all four trippers. These machines hold tight tolerances with relative ease, and the fact that the machine can be set up to run hands-free is an awesome feature. As someone who repairs and refurbishes these machines, it’s nice to be able to let it run on its own so I don’t have to stay with it and turn the handwheel to advance the tooling. Another great and possibly little-known fact is these machines are very flexible as they can make several cuts, like single point bevels, counter boring, and even sever too.
Applications Engineer and Technical Trainer
The OD mount flange facers cover a HUGE range for cutting and mounting. They can add multiple hands-free trips, the machine can be installed in any position and has a back face attachment.
Applications Engineer and Technical Trainer
The OD mount flange facer range in the CLIMAX and H&S TOOL portfolio is without question the best OD mount flange facing range in the industry. Due to the hands-free operation, these machines are safer than the competition and easier to use. The standard machine can perform raised face, flat face, RTJ’s, hub profiles, and compact flanges without the operator reaching into the machine and without the need for additional attachments.
Applications Engineer for the Middle East
I think the CLIMAX FF1200 is the best OD mount flange facer the onsite machining industry has ever had. It’s compact with good range and can do compact flanges and RTJs right out of the box, without the need of putting an operator’s hand near the machine to feed the axial or radial feed. The SPEED FACERS™, specifically the ODF30 and ODF50, are great machines for the Middle Eastern marketplace. These two machines cover a wide range of flange sizes, and they are very fast to mount and repair damaged flanges and heat exchangers.
When repairing flanges, OD mount flange facers offer users the ability to quickly set up and machine them back to spec. CLIMAX offers the widest variety of rugged and innovative OD mount flange facers from 0 to 120 inches (0 to 3050 mm) in diameter. Unrivaled in their ability to reface, mill, bevel, square, counterbore, or cut end prep configurations for welding. CLIMAX machines are widely considered the easiest to set up and use, with unique safety features that make these machines the number one choice of industry experts.
H&S TOOL SPEED FACERS™
CLIMAX OD Mount Flange Facers
Contact us for more information on the CLIMAX and H&S TOOL OD mount flange facers. Stay tuned as next week we unveil the next most popular portable machine tool chosen by our Application Engineering and Portable Machining Experts.