What to Look for When Purchasing a Coil Straightener
Coil straightening is a process of straightening a metallic component without warping or distorting it. It is often necessary when welding thin sheet metals where heating the edges can create distortion. They are an important part of many projects including roofing, aircraft components, pipe fittings, car engines and musical instruments. Some of these straightened surfaces can be bent into desired shapes.
Coil straighteners, sometimes called cutter tools or straighteners, straighten the small metal strips which make up sheet metals. The best coil straightener for the job depends on the type of metal, the center channel distance and the size of the coil straightening roll. Each has advantages and disadvantages. You should consider these points:
Size and Center Distance: The size of your project determines the size of your straightener and you must choose a coil straightener that produces adequate results while taking up the least amount of space possible. A large rowe may not produce sufficient heat for the application you are using it for. Also, a large rowe may distort the sheet metals you are using it for if the metal is particularly thick. The center channel distance is how wide the individual rolls of the straightener need to be in order to provide you with a sufficiently hot and accurate weld.
Type of Material to Be Straightened: There are several types of coil straightener available, including power steerers, X.125 hot welders and full service power straighteners. X.125 hot welders and full service power sweepers are used for thinner materials, whereas a power steamer is more suited to larger pieces of metal. If you need the maximum amount of heat for your application, you should consider a power steamer. These are available in many different sizes, but the most common types are from approximately five inches to approximately nine inches in length.
Which Material to Use: There are several different metals that can be used in the manufacture of coil straighteners. Copper, which has superior thermal properties and can be used for thin materials, is one of the most commonly used materials. Other metals that are often used are aluminum and stainless steel. Rolled steel is another popular option. When choosing the type of metal to use for your coil straightener, you have several options to consider. You can either select a specific metal based on your needs, or you can simply use the right size and heat setting for your application.
Coils can be difficult to install, so it is important that you consider the installation process of the coil straightener you are considering. Some straighteners come with the option of pre-installing the coils, but many are sold as a “do-it-yourself” product. Either way, you should always ensure that you follow the instructions carefully when installing a coil straightener. There are a variety of different ways you can install these products, and you should choose the method that is safest for you and your environment. If you are having trouble deciding which product would best suit your needs, you should consult a professional to assist you in making your decision.