Modern machine shops have sophisticated, CMC-guided tools at their disposal. Choosing the right press brake for efficient production will diversify shop output and enable faster results. Here are some factors to consider before purchasing one of these efficient and powerful machines.


Press brakes started out as manually operated machines, some with pneumatic (compresses gas) assistance for power. In the 1960s, manufacturers introduced hydraulic press brakes. With the advent of precise CNC controls, electric press brakes came on the scene.

Choosing the power type of a press brake is one of the first decisions to make. While traditional hydraulic press brakes are still popular, the energy efficiency and precision afforded by electric press brakes have become more attractive.


Choosing the right press brake for efficient production requires shop owners to take a close look at data about the types of work they do and the kinds of materials they work on most frequently. Different types of press brakes are rated for metals based on hardness and thickness. The length and width of the workpieces typically coming through the shop are also a factor—can the machine you’re considering accommodate long, thick, or wide pieces of sheet metal?

Modern press brakes also offer a range of tools, dies, and punches to create V-shaped bends of different angles, different shapes, and complex designs. CNC machines can produce a wider variety of bends, including curves and reverse bends. Investigate a machine’s range of options before selecting it.

A press brake that can create a variety of bends and punches without requiring changing parts will enhance efficiency and productivity.


All types of metalworking machines carry risks. Operators must be highly trained and observe safety protocols.

Press brakes cause sheet metal to bend upward toward the operator. Find out if the machine offers safety guides or curtains to protect operators.

All press brakes from Mac-Tech come equipped with laser beam safety rails. Stepping into an unsafe area trips the beam and stops the machine immediately. Because these machines are so powerful, confirming all the available safety features is essential when choosing the right press brake for efficient production. After all, your shop can’t be efficient if injuries and accidents keep your employees off the job.

Parts and Maintenance

Investigate how you would obtain replacement parts and who would provide maintenance for your press brake. Choosing the right press brake for efficient production requires considering the maintenance schedule, how much downtime you should anticipate, and whether you’ll need a wider variety of parts and dies to accomplish the projects you do regularly.

Ask your supplier about maintenance, and get the specifics about fees, schedules, and replacement parts. Press brakes are complex machines, and wear is inevitable, so you want to be sure you have reliable repair and maintenance available on short notice.

If you have questions about what type of press brake will work best for your shop, contact Mac-Tech for assistance. We’ll be happy to discuss your needs.

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