Ironworkers perform a variety of tasks. They shear, notch, form, bend, roll, cut, grind, drill and punch holes in many steel products, including flat plate, angle iron, round and square bar stock, punch plates, angles, I-beams and channel iron. These used ironworkers are a great value and would be fine addition to your shop.

When you’re doing a variety of metal fabrication work, a ironworker is a ‘must-have’ piece of equipment for your shop. This versatile machine performs every type of task. Ironworks can form metal plate or bar stock easily and accurately. If you have questions, our knowledgeable staff is here to help.

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Jorgenson Machine Tools Knows Ironworkers

Jorgenson Machine Tools has been a major player in the sale of fabrication machines in the Salt Lake Valley going all the way back the 1960’s. We have sold the venerable ironworker machine both new and used since the very beginning. Our combined knowledge of how to run an ironworker, how to service the iron worker machines for sale, that might already be in the field is considerable. Our parts department maintains an assorted array of all the replacement tools for most types of ironworkers.

Modern Ironworkers use hydraulic rams powered by a heavy alternating current electric motor. High strength carbon steel blades and dies of various shapes are used to work the metal. The machine itself is made of very heavy steel to handle the enormous force that can be generated during use. Ironworkers are rated according to the force they can generate in tons; ratings usually start at 20 tons and go as high as 150 tons.

The Ironworker is a Hammer?

Ironworkers are tools just like hammers and wrenches but they provide many more safety hazards that must be addressed and thoroughly thought out before they are purchased. Ironworker machine safety must be considered prior to being purchased, that thought process should include consideration of availability of the floor space necessary to safety operate the either used ironworker machine or new. Most of them have at least 4 stations that require boundaries around them to safely produce parts. They can shear flat plate, angle iron, round and square bar stock as well as punch plates, angles, I-beam and channel iron. Some have a station for notching and forming of different materials. The area around each station should be at least 20 feet since that is the common stock length of most materials used on ironworkers.

A punch (or moving blade) is used to push a workpiece against the die (or fixed blade), which is fixed. Usually the clearance between the two is 5 to 40% of the thickness of the material, but dependent on the material. Clearance is defined as the separation between the blades, measured at the point where the cutting action takes place and perpendicular to the direction of blade movement. It affects the finish of the cut (burr) and the machine's power consumption. This causes the material to experience highly localized shear stresses between the punch and die. The material will then fail when the punch has moved 15 to 60% the thickness of the material, because the shear stresses are greater than the shear strength of the material and the remainder of the material is torn. Two distinct sections can be seen on a sheared workpiece, the first part being plastic deformation and the second being fractured. Because of normal in homogeneities in materials and inconsistencies in clearance between the punch and die, the shearing action does not occur in a uniform manner. The fracture will begin at the weakest point and progress to the next weakest point until the entire workpiece has been sheared; this is what causes the rough edge. The rough edge can be reduced if the workpiece is clamped from the top with a die cushion. Above a certain pressure the fracture zone can be completely eliminated.[2] However, the sheared edge of the workpiece will usually experience work hardening and cracking. If the workpiece has too much clearance, then it may experience roll-over or heavy burring.

How Much Time Can You Save With an Ironworker?

Due to the reduction in the amount of man hours and effort needed to cut or punch steel sections, an ironworker is often an integral part of commercial manufacturing facilities and fabrication shops. They are easily re-tooled for various operations and can be operated by one person, or in many cases two stations may be used at any one time. They are easily re-tooled for various operations, as the operator sets the machine up for the next piece part. Depending on the type of piece part that is required the entire part may be able to be fabricated from the blank completely on the ironworker. There may be 4-5-6 operations on the piece part which then can be staged on the ironworker and the operator need only to assume a sequence that makes sense from a production standpoint.

Where Can You Go for Quality Equipment and World Class Support?

 Jorgenson Machine Tools located on the 2800 block of 300 West in Salt Lake City. We welcome you to call us and set up a tour of not only our used equipment inventory but our entire facility of which we are quite proud. We have been in business here in the valley for almost 50 years. Our service support is second to none with numerous technical engineers already on staff with more on the way. We have not one but two distinctly separate parts departments staffed with the best technical customer service representatives in the business. Our inside logistics folks are the best at what they do, move you order through the system smoothly, as they have done so many times before. When you entrust your production to Jorgenson Machine tools you are not just buying a machine but also investing in our knowledge base and experience accumulated over years of in the field support. Whatever your question is we have probably answered It before.