elumatec AG Takes Home the ADAMAS Award 2017

“The “ADAMAS AWARD” is a special award given to businesses who lead the way with their exemplary business culture. The award recognizes the service provided by employees and management working together and the resultant success of the business as a whole. The decision on who wins the award is based on an assessment of a

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Ralf Haspel, CEO of elumatec AG, together with mbz Editor-in-Chief Karl Ruhnke-Lierenfeld with the ADAMAS AWARD 2017. Photo courtesy of elumatec.

business’s “soft skills”, such as the ability of employees and management to work in a team and their motivation.

The “ADAMAS AWARD” does not reward specific high achievement. Instead, it recognizes a business and all its employees as a community of service providers, which involves paying particular attention to the management team responsible for the business. In his speech, Editor-in-Chief Karl Ruhnke-Lierenfeld explained the reasons behind the decision to give the award to elumatec AG.

The rumors spread. A staff meeting had been called for the afternoon. You could have cut the atmosphere in the packed hall in Mühlacker-Lomersheim with a knife as over 400 employees waited for the latest news. On 26 July 2013 it became official: elumatec, the Swabian family business founded in 1928, had filed for insolvency that morning. No-one among the workforce knew what would happen next. The administrator did not attempt to hide the seriousness of the situation, but he also gave the elumatec employees reason to be optimistic.

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Editor-in-Chief Karl Ruhnke-Lierenfeld giving his speech. Photo courtesy of elumatec.

He had every confidence that a sustainable, long-term solution could be found for the employees at Mühlacker and for the elumatec group. His confidence was based on the fact that the core elumatec business was not one of the reasons for going into insolvency. The first step was to focus all activities on convincing customers and suppliers that elumatec remained a reliable partner who would continue to fulfill all orders to the letter and with the same high quality. The management team, workers’ union and employees were united in their efforts to justify the administrator’s confidence. And he was proven right: Two months later he and the elumatec management team announced at another staff meeting that the restructuring of the business was progressing well – so well that backlog of orders had actually increased after filing for insolvency and that elumatec was once again able to finance all its domestic and international business activities from its own pocket. Furthermore, all working relationships remained unchanged for the time being. The local press headline ran: “450 employees breathe a sigh of relief”. 

The administrators and the elumatec management team kept the workers’ union and employees informed of the latest developments at all times. The ensured the workers’ union had direct influence on how the business was to continue operating. The chairman of the workers’ union and the German Industrial Union of Metalworkers stated that they had been given a guarantee that they could “represent the best interests of the workers” when it came to personnel issues. 

More good news was soon to follow, as even before insolvency proceedings were officially opened on 1 October 2013 elumatec began the process of hiring staff for new roles and apprentices in various sectors of the business. As of October, elumatec was once again able to pay all wages and salaries out of its own pocket. It should not be forgotten at this point that the loss of around 50 jobs in the course of the insolvency eventually proved inevitable. Beginning on 1 January 2014, the employees affected received further training at a transfer company, for which a period of up to twelve months per person was planned in accordance with the maximum time limit allowed. I think this speaks volumes for the sense of responsibility that elumatec feels towards its employees!

Throughout the crisis, business management behaved in an exemplary manner as regards keeping employees informed. Regular staff meetings and information sessions

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Ralf Haspel accepting the ADAMAS AWARD. Photo courtesy of elumatec.

were held to keep staff up to speed on all the important developments affecting their business as soon as they occurred. Task forces for individual issues were created, and the circa 300 elumatec employees abroad were kept in the loop via email newsletters and invitations to visit company headquarters. Once the insolvency was over, elumatec went to great efforts to professionalize its public image, revive the brand and introduce a new corporate design. The first official appearance, at the FENSTERBAU FRONTALE trade show in Nuremberg in March, was a great success, and the new exhibition concept and design met with great acclaim among the paying public.elumatec’s new image also won over industry professionals, and praise poured in: “More dynamic, more modern, more clear, more positive and above all more confident – but still down-to-earth and not excessive”. What an accurate description that is – and that goes for the business as a whole too!

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Advantages of Using Band Saws

The Advantages of Using Band Saws

  1. Like other cutting tools, this tool is not restricted to cutting a specific type of material. There are several models of band saw available in the industry that can be used for cutting different materials such as timber, wood and many more.
  2. They are equipped with some amazing features such as rip fence, miter gauge and many more, which helps you to make straight cuts.
  3. band sawsHowever, it is not so easy with other cutting tools for making straight or cross cuts because you need to extremely careful and focused.
  4. The results obtained from them are far better than the results obtained from other tools such as chain saws. The major reason behind the massive difference between the band saws and other tools is the blades.
  5. Band saws use top quality blades with dual bearing blade guide rollers, blade tracking adjustment and many other advanced features which result in precise finish.
  6. One of the major advantages of using a band saw is the reduction in wastage. Band saws usually have a smaller kerf than other tools, which results in reducing wastage. Other tools have wider blades, whereas band saws feature narrow blades.
  7. Wider blades will eat much more material that narrows blades, which leads to a lot of wastage.

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Cutting Curves with a Band Saw

One of the most common issues with band saws are broken blades. They are usually caused when trying to cut curves. We think that it is important for every band saw user to know the proper way to cut complex curves. A while back we came across this amazing article, from industructables.com, that gives 6 tips on cutting out curves.

  1. Be sure that band saw is set up correctly.
    • Refer to the manual that came with your saw.
  2. Transferring cut lines onto the material:
    • Pencil / Graphite
      • Color the back of the print-out with a soft pencil.
      • band saw repairTape the print-out so that the back is on the material.
      • Trace the design with a ballpoint pen- the presure of the pen will transfer the graphite onto the material, making the design visible on the material.
    • Spray Adhesive
      • Spray a thin coat of the adhesive onto the back of the print-out.
      • Wait ten seconds and then press the back of the paper onto the material.
      • Use this as a guide. The paper should peel of easily after using the band saw.
    • Vinyl Sticker Print-Out
      • This is basically the same process as the sprat adhesive except with using a vinyl printer.
  3. Cut your big piece into more manageable pieces.
    • Doing this makes the material easier to handle wband saw repairhile trying to cut it out.
  4. Use relief cuts for tight curves.
    • Make a straight cut up to the line in the waste part of your material, and back it straight out. Do this everywhere that looks like it could make the blade bind.
  5. Cut on the outside of the line.
    • Doing this will ensure more accurately cut parts.
    • Sanding down to line is better than cutting right to the line and then sanding.
  6. Always move the cut forward as you turn the material.
    • Don’t twist the blade as this will likely end with a broken blade!
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Buying a Used Saw

For many, buying used is the only way to acquire certain items. When you buy something thaused sawst has been used, it is sometimes even better than if you were to buy it new. However, when you buy anything used it is important to look it over to be sure it is up to your standards. Everyday we get emails asking us for advice on what to look for when buying used saws. We recently came across an article from Real World Survivor that gives you a list of “8 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Used Saw”:

  1. Does the saw look like its in good condition?
  2. Does it work? Start it when it’s cold and then when it’s hot.
  3. Try it out! How does it cut?
  4. Check to see if the saw idles by rolling from side to side. If it stalls it may have an air leak, a bad seal or a bad gasket.
  5. Always make sure to look at the sprocket. If it seems to be badly worn, chances are that it wasn’t maintained well.
  6. Check out the air filter. If it’s clogged that is a sign that it wasn’t properly maintained.
  7. Is the chain brake installed and working properly?
  8. Check out the condition of the bar, chain and engine mounts.


Did this give you inspiration to start looking for used saws and other equipment?Check out our  “Used Band Saws” page!

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3 Reasons to Choose the Service Guys if You’re Looking for Bandsaws for Sale in Iowa

At The Service Guys, our goal is to be the go-to place if you’re looking for bandsaws for sale in the upper Midwest, including Iowa.

If you’re an Iowa shop owner or metalworker you can count on us to provide excellent service and find the machine you need.

We know choosing to buy a bandsaw for sale is no easy decision. You have to consider several different factors of each machine such as efficiency, accuracy, and speed. Finding the perfect blend of necessary features will help ensure your shop and metalworking runs smoothly.

We could talk about all of the technical details for each machine to help you make a decision, but today we want to share some reasons why The Service Guys are your best choice if you’re looking for bandsaws for sale in Iowa.


We’ve been in the bandsaw business for more than a decade and have a combined fifty years of experience in the metalworking industry.

This amount of experience means we’ve come across nearly every machine and every scenario shop owners and metalworkers face.

Choosing the right bandsaw is an important decision. We have the experience and knowledge to ensure you make the right one.

Agenda Free Advice

We love talking about bandsaws. Metalworking is our passion. We are a business, but we seek to help people first.

That means helping you repair your machine instead of buying a new one if it’s the right choice. It means helping you find a refurbished machine instead of a brand new one if that’s the right fit for you.

We believe in putting our customers first. Work with us and you’ll know you’re getting a recommendation based on nothing but your own needs.


The relationships we’ve made with industry suppliers means we have a variety of bandsaws for sale to add to your Iowa shop.

We also have a large catalog of replacement parts due to the large network of suppliers we work with. With companies like Marvel and DoAll on our side, you can be confident knowing you’ll be able to find a high quality machine by working with us.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough reasons to choose The Service Guys when you’re looking for a bandsaw for sale in Iowa. If you’re looking for even more reasons, give us a call at (877) 337-6875 to learn more.

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The Service Guys Are Proud to Sell and Repair Machines from Marvel Bandsaws to Shop Owners in North Dakota

If you’re a metalworker, you’re more likely to trust an industry–leading company with a long history. The reason is simple; more experience means they’ve had time to continually create and improve high quality machinery.

There are several companies with a history of creating high quality machines, but today we wanted to highlight a company that’s been manufacturing high performance bandsaws for more than a century.

The bandsaw experts at The Service Guys distribute machinery all across the upper Midwest including North Dakota. We carry an extensive line of Marvel bandsaws we know North Dakota shop owners would be proud to own.

Today we’re going to share a few reasons why you should choose Marvel Manufacturing for your next machine purchase.


Marvel Manufacturing is an Award Winning Company

A little over a month ago, Marvel Manufacturing received an award from the Epicor Software Company, which is an industry leading business software solutions company.

Each year they award a handful of companies for maximizing the use of their software to provide top-notch customer service as well as streamline processes in their business to leave more time for innovation and product development.

The specific award Marvel Manufacturing received was the “Rapid Time to Value” award for “demonstrating a fast implementation and deployment” of the software to increase the performance of the company.

You should put your trust in a company that utilizes the most up–to–date technological solutions for running an efficient and high performing company


Marvel Manufacturing is a Leader in Product Innovation

The Marvel Series 8 line was a pioneer in metalworking machinery. The team at Marvel Manufacturing wanted to create machines that were able to make any conceivable cut, and the Marvel Series 8 line achieved that goal.

Their reputation for innovation began nearly a century ago. Marvel unveiled the first vertical tilt-frame bandsaw in 1917. Since then they’ve continued to stay ahead of the pack in terms of quality and product development.

The bandsaw experts at The Service Guys proudly sell a wide variety of Marvel bandsaws and Marvel bandsaw parts. If you’re interest in adding a new machine to your North Dakota shop, or if you’d like more information, please contact us at 1-877-337-6785.

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Machine Maintenance Tips for Wisconsin Metalworkers – Why Bandsaw Blades Fail

Do you wonder how long your bandsaw blades will last?

Do you wonder how well they’ll perform?

Of course, you do. If you’re a conscientious metal worker, these types of thoughts are at the top of your mind.

If you’re a Wisconsin shop owner, pay attention to these reasons why bandsaw blades fail.

If you’re looking for a replacement part for your machine or a new machine altogether, we’re the ones to call.

• Weld breakage – Weld breakage is usually due to an error in the manufacturing process. Either the bands aren’t bound together tight enough or there’s a high amount of tension on the bandsaw wheel.
• Blade tension – If you don’t set the tension of your blade properly, you can run the risk of body breakage or cracks on the gullets or the back edge.
• Speed and feed rate – These settings are also crucial to the performance of your bandsaw. Inaccurate speed and feed rate settings can fracture your blade or strip its teeth down.
• Failure to break in your machine – Just like a new pair of shoes or a baseball glove, it’s important you break in your bandsaw blade. Failing to do so can lead to problems down the road such as chipped, broken, or stripped teeth. It can also cause your machine to make innacurate cuts, which costs you both money for repairs and the time it takes to redo the work.
• Worn or missing chip brush – Chip brushes keep your cuts more efficient and accurate by cleaning the blade and preventing chips from being re-cut. Running your machine with a worn chip brush or without one at all can lead to chips getting caught and inaccurate cuts.
• If you suspect your bandsaw blade is failing and you’re looking to get it replaced, we can find the perfect part for you.

Although we’re located in Anoka, MN, we work with metal workers in Wisconsin and the entire Upper Midwest.

To talk with our bandsaw experts, just give us a call at 1-877-337-6785.

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Three Reasons to Choose the Service Guys for Bandsaws for Sale in MN

Are you an MN shop owner in the market for a new or used bandsaw?

We have a variety of bandsaws for sale and we’re confident that if you look through our inventory you’ll find a machine to suit your needs.

Are you wondering why you should pick The Service Guys when there are other options available?

Today we’re going to share some reasons why we’re the guys to come to if you’re looking for bandsaws for sale.


We care

Repairing and working with metalworking machinery is our passion. We’re the type of guys who love to “talk shop” with you all day, regardless of whether or not we’re able to sell you anything. We know for a fact that we can answer any question you might have because we’ve spent countless hours, weeks, months, and years learning how to match the right machine with the right owner.


We’ve built relationships

The list of industry leading manufacturers we work with is quite long. You’ll be hard pressed to find another company as well connected as ours. We have direct access to the finest saws in the market for you to choose from.


We won’t quit until we find the right machine for you

The only thing we care about is finding something that suits your needs. We offer agenda–free advice to help you with saw selection. You can choose between new or used saws. We’ll even help you try to locate a machine that’s not in our current inventory.

Maybe you don’t need to buy a new machine at all. Our top notch repair services can help bring your current bandsaw or circular saw back to form. We carry aftermarket parts as well as brand new equipment. We can diagnose your bandsaw to see if it simply needs repair or if you’d be better off buying a new saw.

Are you convinced we’re the place to look when you’re after bandsaws for sale in MN? Give us a call at 877-377–6875 to let us find the right bandsaw for you.

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Metal Cutting Machine Feature: The Series 8 Line of Marvel Band Saws from Marvel Manufacturing Company

The band saw experts at the Service Guys are proud to work with industry leading manufactures.

Our goal is to be able to provide or repair practically any type of machine that suits your metal cutting needs. Today we’re going to highlight one of our favorite manufacturers to work with, Marvel® Manufacturing Company, as well as highlight some of their finest band saw machines.

Although we’re located in Anoka, MN, our distribution channels allow us to serve many areas in the upper Midwest, including North Dakota. If you’re a North Dakota machinist or metalworker, consider trying one of the stellar machines from the Marvel Manufacturing Company.

Today’s machine feature will highlight the Marvel 8 series, a wildly popular and top tier quality line designed for optimal performance, battle tested durability, and unparalleled efficiency.

• Marvel Series 8-Mark-I® – This machine is built to cut a wide array of materials such as structural stock and rectangular, round, thin or thick walled tubular material. It’s proficient in both straight and miter cuts. You can also set the saw head at a forty-five degree angle left or right, without moving the stock itself.
• Marvel Series 8-Mark-II® – This machine is known for its Swiss-army-knife-like versatility. This big boy can handle straight, special, and miter cutting. It can even take on heavy structural materials and maintain its speed and accuracy. This semi-automatic vertical saw is also great for cutting pipe, steel, and solid stock.
• Marvel Series 8-Mark-III® – This machine features a sixty-degree left or right miter cutting capacity. It uses a pneumatic system, which is capable of up to 22 inches of cutting capacity. It even allows the operator to set the saw blade at a three-degree forward cantilever.

The Marvel 8 series boasts the combined benefits of speed, quality, and user friendliness. Built by one of the finest machine makers in the industry, these machines from the Marvel Manufacturing Company are great for most any type of production process. If you’re interested in purchasing, repairing, or learning more about Marvel band saws, contact the Service Guys today at 877-337-6875.

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Metal Cutting in MN – The Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Bandsaws

The Service Guys are the bandsaw experts you should look to for information about metal cutting machines if you’re in the state of Minnesota.

Bandsaw machines are capable of cutting a wide range of materials. Depending on what type of metal and shape you’re trying to cut, it’s best to use a specific type of bandsaw in order to get the job done. Today we are going to talk about the two main types of bandsaws that are used for cutting metal.

The two most commonly used models of bandsaw machines are horizontal and vertical machines. We’ll give you a general description of each type followed by the key differences between the two.

Horizontal Bandsaw

While using a horizontal bandsaw, the work piece is held stationary by a vice and the blades move across in a horizontal direction and then downward in order to cut through the metal. These machines are commonly used in larger manufacturing companies and industrial workshops. The advantages of a horizontal bandsaw are typically higher cutting rate and superior squareness. Horizontal bandsaws also typically offer longer blade life.

Vertical Bandsaw

While using a vertical bandsaw, the workpiece is held on the table with a vise, and the blade column pushes towards the operator until the piece is cut through. The vertical bandsaw in many cases has the ability to miter cut angles in the workpiece as well.

Key Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Bandsaws:

Horizontal bandsaws are used to cut larger pieces of metal, typically only cutting square, with an occasional miter. Vertical bandsaws are more suited to cut intricate pieces, structural parts, and fixture parts.

Horizontal machines are known for cutting hard solid metals, such as stainless, Inconel, hastelloy and monel. Vertical machines are more often used to cut structural steel, bundles of steel as well as profiles.

Vertical bandsaw machines are more flexible and have the capability to cut curves and more complicated shapes.

The Service Guys are proud to serve the manufacturing industry with bandsaw repair and maintenance – covering of the entire state of Minnesota including areas such as Anoka and Minneapolis. Contact us today for answers to any questions you have about bandsaw use, repair, and maintenance.