Buy Cheap, Buy Twice

The old adage ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ is as true when it comes to the router cutter, saw blade or other spare parts for your fabrication plant as it is for the machine itself says Wayne Hunter, operations manager at Emmegi UK.

I think it is a false economy to buy cheap spare parts and even consumables for any type of machine but particularly for a really good quality one from the likes of Emmegi. That’s not just because you are likely to need to replace cheaper tools and parts more frequently but also because the quality of a tool, like a saw blade, will have a decisive impact on the quality of the finished product. Why would you do anything to compromise that?


Lubes and oils

Remember also that not all cutting oils will be recommended or even suitable for a particular machine’s lubrication system, so you could potentially do some damage if you choose something cheaper which isn’t compatible just to save a few pounds.


Full catalogue in stock

At our Coventry HQ, we keep every Emmegi router cutter, collet, saw blade, grease and oil that is included in our spare parts catalogue, in stock for immediate delivery along with lots of generic cutters and blades which can be used with various other machine options. Customers are invariably surprised at the breadth of our range. We even supply things like replacement tabletop rubber strips for our ACCA XL extendable work benches.

The only catalogue items that might be stocked in Italy rather than in Coventry are machine parts that are serial number specific, yet these are still available to customers on very short lead times.

As you would expect, router cutters and cutting oils are by far our most popular items, driven in part by the huge increase in recent years in the numbers of CNC machines being bought by aluminium fabricators across the UK and Ireland. We have also stepped in to supply parts to fabricators who would previously have been buying from Promac.

We employ a dedicated spare parts manager at Emmegi (UK) – Craig Smith – who is vastly experienced and can give expert advice on which products to choose. He knows the right cutting oils for every machine and the best specification of router cutter based on cutting length, diameter and overall length, so it’s always worth customers giving him a call if they are in any way unsure.

Ask Smith what tips he would give to help fabricators make the most of our spare parts service and he would always say – check the speeds and feeds on your machine carefully before ordering your router cutter because these will have such a big impact on the cutting process. And he would also add, even when you have ordered your cutting oil, make sure you use the right top up volumes because this will vary considerably depending on the type of machine.


Picture: Spare parts in stock at Emmegi UK.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
09th January 2023


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