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Brake presses are one of the cornerstone machines of sheet metal fabrication, enabling the creation of precise bends and angles with unmatched efficiency. Whether you’re a seasoned metalworker or just starting out, understanding the capabilities of a cnc brake press is essential for taking your projects to the next level.

What Can a Brake Press Do?

At Press & Shear, we know that versatility is key. Our press brake machines can handle a wide range of metalworking tasks, including:

Bracket fabricationΒ 

From the versatility of simple L-brackets to the intricacy of complex mounting brackets, a cutting-edge brake press machine excels at producing clean bends with unwavering precision. By ensuring consistent accuracy, brake presses not only save you valuable time but also optimise material usage, making your operations more efficient and cost-effective.

Enclosure creation

Housings, boxes, and enclosures designed for electrical or mechanical components frequently necessitate accurate folds to ensure proper fit and functionality. Brake presses, known for their capability to swiftly and consistently create precise bends, are highly proficient in shaping these components effectively during the manufacturing process.

Chassis and framework building

Large structural elements such as those needed for chassis and frameworks can be effectively shaped and crafted using a press brake. This method not only guarantees superior strength but also ensures precise dimensional accuracy and a polished, professional finish that meets the highest standards of quality and performance.

Sheet metal prototyping

During the design phase, brake presses play a crucial role in the rapid prototyping process. Their ability to swiftly create prototypes and facilitate on-the-fly adjustments is invaluable, significantly expediting your product development cycle. By leveraging brake presses effectively, you can streamline your design iterations and enhance the efficiency of your manufacturing processes.

Artistic metalworking

Beyond industrial applications, brake presses serve a dual purpose. While primarily used for industrial operations, they also offer a creative outlet for metalworking enthusiasts and artists. These machines allow individuals to sculpt and shape metal into intricate and unique artistic forms, unleashing a world of creative possibilities. Have you ever come across stunning sheet metal coffee tables crafted using these techniques?

Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Brake Press

Selecting the ideal brake press for your needs requires careful consideration of several factors. We’ve listed out 3 areas that we consider to be essential.

Q: How does material type and thickness affect my brake press choice?

A: The thickness and type of material you’ll be bending directly determine the required tonnage of your brake press machine. Thicker materials and those with higher tensile strength (like stainless steel) will need more force to bend. Always consult a tonnage chart and consider the types of materials you’ll primarily work with.

Q: Does the complexity of my bends matter when selecting a brake press?

A: Yes, bend complexity is crucial. Simple bends might work perfectly with a standard press brake. However, if you’re creating intricate shapes or bends with multiple angles, you may need specialised tooling or even a CNC brake press for programming complex bend sequences.

Q: I’m on a tight budget.Β  Can I still get a quality brake press?

A: Yes, exploring used brake presses machines can be a fantastic way to save money without sacrificing performance. Reputable dealers carefully inspect and refurbish used brake presses, ensuring they meet high standards of functionality.Β  This can be an excellent strategy to acquire a higher-tonnage or more feature-rich brake press within your budget.

Q:Β  Why are precision requirements important in choosing a brake press?

A: Projects with tight tolerances demand superior accuracy and repeatability.Β  For these applications, a CNC brake press is often the best choice. CNC machines offer programmed controls, ensuring each bend is executed with extreme precision, minimising waste and errors.

Partnering with Press & Shear for Success

At Press & Shear, we have over 50 years of experience in helping metal fabricators find the perfect brake press solution. Our team of experts will guide you through every step of the selection process, considering your specific needs, budget, and desired outcomes. We offer a comprehensive range of new and used brake presses from leading manufacturers, ensuring you get the best machine for your investment.Β 

Additionally, we provide ongoing support with spares and expert servicing to keep your brake press operating at peak performance.

Beyond Brakes: Your One-Stop Shop for Sheet Metal Fabrication and Metalworking Equipment

In addition to brake presses, we offer a complete line of sheet metal machinery, including:


  • Folding machines: Create crisp, clean folds in various sheet metal thicknesses.
  • Laser profiling machines: Cut intricate shapes with unmatched precision and speed.
  • Shearing machines: Shear sheet metal to your exact dimensions quickly and efficiently.

Contact Press & Shear Today

Let us help you unlock the full potential of your metalworking operations. Contact Press & Shear Machinery today to discuss your needs and explore how our new and used brake presses and other metalworking equipment can empower your business.