Bringing German Precision and Expertise to the US Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel Market

While perhaps a bit of a niche market, the demand for large cut-off wheels is increasing due to the strengthening of the US steel industry.  Applications such as cutting of solid metal in rolling mills, rail manufacture, foundries, and other large-scale cutting operations,  call for a highly specialized product that is custom engineered for each specific process and material.  Leveraging our engineering expertise in abrasives and industry experience in various global segments, PFERD has brought this capability to the US market .

Large Diameter CutOff Wheel
PFERD Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel

We’ve recently expanded our North American offering in large diameter cut-off wheels to a product range that has been popular overseas.   While we do offer a range of wheels for stationary cutting applications in our standard US offering, large diameter wheels require specific know-how and made-to-order competencies. PFERD’s prowess in this area was recently highlighted at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany where we featured manufacturing capabilities of cut-off wheels up to 2,000mm (about 6½ feet).   “In the large market, there are only 4 companies in the world that can make the 2-meter diameter cut-off wheel,” said National Account Manager Tim Lee. “We’re one of a very elite group in that respect.”

Tim has been tasked with the job of building awareness for this capability across North America.  The need for an industry expert that can talk

PFERD Large Diameter Cut-Off Wheel Account Manager
PFERD National Account Manager Tim Lee

the talk with the end user, identify the requirements of the specific application, and communicate that to the engineering team, is crucial.  With 28 years in the abrasives industry, Tim is an experienced leader in this field and can solve problems that customers themselves may not be unaware of.  His expertise in this sector is extremely valuable when identifying and delivering solutions for these complex applications.

PFERD’s combination of engineering expertise, manufacturing capabilities, and industry knowledge in the unique and often challenging application of large diameter cut-off wheels enables us to deliver the solutions needed in the steel industry.   To learn more call us today or email our industry expert directly at ldco@pferdusa.com

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Do You Know the Oldest, Family-Owned File Manufacturer in the World?

Very few manufacturing companies can say that they have more than two centuries worth of experience. Even fewer can say that they’re still family-owned, and continue to offer the products that brought them success all those years ago. In fact, PFERD is currently the only manufacturing company in the world to claim this distinction!

Though our product lines have grown considerably over the course of 200-plus years, we have continued to manufacture the items that started it all – farrier files.

For those who are familiar with German, you may have noticed that our company name, PFERD, is German for “horse.” This is no accident – among our first products were files designed for farriers to maintain horses’ hooves.

Files with Handle
PFERD Handled Files

Since then, our file product line has grown considerably to include wood rasps and files, machinist files, key files, car body files, and more. Our hand files and accessories are used in a variety of industries, from aerospace manufacturing, to pipeline development, to nuclear energy, and more. But among all of these additions, horse hoof planes and horse rasps are still among our featured products.

But choosing the right file for your job isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds. For unusual or challenging applications, we’ve created a product selection guide that takes into account the general application and materials to narrow down which type of file will work best.

We’ve also developed exclusive product ranges for specific applications. For stainless steel and exotic alloys, CORINOX® files are recommended since they leave no corrosive residue on the workpiece and resist loading. They have a surface hardness of 1,200 HV (Vickers Scale), 70 HRC (Rockwell Scale), and have a long service life.

We also have an exclusive line of diamond needle files, in which diamond grit is electroplated onto precision-forged and ground file blanks. Diamond files are ideal for hardened steels and other hard metal components when it comes to cutting, punching, press/extrusion and profiling dies, as well as for filing workpieces made of glass, ceramics, and fibre-reinforced plastics.

In addition to offering these exclusive products to our customers, we also provide packaging and merchandising assistance for our distributors. We understand that a diverse product range can be confusing if you don’t know exactly which type of file you’re looking for, so we try to make things easier for retailers and customers alike.

As a leader in file design and manufacturing, we’re happy to find the right solution for your needs. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (262) 255–3200 or email sales@pferdusa.com. We look forward to hearing from you!