Beveling edges on stainless steel: 10 easy steps
Beveling Inox (stainless steel)
Beveling and rounding edges on stainless steel has always been a very difficult job. It’s accurate work and manufacturers couldn’t develop the appropriate tooling. This often resulted in quickly worn out inserts, radius cutters and grinding discs. After lots of research and development, we have designed our new INOX platform.
These beveling machines make it easier to cut through tough metal and guarantee longer durability for your bevel cutter. On this page, we’ll show you how to bevel inox edges using our new tooling.
Meet our perfect solution
Our innovative INOX series consists of three different machines. All three are controlled in a similar way and suitable for rounding and beveling stainless steel edges. Each machine has its own unique specs . Overall the rotating speed (RPM) of INOX tools is much lower than of the version 3.0 tools. This implicates though that we need a stronger motor at the same time. When this comes together you will have the best solution for chamfering or rounding edges.
Let’s take you through all three:
BevelMate® EBA INOX
BevelMite® EBI INOX
Specially designed for smaller surfaces , shapes, holes, and flanges, our EBI INOX is lightweight and easy to handle.
BevelMite® ABIS INOX
Frequently Asked Questions about beveling INOX
How do I bevel inox edges?
Beveling and rounding stainless steel used to be a very tough and time-consuming job. But since we have developed the INOX platform, it’s become a lot easier. Watch our instruction video and read our blog to learn more about using these tools.
Do beveling machines also work on inox?
They do, but the roughness of the steel will quickly blunt the cutters. Until we came up with our INOX series, there was no solution on the market specifically designed for beveling and rounding inox.. These machines are specially developed for cutting stainless steel and will guarantee a longer lifetime of your cutter. Learn more about using these machines on inox.
Rounding and beveling edges using our INOX bevel tools
Our beveling and rounding tools make cutting through stainless steel edges easier, quicker, and more sustainable. We’ll take you through all the steps of using our machines.
Step 1: check the adaptor and cutter
Before you get started: make sure the machine is unplugged or removed from the air hose. Next: check that your adapter and the shear pin are in good condition. If either is damaged, you must replace it before you start using the machine. Damaged parts can shorten the service time of the cutters.
Step 2: attach the bevel cutter to the adapter
If there’s no damage to your cutter, you can now attach it to the adapter. Carefully place the cutter on the adapter, so that it rests completely flat on the surface. Also, make sure the small pin is exactly in the pinhole of the cutter. Now torque it to the machine using your guide bearing and the HEX key included.
Step 3: lock the spindle
Now that you’ve attached the cutter, lock the machine’s spindle by pressing the locking button on the back of the machine. When the machine is locked, torque the cutter more tightly to the machine.
Step 4: choose the cutter’s depth
Adjust the depth of the cutter by turning the flange head. The bottom surface of the flange should always be at exactly the same height as the starting point of the radius.
Step 5: choose the right rotation speed
You are now ready to use your beveling machine, but before you do: make sure you always wear protection glasses and ear protection. Now that you’re all safe, it’s time to plug in the power connector or connect your air hose. Choose your rotation speed by using the button on the back of the machine. You can choose between different speed settings from 1 to 6. Level 1 and 2 are specially for inox edges. Higher levels are for normal construction steel that is softer.
Step 6: beveling the metal
Now it’s time to start using the beveler. It’s very important to always turn on the machine before the cutter touches the metal edge. A cutting edge can easily break if it hits the side of a metal object. When you start beveling or rounding, first put the flange on the surface of the metal only. Then push the cutter a little deeper into the edge.
Now, move the machine in the correct direction while you turn the machine slowly and proceed by pushing forward. Keep your forward speed as high as possible without losing the fine results of the cutter. Try to keep a steady pace of 1 to 3 meters per minute.
Step 7: check your edge
Stop after a couple of meters and check that your bevel end is complete. If not, simply adjust the flange head a little bit.
Step 8: managing corners
When going around a corner, turn your beveling machine 90 degrees and start working off the metal from right to left.
Step 9: making a bevel end on a hole
The principle of rounding a hole is the same as with the outside of a sheet, bar, or shape. Start the machine before the cutter touches the edge. First put the flange on the metal surface, and then push it a little deeper into the metal. Always round the hole in a clockwise manner.
Step 10: finish off the last corner
Now you’re almost done. The only thing you still have to do is finish off the last corner. Turn the machine 90 degrees and work off the corner from right to left until it is nicely rounded. And voila, you just worked a robust piece of stainless steel. Easy, right?