SFS Carbide Tool Company
-manufacturer of "Sidewinder" precision Vinyl Blade Cutters
1921, SFS has supplied a wide range of cutting tools to a diversified number of industries
worldwide. Specialty tool and die shops and machinery manufacturers have come to us
through the years for custom tool making projects. In year 2000, SFS introduced it's line
of Sidewinder Vinyl Blades to meet the needs of the signage industry that required ultra
sharp durable cutting tools to slice through a wide variety of vinyl sign material. Today,
we are the leading provider of vinyl cutting blades to our distribution network
all the latest CNC manufacturing and finishing equipment to produce short and long runs to
the exacting requirements of our clients. Our mission is to meet and exceed the quality
and accuracy demanded of your precision cutting tools so we in turn deserve your repeat
business. We encourage you to get a quick quote from us on stock purchases or custom toll
Our Vinyl Blades are Designed to be a
"Cut Above the Rest"
||All Blades are
manufactured in our Saginaw Michigan plant
manufacturing to exact specifications.
||Products are inspected multiple times during the production
process to ensure consistency and product integrity.
are produced to extend tool life by using only the highest quality materials to enhance
||Our 80 years of
experience as a precision toolmaker and manufacturer is unmatched by our competition.
products are distributed through a national distribution channel to provide availability
|| Choose Mfgr - ANAGRAPH - CREATION
- Allen Datagraph - GERBER - GRAPHTEC - IOLINE - MIMAKI - MUTOH Blades - ROLAND - SUMMAGRAPHICS
For over eight decades here at SFS Carbide Tool,
weve practiced a simple but powerful mission to be a leader in our toolmaking
industry by serving our customers. We define Customer in the broadest terms .
. . including both those who use our products and those who help make them available to
consumers. . .
A perspective that keeps us flexible. We define
Service in our customers terms, delivering consistently superior quality
products and solving problems quickly and effectively . . . A practice that keeps us
We are proud of our 80+ years of service, and even
more enthusiastic about our future. We will continue to deliver the industrys most
effective vinyl cutting tools, responding to sign makers and automated sign plotting
manufacturers diverse needs as they change. We will continue to lead our industry in
research and development, customer service and application assistance. Our vision is to
make the name SFS Carbide Tool Co. synonymous with the phrase easy to do business
Samples of our custom made Carbide Ball
cutters for local client
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Click here to see some of our custom made
carbide tool making services
SFS Carbide Tool Company
manufactures sign making carbide blades cutters for plotters from Gerber, Ioline,
Roland, Mimaki, Anagraph, Summagraphics, American Graphtec, Mutoh, and all other OEM's of
vinyl sign making equipment. The blades are made out of ultra fine grain tungsten carbide
to ensure a long-lasting cut and sharp edge cut. Sidewinder Blades are
produced with unequaled sharpness and durability exceeding the specifications of all the
original equipment manufacturer's furnished vinyl cutting tools. Call us for our
competitive prices on small or large quantities and we ship worldwide.
SFS also specializes in custom made
and build to stock Micro-fiber hardened Carbide burring-cutting-booring and milling tool
tips for industrial and commercial metalworking uses. We have added a easy to read -print
and download PDF catalog for you to see some of our stock and
"made-to-order" Carbide tool tip sets.
Click Here for a low resolution SFS catalog ...1.4 MB file
( *suitable for online viewing )
Click Here for high resolution SFS catalog ... 11.2
(** recommended for offline viewing
-right click link and save to hard drive)
Carbide Tool is the one to call if you are an OEM and have a new cutting blade design
you'd like to try in your new cutter or plotter. SFS is also the one to call if you can no
longer find the blades you've been using for years, or if you need different cutting
performance from your current blade. We can tool and manufacturer
specialty blades to help optimize the performance of any vinyl cutting operation by
changing the critical aspects of blade selection including material selection, blade
shape, and edge geometry.
We provide custom tooling for automotive machine
shops and Engine Rebuilders working on Cylinder Heads, Crankshafts, Connecting Rods,
Blocks, Balancing & Blueprinting, and race Engine Porting.
The Edelbrock Quality Control department uses high-tech Coordinate
Measuring Machines (CMM) and look to SFS carbide for speciality boring,milling and cutting
tools for machining racing cylinder heads.
Cylinder porting is one of the most difficult
machining jobs. But it is especially important to the engine shops that build the 700-plus
horsepower engines for NASCAR racing. Horsepower, torque and acceleration are the keys to
winning a race; refining the art of porting can give a team the edge they need to win. It
all begins with choozing the right machining tools.
For the lowdown on NASCAR racing you have to visit Mooresville, NC--also
known as Race City U.S.A. When it comes to superior cylinder porting, the majority of
engine shops in the area have several things in common: Surfcam CAD/CAM software by
Surfware, Inc., Westlake Village, CA.... and precision cutting,boring and milling tools by
SFS Carbide Tool Company.
Porting a car engine's cylinder head refers to fine-tuning the shapes of
the ports that direct airflow to and from the cylinders. To improve its process for
porting, a manufacturer of high-performance heads for racing engines will use a
multitasking machine that is capable of milling and turning under CNC control.
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The process of porting is more of an art than a science. An initial
prototype is created by hand, tested for optimum airflow and power, then refined by hand
machining until the desired performance is achieved. For a prototype cylinder head one
exhaust port, one intake port and one chamber are developed. Once the design is complete,
the part is digitized and computerized surfaces are generated. To create all of the ports
required for a cylinder head, the port surfaces are duplicated and positioned in the
correct locations. Then the CNC toolpath is generated to cut the part. CAM/CNC machining
the ports in this manner is faster and produces a better quality product. Ports can be cut
in less than one tenth the time it takes to cut them by hand and the ports are
consistently the same. Once a design is complete any number of heads or manifolds can be
produced that are exactly alike, if your machining tools hold to consistant tolerances. Additional information on SFS Carbide Tools for
CNC machining applications can be seen on our sister site!
want to get started today, then call us at 1-989-777-3890 for your vinyl cutting
blade solutions and to utilize our custom carbide tool making expertise.