A guy at work told me he was looking for an Electrabrake which is a pretty neato sheetmetal folder that uses an electromagnet to hold the work down while you fold.
As far as I can tell, the Electrabrake is a copy of the Magnabend whose patents may have expired – not that patents would stop the Chinese from copying anything…
I thought they were a very cool device but way too expensive to justify for the Garage Engineer.
BUT, my old friend eBay came through with a 1250mm Magnabend that was inoperative. I got it for an acceptable price after inspecting the unit. I had poked around inside the electronics case and didn’t see any microprocessors or circuit boards – it was all old-skool electronics with resistors, capacitors and rectifiers. Even a dumb-arse like me could repair it, I figured.
So I got it home and started work with Mr Google, and lo-and-behold I turned up the inventor and a whole pile of information on the unit. I got in contact with him and found him extremely helpful in getting my Magnabend up and running (it turned out a relay and the bridge rectifier were both blown on my unit. Repairs cost about $20 in parts, and a few hours nutting it all out).
Subsequently, I have chopped the stand on this machine and mounted it to one of my benches. It simply takes up too much floor space as is.
Anyway, I have slowly been experimenting by folding up some small boxes, and more recently making some doors for the shelving under my workbench. I’ll post more when I get something worth showing.
If you can score a Magnabend at a good price, they are a lot of fun to work with.