Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Beam Saw

Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Beam Saw

Manufacturers need solutions when cutting large items like wood, metals, and plastics. Beam Saws come to the rescue when long, deep cross cuts are needed.  

Have you ever considered how a Beam Saw can benefit your business?

Listed below are essential points to consider before buying a Beam Saw: 

The type of Beam Saw you need. 

There are two main types of Beam Saws: portable and stationary. Portable Beam Saws are smaller and lighter, making them easier to move around. Stationary Beam Saws are larger and more powerful, making them better suited for heavy-duty cutting.

Original Saw Company specializes in manufacturing stationary beam saws. Beam Saws are highly effective when cutting logs, trusses, curtain wall, aluminum windows and doors, aluminum extrusions, metal decking, awnings, and metal roofing.

The size of the Beam Saw. 

Beam saws come in various sizes, from small tabletop models to large industrial machines. The size of the Beam Saw needed will depend on the size of the material being cut. Industrial Beam Saws manufactured by Original Saw Company make crosscuts from 60"-64" and feature a depth of cut of 4 3/8" - 8".

The power of the Beam Saw.

The power of a Beam Saw is measured in horsepower.

The more horsepower a Beam Saw has, the more powerful it will be. If you will be cutting thick beams, you will need a Beam Saw with more horsepower. Always check the power requirements of your building before purchasing a Beam Saw.

Original Saw Company's Beam Saws have two horsepower options. Choose from a 5 horsepower/single phase model or a 7.5 horsepower/3 phase model.  

The features of the Beam Saw. 

Beam Saws have additional optional features, such as dust collection, electronic powered cross feed, a pneumatic clamping system, saw measuring systems, and saw extension tables. These features can make the Beam Saw more versatile, easier to use, and customized for your cutting application.

Your budget. 

Beam saws can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Determining the return on investment is important when choosing a Beam Saw.

Here are some additional tips for buying a Beam Saw:

  • Read reviews. Reading reviews from other users can be a great way to learn about the pros and cons of different saws.
  • Do the research. A customer service representative at Original Saw Company can help you choose the right Beam Saw. Do an online search to compare various Beam Saw models. Look at videos that show Beam Saws in action.

Many thanks to Jennifer Eden, Marketing Director at Original Saw Company |

Transfer Tooling: The Benefits of Reshoring Manufacturing to the USA

Transfer Tooling Benefits


  • Interested in reshoring your plastics manufacturing?
  • Searching for the right manufacturing partner to help your company facilitate a seamless plastic injection mold transfer?
  • Looking to retool or rapidly add new capacity where needed?


Since 1972, Matrix Tool, Inc. has been a full-service strategic manufacturing partner supplying our customers with high-precision injection molds and molded products for high-precision industries, such as telecommunications, automotive, medical, electronics and more.  Matrix has successfully completed hundreds of transfer tooling projects in our company’s 50+ year history. We regularly help our customers to resolve high-maintenance tooling challenges and product quality issues while often finding ways to reduce costs.


Recently, a customer of ours was experiencing costly and time-consuming quality issues with their current molder. This former supplier was unable to resolve their manufacturing issues and to fulfill our customer’s orders in a timely manner. To avoid a crisis, the customer turned to Matrix for help. After transferring this challenging and complex injection mold to Matrix, our team of expert toolmakers and engineers were able to provide rapid results for this project.  We developed a sound plan, systematically addressed each issue, and delivered parts of the highest quality to our customer within weeks of the transfer to Matrix.



More than 350,000 manufacturing jobs were reshored to the United States in 2022, which was 40% more than in 2021 according to the Reshoring Initiative. Some of the more recent factors influencing manufacturers to reshore their operations include: rising labor costs from overseas countries, tariffs placed on injection molds and/or steel components imported from China, increased shipping costs due to rising fuel prices, supply chain disruptions caused by ongoing events like the COVID-19 Pandemic, the war between Russia and Ukraine and more.




There can be many benefits for a company to consider reshoring to a full-service domestic manufacturing partner and supplier, especially during times of supply chain instability. For example, companies that have partnered with a domestic manufacturer and reshored production to the USA have experienced benefits such as greater control over their production process, improved product quality and efficiency, expanded manufacturing capabilities, faster response times and deliverables, increased innovation, personal customer service, and much more.




Matrix Tool excels at quickly diagnosing and resolving all forms of injection molding challenges and inefficiencies that you may be encountering. We have the technical expertise needed to help your company transition your molds in a seamless manner to ensure a quick and efficient return to production. Whether your company is looking to move production from an offshore country back to the USA to mitigate your supply chain risk, trying to replace an underperforming supplier, or for any other reason, Matrix Tool is confident in our expertise to help fulfill your injection molding and tooling needs.


It is important to remember tool transfers should not be overcomplicated and stressful, especially when thorough planning, communication, and collaboration occurs between the vested parties. This is especially true at Matrix thanks to our stand-alone mold conditioning department of plastics engineers, toolmakers and technicians who provide 24-hour tool evaluation, sampling, de-bug, repair and changeover services for our molding department. If your company is suffering from any of the common manufacturing issues below, please reach out to Matrix today to see how we may be able to help!




  • The immediate need to reshore production to the USA (increased freight costs, longer lead times, etc).
  • Encountering an underperforming supplier within their own supply chain.
  • Experiencing costly and time-consuming quality issues at a prior supplier.
  • Lack of customer service and/or not being valued at prior supplier.
  • Poor relationship with prior supplier due to minimal collaboration and support.
  • The need to consolidate the supply chain.
  • The need for retooling or rapidly adding new capacity to the existing tooling, or scaling of the business.










We would like to thank  Riley Lewis, Marketing Specialist at Matrix Tool for sharing the information about transfer tooling and hope it sheds light on the subject for our readers. For more information on the subject you can go to their website at the link below.

Matrix Tool, Inc. Website:

What Are the Best Collagen Supplements in America in 2023?

Best Collagen Supplements in America in 2023?

Buying products that are made in America today is a smart choice.  There are many reasons why you might choose to do so from patriotism and pride to supporting local communities and economies.  However, your decisions are more urgent when it comes to buying supplements that you will consume and that you rely on to help improve your overall health.

This is particularly true when you ask, “what are the best collagen supplements”? American-made products have a reputation for high-quality processes and materials.  Additionally, products manufactured in the United States are typically subject to stricter environmental regulations than those made in countries where products are made more cheaply and with more lax standards.  And finally, when you buy products made in America, you're supporting businesses that are required to treat their employees, the environment and their customers in an ethical manner.

Sioux Biochemical is an American company founded in 1995 by Allan Kramer, Ph.D.  The company specializes in protein isolation and extraction and has more than 27 years of experience in doing so.  The company works to develop and implement products and services to meet or exceed the requirements of its customers, whether it be a retail consumer, industry partner, or service contractor.  Its latest protein isolation is in the manufacturing [or isolation] of an undenatured type II collagen.

For many years, Sioux Biochemical Inc. and its former sister company, Sioux Pharm, were one of the largest producers of Chondroitin Sulfate, a supplement ingredient for joint pain. The company's latest product, Collagen Native Type 2 (CNT2), was released in 2018 under its new subsidiary company, SBEDGE® Supplements.

Studies show that Type 2 Collagen can help rebuild cartilage that has deteriorated over time due to aging and some other factors.  It can help with knee, hip, ankle, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain.  All the joints that use cartilage as a cushioning tissue between the bones for ease of movement can see benefit.

SBEDGE® Supplements Collagen Native Type 2 offers many advantages over other collagen products on the market today including:

  • Bovine sourced collagen – An animal collagen which is more similar to human collagen
  • Raw materials are sourced from 100% USDA inspected facilities in the United States
  • A gentle extraction process which allows CNT2 collagen to retain the characteristics of the full collagen molecule…

·         … which in turn allows the product to be bio-active in nature, meaning that it permits your body to process it naturally, triggering other important biological processes

You can learn more about Dr. Kramer and SBEDGE® Supplements and its Collagen product by visiting their website.  And don’t forget to check out their 90-Day Challenge.

Federal Tax Credits for Commercial Solar Photovoltaics

Tax Credits For Going Solar!

OK, your business wants to go solar, but you are hit with the costs of converting from traditional system to solar. The Federal government is actually helping businesses to make this jump but like any government program there are rules you need to follow. The information below is from the U.S. Department of Energy as a guide to helping you determine if you are eligible and the requirements you must meet.

The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is a tax credit that can be claimed on federal corporate income taxes for 30% of the cost of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system that is placed in service during the tax year.

There was an extension passed providing up to 26% for system constructed in 2022, 22% for systems constructed in 2023, and 10% for construction after 2024 and beyond.

Typically, a solar PV system that is eligible for the ITC can also use an accelerated depreciation corporate deduction.

Project Eligibility:

The system must be used by a business subject to U.S. federal income taxes and not a charity or not-for-profit organization.

The business must be located in the United States

The system must be new and not a used system to qualify

The system cannot be used to heat a swimming pool (yes that is actually in there!)

Eligible Expenses Include:

Solar PV panels, inverters, racking, balance-of-system equipment, and sales and use taxes on the equipment

Direct and indirect cost of installation

Step-up transformers, circuit breakers, and surge arrestors

Energy storage equipment (if charged by a renewable energy system more than 75% of the time)

The net impact of depreciation deductions is calculated as: 0.21 * ($356,000 + $106,800) = $97,188


You Need to Claim the Credit:

It is not automatically triggered by buying a unit or starting a construction project. To claim the tax credit, you must complete and attach the IRS Form 3468 to your tax return. Help and steps are available at


Any Other Help:

We spoke to Tim Woods, owner of Biz-Reps a manufacturer’s rep for manufacturers of solar products including lighting, solar panels, etc. He stated that they offer a free list of SolarTax Credits for Federal and State locations and is available at no charge if a site visitor requests the information. Their address is listed below.


Many Thanks to Biz-Reps for their input and the free listing of available tax credits.

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Turning Wire into A Difference

The difference in sign stakes

Many of us never think about yard sign stakes until we need to plant a few around our home or business. Did you ever think about what went into its design, its engineering, I mean it’s just a wire stake that holds a plastic sign up in a yard?

And where do these things originate; many would guess a large factory in China cracking out millions of them for a cheap price. As a small business owner, you start to ask questions about how things are made and where they come from. We are living in times where we need to think about where the items we buy come from.

There is one small manufacturer who actually experienced a problem and decided to figure out how to make it better for everyone. StakeWorld manufactures and sells a variety of sign stakes to organizations and businesses that put up plastic signs in their yards. The idea of improving it came from the owner’s frustration of putting a stake into the ground and having the support bar bend or break, making getting the job done mush longer. Being an engineer, he looked at the construction of the wire stake and then the materials that go into the wire to form the stake. Many designs and prototypes later he found a way to develop a strong sign stake that not only would be strong enough to work but one that actually can be used many times. He also looked at only getting US steel supplies and having the products manufactured 100% in the USA.

Years later when COVID 19 Pandemic and the resulting supply chain issues arose, the company was able to supply their customers with sign stakes because many competitors who used Chinese made stakes were no longer able to keep them in inventory. The best part is that their stakes are really not much more than the ones from China and offer a far superior product.

Sign stakes are just another simple item most people never think about except to buy the cheapest product to do the job. On one hand you have to consider is it worth it to save a few pennies now and continue to buy more because the product doesn’t last or is the difference in cost offer a longer-term usage thus saving us money in the long run.

Another thing we need to consider is supporting our fellow small businesses rather than going abroad just because we can save a few pennies. In many cases foreign products are subsidized by their government to be competitive and hopefully take over the market and squeeze out the little guy. Its understandable when the price difference is very large but in something as simple as sign stakes, these items are not only better quality and more durable in many cases they are the same price.

Neal Rabogliatti, President Digital Marketing Stratagies LLC