Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Swanstrom's M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters: How to Choose the Right Cutter for the Job

Swanstrom M407C M-Series Medical-Grade Cutter
Since the first time we featured Swanstrom Tools' (Swanstrom) M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters on The Q Source Resource blog, Swanstrom has added to the line with two new models (the M407C and M407EC Carbide Tapered Head Diagonal Cutters). There are now 25 different cutters available for use with a variety of materials and applications.

We've also had in-depth training sessions with Swanstrom Field Application Manager, Chuck Mangus, and we asked him for tips on how to choose the correct M-Series cutter to get the job done right. He told us that selection should be based on material composition, size of the material, and the type of hard-wire cutting application.

With that in mind, we created the Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutters Material Chart (available in our TechCenter) and provide the following tips regarding application-specific cutting needs:
  • Guide Wires - Applicable cutters based on material composition and diameter size
  • Stents - Applicable cutters based on wire diameter
  • Catheters - Applicable cutters based on material composition and diameter size
  • Stylists - Applicable cutters based on material composition and diameter size
  • Mandrels - M509E and M609E models are applicable
  • Braided Mesh - Applicable cutters include most carbides and the small, tapered, non-carbide models with flush and super-flush edges
  • Single/Multiple Filers - Most models are applicable for single filers; applicable cutters for multiple filers with a special hone are limited
  • Lateral/Internal Cuts - Applicable cutters for lateral cuts are based on material composition; specific models for internal cuts are based on the interior dimensions of the coils
If you have further questions about the Swanstrom M-Series and which model(s) will be appropriate for your application, please contact our knowledgeable experts via email or phone (800-966-6020). To place an order for an M-Series cutter, please shop our Swanstrom M-Series Department at Q Source is your Swanstrom M-Series Medical-Grade Cutter resource.

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