Monthly Archives: December 2013

Right Around the Corner!

Christmas is almost here! Hot chocolate, time with family and friends, memories to remember and to be made, snowball fights, snowman building, opening presents, happiness, joy, and all around fun times are here!

Holiday Hours

We here at Huron Industrial Supply all wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We will be closed 12/24 – 12/25 and will reopen on 12/26. All orders will be processed as soon as possible!

For New Year’s we will be closed 12/31/13 – 1/1/14 and will reopen on 1/2/13. Again, all orders will be processed as quickly as we can.

If you have any questions or need something quickly, please contact us right away at 1-800-800-4967.

Again, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

How To Get More Life From Your Cutters

Are your hole cutters, annular cutters, and other cutters wearing out too fast? This is a very common concern and problem among those who use cutters on a regular basis. Everyone wants to have long life out of their cutters. Longer life means more cutting, which means more work done, which means more profit. Also, the longer the life, the less you will have to purchase new cutters for the job!

Helpful Tips

Hougen Mfg. has been very kind to give out some tips to keep your cutters, magnetic drills, and such running smooth and having a longer life. Many may seem trivial, but don’t underestimate the small trivial things as they can have a very large impact!

  • #1 cause of broken or prematurely dull cutters is too slow of a feed rate. Slower feed rates will not add life to your cutter but actually reduce the cutter’s life. Use firm steady feed pressure throughout the cut.
  • Always make sure to clear chips from your cutter before starting the next hole.
  • Make sure support system for drill arbor is in place and not worn out. If using on a drill press, a support system must be used.
  • For harder materials, use the appropriate cutter material. Like premium cutters and carbide tipped or solid carbide cutters! Hougen has a very nice line of Premium Cutters and Copperhead™ Carbide Tipped Cutters.
  • Make sure mag drill is on a clean work piece and securely attached. Uneven or large build up of debris can cause drill slippage. Material must be at least 3/8″ thick. Painted material can also be troublesome if paint buildup does not allow magnet to hold securely.
  • When slug ejection becomes unreliable or tool resists cutting, resharpen or replace your cutter. For Hougen drills, you can have them sent in or purchase a sharpening machine so you can sharpen them right at home or the shop! Talk about saving money!
  • Always use coolant when drilling. For best results with Hougen cutters, use Hougen’s Slick-Stik™ or RotaMagic™ cutting lubricant.
  • For best performance always maintain your drill as instructed in your operator’s manual.
  • And as always, always observe standard and specific safety instructions.

When it eventually is time to purchase a new set of cutters, check out Hougen’s cutters as they are of very high quality. They have excellent customer support if you are in need of answers or help. If you would like more information on Hougen cutters, please visit a previous blog post on “Hougen® Rotabroach® Annular Cutters – Simply The Best!”. Contact us at 1-800-800-4967 or visit our site for even more information or to order.

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More Tips?

Experience is the best teacher for learning the tips and tricks of trades. If anyone else has tips on how to get more out of your cutters, extend the life of your machines and cutters, or general tips, leave them below!

For any comments or questions, please comment below or contact us at 1-800-800-4967, or email us at

* HSS is short for High Speed Steel

The Holidays are Almost Here!

Cold weather, snow, hot cocoa, candy canes, and curling up in a blanket. Tis the signs of winter! And what does that mean? Christmas! New Year! And all of the other great holidays are going to be here soon!


So this means that gift ideas and project ideas for the holidays are going to be running through the minds of all. I am here to give you a few more ideas!



For those welders out there!

Lincoln Electric Ready-Pak

This time of year, the talents of welders are needed! From snow blades to tire chains, welders are very busy this time of year. Why not help them out and get them some new gear this holiday season? Lincoln Electric has some great Welding Ready-Pak’s that are packed full of the necessities of a welder! Comes with everything shown here! Just click the image for more information!



And for those welders out there that are just looking for ideas to spruce up their home or spruce, click on the image and check out these ideas that may spark up your interest.

Think of us this holiday season and get all of your welding supplies with us! Find a better price and we will try to match it or beat it! Just contact us and we will see what we can do!

More Ideas

Don’t think that all we supply and appeal to is welders! We can find ideas for many! And remember, tis the season for giving. Just remember, it isn’t all about the physical items that you get someone. It’s the thought that counts!

Check out this Pinterest board for some great ideas for the crafty people that you know.

Any others?

Let us know if you have any ideas to offer this holiday season! Also, how do you plan to spend the holidays? I will be spending as much time as I can with my family.

Thanksgiving 2013 – The Aftermath

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you all had a great holiday spending time with all of the family members, eating some turkey, watching the Lions beat Green Bay, and just having a great time!

This years Black Friday event went quite well! Many people saved hundreds! And don’t think that just because Black Friday is over, you won’t find any more deals. Check out our inventory, we have thousands of items for great deals every day! And don’t forget that Current Sale section of our website!

I think I am still stuffed from Thanksgiving! So much great food, so little time, and no limit on how much to eat! But hey, its Thanksgiving!

Does anyone have an interesting or funny Thanksgiving stories to share? Did Uncle Frank almost burn down the garage with the turkey fryer? Let us know!  We like to have a great laugh or read something interesting. And I’m sure others would like a laugh or a great story to get back into the swing of the week.