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Gutter Machines

There are variety of different k-style gutter machines, from 5 inch, six-inch, combination machines and even gutter machines with different hooks. Depending upon the brand and model of the k-style gutter machine you purchase, it can cost you anywhere from $6000-$15000. Often, the major difference in cost has to do with the type of drive roll system that is used. Gutter machines use either a polyurethane drive roll system or a steel roll system.

Polyurethane drive roll systems are the highest quality. They are free-floating and they have the ability to run 24 gauge steel. Finally, they simply grab the coil better, resulting in less slippage.

Steel roll systems are often less expensive, but are not as easy to use. This is because you have to run coil through the machine for each job you do, to keep the adjustment from falling out of place. Also, they do not support 24 gauge steel.

It is important for you to understand the size of gutter machine you'll need, as well as the type of material you will be running through it before purchasing one. At the same time, you have to make plans to store the gutter machine after you purchase it. 

When purchasing a gutter machine, usually you will purchase one that comes packaged with uprights, spools and the guillotine. Some come packaged with runout stands as well. Runout stands are used to hold the gutter as it rolls out of the gutter machine, so downward sloping in the gutter is stopped.

It's important to understand what your machine comes packaged with when shopping around for different machines.

You can purchase a gutter machine new or you can find a used one on the market. If you're on a tight budget, you can often find a good deal on a used gutter machine. However used gutter machines require more maintenance, and tend to fall out of alignment more than new machines do.

Used gutter machines are best if you are familiar with gutter machines already and you have the ability to adjust the alignment of the machine. Otherwise, you're probably better off purchasing a new machine, because it will save you time and resources, which will make a better investment over the long-term.

In conclusion, I have given you some information about gutter machines, to help you make a better informed decision when purchasing one.