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The Mystery of the Horseshoe Magnet

magnetproductslogoWhen a person things of a magnet, generally the first thing that comes to mind is the red horseshoe with the silver tips. Odds are, your first exposure to a magnet was one just like the ones BC Magnets sells for the science classroom: a horseshoe shaped magnet.

Why a horseshoe? What is the advantage to shaping a magnet like this? Are stronger magnets more effective in this shape? Here are some answers!

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This Magnet is Broken: Holding Less Weight than Rated

broken-magnetA common problem when using magnets is that they do not seem to hold up as much weight as they say they are rated for. Does this mean that the magnet is defective?

While it certainly can mean that, odds are that is not the case. There are a few misconceptions that can come into play when trying to figure out just how much strength a magnet can hold.

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What is a Gauss?

magneitc force-gaussIf you have been working with magnets long enough, you have probably heard the term gauss. At first glance it seems to be a measure of the power of magnet. More powerful magnets have more units of gauss, right?

It is a bit more complicated than that. Let us take a look at just what the measure of gauss means in the real world.

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The Hot and Cold of Neodymium Magnets

1291915171756201How hot is too hot for your magnet? On the other hand, how cold is too cold? This is a complex issue, involving being aware of some advanced concepts in order to understand properly.

There are some basic parameters you can keep an eye on that will give you an indication of how much damage can be done to your magnets if subjected to very high temperatures.

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Tips for Shipping Magnets

shipping magnetIf you are a magnet reseller or just a user who needs to ship magnets to another location, you may be asking if there is anything special you need to know when shipping magnets. As usual, the answer is “it depends”.

There are some simple tips for shipping any magnet. The power of the magnet dictates any special considerations you will need to consider. This is even more important to keep in mind if you plan on shipping them by air.

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Tips on Combining and Separating Magnets Safely

magnet separateHandling strong magnets can be dangerous business. Sometimes there might be a need for you to store magnets that have been stuck together. Magnets may have accidently been stuck together and then come apart.

In any event, separating magnets can be very difficult. There are some easy steps that you can take to either combine magnets or separate them if they have been stuck together.

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Where Ferrite Magnets Come From

Magnetism IIWhen trying to select quality magnets, it is helpful to know what process is used to create the product. Ferrite magnets are very common and can come in a variety of quality levels. How are these items created and what questions should you ask of a manufacturer to see if they are making the best possible magnets?

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A Magnet is More than a Magnet

money_magnetWe offer a variety of magnets with specific usages in mind. Being an innovator in the field, we want to share some out of the box ideas for our magnets. Sometimes the best uses for a tool are the ones that you did not actually intend for them to be used for in the first place.

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Specialty Magnets

Special magnetic Tool-featureWhat if you were making a motor and needed a small induction magnet for a pole? Maybe you need a rod shaped magnet for mounting an antenna or a light. How about a magnet that can separate out impurities from your solutions? There are quite a few specialty magnets available for your specific application.

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Magnetic Blocks and Micrometers

magnetic holder block micrometer-featureMagnetic tools are an unsung hero of the construction sites and machine shops. To turn out quality manufactured products precise measurements must be made. Quite often, getting your working stock in a position to measure the part can be difficult.

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Working With Magnetic Holding and Catching Tools

magnetic tools holders and containerThe workshop is full of all kinds of tools for a variety of jobs, however one of the most versatile might be missing from the garage or bench; a magnet. Magnets are perfect for holding other tools, picking up small items that are out of reach and holding groups of small items or picking up sharp items to protect your hands. Before we get into the types of holding or catching tools that are available, let’s review some magnet basics:

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Magnetic Bases for Machining and Metalworking

magnetic base-featureWhen using a milling machine or a grinder, very tight measurements can be the difference between a perfect product and a hunk of scrap. Measuring those cuts can be a challenge due to the shape or size of the part. If you are having troubles getting your micrometer or optics into those tight spaces, then a magnetic base might be for you.

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Which Magnet is the Right Magnet?

20081024131751674_2When purchasing magnets you will see two major types, rare earth or ferrite magnets. Sometimes, under the rare earth magnets, there are sub types like neodymium or samarium. Alnico is another type of magnet you might see listed.  Rare earths tend to me more expensive, but why? What’s the difference between magnets? 

Here are some of the defining properties and differences:

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What Type of Welding Magnet Do You Need?

Magnetic welding & Welding magnetsIf you’ve watched a welder at work, chances are you seen him use a welding magnet. Welding magnets are very strong magnets that make great welding tools. They can stick to any metal surface and can hold objects at 45-, 90- and 135-degree angles. Welding magnets contain either Alnico, neodymium (NdFeB) or samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets, guaranteeing you will be working with a magnet that’s strong enough to meet the demands of any application.

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What Do You Know About Magnetic Pots?

magnetic potsMagnetic pots, commonly known as pot magnets or mounting magnets, consist of a magnet encased in metal, with its active magnetic face exposed. The metal encasing on a magnetic pot keeps the magnetic fields concentrated on the magnet’s active face, which increases its pull strength intensity to three or four times that of a standard magnet of the same size. Magnetic pots typically contain either Alnico, neodymium (NdFeB) and samarium-cobalt (SmCo) magnets.

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How to Keep it Safe When Using Neodymium Magnets

keep safe when using magnetsNeodymium magnets are very strong magnets that are found in many magnetic tools used in many commercial, educational and industrial settings. In addition, neodymium magnets are a vital component of nearly every electronic device we heavily rely on every day. Neodymium magnets come in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms and are easy to use in any application, but no tool is without risk. Neodymium magnets are no exception. You must exercise extreme caution when using neodymium or any other magnet in any capacity to avoid accidents.

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4 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Magnetic Tools From China

4-common-pitfalls-to-purchase-magnetic tools-from-chinaMany retailers and wholesalers buy their magnetic tools from China, because China supplies the best and highest quality of magnetic tools. Being connected to Chinese suppliers will give you access to a wide variety of magnetic tools, at best price, that you can offer to your customers. The more suppliers you contract with, the more you can establish yourself as the No. 1 seller of magnetic tools in your area.

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12 Household Uses for Magnets

household-objects-use-magnetsWhen people think of magnets, the first thing that comes to mind are refrigerator or bulletin board magnets that are used to hold reminder notes or toy magnets that kids play with. Magnets play a much larger role in our everyday lives. Nearly every electronic and computerized device we use would not  function properly without a magnetic component, and you may be surprised at how much of the jewelry and watches we wear contains a magnetic component.

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