Before purchasing a rebar cutter or bender, consider a number of factors. The amount of rebar processing handled by your plant indicates first, the need to purchase a cutter or bender, and second, the type and size to suit your requirements. When identifying your company's specific needs for a rebar cutter, consider how much work will be done using the machine and your average rebar size. Many manufacturers produce small, portable models suitable for people who cut and bend at the jobsite or who need to move their machine around the plant. The capacity of these portable machines ranges from a maximum of #6 rebar in certain styles to up to #10 in others. Those of you, however, who process large amounts of rebar, may look for a larger stationary machine to cut and bend greater quantities in a short period of time. Other factors to consider include the size of rebar you will be using; whether to use a combination machine or two separate machines for bending and cutting; the capacity and capabilities of the machine; maintenance and repair; and safety considerations.