Tobacco machinery sales

SD cutter range

The Garbuio SD range of cutting machines has been developed to provide both operational and process advantages compared with earlier machines.

SD cutters used by tobacco companies around the globe
The large diameter 10-knife drum results in a near-vertical cutting action, with reduced push-in and pull-out forces acting on the tobacco cheese. As a result, a high quality of cut can be obtained with reduced compression of the tobacco. Consequently the cut lamina is more open and less padded than that from other machines, and is therefore presented to the drying process in the most suitable form. This is particularly significant when a flash dryer is being used. The lower mouth pressures which result are also an advantage when cutting stem, as there is less tendency to express the juices when cutting at high moistures.

The Garbuio cutters cover the range from pilot plants at 100kg/hr up to 12000 kg/hr of lamina and 3000 kg/hr of stem. The use of mechanically independent drives for the compression bands has resulted in a considerable mechanical simplification, reducing overall weight and maintenance requirements. The PLC controls allow knife and grindstone feeds to be individually set and optimised for each different blend, and the same machine can be converted between lamina and stem duties at the touch of a button, with no mechanical intervention necessary.

Individual knife and grindstone monitoring enable the operator to plan when it is best to change these items. A sensor on the diamond assists the operator to bring the grindstone quickly and safely into contact with the diamond.

The dust extract has been specially developed to a high efficiency, thus minimising the amount of grit contained in the final product. The internal surfaces of the machine are smooth without protrusions, avoiding possible deposits of gum. Particular attention has been paid to provide good access to all areas, to ensure that the machine is easy to clean and maintain. Heaters on the cutting drum keep the cavity bars warm, thus minimising gum build up. The mouth is carried on a linkage which ensures that it moves around the same arc as the tips of the knives, thus ensuring a high quality of cut regardless of mouth height or throughput.

The Garbuio SD cutters have been accepted in the majority of major tobacco companies around the world.

In addition to this, Garbuio provide Original Equipment Manufactures (OEM) spare parts for all cutters including:

  • RC3
  • MM3 / SSM (Millicutter Minor)
  • MM4
  • S400 / S600
  • RC4 / RC5 / RC6
  • SD3
  • SD EVO

Rebuild cutters

The packages consist of:

Bronze: Audit + Service.

Usually done on site.
  • Detailed survey of machine; this is reported back to the customer
  • Dry run machine and report functionality of each sub-assembly
  • Replace cutting strip, top and bottom caps
  • Replace side cheeks
  • Replace renewable faces
  • Replace top band chain drives
  • Reset machine (mouth etc)
  • Replace oil (Customer to provide if on site service)
  • Generally clean


Silver: Refurbish.

Usually carried out in a Garbuio factory

As BRONZE but in addition:

  • Strip down and clean major sub-assemblies
  • Check electrical components (REPORT TO CUSTOMER)
  • Clean cabinet & retain original parts
  • Replace bearings and seals
  • Reuse motors. (Rewind or new for voltage change)
  • New AC inverter main drive motor
  • Retain pneumatics, clean as required.
  • Replace knife stripper blades
  • Bring machine up to current safety standard
  • Tooled access
  • Safety switch on pivot arm
  • Grinder hood
  • Door guard switches


Gold: Factory rebuilds.

Usually carried out in a Garbuio factory

As BRONZE and SILVER but in addition:

  • Complete strip down and rebuild
  • PLC control
  • Touch screen
  • New electrical cabinet
  • Replace all machine wiring
  • Replace auxiliary motors
  • Replace pneumatics
  • Replace couplings and clutches
  • Replace grippers
  • Replace segments
  • 1 year Warranty
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SD cutter range

  • Soft, near-vertical cutting action
  • Large capacity range
  • Dual lamina / stems capability
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • Enhanced knife and grindstone life
  •  Efficient grit extraction
  • Individual knife and grindstone usage monitoring
  • Effective drum heating
  • Smooth internal surfaces
  • Pilot plant version available
  • Ergonomic HMI touch screen
  • Mouth follows knife arc for all duties