The common misconception is that these machines are fully hydraulic, which is not the case. All of the tube positioning axes (such as bend head [C axis], carriage feed [Y axis] and Rotation [B axis]) are operated via servo motor, giving the same levels of bending precision as can be found on an-electric model. The similarity ends there though, as on a hybrid machine we replace the expensive servo motors used for clamping, collet actuation and mandrel advance, replacing them with much cheaper hydraulic cylinders. These cylinders allow us to generate the same forces, but without the same level of cost. Thus we can offer these hybrid machines at a lower price compared to their all-electric counterparts. The accuracy and repeatability of the parts they produce is on par with the latest electric machinery. These machines are very well suited to working in medium-high volume production environments, where the additional capital expense to go all-electric cannot be justified because the margins are often very small.