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Sheet Medal. Game Changer.

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Buildflycrash, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Sep 16, 2019
    Buildflycrash

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    I had no idea how good this tool was going to be. FB Marketplace, 4 miles from my house. $20.

    Curved top edge of windshield frame I would have used angle grinder or hand shears. Would have taken 40 minutes and come out sloppy. This came out nearly perfect.

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  2. Sep 16, 2019
    givemethewillys

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    I might have to pick one of those up! Sooo much sheet metal work ahead!
     
  3. Sep 17, 2019
    IRQVET

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    What thickness will it cut up too?
     
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    Buildflycrash

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    IDK. But that 16ga was butter!
     
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    givemethewillys

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    What brand is it?
     
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  6. Sep 17, 2019
    Buildflycrash

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    Kett Tools.
     
  7. Sep 17, 2019
    ITLKSEZ

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    Harbor freight sells an air-powered version with the die-grinder style body. I paid $20 on sale last time, and replacement knives are $5. I prefer that style because it’s not shooting the cord or air line directly into your work like the drill-body design, getting hung up every two seconds.

    Inline Air Shears
     
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  8. Sep 18, 2019
    IRQVET

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    I'd do the air shears but I'm trying to go all electric to avoid shelling out the coin to upgrade my air compressor. I have a 2hp 10 gallon air compressor and even trying to run an air rivet buster was comical.
     
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  9. Sep 18, 2019
    Warloch

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    I have an IR version of the shears as well as a Milwaukee nibbler. They save my hands a ton of 'issues' from using the snips.

    I then use the coils of cut for filler when I'm doing medium size hole fills ;)
     
  10. Sep 18, 2019
    Dave Deyton

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    They work well.
    Picked up a pair of these at a yard sale use them a lot.
    Quit working and got them repaired for $20.00 or so.

    Also picked up a Beverly Shear when a plant I was working at was closing. They cut sheet metal very nicely.

    Dave
     
  11. Sep 18, 2019
    jeepstar

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    when i help my buddy do metal roofs, he has a Dewalt battery powered one. thats nice, no cords. and if you own dewalt battery tools, the nibbler is a good choice.
     
  12. Sep 18, 2019
    jeep2003

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    I overworked my milwaukee and had to add a brace to hold the front on. Ran it like that for years but now the jaws are cracked and its not working good anymore. I also have an air porter cable one i dont like it just doesnt have much power but works ok for the thin stuff. I have a really old unit works more like a nibbler but its a shear that works great for turns. I try not to overwork that one. My favorite is the hand sheer I use it constantly and do over 1/8" no problem
     

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