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Which Metal Siding Cutter????

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by wheelie, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. Sep 18, 2020
    wheelie

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    I'm looking at maybe buying a tool specifically for cutting the raised rib metal siding for my barn addition. I'll also use it for metal roofing and more siding later on.

    I've looked at the Malco turbo shear and considered a nibbler (electric) as well, partly because I've read that the turbo shear will scratch the siding.

    I'm wondering what any of you have had experience with, good or bad, and why.

    I've considered buying a metal cutting circular saw blade as well and this seemed like an option until I realized how much that might scratch the siding and the fact that it's a straight cut tool and that's it. I can always cut from the back side of the panel to avoid scratches on the exterior side. Nibblers and shears seem much more versatile.

    Cost is a concern as always. The turbo shear is just over 100 clams, which is fine with me. A brand mane nibbler looks to be 2x or 3x that much so, I'm having trouble with that.

    Ante' up you're experiences and suggestions. I'm all ears.
     
  2. Sep 18, 2020
    Warloch

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    Besides an Air Shear, Nibbler, Metal Circular Saw (which is VERY nice to cut panels with) I have one of these Shears that I use all the time. Takes a bit of practice, but work great once you get used to them.
     
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  3. Sep 19, 2020
    PeteL

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    I've gotten by for many years with a full set of quality aviation shears, especially of the tight-radius type. It is a work-out for my wrist at times, but I've done at least a couple dozen roofs with no regrets. Just stubborn, I guess.

    I do like the look of that Milwaukee. At times I consider investing in a power option. But even with a power tool, I would expect to still need a set of left and right hand snips for detailing, so that expense remains for you to consider.

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  4. Sep 19, 2020
    todd hofsaess

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    i bought the malco double cut shears. works great on the flat but has a little trouble going over the ribs. depending on how you hold it you may scratch the finish. the cut is still a little wavy but very minimal.
     
  5. Sep 20, 2020
    wheelie

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    Thanks folks. I have the manual shears. Just looking for a speedy alternative. I think I'm gonna go with the circular saw blade. Should be fine for what I'm doing. For now anyway.
     
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  6. Sep 21, 2020
    Warloch

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    Just FYI - the EVO blades, while expensive are the best option in the long run. I have them in a couple saws and they make a big difference over the older types I've used in both cut quality and longevity of use.
     
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  7. Sep 21, 2020
    Beach66Bum

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    I buy those 7 1/4” metal cutting fibre blades for a skil saw. Cuts like butter thru metal roofing, and I find I get straight cuts or angle cuts across the raised ribs with ease.
     
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  8. Sep 21, 2020
    PeteL

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    Beware of hot particles landing on the painted roof surface - that can cause spots of corrosion over time.
     
  9. Sep 21, 2020
    Wmi68CJ5

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    I used the Malco nibblers in an 18V dewalt drill when we did our cabin roof. It did scratch a bit and flatten the ribs a bit but that was all hidden under the ridge cap which I bet you could do with J channel at the top and bottom if needed.
     
  10. Sep 21, 2020
    jackdog

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    I use these for cross cuts 12 In Aluminum Snips work great for the money. I have built 3 barns and a garage with metal siding and roofs.
    I also use electric shears for length way cuts and yes they do mess up about 1/8" the paint.
    Anytime you use a grinding wheel to cut the metal seems to rust at the cut.
     
  11. Sep 30, 2020
    wheelie

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    I opted for the circular saw blade for now. Diablo Steel Demon 48 tooth blade for my 7 1/4 saw. Only made 2 cuts so far on galvanized metal roofing panels but, very happy. Cut like butter and fast.

    Recommended thus far.
     
  12. Oct 2, 2020
    Jeepenstein

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    I do similar, regular circular saw with metal cutting blade.. Throws chips everywhere, loud and irritating, but it does the job fast..
     

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