At 07:33 AM 8/23/2005 -0400, Eugene D Abbondelo wrote:
>I'd like to get recommendations from the list on a good quality
>metal-cutting shears for cutting sheet metal 18 or 20 gauge. Looking for
>a hand held shears, either electric or pneumatic. This is for
>non-professional use at home while doing sheet metal work on my antique
>sports cars (aka junkers!)
>Currently I'm using a pneumatic nibbler for long straight cuts or curves,
>but I'm not happy with it because it takes out quite a bit of metal in its
>path, over 1/8 of an inch, plus I can't really see where it's cutting very
>well; it's hard to judge if I'm staying on my line or not, and finally, it
>leaves millions of half-moon shards of metal all over the place.
I have a Bosch electric shear that cuts up to 16 gauge. It still takes out
the 1/8 inch strip which can get long and difficult
to manage, but it's smooth and fast with minimal vibration. The nibbler
will still make a tighter turn. Paid $120 on Ebay.