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Re: portable metal-cutting shears

To: "Eugene D Abbondelo" <>, <>
Subject: Re: portable metal-cutting shears
From: Steve Shipley <>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 18:43:22 -0700
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.

Steve Shipley

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