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Re: portable metal-cutting shears

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Subject: Re: portable metal-cutting shears
From: "Eugene D Abbondelo" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 13:03:05 -0400
John and list:

I'm mainly looking at rough cutting of pieces from 18 or 20 gauge sheet metal 
that typically comes in 4 x 8 foot sheets. I would cut out the rough pattern I 
want, then trim to my scribed line with hand shears. For cutting out rusted 
metal from a car body, I've typically used my air powered cut off tool.

Suggestions from the list included shears made by Bosch or Kett.  I found a 
Bosch  hand held power shear on Ebay that can cut up to 16 gauge metal, and 
have won the bid on it, so I'll let the list know how I like it.

I've been thinking about getting the Harbor Freight (Horrible Fright) band saw 
for cutting bar stock, angle iron, etc.  Anyone have the model John linked to 
and do they like it? How good is it for fairly thick steel, like cutting a 
pattern out of 1/4 inch steel plate?

Thanks for all the input, and John, are you going to the British car show in 
Stowe Vermont on Sept. 16th?


>>> "John T. Blair" <> 08/25/05 11:53 AM >>>

I don't know if there is 1 answer.  Are you trying to cut new metal or 
cut out pieces of car either for replacement or as patch panels?

For new metal, flat, round or L/U channel you won't beat a band saw.  For 
universal use I'd suggest something like: 

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