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Re: portable metal-cutting shears

To: Eugene D Abbondelo <>
Subject: Re: portable metal-cutting shears
From: Drew Rogge <>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:44:38 -0700
I have a HF cutoff saw similar to the one listed below (actually maybe
the same, I just don't know) and it works fine for most anything I've
tried it on. The trick is to use good, brand name bi-metal blades.
The only thing I've had issues with is that the movable jaw on the
vise likes to tip up if you don't keep the bolt that it pivots on
reasonably firm. Just keep the slack out of it and it's ok.


Eugene D Abbondelo wrote:
> 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?
> Gene 
>>>>"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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