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Old 10-14-2008, 05:01 AM
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What type of brake does everyone use? I'm thinking of buying one and it's between the Rams and the Proformer and the more I look at the proformer the more I like what I see.

Compared several of different brakes.

The proformer U4 4816 is nice. It's 4 foot 16 ga and cost about 1650.00 150.00 more than the Rams 2015 at 1495.00 But it is much more brake as the Rams is 20 ga.

Comparing apples to apples on both finger brakes The Rams 2015 48" brake on the other hand has a "depth of box of 4.25 inches"
The 20 ga proformer bp4820 depth of box of 2 3/8 inches. This proformer brake is only 850.00 compared to the 1500.00 for the rams and the only differencve seems to be is the depth of box? Is this an issue with most small work or where would the depth of box be an advantage?

Any feedback would be welcomed on these or other hand brakes and I'm not interested in any imports.

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Old 10-14-2008, 06:07 AM
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I use a Connecticut U48-16 brake and it has served me well for 28 yrs. I can honestly say, except for the paint, it is still as good as the day I bought it. A friend of mine bought a Tennsmith U48-16 brake and they are almost identical and He is very happy with it too. They still sell the Connecticut brake, but I believe Roper Whitney fabricates this, don't qoute me on this, but I think it stills has the Connecticut name plate.
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:29 PM
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I have a bench mount 48in finger brake (Roper Whitney) It seems I'm always having to tighten up the fingers, but other than that it's been real good to me.

I took a peak at the proformer after I got a request to add them to the directory and they have quite the selection of brakes. That U4 4816 looks nice, but if I were to add a brake it would be the floor model and no less then 16 ga.

But do please take a look at the Tennsmith brakes.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:07 AM
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Bud, or whoever else has this type of finger on their brake. Here is a little trick I found that works well. Just put a nice bead of hot glue behind the clamping bar. This will keep the bar straight and you will not be clamping on just 1 corner....this is how they work loose and fall on your foot Occasionally you will have to put a new bead on, but I have some that has been on for 5yrs now.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:01 AM
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Thanks for the tip I'll give it a try.
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Old 10-17-2008, 04:37 AM
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I'm off to the wife's crafts closet right now... The biggest problem I have is people in the shop over tightening the fingers to the point of making the allen wrench round. How do you fix stupid?
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:09 AM
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cut the allen key smaller then they cant get as much leverage..
done this before!
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When I first started my buisness I looked at alot of different brakes and ended up with 2 proformer brakes. 1 model l-12112 10' 12 ga. with hydraulic assist and 1 model U4-7212 box & pan 6' 12 ga. with turn down flange option. Both brakes perform very well and they stand behind there products, a rare thing these days. I have since sold the box and pan brake because I needed the space and I did not use it as much as I thought.
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Connecticut U48-16 for me also. Nice low tech tip Stick. Thanks
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ACCURPRESS model 717512, 175 TON X 12’ Hydraulic press brake and an Accurshear Model 625010 Hydraulic Shear 10'.
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