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Old 03-22-2009, 11:11 AM
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Hi All,
This is my first post so I hope I'm posting my question in the right spot.

I am retired and do some Mexican style tin work (28ga "tin") and make sconces and other small stuff out of 16oz copper. I do it all in my garage and only have enough room for my 36" brake.

As I cut more and more metal with my tin snips I realize I need some sort of shear. I am thinking of getting a refurb Milwaukee 6.8amp 18ga shear and would appreciate any comments on how well these things work and if it will really be any easier than using my tin snips.

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Steve in Santa Fe
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:14 AM
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Hi All,
This is my first post so I hope I'm posting my question in the right spot.

I am retired and do some Mexican style tin work (28ga "tin") and make sconces and other small stuff out of 16oz copper. I do it all in my garage and only have enough room for my 36" brake.

As I cut more and more metal with my tin snips I realize I need some sort of shear. I am thinking of getting a refurb Milwaukee 6.8amp 18ga shear and would appreciate any comments on how well these things work and if it will really be any easier than using my tin snips.

Thanks!
Steve in Santa Fe
do you mean a power hand shear?
i suppose there is nothing wrong with the milwaki ones..you can still get parts for the refurb..if you can go for it..
i have only used power hand shears like that a few times..but it sounds like it might work for you..
are they the ones that eat about a 1/4" of material between the blades as waste?
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:40 AM
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Device thanks for the reply.

Yes they are the power hand shear and they don't eat the material between the blades. They just cut like hand snips and have a rotating head so they can cut curves. I have heard that the type of hand shear that eats out material are great for straight cuts but really don't cut curves well.
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Device thanks for the reply.

Yes they are the power hand shear and they don't eat the material between the blades. They just cut like hand snips and have a rotating head so they can cut curves. I have heard that the type of hand shear that eats out material are great for straight cuts but really don't cut curves well.
can you provide a linky so we can see..i am curious..
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:47 PM
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Device thanks for the reply.

Yes they are the power hand shear and they don't eat the material between the blades. They just cut like hand snips and have a rotating head so they can cut curves. I have heard that the type of hand shear that eats out material are great for straight cuts but really don't cut curves well.
doing some googling ..
do you mean a unishear?
kinda looks like an angle grinder instead of a drill..?
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Here is the link to the one I am thinking of getting.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...sr=8-2&seller=

I have googled the heck out of things but this is the only place I have found that has input from knowledgeble users.
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swashbu:
That link is to a Milwuakee shear that does remove a 1/4" piece of material. It is called a double cuts.
The turboshear at the bottom of that link is more like what you are looking for and will cut light gauge metal.
By the way the double cuts will cut radii and curves quite well as long as they are not too small.
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tndndr,
Thanks for the clearing me up on the Milwaukee being a double cut. I don't cut really tight curves so I think I'll give the Milwaukee a try. I looked at the turboshears but the Milwaukee looks like a much better tool for $30 more.
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The turboshear attachment for 3/8" drills looks interesting.
Anybody ever try it?
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Dad,
I have never seen one but it does get good reviews on Amazon. I would also be interested in others opinions since it is a scissor type shear and you can go cordless.
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