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Old 11-09-2009, 02:28 PM
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Default 12 gauge question

What is the cheapest tool you would reccomend for making clean cuts in 12 gauge. I am guessing a plasma is the answer, but just gonna see if anyone has better ideas. (as in cheaper )
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Old 11-09-2009, 03:29 PM
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We cut a lot of 12 gauge and how we cut it depends on the size of the piece we need to cut and whether we just need to notch a corner or cut a gore for a large elbow.

If it's a small piece we use our Pull-Max. If it's a large piece that just needs corners notched we use a uni-shear rated for 10 gauge mild steel. For long cuts such as elbow gores or large cheeks we use the plasma table or a hand-held plasma torch.

The cheapest would be the uni-shear and it cuts clean. The next cheapest would be a hand-held plasma torch, but the edges are rough.
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