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18 Gauge Sheet Metal Shear - 92148 view this item at harborfreight.com »

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Review by TheGrooveking on May 4th, 2012
Adding a numerical value to the review, it somehow didn't enter on my previous attempt.
Review by TheGrooveking on May 4th, 2012
I bought this electric shear for just in case, since it was only $32 and kept in my work tool box. Sure enough one of touch screen monitors failed in one of our control panels, the old unit was a CRT based monitor and the new one was a flat screen. The problem was that the flat screen's mounting hole needed to be larger by 3/4" along the top and 1/2" on the side. The control panel this mounts into is made of .050" thick steel, which is .002" thicker than 18 ga. I was initially concerned that the tool might not do the job, boy was I wrong, as soon as the cutter head contacted that steel it cut it like butter. I ripped through those cuts in under 3 minutes for a total of 40" of cut and the great part I had no grindings, no slag or no chips to work about falling into the cabineet and getting drawn into a magnetic field on or around some other component. The only complaint I have is that there is not finger guard and when you cut is more than a few inches long the scrap comes up towards the handle area. I may fabricate something to take care of this, if you look at the Makita or Bosch shears like this they have finger guards. For the money this thing rocks!

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