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Old 02-15-2006, 10:22 AM   #15
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Nick,I just need to know the shape of the spring.Ivan
Ivan, I'm in a public library in North Florida at present. I'll be back in the trailer tonight to check on this spring. I'll post the result soon. Nick.
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Old 02-15-2006, 02:15 PM   #16
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Hand Shear

I picked up this hand tool here; http://www.garrettwade.com/jump.jsp?...oductID=106518.
Its probably pricy at this place but I didn't look elsewhere either. I think that I'm not holding my tongue in the right position when I use it cause I don't seem to have the ability to get it to keep cutting and pealing away on a continuous basis. But it works better than the snips.
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:06 PM   #17
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Here's one for ya

I like the power metal shear mentioned above. Now the question is has anyone gone and used the adapter that converts your drill to a power shear?
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...24&R=200202124
Would you recommend a dedicated unit over the adapted model? Depends on how much you're gonna use it. I guess the heart of the matter is, does the adapter shear really work OK, well, or not at all and if it does work, is it worth getting?
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:35 PM   #18
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I have seen the Malco shear head but have never used one. They primarily are used to cut HVAC duct work, so super clean cuts are not a primary requirement. The little nibbler you have from Garret Wade is another decent little tool, but I have never been able to get one to give me a decent cut in aluminum, and I have been working with sheetmetal for over 27 years Another option might be a set of air shears but you will need a decent size compressor to run them. I primarily use the Kett Shears but I can justify the cost

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"The little nibbler you have from Garret Wade is another decent little tool, but I have never been able to get one to give me a decent cut in aluminum, and I have been working with sheetmetal for over 27 years"
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Well thank you Aaron, you made my day! I'm glad I'm not as challenged as I thought. And thanks for the comment on the power shears, it clears things up.
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Old 02-16-2006, 08:48 AM   #20
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Nick, I just need to know the shape of the spring.Ivan.
Ivan, the good news is that there is no spring. I just reminded myself how to use the tool. Squeeze the lever with your whole hand, and use the thumb and forefinger to hold the body of the tool, while returning the blade to its initial cutting position with the backs of the tips of the other three fingers. The key to successful cuts is to use a very small nibbling action, perhaps only an eigth of an inch at a time before returning the blade to the start position. The tool will then producev a roll of metal about an eigth of an inch wide. If you attempt a long cut, the tool will jam. The tightness of the adjustment screw is also critical. Tighten it until the sides almost rub the sides of the blade. For cutting curves, slack the adjuster a little, or use the thinner blade which is supplied for this purpose. I hope this helps.
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Old 02-22-2006, 09:26 PM   #21
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Quote : Nick , I have just read your post re the Goscut brand ' Eclipse 2000 ' sheetmetal cutters, ( March 2004 ! ) and wondered if you have any other info re those cutters. icemith.

Thanks for your reply Nick, I wasn't really expecting the reply I got, nor the renewed interest in a thread that was pretty old (2 years!!). I was amazed when I returned from Adelaide after nearly a week visiting the previously mentioned grandchild on the occasion of her 1st birthday last weekend,( flying, not driving, which would have been great), and found your posts, and the others which helped me with the operation of the Eclipse 2000 tool.

So now I will have to trawl the sitesó eBay etc to find the other cutter blades or maybe even a complete unit. I was also intriqued to see reference in one post to a tool from Garrett Wade. About 1990 I had the pleasure to meet a Mr Garrettson Wade representing his firm in Sydney, Australia, at a "Working-With-Wood" annual Expo. This is the definative home workshop event, and in 1991 on a trip to the US I had planned to actually visit the establishment in New York, but due to an unplanned mugging in front of us, scaring my daughter that she booked our flight out to San Francisco early. I had so much more to do. Oh well next time. Still hasn't come.

So Nick, you're in Florida, on vacation or is that part of your mobile home backyard? Like, any state you are in is your backyard, or is it part of a migratory flight pattern for Winter? .....Nice work if you can get it!

Thanks again for the info Nick, it's much appreciated. Ivan.
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or is it part of a migratory flight pattern for Winter?
Ivan, you are exactly correct. When the migratory birds line the telephone wires in England, we know it is time to head south and west. When the wildfowl start heading north in the Spring, we know it's time to go back home. We travel with our kayaks, and explore this amazing planet.

You may find that the one blade fitted to the Goscut will do everything you want. For the curves, if you don't have the narrow blade, just slacken the tension nut, and take even smaller "nibbles". The other specialist blade is for cutting plastic laminates.
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Old 04-08-2006, 07:58 AM   #23
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Supercoup NR1 Nibbler Shears

Mini-Nibbler Cuts Metal Without Distortion
Compound leverage action makes cutting much easier than with snips. Starts in the middle of a panel with a 1/4" hole. Jaws are made from hardened steel and are replaceable in seconds. Cuts up to 22 gauge stainless, 18 gauge steel, .059" copper, brass, .079" PVC, .098" Polycarbonate. Made in France.


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Home > Metal Forming > Metal Cutting Tools > Shears





Supercoup NR1 Nibbler Shears

Mini-Nibbler Cuts Metal Without Distortion
Compound leverage action makes cutting much easier than with snips. Starts in the middle of a panel with a 1/4" hole. Jaws are made from hardened steel and are replaceable in seconds. Cuts up to 22 gauge stainless, 18 gauge steel, .059" copper, brass, .079" PVC, .098" Polycarbonate. Made in France.


Item#ProductQtyPrice28191Supercoup NR1 Nibbler Shears
$39.99

Hi All,

I think that this isthe tool you are speaking about. It is available from the Eastwood Co. www.eastwoodco.com . It is made in France and does a nice job. I read this thread and realized that I had one of these in my tool inventory somewhere, so I went digging and found a polymer handled model thathad the Eastwood logo and 'Made in EU' on it. Works great!
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Old 04-09-2006, 03:15 PM   #24
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Cutting any aluminum that Airstream uses, is easily done with several different tools.

1. Metal shear.

2. Tin snips, right hand, left hand and straight cut.

3. A nibbler, if you don't mind the small waste.

4. One of the cheapest, is a plain everyday "razor knife". Use a straight edge, score the metal 10 to 12 times, start to fold it, and walaa, it snaps at the scoring. Depending on which metal your using, you might have to dress the edge down, ever so slightly, with a file.

My Grandmother loves it.

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