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Old 02-20-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Electric metal shear.

I am in the market for a hand held electric shear. Does anyone have a suggestion on which one to buy? I am working on a 63 Ambassador. Thanks!
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:45 PM   #2
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Hard to beat a KETT shear. You can usually find a used one on Ebay for $30 or less; about the same price as a Chinese knockoff. If you were closer, I'd loan you mine.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. Is there any particular model that I should look for? I saw a new Kett 440 on amazon but it was rather pricey.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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Although I'm loathe to admit it, I purchased one of the Chinese knock offs at Harbor Freight. So far it's worked pretty well.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:08 AM   #5
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If you're only going to use it for one project, the HF model would be OK- you're only cutting light gauge aluminum...look for the 20-25% off coupons they post in nearly every magazine you can think of...

If you want a better one, there are quite a few Milwaukees on eBay right now. Usually there are quite a few Kett's listed-(but they look pretty sparse right now) I actually ended up with 2 at ~$30 each a couple of years ago when I got ahead of myself and had two bids out simultaneously... Gave one to a friend.

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Old 02-21-2014, 06:09 AM   #6
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I have the 18 gauge shear from Harbor Freight. Only real complaint is that due to foot design, it is very awkward to use with a guide to get a perfectly straight cut. This is more operator inability than tool limitation. For <$40 and low volume needs it's hard to bet. Also You can usually find 20-50% off coupons in mail or online.

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I got the HF shear last year, its a serviceable tool, good for occasional cuts on aluminum sheet metal. It worked for what I needed it to do, just keep some oil on the blades when you cut and take your time. Practice on some scrap if you can to perfect your technique.

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I purchased one at the local hardware store for $110. I noticed the head design looked very similar on the expensive Milwaukee tool compared to my cheaper one. I wanted one where I could rotate the head in relationship to the handle so I could get into awkward places. Mine looks like a 3/8" drill driving the shearing head. Mine has worked great and met my expectations.

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Old 02-21-2014, 08:04 AM   #9
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Two cents?

I'm glad others have had better experiences with HF tools, but my shear made it through all of 4ft of 0.25 sheet before the innards turned into a handful of pot metal crumbs. I guess it's just a roll of the dice…
Nothing quite like a well-made tool, and I can look forward to giving the good ones to my three sons.

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Old 02-21-2014, 09:49 AM   #10
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If you have a decent sized air compressor, I would suggest looking at the air-driven shears as opposed to the electric ones. No doubt, the electric ones are convenient, but you can't beat pneumatic tools for safety when working around freshly cut metal with sharp edges, and you run the risk of skinning an electrical cord.
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:08 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the replies to my post. I have been bidding on used sheers but I have not "won" yet.
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