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Old 04-27-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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What should I look for in buying a nibbler?

Restoring a 1963 Bambi and need to replace the belly pan and one exterior skin. Googled sheet metal nibbler on eBay and got tools ranging from $25 to $3,000

I don't think i have to much cutting to do. I have a air compressor.

What are key spec's/capabilities. what should I look to spend ?

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Old 04-27-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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i would get an electric sheet metal shear rather than a nibbler unless you have some complex cuts to make. Mine is a Kett but others such as milwaukee etc make them. They are great for the long cuts when replacing panels. Also some hand shears for smaller cuts should do it. Ed

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Old 04-27-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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I have a nibbler that I got from Harbor Freight for less than $20. I don't expect to use it too much, which is why I wasn't too concerned about buying a cheapy, but so far so good. I've used it on a couple of projects, and it works as advertised (at least on the thin stuff).
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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Depends on what you intend to use it for. Nibblers work best in tight spots like for electrical boxes etc. Shears work much better for long cuts. Overall the shears are more useful.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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if it is mostly for aluminum a cheap one will be fine. if you start cutting steel I would get a more expensive one but plan on replacing the blades so make sure they are available. my $50 nibbler has outlasted my $400 shear for about 5 years now
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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Just got one from Eastwood. Eastwood - Auto Body Repair Tools | MIG Welder | TIG Welder | Plasma Cutter | Auto Body Supplies & Accessories

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