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    Default Bought one of these today

    I have a large stack of 10 ga. sheets this shear will come in handy cutting up. It's a lot faster than setting up the plasma or torch, all I need is an extension cord and my straight edge...and plasma consumable will only continue go higher.

    I bought the last one they had.. good price .


    http://www.tools-plus.com/makita-js3...term=MAKJS3201
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    Never used a shear on 10-GA before, always used a nibbler.
    http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/M...FcU5QgodtS8A9A

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    Looking forward to the results. The shear can go as tight as a 2'' radius. Never used either for that thickness.

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    I'll put some pictures of cuts up after I get it... I was debating between shear and nibbler, after considering what others that have used them said it seemed to me the shear fit my needs better.

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    Curious as to how long the blade will last on 10 gauge. I have one for lighter gauge but never use it. I dont like the distortion it makes. Also have a Modern nibbler but dont use it either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fabricator View Post
    Curious as to how long the blade will last on 10 gauge. I have one for lighter gauge but never use it. I dont like the distortion it makes. Also have a Modern nibbler but dont use it either.
    I imagine speed and distortion has a lot to do with blade adjustment and the sharpness of the blades themselves. Pushing a dull tool could produce bad results.

    I use a product by Walter on all my cutting edges, the stuff really makes a difference in the quality of a cut, life of a cutting edge and the performance of a tool. I'll be using it on the shears too.

    http://www.walter.com/Walter/en-us/m...icants/coolcut
    Last edited by tackit; 06-01-2013 at 09:01 PM.

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    I'm surprised to hear you would rather use o/a rather than your plasma. I have loved my plasma since I got it. The consumables are cheap for my machine and they last a long time if I don't get backs plashing. What plasma machine do you have? I do hear ya on oxy being a little more portable, but acetylene is not cheap and air is free. My plasma is dual voltage, and can cut 1/4" on 110v, while running off my small job site portable compressor.

    Really interested to see a cut from your new shears too. I have always been happy with makita products, I'm sure you will love this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cgotto6 View Post
    I'm surprised to hear you would rather use o/a rather than your plasma. I have loved my plasma since I got it. The consumables are cheap for my machine and they last a long time if I don't get backs plashing. What plasma machine do you have? I do hear ya on oxy being a little more portable, but acetylene is not cheap and air is free. My plasma is dual voltage, and can cut 1/4" on 110v, while running off my small job site portable compressor.

    Really interested to see a cut from your new shears too. I have always been happy with makita products, I'm sure you will love this!
    I don't have anything against Plasma, it's the extra cost involved if I want to use it full time. When I started metal work they didn't have plasma on the job or in shops so I'm used to O/A and don't have issues with it.

    It's like why do I need to have plasma? Not one of my projects or repairs have been done with Plasma. I honestly get along fine without it... just like I did before plasma became popular and a common tool in the shop.

    I'll put some 10 ga cut pictures up after I get the tool and go over the adjustments.

    The shear is just another arrow in the tool quiver. I have been wanting one for long time and a 10 ga project is at hand. From information I have gleaned over the internet shears are better for what I want to do.

    My Ellis 1600 is by far the shops work horse.





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    Time is money.....I GUARANTEE you that I can cut a sheet of 10 gauge with my Hypertherm 1000 with a drag tip on it all the way across in less than 10 seconds.....name me one person that can do that with OA? OA can cut decently fast on a track torch setup(which takes for ever to set up) and decently fast with a guide(but only until you skip a beat in your heart rate and need to restart the cut). Hardly any prep after plasma either. I can and do use a 00 tip on my torch hear and there and I consider myself pretty ****ed good with a torch but for sheetmetal you can not beat plasma......and at home I have an airline filter and dryer but at work it's about the dirtiest air you can get and no problems.....what time is involved in plasma setup? Hook up the ground and airline and go at it? Probably takes the same amount of time to get shear out of cabinet and run extension cord. Dave
    Quote Originally Posted by tackit View Post
    I don't have anything against Plasma, it's the extra cost involved if I want to use it full time. When I started metal work they didn't have plasma on the job or in shops so I'm used to O/A and don't have issues with it.

    It's like why do I need to have plasma? Not one of my projects or repairs have been done with Plasma. I honestly get along fine without it... just like I did before plasma became popular and a common tool in the shop.

    I'll put some 10 ga cut pictures up after I get the tool and go over the adjustments.

    The shear is just another arrow in the tool quiver. I have been wanting one for long time and a 10 ga project is at hand. From information I have gleaned over the internet shears are better for what I want to do.

    My Ellis 1600 is by far the shops work horse.





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    I get sick and tired of hearing how fast someone can cut with a plasma, I don't know of anyone who sees how many cuts he can make per second plasma vs O/A... I ain't in no hurry and clean up is no problem.

    Time is money... give me a break, I'm not a fab shop so the speed of lightening and few taps to knock off slag are non issues for me. Go buy another plasma, with practice you can cut with both hands and really impress those who care how fast your are.

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