Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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Re: Best air tool for general sheet metal work
No way could I preform what you want with just one tool. I use a die grinder with cutoff wheel to take the old material out, a grinder w/ flap disk or sander disk to shape the cut metal to a somewhat uniform shape, then I usualy have my pans sheered out 3/8 inch bigger all the way around so I can come back hit everything with flange tool and final fit up. then I pinch the holes and spot weld it in. I would incorporate a plasma cutter into this if I could, but I don't have one. As far as one tool for all of it,,,,, Roabably the die grinder could get it done.
If I were going to buy an air shear I would buy an IR or comparable brand, I like the quality brand air tools, saves my fingers or takes them off cleanly either is acceptable.