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Old 12-09-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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We have a heavy shop brake. Anyone have good ideas for cutting the 10' sheets of 24 gauge material? So the panel is 4' wide and you need 4 12" rips? What do you guys use?

On a siding brake we would use one of those rollers that slice the metal, but I don't know if we can get something like that with the shop brake.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:00 PM   #2
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i never saw a foot shear 10 ft wide,if you score it deep enough it will break,try using one of those cement board cutters with the carbide tip

hope you don't have many to do..
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24 gauge you will need a slitter or a power shear. We have a 2' wide foot shear and just doing 2' wide pieces are a PITA.

I'm not sure about the slicing method, never tried it on steel, it does work with 040 aluminum though, just takes a few pass's with a knife.

I slitter will be cheaper, but things can get messed up pretty quick and you can banana cut it. A power shear is a hell of a lot more accurate, and cost a heck of a lot more.
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So...you are asking how to cut 10' long 24 GA. material without a shear, stomp or mechanical or hydraulic right?

Use a pair of electric hand shears then.

Is this a one off deal?

That or have a shop cut it for you.

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This is on an as needed basis. We have our own shop brake now and am looking to see how other efficiently and cleanly cut long length rips. It's not an every day thing for us, was thinking power shears may be best.
We often cut with a good metal cutting grinder blade but it's more for cutting short lengths (downspouts, coping, etc.) Would be tough on a flat 10' sheet.
For those suggesting foot shear, how do you do 10'? Is it open on one end? Then how do you work the sheet through? Or you saying a 10' model?
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This is on an as needed basis. We have our own shop brake now and am looking to see how other efficiently and cleanly cut long length rips. It's not an every day thing for us, was thinking power shears may be best.
We often cut with a good metal cutting grinder blade but it's more for cutting short lengths (downspouts, coping, etc.) Would be tough on a flat 10' sheet.
For those suggesting foot shear, how do you do 10'? Is it open on one end? Then how do you work the sheet through? Or you saying a 10' model?
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Efficiently and cleanly would be a Shear, or Slitter. It will get real old real fast cutting strips of metal with any hand held, even power snips/shears.
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So a 10 footer? Do you have one?
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So a 10 footer? Do you have one?
Not sure where you are in upstate ny, but once you cross into VT
There are a few commercial roofers that make what you need and if it is not that often you need it I wouldn't invest into one.

The company I use the most has a 10' 6"? Electric shear. Computer program the widths and lay 4 x 10 on the table and feed it in flat (both ends are closed off) and step on a electric pedal and it shears -shaboom- your desired drop with falls out the bottom.

I am sure bigger commercial shops around you offer this service.
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Any duct shop should have either a slitter like pictured in the thread or a hydraulic shear. Both work well. A slitter tends to twist the metal as it cuts and is slightly less accurate, but with practice you can make fairly accurate cuts. A slitter is somewhat portable and way cheaper. Depending on the amounts, its not impossible to cut it by hand with a good straight shears.

FYI- a brake (not break), is a bending tool, not a cutting tool, though some brakes have a cutting attachment.
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FYI- a brake (not break), is a bending tool, not a cutting tool, though some brakes have a cutting attachment.
..guess i been using mine wrong for the last 35 years..
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not likely using it wrong, but possibly calling it the wrong name???
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lol..read it again..i said the material would ''break''
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i get it. As long as the brake doesn't break.
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i've broken a few..
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This is what you need. Try googling man. Everyone has said you need a shear or a slitter.

It's not hard to throw the words, "sheet metal shear" or "slitter" into google and have a breadth of manufacturers of equipment right in front of you.

Here. This is what we have:
http://www.roperwhitney.com/m-series-shears.html
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lighten up Francis..if everybody googled something we wouldn't need this place now would we?
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This is what you need. Try googling man. Everyone has said you need a shear or a slitter.

It's not hard to throw the words, "sheet metal shear" or "slitter" into google and have a breadth of manufacturers of equipment right in front of you.

Here. This is what we have:
http://www.roperwhitney.com/m-series-shears.html
I prefer the Cincinnati shears over the Roper Whitney.

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a Wilder Workhorse 2024 if we have to get specific. just like 1985's picture

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