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Old 10-27-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


We have been building homes for 38 years. No I am not too old, but I am looking at another winter of shoveling snow to shingle. Is there anyone who uses some type of shingle shear each day? I was wondering if there was a better way to cut cold!! laminate shingles than with a knife or stacking them up a using an old circular saw. Thanks guys.
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Get a shingle shear...you can price that into one job!....

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Get a shingle shear...you can price that into one job!....
True.

We use large Malco Snips. Winter jobs are rough and shingle shear is a workout to get up on the roof. Assuming we are talking about the same thing.
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True.

We use large Malco Snips. Winter jobs are rough and shingle shear is a workout to get up on the roof. Assuming we are talking about the same thing.
I'm thinking of just a paper cutter type of tool....
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Shingle shears work great hot or cold. You won't be disappointed if you buy one. As for weight, about 20-30 lbs. not a huge deal IMO to get on the roof for the time it saves. You can also set angles for your valley cuts on it.
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Thanks! Which model of Malco Snips have you had the best luck with. Thanks for your post, Jon
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Thanks for your post. Which shingle shear have you been using?
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Re: Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


Thanks Splinter Hands. Which shingle type shear works the best for you in cold weather?
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No never used one.

A few Winters ago did use a circular saw to cut 250ft of valleys on a Landmark TL job. Speaking of which starting one today with the TL's...
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Thanks! Which model of Malco Snips have you had the best luck with. Thanks for your post, Jon
We have good luck with these


They are not as good when they are brand new as they are after you cut with them for a while. With the proper technique you can cut a rake edge by using the rake metal as a guide. Quick and easy even with heavy weight lams on winter days.

They are good for valley cuts as well.

Here is the google search result

There is another pair that is identical except they have a black and red rubber coating on the handles
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if you have roof top delivery, why not load the shear onto the conveyor belt as well?
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Re: Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


This is a no brainer for me.
They are about $200 and weigh in at about 5 lbs...how hard is that to bring on a roof...my pouch weighs more....
They will cut summer or winter, on steep roofs there is a strap you can nail to the roof to keep it from sliding off. The slide on the left has all the measurements on it. I tend to use a sharpy to mark the starters, just line them up and cut. It will even cut off just an 1/8" if necessary.

I put the square on there for scale

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Re: Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


^^^^^Have the same one. Works great especially with heavier shingles in the cold months.
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hook blades are for summer, winter is for vacation!
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Re: Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


We use a "shingle shark" , not everyday but for every roof. It's bigger than the ones shown above but works great and it's quick as all get out!
It seemed like a lot of money when I bought it ($260.00) but has paid for itself over and over.

We have two seasons in these parts, winter and construction!
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Re: Does Anyone Who Roofs Everyday Use A Shingle Shear?


Tried an antique pair of snips today. They worked great in both the morning rain and the afternoon snow. Wish I could say the same for myself. I am going to also try a shear. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Jon
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Mr. Latone: Thanks for the info on snips. I had never thought to try them before. They worked just great today. Many Thanks, Jon.
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SDC: Thank you for taking the time to post the photos of the shingle shear. I will take your suggestion and try one. Thanks Jon.
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This is a no brainer for me.
They are about $200 and weigh in at about 5 lbs...how hard is that to bring on a roof...my pouch weighs more....
They will cut summer or winter, on steep roofs there is a strap you can nail to the roof to keep it from sliding off. The slide on the left has all the measurements on it. I tend to use a sharpy to mark the starters, just line them up and cut. It will even cut off just an 1/8" if necessary.

I put the square on there for scale

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I use what is a previous model of the same brand-works great- but I really only used maybe 2-3 times a year- use snips a lot but primarily hook blades.
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if you have roof top delivery, why not load the shear onto the conveyor belt as well?
Carr- roof top delivery occurs the day before we start the job- so we aren't present for the delivery,ever-and are working on another job when it happens
also the shear only ways a couple pounds and I would be embarrassed if I couldn't carry it up a ladder myself.
BTw- it's good for pre-cutting starts to establish a stair step up a right hand rake or for pre-cutting multiples of the same size like 25 at 19-1/2" up an eave but I never have used it for a right hand rake or a valley.
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