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Old 02-13-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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I need a new brake badly. Been rolling with a beat up J-dan for a while, and it's just not cutting it any more...well, not bending it I guess.

I tried out an Alum A Brake, and loved it, but I occasionally bend 29 gauge painted steel, and Alum A Pole said nope, no way, absolutely not when I asked them if it would handle the steel.

The Tapco website says the Pro 19 will handle up to 28 gauge galvanized, wondering if anyone has real world experience with bending 29 gauge painted with this brake...
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Old 02-13-2017, 09:43 AM   #2
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I haven't but would be interested in the answer as well. I'm looking to get another brake. And was looking at the 19 as well.

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If you want to do it in 5' sections it will do it. It is more a aluminum trim and flashing break than for steel.

Id go with at least the 14.
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If you are talking 29 Ga roofing metal .It will do some here and there,but to hard on it daily. I have a Tapco Black Max ,10.6 and it will. But I also have it bolted down in my trailer too. I can bend regular steel trim coil pretty easy , but you know it when doing roofing metal.

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If you are talking 29 Ga roofing metal .It will do some here and there,but to hard on it daily. I have a Tapco Black Max ,10.6 and it will. But I also have it bolted down in my trailer too. I can bend regular steel trim coil pretty easy , but you know it when doing roofing metal.

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That's what I was looking for. Most of my special bends I get from my roofing supplier, so I won't be doing it all the time, just when I unexpectedly run into something odd, or can't get the measurements when I go look at the job.

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I have a tapco pro 19 ill have to try it and let u kno
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If you get the aluma brake let me know how it works. I saw it shortly after it came out and it looks like the cats meow! Just waiting for a couple big siding jobs to justify the purchase of a brake. Got another buddy that has a brand new tapco 19 so might not happen for awhile lol


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If you get the aluma brake let me know how it works. I saw it shortly after it came out and it looks like the cats meow! Just waiting for a couple big siding jobs to justify the purchase of a brake. Got another buddy that has a brand new tapco 19 so might not happen for awhile lol


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I rented one from another contractor on one of my last jobs, and ran 5 rolls of coil through it. If all I ever used was al trim coil, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

But I do pole barns and metal roofs as well, so would like something that can handle the steel trim coil.

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I have the Pro 19. I don't bend steel, so I can't give any input for that.

For the Pro 19 though, it is a good brake. Although it is exactly the same as the 14, I can get more productivity out of it, due to the larger throat. For aluminum you can't go wrong with the 19.
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This is the one I have and it does bend roofing metal. You can see it is bolted down which is a must or have the stand for it. I have bent 26 ga roof coil in it too. Over 10 years using it with no problems.

Personally I think you will be disappointed with a Pro 19 for roof metal, don't think it will hold up over the long haul.
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This is the one I have and it does bend roofing metal. You can see it is bolted down which is a must or have the stand for it. I have bent 26 ga roof coil in it too. Over 10 years using it with no problems.

Personally I think you will be disappointed with a Pro 19 for roof metal, don't think it will hold up over the long haul.
Agreed it'll handle aluminum on a daily basis I have one that is about 4 months old and will bend the thicker aluminum gutter metals if needed. Not sure how often I'd like to bend steel in it.

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Thought I'd update this for posterity's sake.

I ended up getting the Pro 19 with the snap stand, and Randy's right, while it will bend 29 gauge steel once in a while, it would never hold up if one was using it for that purpose full time.

Most of the steel flashings I need it for(skylights, chimneys ect.) are usually only 5' long, and it will handle those no problem. Just don't try and bend any 10 footers, it's really hard on the brake.
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If you get the aluma brake let me know how it works. I saw it shortly after it came out and it looks like the cats meow! Just waiting for a couple big siding jobs to justify the purchase of a brake. Got another buddy that has a brand new tapco 19 so might not happen for awhile lol


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Had a guy make me a standing seam copper roof. He used a 19 to do it. It was 16oz copper sheet. He ended up having to buy a new brake part way through the job. It just stopped bending the panels. No idea what his old brake had been put through, but the pieces were slipping out of the jaw. I tuned it up too to make sure the clamping force was even. I donít do much with my old brake(Tapco pro 3?), but if I got another one Iíd really look into the maximum xl brake

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Had a guy make me a standing seam copper roof. He used a 19 to do it. It was 16oz copper sheet. He ended up having to buy a new brake part way through the job. It just stopped bending the panels. No idea what his old brake had been put through, but the pieces were slipping out of the jaw. I tuned it up too to make sure the clamping force was even. I donít do much with my old brake(Tapco pro 3?), but if I got another one Iíd really look into the maximum xl brake
For heavy duty work the Maximum XL or the old Black Max are great.

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