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Old 01-19-2013, 02:17 PM
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I'm sure the Makita shears are a fine product and will cut well.

I used the same type of shear, but Bosch, for many years in production of 18ga. steel automotive stampings. The Ford roof cutouts for sunroofs were all cut with Bosch shears.

However, if you're only going to use them for hobby use, the Harbor Freight shears are hard to beat for the price of $29.95 on sale. Search YouTube for the video of the guy who bench mounted them for two-hand control of your metal when cutting.

This type of electric throatless shear is the nuts for metal cutting in the shop.I tried the scissor type of 3 bladed shears, and was underwhelmed by their performance. Maybe for straight line cutting, the Milwaukee's are good, but for contour work, get the throatless type.
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