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suggestions on manual sheet metal hole puncher

I was looking at the Roper Whitney jr with 7 different sized dies. Hardened steel dies and I think they have replacement dies too. I dunno, sounds like it's worth the extra money. Other manual punches are around $30 but no replacement dies, one size hole, and not hardened steel. Can anyone vouch for the Roper Whitney Jr punch?

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I use a 40 year old Roper Jr. hand punch almost everyday. I broke a die once, 15 years ago. Other than that it has been trouble free.

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The different sized dies are VERY useful. You just can't believe how often you will find different holes that you can punch, wham, done.

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Ron Covell has several videos about metal working, and repair. In one, he mentions using a step drill to drill out pin and rust holes with step drill to get clean edges, and then using this punch to make round disks sized to fill the hole the step drill made. Then TIG welding the disks in place, and metal finishing the repair.
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Ron Covell has several videos about metal working, and repair. In one, he mentions using a step drill to drill out pin and rust holes with step drill to get clean edges, and then using this punch to make round disks sized to fill the hole the step drill made. Then TIG welding the disks in place, and metal finishing the repair.
wow, that's a great idea!

Thanks for the responses. Will get one asap. In the meantime to make my HF air flange/hole punch tool better I just took a brand new cut off wheel and sliced it back right thru the opening to give me the option to punch the holes in a little more so I don't go burning an edge cause the darn cheapie punches holes to close to the edge. It's a great temporary fix.
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