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HuskerJ
Posted 4/15/2019 13:33 (#7440888 - in reply to #7440852)
Subject: RE: Steel nibbler



East of Broken Bow
I've used that style, and also a true 'nibbler', the kind that works kind of like when you were a kid and used a paper punch to make overlapping holes in order to cut. They both work OK but do the job differently (but if you go with the shear style like the Malco listed, to get one designed for corrugated steel, the shear designed for flat metal is cheaper, but hangs up on the corrugations).
The shear will cost more, but does well cutting a straight line. Curves one way are easy, the other way are difficult. Works like scissors.
The nibbler cuts odd shapes very well, cuts curves in both directions, and will cut a tighter curve. Costs less for same capacity. However, it cuts by punching out these little half-moon shaped pieces of steel from the sheet you are cutting, that can be very sharp (the edge of the metal cut isn't bad though). Unless you cut the sheets away from where any activity will be for a while, like months, or find some way to catch and contain them for disposal, you will be dealing with what many people refer to as 'fingernail clippings from hell'.
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