My dad bought a 30" version from Enco this summer. Colours, prices,
and service may vary between different suppliers but I suspect all
come from the same factory.
A pretty good machine for the price, it needed a bit of adjustment
but no major modifications were immediately required nor indicated. I
was using it within an hour or two with it sitting on the floor,
getting it on a bench took a little more thought. The 12" is lighter
than a 30" but still significant... not really in the portable
category. Minimal instruction manual ( good for starting the wood
stove maybe once so some familiarity with sheet metal work is
helpful. Shearing capacity might be a little optimistic, brake and
roll understated (but the numbers quoted are for steel).
It is not designed as jewellery tool, but not priced as one either.
Still useful and as a tool junkie I would buy one and get good use
out of it although some special tooling might require fabrication.
(ie: break fingers in whole inch increments)
Analog/Digital Modelling & Goldsmithing