Hi - I am looking for some advice from people with experience working
with (at least) 18 gauge and thicker non-ferrrous metals.
I’m want to purchase of a guillotine shear that will have
versatility and performance longevity. I know I need a 12" shear,
the manufacturer is what is presently eluding me.
Can anyone tell me which is the better shear out of Precision, Pepe
I have used the Pepe before, but it had been abused and the blades
needed to be sharpened and realigned. It wasn’t able to make clean
cuts and chewed up the last three inches of every eight inch piece
we cut. I am told that the Pepe can cut up to 10 gauge in soft
metals. I won’t need to be going that high, but I do want a machine
that can regularly handle 16 and 18 gauge with ease.
What is the best model for cutting 12" brass, copper or bronze?
I ordered a Durston 12" Guillotine from Rio. I had to refuse the
first one as it arrived damaged.
The second one I received also arrived in deplorable condition, but
I decided to assemble it anyway.
The blade guard was bent up in shipping and the support plate had
gouges in it from clanking around loose in the thin plywood box with
the other parts. and consequently the other parts are marred and
scraped up from improper packaging.
It would be a fairly basic and simple assembly if there were clearer
instructions on the website.
There are no enclosed surface requirements, but I am quickly
learning that the work surface you bolt the Durston to cannot be
longer than 2" in either cutting direction or the lever comes into
contact with your work surface.
Furthermore, if one were to pull the lever towards the blade guard,
no larger than a 6"x 12" piece of metal can be cut as the lever will
come into contact with the metal, thus preventing a complete cut.
If the lever is pulled in the other direction - towards the stop
bar, it then comes into contact with the knob that tightens the stop
bar. As far as I can tell there are no controls set to measure the
straightness of your desired cut. they are all moveable parts with
no levels and it all basically needs to be eyeballed.
Has anyone ever set up a Durston 12" guillotine shear before? I
might just be doing it completely incorrectly.
If not, which 12" shear would be the best purchase for consistently
cutting 8" lengths of bronze, brass & copper?