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Power tin cutting

Malco power tin cutting

Anna and I were both intrigued with Bradley's Malco TSHD Turboshear today.

The cost is around 80 dollars and it hooks up to any powered drill.

It's the easy way to cut metal roofing panels without cramping your hand.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hi Guys,

That's a pretty cool tool. What also works is a used saw blade turned backwards on your skil saw. Yes, I know it sounds dangerous, loud and unpleasant. Well it is loud and unpleasant. But it does work pretty well. And its free!

Comment by Arthur T Thu Sep 13 18:03:41 2012
Arthur --- I'm pretty sure when we've cut tin, we've used a jigsaw with a metal blade or perhaps a reciprocating saw with the blade turned the way you mention. It was pretty awful, but I definitely wouldn't buy a metal-cutting tool for the small amount of metal we cut. Good thing Bradley has more use for his. :-)
Comment by anna Thu Sep 13 19:11:28 2012

Thanks for the tip.

I can see how that would work, but setting the metal up so that it was enough above ground to avoid the blade cutting the dirt might be a hazard, although it would be better and a lot more accurate than hand tin snips.

Comment by mark Thu Sep 13 19:12:22 2012
Power shear's definitely worth it if your looking to get anything done with those panels. I've seen some attachments to drills for them but not this one, looks really good.
Comment by Marco Fri Sep 14 06:18:59 2012
Marco --- Bradley bought this tool from the company that makes the metal roofing and said he hadn't seen it anywhere else.
Comment by anna Fri Sep 14 07:18:38 2012

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