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Combination brake and shear machine
I was looking for a small used metal brake and shear machine but could never find anything - new or used - that I could justify. I also had a space problem so I decided to build a 4-ft. wide combination brake and shear machine that saved a lot because it uses the same frame and hydraulics for both jobs. This compact machine is 5 ft. high, 7 ft. wide and weighs about 1,500 tbs. It can be easily moved around the shop on its heavy castors. The cutting brake is actually about 52 in. wide and handles 10 ga. metal easily. I built a heavier 6-in. brake on the left end to bend heavier bars, square tubing, rods and to flatten ends of pipe. Different brake dies can be built to do various types of bends (smooth or sharp) on both the 6 and 52-in. brakes.
The shear uses 51-in. blades recommended for cutting up to 10-ga. mild steel. Metal can be sheared from the left or right end and stopped at any point. I mounted a square edge guide with a ruler on it to make good square cuts.
I built the machine with a bandsaw, drill press and a welder. I'm selling the machines for $4,700 (Canadian) or will make plans available. (Wayne Hagen, Hagen Manufacturing Ltd., Box 215, Lake Alma, Sask. SOC 1MO Canada ph 306 447-4721)


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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #3