I bought this small, inexpensive sheet metal machine for my home shop. The machine arrived complete, and after some minor assembly, ready to use. However, like most inexpensive Chinese machine shop products it's really a semi-finished kit in my opinion. The machine was very dirty as though it had been assembled in the same room as the foundry. I disassembled most of it just so I could clean and re-lubricate it. I also replace a couple of minor knobs with one I liked better. Once set up and adjusted, it performs well. Note: It's very important to adjust the clearance of the lower blade to accurately match the upper, moveable blade. The blades arrived sharp. Once adjusted so a sheet of paper could be cleanly cut across the width of the shear without the blades binding, the machine shears light sheet metal well. Don't try to exceed the maximum stock thickness; this is indicated on a label on the front of the machine. The slip roll former and the press break work fine as well. As this is a combination machine, compromises are made and it's somewhat awkward to use. That shouldn't be a problem in a home shop as you're not trying to turn out a lot of parts against a clock. It's hard to see your marks on the workpiece as the hold down gets in the way. A nearby lamp helps. This is true of many shears. Pros: Three functions in one compact footprint. Spring-loaded sheet metal hold down bar is a nice feature. Cons: The work stop on the left side of the shear table is too small and poorly positioned. Your first modification should be to make a new one that is longer and will clear the left side frame casting when squaring a workpiece that extends back of the blade. The back stop for the shear is clumsy to use and nearly useless for small pieces; once again, part of another casting gets in the way. A fairly easy fix.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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