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    Question Metal Shear

    Just for giggles...has anyone used a sheet metal cutting shear (air or electric powered) during extrication? Any thoughts if you've indeed used one?

    Simply another tool in the toolbox....
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    just a question......What would you do more than cut the door skin or a thin sheet panel? Most of these I have seen are designed for thin guage material that is relatively flat.

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    Must admit had not thought of that. We carry 120VAC saw-zall's with fine tooth blades for thin sheet metal.

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    A metal shear may not be the most useful tool by any means, however may have a few unique uses nonetheless.
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    When you say metal shear, I think of an electric shear I have from Milwaukee tools. Looks like a drill body with a shear head where the chuck should be. May not have a lot of uses, but if extricating from a semi truck the thin aluminum of the cab sheeting would be a prime target and within the tools limitations. It would quickly remove the sheeting around the main supports for the cab, and not be half as loud as a reciprocating saw.

    One of the limitations would be that it may not be usefull in the major damaged area since the crinkled metal may not fit into the shears jaws.

    http://www.milwaukeetool.com/webapp/..._192220_192137

    This one here has more capacity than mine. It can do larger gauges and may be more usefull

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    Long as the material is somewhat "flat"they work OK.Pretty close to useless on "bent"iron.Personally,I wouldn't waste compartment space on one when either a air chisel or a 'cip saw is faster and has nore versatility. T.C.

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