View Full Version : Tips for buying a used jump shear and brake

08-31-2005, 11:07 AM
I am heading out tonight to look at a used tennsmith 4' 16ga jump shear and tennsmith 16ga 4' brake. Any tips on what to look for? The asking price is $600 each. Thanks, Brad

3 Phase Lightbulb
08-31-2005, 11:10 AM
Simple..... Bring some 16 ga material with you and try it out.. Bring some thin stuff too...


08-31-2005, 05:18 PM
Ditto what Adrian says. Also take cash and be prepaired to take them home. At $600 each, those are a steal! The guy might change his mind. If you don't buy them, let me know.

08-31-2005, 05:24 PM
Look for deep nicks in the shear blades in case some dufus has tried cutting wire with it.

Alan in Oz
08-31-2005, 05:53 PM
Probably a bit late to help, but look for cracking in the center of the table where the trough is starting just behind the bottom blade. Not real visible from the top side but more so from underneath the table. I found this on mine when the 70 odd years of paint were stripped away, well hidden and no recnet paint job either. Machine probably used to cut heavier material than intended and also table appears to have been used as an anvil. Had mine repaired professionally by a fellow who mainly does engine blocks, seems good, but real test is yet to come.

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