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kruszert
08-20-2007, 09:49 PM
I need to purchase a sheet metal box brake to do some light 28 ga. galv.
sheet metal ductwork and also some 20 ga. aluminum. I am looking at the Enco brake on sale for $430 - - it is 48" wide and rated for 16 ga. mild steel.

But, I also have to bend some 16 ga. stainless steel 36" wide. Any chance this brake will do the stainless? I have looked at past posts and I think the answer is - - no way - - but the price sure is tempting and I only have to make a few bends in the stainless at that width. Does anybody have one of these or similar model and have any comments? Would it bend 16 ga. stainless 24" wide? I may be able to get away with that width.

Thanks,
Reggie

AZSORT
08-20-2007, 10:23 PM
I've had one of those for several years, and have used it mainly for 18ga cold rolled with good success. Your 18ga SS will test its limits especially if you want a tight corner radius. I've taken some steps to beef up mine like replacing the bolts with hardened ones and welding solid some of the joints. I'd still like to find a 4 to 6' hyd. press brake I could afford.
Greg

PTSideshow
08-20-2007, 10:31 PM
the brake will work for everything but the SS18ga if you only have a couple of simple bends on the SS get the brake and then take the SS to a sheet metal shop[ for the bends and your done and still have the brake:D
They are the far east style manufacture, I have a DI-arco box and another brand seamer and they mean what they say about the ga. As thicker you will need to hold it closed and bend the brake at least 4 arms are needed.

kruszert
08-21-2007, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the replies. I figured the stainless was most likely not going to work. I have been looking for a larger used one but there aren't many and when I find one it is way too expensive.

Reggie

IOWOLF
08-21-2007, 05:58 PM
Where you from?, I know where there is one.

kruszert
08-22-2007, 09:27 AM
I am in Richmond, Va. --- I looked at your profile and it said West Iowa so it would have to be a looooong way from there for me to go get it. The brakes that are rated for 12 ga, which is what I need/want, are usually like 800# or more. No problem for my trailer but shipping cost adds up.

Thanks for the thought,
Reggie

GKman
08-22-2007, 10:53 AM
IOWOLF,
I'll bite, I'm in NW Missouri (Saint Joseph).

Scishopguy
08-22-2007, 02:55 PM
Krusert,

I just got my latest Harbor Fart flier in the mail and they have just what you need for $179.

Item:
36" metal brake with stand
Lot #91012
12 ga. mild steel
16 ga. stainless steel

I have looked at similar brakes in the local HF store and they seem to be reasonable quality construction. It isn't American iron but will probably do the job. ;)

neonman
08-22-2007, 04:30 PM
I've been looking at that 12ga break too, and have found the same one by another supplier. They say 12ga narrow widths...

neonman

Mcgyver
08-22-2007, 05:06 PM
36" metal brake with stand
Lot #91012
12 ga. mild steel
16 ga. stainless steel


you get what you pay for. manual says 18" wide in sheet metal, 22 gage in mild steel. wonder what sheet metal they're taking about @ 12 gage, lead? :D

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IOWOLF
08-22-2007, 06:55 PM
I will get pics.and specs if you want them, but it is a press brake.