I'm in the market for a small benchtop shear. It will cut mostly FR4 (glass fiber/epoxy composite -- rather abrasive stuff) circuit board material and light gage aluminum sheet and only used once or twice a month. I figured a cheap one like one of these http://www.wttool.com/category-exec/category_id/16745 would do the job. Price ranges from $70 - $120, seems reasonable for an import.
But then I remember that the first place I worked at used a Pexto shear for the same purpose and ended up giving it away free when it wasn't used any longer, so I hop on eBay to find a used one. BIG eye opener. These things are insanely priced to the point that they seem like collector's items. I really like the sturdy looks of the DiAcro#2 6" shear, but $500 for a small, heavily used, manual shear? $1100 for a 9"? I could get a nice lathe for that price!
Is this just eBayers preying on the HSM guys (these are "buy it now" prices) or are they really selling for that much? I know, I know: what the market will bear and all that, but these prices look all out of proportion to value.
Another question would be: has anyone used one of the shears like the Wholesale Tool one above for cutting PC board material? Does it do a good job? Alternately, have any of you guys built your own shear? I'm thinking it might be a fun project.