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    Years ago I had a set of hand nibblers,the kind that work from under the sheet so the layout line can be seen easily.

    Those have walked off and I'm looking for a new set,but a set of good ones with a max capacity of .025" mild steel.

    Anybody know where to look or if they are even made anymore?
    I just need one more tool,just one!

  • #2
    That's one of the handiest tools I've used on sheet material. What you had probably puts mine to shame, but anyway I got this one at Radio Shack. I've been tempted a couple of times to duplicate this one in a heavier duty configuration, and also in a finer nibble tip. This one cuts 1/4 inch wide and takes out about .080 or so per chip. I'd like to go maybe 1/8 wide and 3/16 long, and also use a round tip like I've seen on power nibblers. I'd love to have one that would take a bite out of thicker material, say up to .1 or so- probably have to be hydraulic and have a tip made from unobtanium.

    Anyway, I'm not helping you except to say you can get, or at least used to be able to get, a cheap one at RS.
    Last edited by darryl; 05-06-2010, 10:50 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by darryl
      That's one of the handiest tools I've used on sheet material. What you had probably puts mine to shame, but anyway I got this one at Radio Shack. I've been tempted a couple of times to duplicate this one in a heavier duty configuration, and also in a finer nibble tip. This one cuts 1/4 inch wide and takes out about .080 or so per chip. I'd like to go maybe 1/8 wide and 3/16 long, and also use a round tip like I've seen on power nibblers. I'd love to have one that would take a bite out of thicker material, say up to .1 or so- probably have to be hydraulic and have a tip made from unobtanium.

      Anyway, I'm not helping you except to say you can get, or at least used to be able to get, a cheap one at RS.
      Darryl,that's what pains me,the ones I had took out a curl 3/32" wide.Brass plated forged steel handles.I got them in a Military auction along with some airdrills.No mfg name on them either.

      I can find plenty of the fender nibblers and the Klien nibblers,but those are more for ductwork mechanics where all that's needed is something quieter than a .38 pistol and about as accurate.

      If somebody was gonna run off with one of my tools,why couldn't they pick something easily replaceable?
      I just need one more tool,just one!

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      • #4
        I have one of those I bought in the late 1960's and used for cutting out sheet steel for making expansion chambers for my dirt bikes. It worked great then. I still have it but it's a lot harder to use now. Some of it is because it's a but dull but the main reason is I can't grip the handlebars like an ape any more

        One of the most useful tools I've ever owned, btw, and nothing can do what it can do, especially in tight places like a dash board.

        The most recent task was to cut out a rectangle on a Square D breaker panel so I could add a breaker. That is some pretty thick sheet metal but it did a fine job. Hope you locate yours.

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        • #5
          I have a pair of those. They are called nibblers. Look in electronic supply houses, that's where I got mine, years ago.

          This might work but it is a bit expensive:

          http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/...WW%252bw%3d%3d

          Or this one is more reasonable:

          http://www.newark.com/gc-electronics..._merch=Popular Products&in_merch=Popular Products&MER=PPSO_N_C_EverywhereElse_None

          This page has one that looks like mine. It is the one at the bottom, not the one in the middle. I used one like the one in the middle once and it was horrible. Don't waste your money on it.

          http://www.mcmaster.com/#nibblers/=6zcg53

          Only bad thing is they leave a trail of marks on both sides of the cut.
          Paul A.
          SE Texas

          Make it fit.
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          • #6
            I bought some hand nibbler from eastwood awhile ago.
            what a peice of #%#!.
            the blade doesnt match the anvil at all, wayy undersized, so it has potential to bind, unlike my air nibbler that never binds, but using a round die.. I wanted one with a square die so I could cut square inside corners.

            While im sure a quality built one is just as awsome if not moreso as my air nibbler, a cheap manual nibbler sucks.
            also the chip it cut out would spiral around ontop and often get sorta 'stuck' in the tool due to poor design.

            An air over hydrolic one would likey just gnaw through massive metal.

            Maybe start with one of the $60~100 air panel crimpers/pump (air over hydrolic) and modify the head attachment to be a nibbler and the trigger to be automatic insted of manual.. (or not)
            Warning: change the oil on these when you get them, mine is full of metal savings suspended in the hydrolic oil, Can't be good for the seals.
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            • #7
              The nibblers we had 30 years ago worked really well. I haven't seen a decent one since.
              If you pay less than $100, I suspect you won't be happy with it.
              Mike

              My Dad always said, "If you want people to do things for you on the farm, you have to buy a machine they can sit on that does most of the work."

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              • #8
                Here is a link to the good old nibbler - I bought my first one in 1964.

                http://www.adelnibbler.com/

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                • #9
                  The Adel nibbler looks good, but tops out at 18gage.
                  Which probably means its really best at up to 20 gage.

                  A good place to find quality tools like this, not cheap, is where the airframe mechanics shop-
                  US Tool-
                  http://www.ustool.com/store/cart.php?m=content&page=6

                  They usually have the better brands, and the hard to find stuff- like Clecos- since Boeing Surplus closed their retail store, they are hard to find, but these guys have em, in all sizes.

                  They stock the Adel, and spare punches for it.

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                  • #10
                    Surely you're not talking about the Bernz Cutter.



                    I got mine back in the '70s. I think there was another blade for shapes, but I couldn't find it.
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                    • #11
                      I have an old surplus adel nibbler, that's getting long in the tooth, as well as one of those radio shack versions, and I prefer the adel version. They say it will cut 18 G steel; that'll get you carpel tunnel fired up, I bet.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bruce Griffing
                        Here is a link to the good old nibbler - I bought my first one in 1964.

                        http://www.adelnibbler.com/

                        Yes, that is a good one: the one I have. Well made. I believe the McMaster link I posted above is for one of those. At least it looks like it.
                        Paul A.
                        SE Texas

                        Make it fit.
                        You can't win and there IS a penalty for trying!

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                        • #13
                          The Adel nibbler,how wide a kerf does it make?

                          The nibbler I had looked like a handsaw set,it had a single tooth that bobbed up and down and cut a ribbon out instead of cresent shaped chips.

                          What I liked about it was the thing allowed my wrist to stay straight,yet give full view of the cut line.It was great for cutting out slots in machinery shims.
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            I don't know the width, but the Adel makes small rectangular chips. It will cut a slot (is this what you meant by ribbon?). When I purchased mine first one in '64, they were mostly being sold into the electronics industry for making odd shaped openings in aluminum chassis boxes.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bruce Griffing
                              I don't know the width, but the Adel makes small rectangular chips. It will cut a slot (is this what you meant by ribbon?). When I purchased mine first one in '64, they were mostly being sold into the electronics industry for making odd shaped openings in aluminum chassis boxes.
                              Ahh,the one I had made a continous ribbon which was nice for electrical work since there were no tiny little pieces of metal to keep track of.
                              I just need one more tool,just one!

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