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#1 DCR

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hello everyone,

 

I've been thinking about adding a "nibbler" to may chassis building arsenal of "hammers, hatchets, and chainsaws"...

 

Can you guys please tell me about the brands and models of nibblers you've had the best luck with?

When I was a kid, I had a cheap Craftsman nibbler and I would have been better off trying to cut brass with a rusty hatchet, but from some of the work I see you guys do on the forum, nibbler technology has improved over the years.

Thank you for your advice,

 

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

I have one that I bought many years ago from Micro-Mark (stock number 81477). I am not sure what company made it but it does a decent job. IIRC the price was right too.

 

They also list a POWER nibbler in their catalog but I have no experience using it.

 

I usually can find what I am looking for at Micro-Mark.

 

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

I use this Radio Shack Nibbling Tool. So far it has done all I've asked of it. Makes good clean cuts without distorting the metal.

I have found if you apply some oil to the sheet metal and the cutting tip it will cut up to .040" with no problems.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:07 PM

I have one that I never use, when I did use it I had to spend time flattening the brass out after because the tool deformed the piece that I was working on.

 

I thought I bought a good one, but I guess not  :dash2:


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

Don,

I've had 3 or 4 different kind.

 

It seems to be luck of the draw.

 

The best I've had is the cheap Radio Shack, but other guys have bought the same kind,

brought them by the raceway, and they were noticeably inferior.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

I'm a big fan of the ADEL nibbling tool  - at ~$32 it's near the top of the pack, but it's solidly and superbly made.

Most important to me is the lever arrangement, opposite of plier-style, that puts the top of my hand in the heaviest gripping spot and puts the strength and control where I want it. I've nipped .050" brass with this thing; not something I like to do, but it's the tool to reach for when you don't have the bandsaw and milling machine at your desk!

Highly recommended.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:42 PM

The radio shucks is affordable and (so far) always on the tool rack for sale alongside the solder and tip cleaner.  ANY tool is subject to limitations of use, but this one has no problems with brass in the thickness that we use for pans....up to 0.045" and 0.062" you have to use a little sense and take smaller bites.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:52 PM

Just like Duffy, I prefer the Adel Nibbler. I've tried other brands which are cheaper, but none of them cut thru brass as well as the Adel nibbler. 

 

Here's a link to more info on this nibbler:  http://d3hardbodyrac...hread=42&page=1

 

 

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

My first Adel I got at my hobby shop. He also was a racer and had a Unimat & did my arms till he retired. Where it went????? I got into the retro and couldnt find it.  But I did find the RS :heat:  and hated it. Found the Adel on EBAY and won it :victory:

 

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I prefer the Adel as well. Very handy tool.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

My first Adel I got at my hobby shop. He also was a racer and had a Unimat & did my arms till he retired. Where it went????? I got into the retro and couldnt find it.  But I did find the RS :heat:  and hated it. Found the Adel on EBAY and won it :victory:

 

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I bought one for proto-typing at work in 77, had it for as long as I can remember :wacko2: , got into retro and bought a new used one.   

There is only one 'real good' nib .. Adel


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:54 PM

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 08:37 PM

I've got the "Klein" one pictured above--seems to work just fine.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

With the fat cushion handle and hinged from the other side the ergonomics look better on the Klein.  Made in the USA


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:39 PM

I use the harbor freight nibbler identical to the radio shack version and it works great.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:02 AM

I have one that I never use, when I did use it I had to spend time flattening the brass out after because the tool deformed the piece that I was working on.

 

I thought I bought a good one, but I guess not  :dash2:

 

 

Don,

I've had 3 or 4 different kind.

 

It seems to be luck of the draw.

 

The best I've had is the cheap Radio Shack, but other guys have bought the same kind,

brought them by the raceway, and they were noticeably inferior.

I don't know if I got an exceptionally good Radio Shack and tried exceptionally bad Adel and Klein models,

but the Radio Shack was better than the other 2.

 

And the Adel was bought and picked up by Manta Ray Price, direct from the factory, from Mrs. Adel at the front desk. LOL


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:42 AM

A small manufacturing company that survives on one product.

 

I feel better about the purchase ... 

 

Adel Tool Company is not 'To Big to Fail'.... and so many like it have.

 

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:35 AM

With the fat cushion handle and hinged from the other side the ergonomics look better on the Klein.  Made in the USA

ive got a KLEIN that i bought thru an electrical wholesale house $25.00,
it'll go thru .062 w/no problems,and a clean cut too
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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:13 AM

I got my Adel in the late 1960's and it still works great. I have never cut anything harder than copper or brass with it.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:48 AM

I read this thread back in "13" and when travelling in the US that year I went looking for a nibbler. The only one I could find was the Harbour Freight tool. I bought two (one for my mate back home) as they were only about $7.50

 

Today as I was killing a few minutes in an electronic component store I saw a package that said nibbler on the bottom but the top was covered with a re-label.

I took it to the desk and asked them to look at the brand name...Adel.

 

I bought it for 30.45NZD. 

It looks like a refined tool compared to the HF clunker.

Now I am looking for something to use it on.


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Posted 21 November 2017 - 02:58 AM

It's the real deal there John. Enjoy.


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