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#1 cogito69


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:54 AM

I am looking for a smallish box brake and a 12" or better guillotine shear. I will be working mostly with 16 oz. copper sheet not much bigger than 12" X 12" and sometimes a good deal smaller. I have looked into 3 in1 machines (shear/brake/roller) and have heard mostly bad things about the tools available, "Jack of all trades, master of none" being the best comment. I have looked at the Baileigh BB-2416E brake and it looks about right, but a little pricey if I still have to invest in a good guillotine shear as well. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any assistance.

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#2 Rich Waugh

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 08:24 AM

Look at these: http://www.grizzly.c...Box-Brake/G0556   and   http://www.grizzly.c...Pan-Brake/G0557  and  http://www.grizzly.c...ch-Shear/T10051


I'd recommend the 24" brake over 12" as we all tend to end up wanting a bigger tool.  I've had very good performance from my Grizzly 48" finger brake.

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 03:27 PM


cogito69 I think Baileigh has some good tools and also a sponsor here and you can get a discount being a member of this site. The difference I see between the Baileigh and the Grizzly is the Baileigh is on a stand.

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:18 AM

Thanks, guys.

I did not know about the Baileigh discount. Definitely something to look into as I like the quality of their machines.

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 08:28 AM

New member here but I just took the plunge on a Baileigh 36" 16 ga box/pan brake.


I had a conversation with one of the guys there; after extensive research, my head was spinning as far as comparing 'home shop' quality brakes in a given price range.  In the end, everything is made in China but I am trusting that the Baileigh ha better quality control, a better finish and to some extent their products are produced with some it of pride vs. some of the other guys.


One big difference between capability and capacity is that the Baileigh is rated at 16 ga. while the others are all 20 ga. for mild steel.  It also has a smaller pan depth rating which may account for the higher capacity (e.g. some part of the brake is made thicker/stronger).


Any way you slice it, $750 is nearly double the cost of what a Grizzley or something else will get you.  Sure, it has a stand and a counterweight but otherwise, hoping it will be worth it.


If nothing else, going this route has lead me to their wide range of tools and I have plans to purchase the 'notch' (corner shear) and I already have a 12" hand shear coming from them.


I'm not necessarily an 'artist' but rather will be designing synthesizer enclosures and control panels for personal use and for friends.


I will know how the Baileigh performs in a few weeks as I anticipate arrival week after next. Despite what I see as very low activity here, I'll update this thread; feel free to contact me with specific questions if you have any.



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