Metabo released a new 12-gauge shear earlier this week. It appears to be a pretty straightforward shear with a 5.2 amp motor, a max torque of 53 in-lbs, and 3,000 no-load strokes per minute.
Metabo says it’ll handle 12-gauge mild steel and 14-gauge mild stainless with a minimum cutting radius of 3/4″, and the tool’s designed for use with metal and plastic. The tool itself is 11″ long and weighs 6 lbs. One slick feature: A tool rest on top of the shear can act as a bench mount so you can turn the tool over and use it as a stationary shear. A lock-on switch makes stationary use make sense.
We’ll report back with more information once we have a chance to talk to Metabo about it. On the surface it appears to be similar to the DeWalt and other shears on the market. Often the difference between Metabo power tools and others isn’t clearly visible on the surface, though. Their angle grinders are first class — look for a hands-on with one here shortly that’s in process right now — but many of their strong features are inside, designed to improve reliability as well as performance.
We couldn’t find a listing for it yet on Metabo’s website, but a Froogle search did turn up one for pre-sale at $575.40.
The Metabo Ku6870 12-Gauge Shear [Froogle]