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mini nibbler

I found this “mini-nibbler” marked down ffrom $30 to $20 in the “web exclusive” section of the Eastwood Company’s website.  Eastwood claims they to require less effort to cut due to their unique blade and handle design, and they’ll start cutting from a hole as small as 1/4″.  They handle up to 16-gauge brass, copper, or aluminum and 18-gauge mild steel.

Eastwood Mini Nibbler [Eastwood Company]

 

3 Responses to Dealmonger: A Mini-Nibbler For $20

  1. Randy says:

    OK, I’m asking out of ignorance, so please inform me if you know: What does a lightweight nibbler do that a pair of tin snips doesn’t do? It looks like the cut is a little flatter, while tin snips can sometimes give a little bend at the edge, but is that the only difference? Perhaps it’s the hand orientation to the work that allows better cuts on big flat pieces (above the plane of the metal rather than in the same plane). Still, it looks like a neat tool.

  2. SouseMouse says:

    A nibbler is much better for cutting out a hole in the middle of something. This one’s unusual to me in that it cuts a strip. I’ve only used nibblers that “nibble”; that is they cut little bites out of the material. They’re good for enlarging holes or cutting slots. Also, as you pointed out, the orientation can be a huge advantage in certain situations. I recently used a nibbler to cut a small portion of my 4Runner’s inner fender out so I could access a bolt without removing the steering box. Snips would have been useless in that cramped spot.

    Oh, and my nibbler was about $5. I got it on sale at Radio Shack (of all places!) several months ago. The curve on its handles was horribly uncomfortable, so I used the hardy hole on my anvil as a leverage point to bend them straighter. Unlike this one it actually “nibbles”, but this one probably requires a lot less force. I’m tempted to give these a try, but I’m also interested in HF’s air nibbler.
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=46061
    Anybody have experience with that one? HF “20% off” coupons are common enough, which would make it $24. An extra $4 to let air do the work? Sounds fair… assuming they’re not crap.

  3. Ahh yes, I have the Radio Shack nibbler too. It’s great for making panel cutouts for connectors and displays. A drill bit starts the hole, then the nibbler enlarges and squares it.

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