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Tin Snips – Straight, right and left hand tin snips (also called aviation snips) are essential to even the most basic of sheet metal work. They are basically just super heavy duty scissors. They are color coded red for port or left hand, green for starboard or right hand, yellow for straight cuts.
Plasma Cutter – A plasma cutter is a life saver for irregular shapes or thicker metal. Sure they are much more expensive than mechanical cutting tools, but for really complicated shapes and cut-outs nothing is faster and easier than a plasma cutter.
Throatless Shear – Throatless hand shear design amplifies leverage with rack and pinion gearing and an extended handle, so you’ll easily slice through 14-ga. mild steel and 18-ga. stainless. Tool steel blades (adjustable for wear) provide burr-free cuts.
Electric Metal Shears – Similar to tin snips and the Throatless Shear, the electricl
MIG Welder – The most basic joining tool is a wire feed MIG welder, but MIG isn’t that great for thin sheet metal work. It will work in a pinch if you are good, but they are usually too powerful to weld body panels easily without burning through.
Clamps – Magnetic and mechanical clamps and holders keep the patch in place, so you don’t need 3 hands to do the job. For butt welds Intergrip panel clamps will keep patches perfectly aligned while you weld
Bead Rollers -prefect for adding strength to thin access panels, floor pans, trunk floors and more. Bead rollers can also be used to make professional looking louvers for hoods and trunk lids. They can even be used to form curved panels for things like roll pans.
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