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    New in field and would like insight on portable brake to keep in the van.Most work is residental.Any imformation is much appreciated.

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    we have an old heavy 3' brake in our install truck makes life good on installs. have seen some lighter ones at supply houses. would not go smaller than 3', 4' would be even better.

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    I've used Malcos, and I didnt like it, It makes un-even bends,very hard to adjust, just purchased one from Harbor Freigh tools, we paid $200 and it works like a charm, here a link
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91012

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    I have heard nothing less than 48", here ya go, This is what I would get and a mini pitts with flanger, thenI would get the press brake, pan, slip roll, shear combo tool for another 300$

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=5907

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=7562

    [Edited by John(Chicago) on 03-28-2006 at 10:29 PM]

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    I would not own the one in the first link.

    The only thing wrong with the one in the second link is this: Weight: 290 lbs.

    Doesn't make it very portable.

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    Originally posted by Jultzya
    Malco 4' Metal Brake

    Junk! I wouldn't buy that.

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    These are good for portability/durability. It's what I own and I love em.


    http://eaglemorlin.com/brakes.html

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    Originally posted by 2hot2coolme
    Originally posted by Jultzya
    Malco 4' Metal Brake

    Junk! I wouldn't buy that.
    I personally have never used one of the Malco's.

    Just passing on information, but I thought they had a pretty good rep... except, that they don't bend a sharp tight corner?

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    Originally posted by Jultzya
    Originally posted by 2hot2coolme
    Originally posted by Jultzya
    Malco 4' Metal Brake

    Junk! I wouldn't buy that.
    I personally have never used one of the Malco's.

    Just passing on information, but I thought they had a pretty good rep... except, that they don't bend a sharp tight corner?
    I have a buddy that bought that one about a year ago, he was very disappointed. It's flimsy and you can't make a hem & flange with it. So he finally went out and bought the Morlin...

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    Originally posted by 2hot2coolme
    It's flimsy and you can't make a hem & flange with it.
    Yep, that makes it pretty much useless in my book.

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    Harbor Freight used to some pretty cheap crap when they started out (all tools in general). I went into one of their stores recently and was impressed. Yes, they still have some cheap crap, but now offer some nice crap as well. My wife now hates Harbor Freight.

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    first time I seen 1 person..much less 2 people post something positive about Harbor Freight without being tared and feathered.... kind of shocked me.
    73% of Americans say that illegal immigration is a problem. The other 27% say, "No habla inglis!"

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