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  1. #1
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    Any suggestions or links to someplace to get a good metal brake for the van. Wish I would have saved the dough I spent on the cheap one I bought. Looking to buy a decent one. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks

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    How big?

    We have a Grizzly 4' box and pan break at the shop and it works mighty well.

    I would stay away from the Malco brake, those couldn't brake tin foil right.
    "If you call that hard work, a koala’s life would look heroic."

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    that would be the cheap one I'm talking about. I think I could do anything I'll need to do for quite a while w/ a 4' break. haven't checked grizzley but I'll do that now.
    Thanks

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    Spend the extra money on a box and pan.

    You could spend a little more and buy an American made tool from Tennsmith, Proformer (eBay) or Roper Whitney...

    Why support the Chinese if there is a choice?
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    "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. It's unwise to pay too little.
    When you pay too much, you lose a little money -- that is all. When you pay too little, you may lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot -- it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."

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    I would stay away from the Malco brake, those couldn't brake tin foil right.
    I have one of those... Total POS!! I can do better metal folds with a 24" barfolder than that Malco brake...


    Now once I saw a guy use a barfolder that was able to make pitsburghs... It seemed like it worked OK, slow, but ok... Has anyone heard of this? He said he got it from an old man... I am interested in trying this for pinch situations.

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    there used to be a thread on here ( I think in the tips and tricks of the trade section) about someone showing how to so that. I looked pretty slick when they were done.

    Maybe one of the mods will come along and post a link. I don't know how.

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    Originally posted by dockterp
    http://www.hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthr...hreadid=100184

    Let's see if that worked.
    Hey, thanks!! I guess I can do it with the Bar folders I have already. Cool!

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