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A nibbler is a tool for cutting sheet metal with minimal distortion. One type operates much like a punch and die, with a blade that moves in a linear fashion against a fixed die, removing small bits of metal and leaving a kerf approximately 6 mm wide. Another type operates similar to tin snips, but shears the sheet along two parallel tracks 3-6 mm apart, rolling up the waste in a tight spiral as it cuts. Nibblers may be manual (hand operated) or powered.

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I used to use a nibbler when I first started in the trade. its a blade mounted on the end of a motor, with a table & guard for cutting round soles & heels etc.

 

Was a good bit of kit & like any in our industry is only as dangerous as the operator, just treat it with respect & it will respect you!

 

I quite liked the old nibbler!

 

Lee

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I used to use a nibbler when I first started in the trade. its a blade mounted on the end of a motor, with a table & guard for cutting round soles & heels etc.

 

Was a good bit of kit & like any in our industry is only as dangerous as the operator, just treat it with respect & it will respect you!

 

I quite liked the old nibbler!

 

Lee

 

I don't disagree Lee But................

 

If you were employing staff in todays world would you want this dangerous, unnessasery machine in your workshops. I know I wouldn't, this thing doesn't nibbler your fingers if you catch them, it cuts em off in a second...leave it out Dan [-X

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It would only become dangerous if the blade was blunt,.

 

You wouldn't change the blade if it wasn't blunt, so at some stage the blade would become blunt before you renewed it.. 8) :) :) :)

 

 

bit like a knife that isn't sharp. That's when you get it snatching.

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You only sharpen a blunt knife.........so then again at some stage its blunt. :wink: :wink:

 

I would use one if I felt the need, but I don't...and certainly wouldn't allow staff near one. Thats all I'm saying.

I wouldn't be surprised if they've stopped making them, because of the dangers. A ranger is a far more accurate and proffesional tool.

 

Would like to hear Keith and Peters veiw......

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Whitfield stopped making these machines about 10 years ago. They are good in the right hands, the problem is hanging on to them :lol:

 

On a serious note, with a good blade on them and in capable hands they are good machines. However, there are safety concerns and I believe a ranger to be a better option :D So I concur with PLanet UK900 :shock:

 

The blades for these machines are still avaialble, but they are expensive as we have them specially made.

 

Keith

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You only sharpen a blunt knife.........so then again at some stage its blunt. :wink: :wink:

 

A shocking revelation! I sharpen my knife at least once a day, sometimes more, to keep it in tip top condition, I don't want to be spending time sharpening a knife I'VE allowed to become blunt [-X

 

Lee

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But you wouldn't change a nibbler blade every five minutes because of the cost.

The Rounder blade can be removed and sharpened as required, by rubbing the flat side on 180 grade abrasive paper, then finishing with 400 grade.

The last cutter lasted over three year, the current one was given to me by Hugh & is doing very nicely.

Have been thinking of having a cutter manufactured in carbide, but not enquired yet.

 

Keef or Pete, PM me the current cost of these please

 

Mark, I guess the Rounder was manufactured with the craftsman of cobblers in mind :lol: :lol: :lol: LoLaLoT :lol: :lol: but I do own a Ranger too \:D/

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Mark, I guess the Rounder was manufactured with the craftsman of cobblers in mind :lol: :lol: :lol: LoLaLoT :lol: :lol: but I do own a Ranger too \:D/

 

You can't seriously think a true craftsman needs one of these things....Its for those without any skill with a knife.I'll sort the one out in my garage Tel, you can have it :) :)

 

Love Planet...........

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Only a "True" cobbler can use one of these properly to its best advantage,

 

Slight exageration there old fella :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: My missus could use one, its not rocket science and requires no skill as such, but she would find using a knife a little more challenging. :roll: :roll:

 

 

 

Many welts cut off with this...... is that how you became proficiant in re-welting planet? :D :D

 

I was born proficiant Hugh.... :) :)

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