Malco TS1 Turbo Shear 20 Gauge Capacity Sheet Metal Cutting Attachment for 3/8-Inch Drills
- Turns your power drill into a power shear
- Inserts into chuck of an A/C or cordless drill
- 20 gauge capacity in galvanized steel
- Navigates tight patterns and square cuts
- TSDC Drill Clamp can be purchased separately
- Made in the USA
TurboShear Drill-Conversion Power Shear The time-saving TURBOSHEAR Model No. TS1 inserts directly into the chuck of a standard 1200 rpm A/C or cordless drill. It's that easy to convert your power drill to a power shear! This rugged but inexpensive accessory cuts straight and to the left and is capable of navigating tight curved patterns and squares in heavy 20-gauge (1.02 mm) galvanized steel. Blind cuts require only a 1/2"(12.7 mm) starting hole. Cutting applications include both ferrous and non-ferrous sheet metals, metal roofing/building panels, vinyl, steel mesh, ductwork, even the thick metal of furnace jackets, equipment enclosures or automotive body panels. An offset design keeps both hands away from work surface. Long-wearing hardened jaws are also replaceable. Features: For premium performance without the premium price of a dedicated power shear, TURBOSHEAR is an easy addition to every tool box. Inserts into chuck of A/C or cordless drill Offset design saves hands Navigates tight patterns and square cuts Cuts a variety of building materials 20 gauge capacity in galvanized steel Cut-away view
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With the TS-1 you need to cut in the proper direction in relation to which piece you are going to keep. The good piece needs to be on the LEFT side of the cut. This will provide a beautiful clean cut with very minimal "waves" whereas the right side will be terribly wavy. Also, the TS-1 acts just like a pair of offset snips: the left blade must be slightly tilted to the right so as the material lies flat on the blade.
Clearly I've never used power metal shears before, because I became ecstatic about how easy it was to cut those panels with this device. It took a few tries to get the feel of it right (especially on the corrugated ridges), but then cutting those panels was a piece of cake.
I was also pleasantly surprised that there wasn't much torque on the red handle while using it. For some reason I was envisioning having to hold onto that handle for dear life to try and keep it from spinning along with the drill. The spinning part that gets stuck into the drill has very little resistance, and so I was actually able to rig up a bracket to hold the handle in place (like the bracket they sell separately) using only zip-ties.
So while I can't compare this to a quality power shear, it beats the heck of trying to cut metal by hand.
The Malco Turbo Shear quickly cut thru the steel. There was no reduction in performance of the tool as the cut progressed. I used a 3/8" corded right angle electric drill to drive the shear. There was some distortion and marking of the steel near the cut, but not so much that my trim molding did not hide.
This tool really beat the pants off of using a Wiss metal shear.