Review: SHOP FOX M1011 24-Inch Box and Pan Brake

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    • David Wright
    • April 20, 2016
    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Box and Pan brake, October 25, 2009
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    David Wright (Ames, Iowa United States) –
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    This review is from: SHOP FOX M1011 24-Inch Box and Pan Brake (Tools & Home Improvement)
    I have used this Box and Pan brake for about a month and have made dozens of pans and hundreds of single bends without any problems. I have been bending 20Ga (0.032 in.) sheet steel that is 20 inches or less in width and 14 Ga (0.064 in.) brass bar that is 2 inches or less in width. The machine is sturdy, accurate, easy to use and seems well built. I got it on sale from Amazon with free super saver shipping and I am very happy with the purchase so far. If anything changes I will comment later.
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    • M Koncar
    • April 20, 2016
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good buy for the hobbyist, December 6, 2013
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    M Koncar (Minnesota) –

    This review is from: SHOP FOX M1011 24-Inch Box and Pan Brake (Tools & Home Improvement)
    Let’s be honest: If you’re looking seriously at buying this machine price is your number one consideration. I picked this up offline locally for $260 about two weeks ago. For that price, I think it’s excellent, especially compared to my previously method of bending sheet metal with a 4-inch hand seamer and a hammer over the edge of my workbench.

    But there are some downsides.

    The fit and finish leave something to be desired. You’ll need to take a file to some rough areas to avoid snags and/or scrapes. The black striping on the feet is just some low quality tape poorly applied.

    This is not a precision machine. The teeth don’t line up perfectly. However, for hobby bending it doesn’t affect the quality of the bend that I can tell. Just know that they come close, but aren’t perfect.

    The un-painted parts come covered in rust-preventing grease that the directions say to remove with a mild solvent. I used Goo Gone, which worked like a charm. However, it’s not plug and play. Plan on spending at least two hours cleaning it off and setting it up.

    The positives:

    It is lightweight compared to most machines of this type. At 90 pounds it’s not a feather, but I can pick it up and move it around as needed. My workshop is a 9×12 basement bedroom, so the ability to put it away is important to me.

    Actual capacity of my machine is 24 and 1/4 inches. There is a further 3/4 clearance total for the hinges.

    Overall, this is an excellent buy, especially if you don’t have the space for a 350lbs monster. Within the capacity of the machine, there is nothing it won’t do. Maybe someday I’ll get the $5000 Diacro brake I really wanted, but if not this one will probably still be working fine when my kids deal with my estate decades from now.

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    • Marcia Brzezinski
    • April 20, 2016

    Great place to learn how to make it yourself much much cheaper. Just google for 'woodprix' website:)

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