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Old 01-20-2021, 03:48 AM
skintkarter skintkarter is offline
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Bernt, sorry mate, it's the machine - you would be lucky to do 4' of 22 gauge with it (0.80 mm). A decent machine for up to 16 gauge steel probably weighs 6-800kgs. Your machine will be flexing everywhere unfortunately. Raffle it off and buy a decent second hand machine. Machinery house do have some decent 4' gear, but their Kleene type folders are $4k+. A wise old bugger years ago said to me that you buy a lathe by the tonne - same goes for sheetmetal gear unfortunately. If you try folding lighter gauges they will no doubt be crisp. You could try setting the top back to 2x or 3x material thickness, but I'm not sure it's going to help on over 20g.
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