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Crusty1
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Re: Nibblers
Crusty1   7/12/2014 6:13:14 AM
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Hi David: That's the type I had and they rearly do work work, especially from inside the box outward.

I will now see how the budget is after buying all those bits of electronic frippery that a man in the know just has to have.

Cheers

Crusty

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Re: Nibblers
David Ashton   7/12/2014 6:02:35 AM
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Crusty...have a look at this one I found on Ebay, it is identical to the one I have:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Hand-Nibbler-Sheet-Metal-Cutting-Tool-NEW-/270996948066?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f18ad4462&_uhb=1



US$ 30 plus nearly 50 postage.  Also sharp intake of breath material.....

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Re: Nibblers
David Ashton   7/12/2014 5:28:59 AM
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@Crusty I found the following at Element 14 (Farnell) but (a) none of them look like mine and (b) the prices are likely to give you a sharp intake of breath.....(as E14 prices are wont to do :-)

http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/search/results.jsp?N=0&Ntk=gensearch&Ntt=nibbler&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&suggestions=false&ref=globalsearch&_requestid=61574

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Re: Nibblers
David Ashton   7/12/2014 5:21:30 AM
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Hi Crusty..  Don'tcha hate it when one of your tools passes on to tool heaven and you can't find another one?  I will keep my eyes open and let you know if I find one..   I can thoroughly recommend the drill-accessory ones but I see your point, my hand one is also more suited to square holes, though it is going the way of yours I fear.....

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Nibblers
Crusty1   7/12/2014 4:54:58 AM
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Hi David,

Nibblers for aluminium sheet of up to 1mm thickness I had a lovely hand operated nibbler, sadly it passed away, through my own fault of presenting it with too much to nibble.

Problem is I have never been able to find another, Its not always useful to have a drill driven one.

Car boots and second hand tool shops have never turned up another for me. If any reader knows wherethe are still obtainable then you would get a big thanks from Crusty.

Nibblers are great for square holes.

 

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Re: Kind of limited article
David Ashton   7/10/2014 4:46:15 PM
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@Another - this article could have been 3 or 4 times the size it is and I still would not have covered all possible ways of making holes.  

So how WOULD you make a hole in glass?  As I recall there are special drill bits for that??

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Kind of limited article
another nickname   7/10/2014 3:53:33 PM
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I use a bit wider variety of tools to make holes.

Most of the time, it's just a nail and a hammer . It's the breakable medium (e.g. glass) when you have to get creative. Microtorch (and anything combustible) gets me excited easily but I couldn't use it as much as I'd like to. Old soldering iron could be used to make holes in PVCs - of course, you wouldn't use the tip directly, you would wrap metal wire of needed diameter on it . And then there are chemicals - lovely sulfuric acid made more holes in my clothes than in the objects of my experiments.

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Re: drills
TonyTib   7/10/2014 12:59:01 PM
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Also, another option is to look on eBay for a working used drill of the same or similar model, for one to salvage for parts, or for the broken part.  It's a long shot, but worth trying.

 

 

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Re: drills
TonyTib   7/10/2014 12:51:50 PM
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It looks like not everything is made in China; for example, on Amazon I found a German made Bosch drill (for >$400) and a German made Fein drill (>$800).  I believe that Proxxon rotary tools are still made in Germany, but they're not drills.


BTW, just about everything is "globally sourced", including a lot of stuff that's "Made In China".  For example, most memory (DRAM, flash) isn't made in China.

Also off topic: my vacuum is a German-made Bosch canister vac.  The price was reasonable (unlike Miele and some others).  It's 8 years old and still going strong; the Dyson canister vac was more expensive, made in Malasia, and had a lot of quality complaints.

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Re: drills
David Ashton   7/9/2014 6:10:40 PM
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Hi Wayne.  Sorry we can't satisfy your patriotism!  But go into a store and have a look at DeWalt - I am really impressed by the quality of the one I have.  It has an aluminium body, not plastic, and gives the appearance of being built "like a brick outhouse".   Of course I have only had it for a couple of years now and I don't know if it will last 35 years.   But then you gain features as well when you get a new one.  

BTW I did a story recently about fixing a Black and Decker here if you didn't see it...

PS I never wanted kids...so your offer of your first born has me gasping thankfully that I didn't find a "Made in USA" drill for you :-)

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