When buying a mechanical or hydraulic shear, there are several factors to consider. Here’s a guide to help you make an informed decision:
- Types: Mechanical shears can be driven by a rotary motor through a screw, toggle, lever, or other mechanism.
- Usage: They are typically used for materials up to 10-gauge thickness and in lengths up to 12 feet.
- Advantages: Mechanical shears are fast, low maintenance, and offer an array of features with low power consumption.
- Size Range: They are available in a compact 4-foot option, to a larger more robust 10-foot size.
- Cutting Capacity: They can cut metal sheets ranging from 14 gauge to 10 gauge mild steel.
- Types: Hydraulic shears can be driven by a hydraulic cylinder or hydraulic motor¹. They can also be powered by hand or with manual force that is magnified with a screw, lever, or other mechanism.
- Usage: They are used for direct shearing of a variety of metal materials to meet the demands of industries such as steel production, shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing, container production, electrical switch appliances, machinery manufacturing, and light industry.
- Advantages: Hydraulic shears have become indispensable in industries ranging from construction and demolition to recycling and scrap metal processing.
- Cutting Capacity: Consider the cutting requirements, including the material type and thickness. Choose shears with a cutting capacity that matches your needs, ensuring they can handle the diameter or width of the materials you’ll be cutting.
Remember to consider your specific job needs when choosing between mechanical and hydraulic shears. Each type has its own advantages and is suited for different kinds of work.