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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
This came up in another thread with one of our members asking about tools
for shearing up his sheet metal.
In my distant past when I was not much more than a boy, I did serve a sheet metal
apprenticeship and over those years I accumulated all the hand tools needed by
a journeyman tinner. I bought good tools and here, fifty years later still have them
and use them. But of course I'm always willing to add something new to the tool
box. So....I've been reading several books at bed time devoted to metal shaping
and in several places the use of Gilbow shears pops up. These are similar to
a pair of our tin snips but supposedly much better and it appears to be the
metal shear of choice for many decades by the metal shapers across the pond.
Irwin here in the US makes Gilbow shears but apparently they only market
them in the UK. Sears has them listed in their online catalog so I jumped thru
all their hoops and when I got to the last check point they sprung the shipping
charge on me, which was actually more than the pair of shears I was ordering.
It's obvious that they don't stock them and with a shipping cost of over $30 that
they are a drop shipped item from the UK.
I guess the reason I'm posting this is in the off chance that someone here may
be able to clue me in on a US source where they've bought them from.
(And NO Louis....you needn't bother looking up and posting a link to one of the
dozens of sites I've already searched on the internet. I'm looking for first hand info.)
Denny G
Sandwich, IL

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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Disregard....placed and order already.
dg
p.s.
tks Rhys.

Dan Lockwood Avatar
O'Fallon, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 31996 by Denny Graham Disregard....placed and order already.
dg
p.s.
tks Rhys.

Well?



Dan
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Dan Lockwood Avatar
O'Fallon, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 32016 by Dan Lockwood
In reply to # 31996 by Denny Graham Disregard....placed and order already.
dg
p.s.
tks Rhys.

Well?

I think that was my shortest post ever... smiling smiley



Dan
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Speeddemon Louis Poleet (Suspended)
Roslindale, MA, USA   USA
1970 CycleKart Custom "Rose"
Call (1-800- go -irwin) to find a local Irwin gilbow shear/tool dealer in your area .cheers



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018-04-06 11:08 AM by Speeddemon.

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Speeddemon Louis Poleet (Suspended)
Roslindale, MA, USA   USA
1970 CycleKart Custom "Rose"
Phone (1-800- go- irwin). to find a local Irwin gilbow shear/tool dealer in your area.cheers



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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Well what????
And I guess Louis can't read.
dg

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Speeddemon Louis Poleet (Suspended)
Roslindale, MA, USA   USA
1970 CycleKart Custom "Rose"
Its Not a helpful webb link nor a helpful webb site addy denny.it s a helpful reply/phone number for all who have interest in said subject matter. Cheers



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Dan Lockwood Avatar
O'Fallon, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 32027 by Denny Graham Well what????
And I guess Louis can't read.
dg

Well what????

Where did you buy them?



Dan
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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Sears and Sawbuck Dan. Best import price and shipping combo.
Bought two pair which splits up the $25 shipping between them,
not making it hurt to much.
They are not carried by any US distributors, it's a product for the
European market only and has to be imported. Especially since
Irwin has been gobbled up by Stanley-Black & Decker back a
couple of years ago..
I feel a need to compare them to my trusty old Wiss snips just to
see if there is all that much difference.
dg

Dan Lockwood Avatar
O'Fallon, MO, USA   USA
In reply to # 32043 by Denny Graham Sears and Sawbuck Dan. Best import price and shipping combo.
Bought two pair which splits up the $25 shipping between them,
not making it hurt to much.
They are not carried by any US distributors, it's a product for the
European market only and has to be imported. Especially since
Irwin has been gobbled up by Stanley-Black & Decker back a
couple of years ago..
I feel a need to compare them to my trusty old Wiss snips just to
see if there is all that much difference.
dg

Should have bought 6 and then the shipping would be even less... smiling smiley



Dan
O'Fallon MO

1976 Harley FLH Shovelhead Restored
2009 Harley FLTRSE CVO Road Glide
In Process Boardtrack Racer 113" V-twin

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Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Want to see if they're all they're cracked up to be first Dan so I'm trying
an 8" and 10" straight cut. If so.....I just may add a left and right and may
a couple of the bigger jaws.
FIN
dg

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Well just a fair warning to anyone thinking of replacing their Wiss snips with
Irwin Gilbows.......don't.......taint worth the cost or trouble of finding them.
I got my two pair, an 8 and a 10, today. The way they are riveted, they are
so stiff it takes two hands to open them up. Not to mention, that if you had
any appreciable amount of cutting to do, not being a compound lever like
the Wiss snips, you would get worn out in no time at all. Comparing both
the Gilbow shear and Wiss aviation snips, for the price of one Gilbow shear
I could have a set, i.e., Left, Right & Straight cut Wiss snips. And they are available
in every hardware store in every town in every state here in the US.
Down side vs upside......after 50 years you throw the Wilss snips away. After 50 years
you can sharpen the Gilbows and put a new rivet in them if you're still alive
or the wife can put them in the garage sale for $1 after you've passed on
So......now I know, taint all they're cracked up to be!
dg

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chrisenamels Silver Member Chris Brown
Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, UK   GBR
If only you'd asked first Denny, I used Gilbow snips in school metalwork, I've got a pair that were Dad's here somewhere, I've also got a set of compound snips hanging up in the workshop. That tells you something, I haven't bothered looking for the Gilbow's as they're such hard work compared to the compound ones, that said most of my metal cutting (copper) is done with a bandsaw.

Chris

Denny Graham Silver Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
The only advantage that I can see Chris, and it's something that is pointed out in several shaping books,
is that the Gilbows leave a clean edge were most compound snips used in the sheet metal trade
have a serrated edge, which they say, is not desirable when metal shaping. I personally don't see
a problem dealing with the edge in anything that I've done. But of course, I'm a level 101 when
it comes to metal shaping.
After having a pair of Gilbows in my hands, it seems to me that it was the step between the
ancient Roman tin snips and the compound snips we have to day. In other words, old school
technology or something that was popular back in the early part of the last century.
But.....that's just my two cents worth......I'm sure John Glover and his following would disagree.
dg

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