Screw Punch (inexpensive)

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  1. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

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    OK you guys know me............. I'm ..........ummm........ cheap.

    So I found this on eBay for $11.99 with shipping. Not bad and I guess when I need a specific hole size I'll have to order the bit. But this got me a punch to start with and at not too bad a price.

    Came in today and it works very well. Anyway, if you want one and don't have the $60+ for the all in one you may want to think about this way.

    OK......... all you guys that use the punch............... what bit do you use the most?

    john

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  2. cmdrted

    cmdrted Active Member

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    All of them! But seriously I use the 1 to 2mm range the most, but have quite a bit of use up to 3.5mm. I very seldom use 3.5 to 5mm, if it helps.
  3. Gil

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    Nice Price, But...,

    John,

    I think you just discovered the expensive parts...,

    -Gil
  4. Bowdenja

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    I believe you are right Gil, but if I don't need all of the bits then I might still come out ahead. Anyway, this way I can put off sticker shock, and spread out the payments until times get a little better.:grin:

    The great thing about planes is that there aren't that many small holes, unlike ships with all those portholes. So if I can get by with just a couple of the bits I'll still come out pretty good.

    You guys are correct, this thing is fun to use and makes a heck of a nice hole. I just wish there were bigger bits to make cutting out tires and hubs easier.

    john
  5. John Griffin

    John Griffin Member

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    Cheaper punch

    I use those small brass tubes from the hobby shop stock. They are usually 12" or 18" longcome in round, aerfoil, square, rectangular and hexagonal cross-sesctions for a couple of dollars each, more or less. They can be sawn off short and sharpened.
  6. cgutzmer

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    How do you sharpen those? A couple pics of how you do that would be awesome - when you have time anyway....
    Chris
  7. DrBill

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    For brass tubes, try a needle file for square tubing, a Dremel conical grinder for round tubes (or a round needle file). Another trick I learned from Jeff Cwiock is to use 1-1.5" lengths of steel piano wire in different diameters from about 1/32" up. Dress one end with a bench grinder or (slower) a good file -- the flat surface is plenty sharp for cardstock. Use something like hardened fiber board for an anvil (wood is too soft, metal or formica too hard). Position the wire of correct diameter over the area to be punched and tap with a small hammer. You get an incredibly clean hole. Great for portholes or other small holes. Use brass tubing for holes larger than 1/8".
  8. Bowdenja

    Bowdenja Active Member

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  9. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Holy Moly, what a price!
    I just ordered one also, thanks, John!8) :grin:

    Russell
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    the price nice maybe i will order one to

    any more suggestion for good punch let say not more than 60$?
  11. Dave Treby

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    Has anyone found an equivalent product and supplier in the UK?
  12. smyfe

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    Just read it properly, the item is located in LA but the postage is only £5.00 so it's still a great buy:)
  14. dfarrell

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    I just found these "hole punching pliers" at Harbor Freight for $3.99. Punches holes from 2mm to 4.5mm. I've tested it out and it works OK. It likes thicker paper but if you twist the paper before releasing the handle, you can get a clean hole in paper too.
  15. dfarrell

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    I just found these "hole punching pliers" at Harbor Freight for $3.99. Punches holes from 2mm to 4.5mm. I've tested it out and it works OK. It likes thicker paper but if you twist the paper before releasing the handle, you can get a clean hole in paper too.
  16. Amazyah

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    For some reason, the guy John and I both bought from, came back from vacation and pulled all his modeling supplies from his auctions and is selling only sweat jackets now.
    I guess he wasn't selling enough to justify the expenses.

    Russell
  17. Amazyah

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    For some reason, the guy John and I both bought from, came back from vacation and pulled all his modeling supplies from his auctions and is selling only sweat jackets now.
    I guess he wasn't selling enough to justify the expenses.

    Russell
  18. wunwinglow

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    Carl, are you saying us English are odd?

    How very perceptive!!

    Tim
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    Carl, are you saying us English are odd?

    How very perceptive!!

    Tim
  20. Bowdenja

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    Russell,

    I just got a refund................guess he didn't want to sell them afterall:mad:

    Sorry!

    john