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Malco MB48A 48-inch Portable Brake

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3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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  • Bends up to 135 degrees in 22 gauge galvanized sheet metal
  • Bends metal roofing components and roof flashing including copper and aluminum
  • Bends narrow roof-flashing strips
  • Ideal for fabricating plenums or large transitions at the job site
  • Makes compact fabrications as small as a 4-inch square
  • Accommodates sheet metal up to 4 feet wide
  • Adjustable strengthening ribs
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Make big or small fabrications on the job with this lightweight and portable tool! The versatile mini brake produces bends up to 135 degrees in sheet metals, including aluminum, copper and 22-gauge galvanized steel. The brakes compact size can accommodate sheet metal stock up to 4 Ft. wide, in any length, because there is no fixed throat depth to contend with. Use the mini brake anywhere on the job site, even on a truck tailgate, for a variety of fabricating tasks from large HVAC transitions to narrow roof flashing to structures as small as a 4 In. square. Strengthening ribs on the brakes anvil and apron assure consistent bends. A safety-conscious, cam-over style clamping mechanism, similar to much larger shop-floor brakes, keeps the anvil secure in any position. Optional legs are available separately.

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Malco's new Mini Brake is lightweight and compact, but it can do a heavy-duty job. Ideal for fabricating plenums and large transitions at the job site, the Malco Mini Brake easily makes bends up to 135 degrees in galvanized sheet metal up to 22 gauge. It can accommodate sheet metal up to 4 feet wide and any length because there is no fixed throat depth to contend with. The Mini Brake is also capable of making compact fabrications as small as a 4-inch square. Strengthening ribs on the brakes's anvil and apron assure consistent, tightly formed bends. A safety-conscious, cam-over style clamping mechanism, similar to much larger brakes, keeps the anvil secure in any position. At only 58 pounds net-weight the Mini Brake is easy to transport. Its compact size is suitable for use virtually anywhere on the job-site. Extra-wide bases offer stability even when operating on a truck tailgate. Optional legs are sold separately and are easily installed on site. The portable Malco Mini Brake is truly a breakthrough product for busy professionals.

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Technical Details

Part Number MB48A
Item Weight 58 pounds
Product Dimensions 52 x 12 x 10 inches
Origin USA
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Item model number MB48A
Color NA
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B0000635V8
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3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #118,113 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#127 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Nippers & Snips
#7,719 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 60 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available February 18, 2002

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The Malco MB48A sheet metal brake is "light and portable" relative to stationary shop equipment, but it weighs about 58 lbs. It isn't anything you would enjoy carrying up a flight of stairs and it doesn't have carrying handles. The two feet that the brake rests upon slide in and out of the body of the brake. There are bolt-on clamps that you can attach to keep them captured to the body of the brake. The most troublesome aspect of the brake is the bolts that hold the handles for the clamping bar (the handles with the black grips in the photo). The threaded part of these bolts is too short and I find that the nuts tend to work their way off these bolts. These nuts have the plastic type of lock ring in them, but not enough threads of the bolt go through it. These are specialty bolts that have one section of the shaft that is oval in cross section instead of round, so you can't replace them with ordinary bolts. A bad feature of the design is that these bolts restrict how far you can rotate the clamp away from the work. The maximum clearance that you can get between the base of the brake and the clamp is about 7/16 ths of an inch. If the heads of the bolts weren't in the way, you could swing it to get over an inch of clearance. The 7/16 ths clearance is fine if you are making bends only one way on a sheet of metal. If you are bending something that has bends both ways or has ribs, you'll wish you had more clearance. The clamping bar on this brake works very well and exerts even pressure all along the 4 ft span of the bed. It would be nice if you could lock the clamping bar open while you are inserting sheet metal into the brake, but there is no such lock. The brake has no indicator to show what angle you are making with your bends.

I rate this tool as three stars out of five to indicate that it is an average sheet metal brake. (It may be a better than average deal, depending on your requirements and its current price.)
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I have used the Malco portable metal brake on several jobs, and find it to be very handy in that you can bring it right to the job site. I have made custom plenums, as well as other pieces I couldn't have made without the brake. I recommend it to anyone who can use a brake, but needs the portability. HVAC guys...get this.
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This tool is so handy. My bending jobs turned out perfect. I used it to bend alum trim around my new windows.
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I use this small and not to heavy break for HVAC duct work. I can carry the brake by myself and can do pretty good work with it.It's devinitly not a toy and does a great job, when you only have to use it once in a while. For every day use, you need a big break in your shop for better speed and accuracy.
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This tool does what it is designed to do - emergency duct work or retro-fitting. I would not purchase it for a business.
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Great for small projects, You just need to start with scrap to get tension settings correct before bending your project so that bends are true and sharpe
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By Gary S on October 19, 2013
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but just ok. If you think that you might squeeze a little thicker metal out of it , forget it. It just isn't tough enough. I really think the manufacturer over rates it. I was not impressed. but for lighter stuff it works fine.
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When it showed up it was all bent up and paint scratched on one end of unit, it was now packaged very well for transport, not happy with it for what I paid for it, wont bent light aluminum with a nice tight bend.
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