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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2014
As a retired machinist with over 23 years’ experience, I’ve owned a few automatic center punches before. For professional needs, where the tool will be used often, the Tekton 6580 would not be the best choice.

I found I had to keep the center punch set to its maximum pressure for common, soft materials such as aluminum, 1018, and 4140, (in it’s annealed state). In addition, I had to repeat the punch application 5 times or more before I made an acceptable dent that would keep a tool such as a twist drill from “walking”.

The point on the Tekton 6580 appeared to be fine after several uses. I don’t know what material they used to make the punch itself, but it seems to be holding up okay. That said however, because of such a low-pressure trip-action even when set to maximum, I would expect the point on the punch to hold up for some time.

Though much more expensive, a center punch like a Starrett model is capable of placing a good, deep dent with just one application. In fact, if you set a professional automatic center punch, (such as the Starrett model or even one made by General Tools), to its maximum pressure application, it would take impressive amount of pressure and effort before the punch would actually trip!

I gave the Tekton 6580 Automatic center punch 4 stars because I’m not able to select 3.5 stars which would’ve been my preference. The tool is made well and the price is right for its performance.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
When it works, it's great. But it only pops about half the time. It takes several tries sometimes to get a nice mark. But for the cost, I can't complain too badly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
This punch is a must for metalworkers. It helps make a small depression that holds granules when soldering. It creates a place to help a drill get started in metal. Glad I purchased one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
I used it to create a starter hole to drill out a broken bolt. It worked like a charm and made it easier for the bit to bite. Great product and super low price, so I can't ask for much more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
I use this to punch out hard steel pins in firearms that would normally require a pin punch and hammer to get out. I've had it for about a year and it's worked every time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
When I got it I was initially impressed with the over a feel and look of the punch. It feels heavy and rugged so I thought it would work just the same. It has a hard time even punching a visible mark in aluminum when its set to its highest setting. After a few dozen punches one of the springs will bend inside making it a pain to use because you have to take it apart and bend it back. Both of mine did the same thing. Spend the money on a better one.
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Hello. My name is Melissa and I'm a TEKTON Customer Support Representative. I'm sorry the spring bent inside the punch. We would be happy to send you a replacement. To arrange for shipping, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please email us at support@tektontools.com or call us at 888.648.3371. Thank you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2014
A great tool to have around. It's inexpensive but very solid construction. and I don't expect the tip to last long. I wore one out over the course of 2 years with moderate use (spring detente mechanism failed, point needed to be re-ground a few times before that happened.)

For most people (non-professionals, occasional use) this thing will probably last you forever.
A great punch for staking castle nuts or center-punching steel for drilling. No hammer required.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2015
If you look at the reviews posted so far, this punch seems to be lost somewhere in the middle ground, sort of mired in mediocrity. I feel it is slightly better than that, although certainly not the quality of the more expensive models. The truth is, I would not have purchased this punch if not for the fact that I have misplaced the one I currently own. However, since I needed one and could not locate mine, I decided to opt for a version that was less expensive knowing that I would eventually find the other one.

So, what's the verdict.?? Well, like some other reviews, I found the spring action to be a little on the weak side. But honestly, that's the only real complaint that I have. The body of the punch is well machined and works smoothly. The finish is good and it looks like a quality tool. The hardened punch tip is pretty hard and does it's job without being malformed or dulled. In general, it looks the part and functions smoothly as expected.

The downside is the lack of power present in the spring action. It is enough different from the more expensive versions that the user can readily feel and see the difference in the end result. The punch dimples are light and in some cases need multiple strikes to get a satisfactory punch mark. Other than that, I have no complaints.

Considering the limitations of this punch, I would advise carefully considering YOUR usage. If you intend on using this punch on copper, brass, aluminum, sheet metal, plastics or possibly wood ..... then I think you will find it to be perfectly satisfactory. On the other hand, if your expected use includes marking harder materials, you might want to look at a different more robust version. Of course those more powerful versions are usually significantly more money as well....

So, depending on your use, this tool deserves anywhere from two to five stars. I am giving it three because it functions okay for my use. If it was more powerful, it would deserve four or five stars. Good looking, nicely finished tool. Too bad it falls a bit short in performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2014
about 1 out of 3 times when I snap this down the hammer gets stuck (pin jiggles freely, can't punch again) and I have to hit the side against something a few times to unjam it. Since it fails at it's one and only purpose I have to give it 1 star.
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Hello Paul. My name is Melissa and I'm a TEKTON Customer Support Representative. I'm sorry the punch is not working properly for you. We would be happy to send you a replacement. To arrange for shipping, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please email us at support@tektontools.com or call us at 888.648.3371. Thank you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2014
I bought this to use as a guide for drilling holes into an aluminum enclosure used for guitar effects pedals. It works great, is of quality build, and clicks beautifully. The price can't be beaten for such a quality instrument.
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