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Starrett 18C Automatic Center Punch Heavy-Duty With Adjustable Stroke, 5-1/4" Length, 11/16" Diameter
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Specifications for this item
|Number of Items||1|
|System of Measurement||Inch|
|UPC||049659567571 , 094704972800|
|EAN||5915903796781 , 0049659567571 , 0094704972800|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces|
|National Stock Number||5120-01-430-6354|
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The Starrett 18C heavy-duty automatic center punch with adjustable stroke is 5-1/4" long with a 11/16" (17 mm) diameter for creating a starter dimple without the need for a hammer. This heavy-duty model is capable of striking a heavier blow than the Starrett 18A and 18AA automatic center punches. It has an adjustable stroke, which can be set by turning the knurled cap and is regulated by spring tension for uniform dimple size at every setting. The punch is made from hardened and tempered steel components that provide wear resistance and strength. It has a round handle that is knurled for grip. The point can be removed for replacement or sharpening.
Center punches make small dimple marks in a workpiece to help guide a drill bit. Manual center punches have a metal shank with a point and are typically tapped with a ball-peen hammer to mark the material. Automatic center punches have an internal spring mechanism that enables them to mark the material without using a hammer, leaving one hand free for steadying the work.
The L.S. Starrett Company manufactures precision measuring tools, metrology and testing equipment, and saw blade products. The company, founded in 1880, is headquartered in Athol, MA.
Top Customer Reviews
I was unsure of which one to order because I could not find any information online comparing the AA, A and C sizes, I ended up purchasing the 18C because it was listed as heavy duty and I figured I could turn down the striking power but if it was not enough on the smaller ones you cannot turn it up. I think for most people's uses the 18A would be the most ideal size and power.
The punch showed up in perfect condition, when held in the hand it does display true craftsmanship and quality which is so hard to find these days. The tip is not quite as sharp as I would have liked for those jobs where you want absolute precision, clearly it is made for heavier duty work than the other punches I have used in the past, and when the spring is turned to its maximum power it does take quite a bit of force to depress and strike a blow but you can be sure that one is enough. I would be mindful that when turned all the way up if you were to push down at any sort of angle you would risk the tip slipping and just putting a huge gouge in your work but sometimes you need that sort of power.Read more ›
One note about the listing, the 18C that you purchase will be the one pictured on the left of the image above. The tip shown on the right side punch is an add on that is not included.
Put it on your christmas list, your wife won't know what it is, but you'll be happy.
A few years ago, they changed the design of the center punches where the shank and the tip are unitized, meaning you have many more opportunities to sharpen the tip before you require a replacement. It's not as elegant as the original design, but it is more robust, and has one less part to worry about(the replaceable tip)
I now have the 18C, and have the original 18A and 18AA. This is by far the heaviest duty unit of the three, and will likely get the most use. It is adjustable, however, even the lightest setting is still quite hard, so if you are working with soft metals or thin gauge stock, you will likely want to use the 18A or 18AA.
This one is perfect for my use, and I will now be selling off my General automatic center punch, which takes significantly more pressure to activate and doesn't hit nearly as hard.
This punch is for metal, not wood people. If you need a punch for wood get a Harbor Freight special.
It held up to whatever I used it on - Stainless, Mild Steel, Aluminum, etc. and then one day it would not actuate. Tried everything and couldn't get it working again. Emailed Starrett, warranty on these is only a year from purchase, so I reluctantly sent it back for repair. The cost to repair was about $12 shy of buying a new one. Hate to do it, but like I said - this is the best I've owned.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Center Punch Out There. You'll be able to pass this one down to you grandkids. Starrett Tools - Top of the Mark! Read morePublished 17 days ago by The Mechanic
Strikes just as deep as any punch and and a 4 lb hammer, but strike can be limited for softer/thinner metalsPublished 18 days ago by Matthew Z.
I'll repeat another reviewer, there are two types of tools in the world, the right tool, and a tool that makes you wish you bought the right tool. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Brian N Mohr