Metal Rolling/Shearing Formula

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Mac metal
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Metal Rolling/Shearing Formula

Post by Mac metal » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:55 am

I'm in the market for a sheet metal roll/plate roll.
The market however (as you all know) is pretty pricey. I'm mainly looking to roll and shear 1/8" at most. I remember hearing at some point that if I'm not using the full capacity of these machines, that I can go thicker.
Example; Roller rated for 16 gauge at 48", can actually do 1/8 or close if only rolling 12"? Is this true, and does the same apply for a shear brake?
I have a minimal use for the thinner gauge at this point, but things are picking up, and I don't want to go out and buy something I don't need.
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Re: Metal Rolling/Shearing Formula

Post by GlennW » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:05 am

1/8" stainless steel or soft aluminum?
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Re: Metal Rolling/Shearing Formula

Post by Mac metal » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:23 am

The majority is 1/8-1/4" mild steel and aluminum. Any stainless , and I'd probably stay in the lighter gauge range.

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