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Where did you buy a sheet metal punch? Do you like it? ballpark price? Any other info is appreciated. TIA
 

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McMaster Carr has online catalog. I got my Greenlee sheet metal punch from them.
Around $20-$30
 

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We use "Roper-Whitney" hand punches in the shop here
 

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Roper Whitney is the best hand punch. I am a sheetmetal worker and have 3 or 4 of them. Since I am in the office now I don't use them much anymore. I still have my dad's that he purchased back in the late 50's or early 60's and it still works great.
You can buy a cheap one from Harbor freight if you only need it a couple of times.

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Hmm... what size hole do you need?

I say that because I have a set of hole punches that only went to 1.5 inches, and I recently needed a 2.25 inch hole. I bought a Makita metal hole drill bit and actually like it's results better than the punches! You may want to consider drilling instead...

-Rory

P.S. The bit was expensive, but man did it make a nice hole! :shocked:
 
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I am mainly going to be using 1/4 to 3/8 holes to practice plug welding and doing some sheet metal work later on. Thanks for the replies
 

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To replace my floor pan, I used a DeWalt 3/8ths inch flat faced drill bit to remove the old spot welds and to drill holes for plug welds. Worked better than the spot weld cutter I bought (it self destructed after a dozen or so welds) and was under $10.

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napaguy said:
I am mainly going to be using 1/4 to 3/8 holes to practice plug welding and doing some sheet metal work later on. Thanks for the replies
+1 for the Roper-Whitney. I used it for the exact reason you're looking for one. It was quick (especially when I need multiple holes), and when the welds are ground down and primed, they look pretty darn close to a spot weld!
 

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+2 on the Roper Whitney. You want the #5 "Jr" hand punch. It retails for about $80 in places, but Mcmaster has it for $55. I got mine off eBay for $25 a couple years ago and I see them on there all the time.

Roper Whitney #5 on eBay

The Harbor Freight units are a copy of the RW #5 and the quality is marginal at best. The #5s we have at work are 30+ years old and are in perfect working condition.
 
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