OT : Chassis punches

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Mon Dec 15 13:53:03 CST 2014

On 12/15/2014 11:31 AM, tony duell wrote:
> This is rather off-topic, although I will be using said chassis punches for classic computer restoration
> I am thinking of buying some chassis punches, in particular some of the ones for D connectors (and others).
> One brand I can easily get in the UK is Greenlee. Am I right that that is a respected manufacturer of them?
> Not cheap, but then I can't afford the cheap ones.
> Also Greenlee do an accesory called the Quick-Draw or something, a handheld hydraulic device that fits
> on said punches. It is darn expensive, but I want to know what advantages it gives. If it is just faster then I
> am not interested. If it means I can cut thicker metal then I might be.

I don't know about the Quick-Draw hydraulic, but I have a set of 
Greenlee chassis punches that I've owned for over 40 years and they 
still work fine.  I also have a set of Japanese punches from around that 
time--and they're fine as well.

I suspect that the "Quick draw" comes in handy if you're an electrical 
contractor punching holes in steel utility boxes (i.e. thicker steel), 
but for ordinary electronics chassis work, the wrench-drive one should 
be fine.

Greenlee's a Textron company.  Generally speaking, Textron products are 
expensive, but very well made.


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