A hydraulic shear cuts straight lines in sheet metal by using two blades, one fixed in the bed and the other moving vertically with little or no clearance. The top blade is angled so that the shear action moves progressively from one side of the material to the other. It is hydraulically powered and operated with a foot pedal, so the operator’s hands are away from the blade when it’s operating. It has an adjustable fence, so you can make accurate and repeatable cuts.
The Birmingham H5214 has 52” of cutting length, and can shear mild steel up to 14 gauge and stainless steel up to 18 gauge.