- Clamps to hold the sheet metal
- A bending plate where the sheet metal rests
- A lever that lifts the bending plate until you have the desired angle
PreparationLike with any project, the best place to start is by measuring not once, but twice. By measuring twice, you can avoid multiple bending attempts. Use a tape measure find the required length. Then, transfer that measurement to the metal sheet using a marker. For optimal results, make sure the tool is oiled in preparation for use.
Cutting the metalBefore using the brake, cut all of the sheet metal required for the project. This will make it a lot easier to bend. Trying to cut the sheet metal once it has already been bent will be significantly more challenging. It’s a good idea to use a guillotine to cut the material, as this will give you the precision you need.
Using a sheet metal brakeOnce you have all the sheet metal required for the project cut to the desired sizes, it’s time to make the first bend using a sheet metal brake. Slide the metal into the brake until the measurement marks line up with the clamps on either side. Then, simply lower the clamping lever using the handle on the side of the brake and fix it against the sheet metal.
BendingOnce in place, lift the lever on the bending blade so that the metal moves up toward the sheet metal brake. Using the angle guide on the side of the brake bend the metal until the angle indicator shows the correct angle. Stay in that position for a few seconds before replacing the lever back to its original starting point.
Final checksNow all that is left to do is remove the sheet metal and check the bend matches your required angle. If the bend is not quite right you can always reinsert the metal into the clamps and bend the metal until you have the correct angle.
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