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Old 09-18-2017, 09:38 PM   #1
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I'm looking at getting a new hydraulic punch set. I've noticed free lee has regular dies and stainless steel. Have you guys used the stainless steel ones or is it overkill?


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Depends on what kind of work you're doing and how you're buying the KO set. If you're buying used and the price bump isn't that much, go for the set that handles 10 gauge stainless. If you aren't that likely to need to punch out stainless, and are buying new, it would be hard to justify the price jump for the KO set that punches 10 gauge stainless. Do you see yourself doing cabinets in wash down areas in food manufacturing or for cabinets for traffic control devices or similar applications?

I have both but the one with stainless capabilities was a sweetheart deal from a mentor of mine that was retiring.

My additional 2 cents, I like the slug splitter over the standard slug buster punch but don't like the self centering punch as you sometimes want to punch out to a larger hole off center of an existing hole (if that makes sense). There is the slug buster line, then slug splitter followed by slug splitter self centering.
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I'm looking at getting a new hydraulic punch set. I've noticed free lee has regular dies and stainless steel. Have you guys used the stainless steel ones or is it overkill?


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It's a waste for mild steel and everyday work but, if you do any stainless work, may as well get them.
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I have a couple sets of standard KOs but the only one I have needed myself for stainless is 3/4", I haven't had a need for a complete set of SS dies.
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