A rotary shear is a device that cuts with a revolving steel wheel. The wheel is very sharp and produces very clean cuts in a fraction of the time it would take to make the same cut with scissors. A rotary shear can be used on any type of material and even sheet metal and aluminum can be cut with this device. The rotary shear can cut many times faster than a conventional pair of scissors and is able to also cut much more accurately.
In a production environment where time is very important, a rotary shear is able to increase productivity by cutting much faster and with less waste. Making more exacting cuts equals less discarded material and thus, more profits for the company. The rotary shear is able to offset any increased initial cost by generating a healthier bottom line in production costs.
When cutting sheet metal or aluminum, the rotary shear is able to make much neater cuts without distorting the materials in the process. Many times, cutting sheet metal with tin snips or tin shears results in jagged edges and bent and distorted metal from attempting to make turning cuts. The rotary shear eliminates all of the frustration by making turning cuts with ease. Straight cuts are also much smoother and are completed at a much faster pace.
Hard-to-cut materials such as fiberglass insulation are easily cut with a rotary shear. The cutting wheel glides right through the material without creating the fiberglass dust associated with a scissors-like cutting motion. Using a razor-blade knife typically results in repeated cuts until ultimately cutting all the way through the thick mat. The natural compressing action of a rotary shear allows the blade to slice cleanly through the material in a single pass. Best of all, there are no dangerous and itchy fibers filling the air with a rotary blade.
Increased speed, safer cutting methods and a cleaner work space are just some of the benefits of working with a rotary cutting tool. The shear also remains very sharp for a very long time; should the need arise to replace the blade, however, it is a simple process. By replacing blades and not entire cutting units, an additional savings is made which equates to increased profits over the long run. When operated with all of the special protective guards in place, the rotary cutters are much safer than scissors and result in fewer worker accidents and injuries.