I’ve been using a Metal Pecker for around 6-months and I reckon it paid for itself in the first week. I install around 12 skylights a week on metal roofs and it is surprising the materials I have to cut through to make my entry spaces. The tool is so handy and the leverage I generate with its long handles is quite amazing, particularly when I have to cut through a multi-layer fold in the metal.
My company does lots of HVAC upgrades and we’re always poking new penetrations in existing duct work. I’ve never seen a tool that makes the task so easy. Were often up on a ladder working over overhead, which means you have a real challenge in making a cut in the duct but the Metal Pecker gives me extra reach and leverage. It’s far safer than working with power tools and I’ve developed my own ‘snapping action’ with the tool which makes the cuts so easy.
2 With each full stroke of the blade, the slot-shear action will remove a metal slug (1.7″ (43 mm) x 0.24″ (6mm)), which will fall through the anvils to a chamber below. The chamber may store one or two slugs but they will then be forced out by following strokes.
3 For the smoothest cutting action, open the blade as wide as possible, so the edge of the metal that is to be cut sits back in the throat area of the cutting blade/anvils. This is the sweet spot where the cutting process starts.
4 When you come across a bead, seam or under-fold in the metal, work the tool from the sweet spot, to create maximum pressure and ensure a clean cut. You may find if you use a quick ‘snap action’ with the handles; it will make the commencement of cutting easier.
5 To change the cutting direction, pull back the tool head slightly and twist the tool as required, then recommence point nibbling, before fully opening the blade.