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Covidien Endo Shears Auto Suture Shears: Single Use Long Shears With Monopolar Cautery 5mm
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Manufacturer Covidien
Code 174601
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Require Prescription? No
Score: 3.8 from 1 - 5
48 Review
Ryan99 Review from
February 1, 2021
Casting is Unbelievable
I bought this because I liked the idea of being able to cut 16Ga without using the bandsaw (save time). However, as others have noted, you have to do a significant amount or re-work right out of the box before you can even attempt to cut material. It comes out of the box covered in grease and all the bolted joints are loose. The quality of the casting is also unreal, I don't think I have ever seen such porosity and "globs" of material. Step 1 is to disassemble it, clean it, and re-assemble making sure that all the joints are tight enough to remove the play but loose enough to operate without b
Tonyh Review from
June 4, 2021
This can be made to work, you get what you pay for.
The first one I got had a bad casting, the lower blade rocked side to side. Returned it. The second one, out of the box, needed work. Almost returned it too, but knowing the cost of a Bev shear I decided to try and make it work. Started by tightening everything. Then discovered 2 problems. First, the lower blade was wider than the spot it lays in in the casting. Had to carefully use a abrasive wheel to widen it a bit. Second, one of the adjustment screws wasn't threaded deep enough to actually push the blade. Ran a tap through the hole. Now it works relatively well. I would have given it 2 sta
RK in WA Review from
March 24, 2021
Decent kit but some work needed
Recommended with reservations: Don't expect to use this out of the box without some work. Mine works pretty good now but it took grinding the teeth to get it to open further, adding a thick washer and several shims to align the upper jaw's cutting edge, and running a tap through the handle extension hole so the handle was tight. Bolt pivot holes are large and the fit is sloppy. The overall casting quality seems good and the paint finish is decent. It cuts 18ga steel cleanly and thinner stock easily. Be careful if leaving the shears open, the handle weight could fall and remove anything in the
Review from
September 23, 2021
I really have no idea why people are raving over this product. There is a lot of slop and play when cutting and Im getting curling of the metal. I dont see where others are saying you get straight cuts that leave the material flat. This thing is worth maybe 75 bucks I paid 200+ for it today. This suckers going back. Mind you Ive never used a original Beverly sheer so I cannot compare it to a more professional one.
Doc Review from
May 26, 2018
Not the shear it used to be
I was happy to get this. My expectations were realistic for its price range - having had one before from HF that I was very happy with it. I used it to cut the thinner metal in detail pieces so not to have to adjust my larger ones for thicker metal. This one was very different than my last one. Like a totally different brand even. Very low quality. Wish I still had it so I could put them in a photo side by side. The piece that holds the blade was 3/8" too long. Sticking up in the way of the work piece and needs to be cut down and modified. If not it will damage your product and interfere with
Robert Review from
January 25, 2019
throatless shear
Well I reviewed Harbor Freight and the other competitors. From what I was able to research all the others do is repaint and slap their label on and jack up the price and it is the identical tool from Harbor Freight. Obviously if its good enough for them to put their name on it then it must be a good product. As soon as I brought it home, I cleaned off all the cosmoline and used it. I wished I had purchased this long ago!! I do light fabrication at my home and I take care of everything I own, so this will last me a lifetime. I would say theres no reason a person with a fulltime shop would not b
Skysetter Review from
July 3, 2021
Great for me!
Occasionally I need to cut metals. This Shear does exactly what I need it to do when I need to get the job done. I only use it occasionally and never push the limitations of the tool. It does exactly what is advertised. I do need to adjust it now and then to accommodate my metal thickness so I always do a test cut prior to cutting final works.
JcB Review from
June 10, 2021
Be careful when buying
I had to return the first one I purchased. The blade had a gash along the cutting edge and was also unevenly mounted. The shear kept getting hung up and the gears were very loose side to side. The second one was better in all aspects, including the casting, so be careful when purchasing. You can make some adjustments, but that first one was just a mess, never should have left the factory and could never been a useful tool.
Joshua Review from
July 1, 2021
After adjustments, worked fine.
Have had the shear for about two months and am using it on non-ferrous metals. Very unlikely that anyone can use the shear out of the box and without making adjustments, but since those adjustments are easy to make, there should be no difficulties. Have seen a few of these shears and there seems to be a broad range of quality in casting and blades.
TB Review from
January 2, 2016
Cuts great, but check the casting before buying
I read the reviews on this tool before buying it, so I knew what I was getting into. When I took the tool out of the box and tried to set it up, it became evident that there was a problem with the lower casting, where the bottom blade is held in the tool. Instead of there being a nicely squared cut-out machined into the lower casting, the cut-out area is very rough and irregular--and does not match the shape of the blade at all. So when you tighten down the bolt holding the dog in place, the lower cutting blade gets cocked to the your cuts are very crooked. That being said, this tool
WLT Review from
September 11, 2021
Needed this years ago!
Purchased this to do repair panels on my truck. Make cutting odd shapes super easy! Take you time to properly adjust blade and it will serve you well! Have made numerous cuts in 23ga to 18ga without any issues. Love it!
Jim Review from
April 22, 2021
Dead out of the box
Brought it home, opened the box, tried a single cut. The blades are a scissor mechanism and are adjustable for material thickness and wear. Unfortunately, even when adjusted to the very back of the pocket, the blades on my unit crashed. No room for further adjustment. Returned it and went to Eastwood.
Dan Review from
March 15, 2020
Works pretty decent
After getting it all unboxed and all the cosmolene grease off of it, spending 15 minutes fooling around with it. It actually worked good. I really dont have high expectations with harbor freight tools so I wasnt really expecting the tool to even work. I needed to make a few patch panels for a project truck. It shears steel pretty smoothly. You can't quite make long large cuts with it. Overall I'm quite happy with it. Itll do the job I need it to do.
JcB Review from
June 15, 2021
Adequate but some difficulties
I purchased this item and the quality was not good. The blade had a gash in it and was poorly mounted. It kept getting 'hung up'. I exchanged it for another shear (same SKU) that was noticeably better, so do be careful when buying to inspect the product. It gets the job done so I will recommend it, but with some reservations.
Leif Review from
July 15, 2020
It's nice.
I am just a little disappointed just a little, I wasn't expecting the quality of a Beverley shear but I was expecting a little bit better, it is a bit crude. Right out of the box it was very oily everything needed tightening, the lower blade needed adjusting, once I cleaned up the excess oil, tightened up the bolts and got all of the slop out of it and adjusted the lower blade, it works and cuts good. I do believe if taken care of and used properly it will provide a lot of use and last for many years.
Rob Review from
May 7, 2020
one or my most used tools
I did a little grinding to allow easier cutting on tight corners, I use this for cutting 18 gauge steel and .095 aluminum sheet. I did manage to break the edge off of the upper blade which I repaired with hardfacing welding and re-grinding. I am currently looking for replacement blades since a portion of the hardfacing repair has broken. So much easier than using hand shears while cutting small or large panels. I also mounted it on a single post stand which I can move by pushing the base with a foot while cutting large panels.
Mark Review from
April 7, 2019
Good tool with some background knowledge makes it great!
Ive had this shear for 5+ years. I see people complain about the blades and harbor freight doesnt sell them. Folks metal on metal will create a lot of wear. You cant expect the blades to last forever, but you can sharpen them. Thats what they were intended to do. I wet sharpen mine on a hone. If youve never sharpened them go on YouTube or take a coarse at your local community college. Ive run countless cuts on mine. Never any issue. Still cuts and functions like the day I got it!
Lowman Review from
May 11, 2015
very good value.
I've had mine many years. As some have already stated it is loose. I keep the blades tight, But finger tighten the other adjustments. If you tighten every thing up its to tight to freely work. It gives no problems tho. With very little cutting you soon learn it's feel and if it does loosen to much you will instantly know and can quickly finger tighten as rrequired. It cuts well enough my two young sons can cut out knife blade blanks from .040", O1 tool steel with ease. I did chip my blade today shearing some nasty stuff with a screw in it I didn't see. Was just looking to see if I could order
Review from
September 15, 2020
Perfect for my use case.
I don't use this for sheet metal. I cast aluminum as a hobby and I use it to cut down aluminum extrusions to fit into the crucible. This shear cuts pieces as fast as I can feed them. In any case, it works perfectly for my needs. I've cut hundreds of pieces and it shows no signs of wear. The blades don't clog and the action is easy.
Kevin Review from
March 31, 2021
Worth every penny and then some
An equivalent Beverly Shear B-1 is $500-$650. This Central Forge does the same job. I know a blacksmith that has had this HF version for 2 years and it has never not served him well. How do you argue with that? You don't. Buy and get to shearing. Works excellent on 16 G steel by the way.
John P Review from
July 27, 2017
i'd buy it again
having never owned a shear before and being an occasional use tool, i couldn't justify buying a high dollar shear, so I bought this one after seeing mostly positive reviews. so having nothing to compare this to, take this fwiw. there is some slop in it even after tightening , and the casting is a bit rough. after playing around with it on some scrap, it actually cuts pretty nice, and will cut some nice curves. I've cut 18 and 20 ga sheet so far and it has no trouble with it. I don't think HF sells replacement blades for it though. for what i'll be using it for it'll be fine.
Daniel Review from
May 16, 2021
Cuts good for size
Cuts well, but came loose and wobbly. First things I did were to put thrust washers in the handle and tension it so it just barely holds itself open, then I welded a handle onto the bolt holding the handle on so it can be removed without a wrench. So far it's handled mild steel and stainless with no difficulty, and I might update this if I ever try it out with aluminum
Harry Dragon Review from
April 11, 2014
Needed slight modification but exellent
These shears do there job and are probably a must have if you are wanting to take your metal fabing skills up a notch. When I took the shears out of the box, I noticed that the little flat head screwdriver that came with it, was brocken in two. That didn't really bother me since these shears are somewhat heavy and probably smashed it during shipping. There is a considerable amount of side to side "play" or "wobble" in the the moving parts that the two bolts hold together. However, this is not a big deal since all I had to do was place some washers on the bolts to compensate for the gap. That a
Grandadz Forge Review from
December 5, 2021
Years of performance
I've had this shear for several years and is very reliable and effective. Cuts intricate curves in sheet metal. A must-have tool for any artist blacksmith or metal worker.
Art Guitar Review from
September 19, 2014
Works good
I had debated about getting this tool for a while. I went on tube and watched some videos about it. They were helpful, helped make my decision to buy. I'm redoing a 1959 El Camino that I recently acquired. It needs metal fab work, I have some tools but nothing like I was going to need. Replacement panels still need to be fitted to weld in, this is the right tool. I read previous reviews here and the first review said, he had taken it apart to clean and grease. He further stated he had placed 2 washers in the side away from the blades to tighten it up and take the wobble out of the unit. I did
Gerald Review from
March 2, 2022
Great shear at a great price.
This shear is used in the blacksmith shop to trim sheet metal into candle drip pans. It handles 16ga sheet metal with no problem. It's much quicker than using a bandsaw.
Flying Fish Forge and Foundry Review from
December 2, 2016
I would not purchase this quality
If Harbor Freight bult this shear to Beverly Shear standards, thousands of blacksmiths/metal artists would purchase it. However, the current shear, is of low quality and of no use to people who make a living working metal. It arrives out of tolerance, blades are not properly heat treated or properly sharpened, the frame is "loosey-goosey" and lacks close quality forging.Please, Harbor Freight, build us a good one. We need one at about $200.00-$250.00 (the cost of a used, tight Beverly Shear - B2). Your current one is referred to as a SSO (Shear Shaped Object).
G Kinkade Review from
May 10, 2021
Bolt keeps coming lose
It cuts as it says. But the bolt that the handle pivots on keeps coming lose. I am going to have to return it as it has butchered some material due to its inconsistencies. If your willing to constantly tighten bolts then this tool is for you.
Jimmie Review from
April 10, 2021
Very cheap made
I brought the shear hoping to cut some blacksmiths projects but it needs so much work to make usable I haven't been able to make projects. The shear I brought from Northern tools was a 100% better made. Blacksmith, construction manager, union pipefitter.
Grant Review from
October 29, 2020
Teeth chipped
Took it out of the box and put it together. Ran the shear dry and the both upper and lower teeth shipped. So to use it, I will have to take the teeth off, sharpen them, and hope they dont chip again. Id buy an Eastwood shear for nearly the same price if I bought another cheap one
Jonathan Review from
May 25, 2017
Tens Years Strong
I bought this shear ten years ago. I can't say I use it a lot, but every time I do it does an excellent job of cutting anything I throw at it.Tips:Make sure you don't cut all the way to the end of the blade or you'll get a kink. Cut most of the way, then open the jaws and slide the part deeper into it. (This isn't a design flaw, you'll see the same kink/tear if you cut paper with very tip of some scissors.)Don't be afraid of making two cuts, one to clear the bulk of the material and second to closely follow the line. An anvil and rawhide mallet is useful for flattening the piece once you're do
Zach Review from
April 9, 2018
It's about what I expected
I'm not unhappy with my shear...It's about what I expected. The casting is pretty rough and the blades are not very hard. I did a few initial test cuts using 18 ga. mild steel. It cut OK but there were some residual nicks left in the top blade. I wonder how long they will last....but replacements are reasonably priced. If you are using the shear for hobby-type metal work, it's fine.
Dom Review from
April 24, 2020
Works good
I Have never used one of these before so I cant say if the more expensive ones are that much better that the harbor frieghts. But it cut just fine for me on both diamond plate and sheet metal. I didnt see any areas for improvement. Just unpackage and clean it of course. Only time will tell if it will last, but so far so good. I Would recommend it to any hobbyist out there.
Burning steel Review from
June 10, 2017
I would buy again
Read all the comments on the internet telling me go get a Beverly shear. Can not see spending that kind of money (800+) for a used Beverly. So I took a chance and got myself a HF shear. I am glad I did. This thing works great. Started shearing 20ga. It was like cutting warm butter. I even doubled up several sheets of 20 ga. And still cut without any difficulty.
lew Review from
November 22, 2020
Retired Welder
reading a review of this shear the guy said to check it out and align the blades and tighten the bolts. I did , it needed it , never had to touch it again ! It is always close to my bench where I put 1 bolt to hold it and it's ready to cut. Wish I would have bought it long ago.
JME Review from
September 17, 2018
Adjustment of shear blades.
Instruction sheets for the Beverly Shear from an old reprint are as follows: "In general, clean, burr-free cuts can be made on a Beverly by setting the blades 1/4 to 1/10th the thickness of the metal to be cut. When ragged cuts are encountered, check blade clearance and condition of blade sharpness." They show using a set of feeler gages to set the clearance. If you buy this unit, consider ordering several sets of the cutting blades while, or if, they are still available, 5 years from now, when you are trying to complete a project on Sunday night, and you chip a blade, you will be glad you did
Metal Bob Review from
November 22, 2020
Inspect, cleanup, set and cut.
Tried the action... kinda crunchy so I took it apart.scraped off the excess paint & filed flat the casting surfaces that were rushed(I'm not expecting an art museum masterpiece people, never was) Then set the spacing of the blades. It then became a really smooth set of shears.
Rod Review from
August 27, 2016
Beverly clone
I'm very happy so far,I've only cut some 16 ga. Black iron to test it, and some alum that was about .020 thick with no problem.however I did have to perform some adjustments before using. I took off lower blade and cleaned up the bed because the casting wasn't cleaned properly.I know I'll probably have to redrill and tap the hole in the lower blade retainer due to sloppy threading.I have used the smallest Beverly brand at a couple previous jobs that was just so so,but they were both pretty old so I can't make a fair comparison. But I can buy at least 4 of these for the price of a Beverly.
Russ Review from
December 10, 2017
Specialty cuts are easy
Set up is imperative with the tool. Get is out of the box and loosen the gullet bolt first - then tighten the arbor bolt to about 4 FtLbs or so. Then stroke it once through a cycle to align the upper and lower jaws. After that tighten the gullet bolt and cut away. If you don't do the set up, you will be grinding a new cutting edge pretty quick as chunks of the bottom blade are taken off.Works as designed.
Brett Review from
January 1, 2020
Expected some tweaking to get this tool working its best, but it proved hopeless. Bottom blade kept moving around or popping out during a cut - it didn't fit the casting very well. Overall casting quality is poor. Spent a couple of hours with it, but didn't get anywhere. Harbor Freight quickly and efficiently handled the return.
Allen Review from
November 2, 2020
Took a Lot of Setup to make It Work
I bolted the shear to my workbench and tried to use it. I could only get about 3/4" of cut before it locked up. I had to disassemble it and grind off excess metal that caused the blade to lock against the body. After modification and adjustment it will shear about 1-1/2" to 2" on a stroke. It will not shear the full 3" the blade looks like it should because the lever gearing bottoms out by 2".
Home taught handyman Review from
November 30, 2012
Great tool
I've been using this tool for 22 g sheet metal for art sculptures. I wouldnt try to cut thicker than 20 g but for what I use it for, it cuts like butter. It can cut very precisely.It isnt a Beverly shear (for example, the upper arm mechanism seems to wobble and change the thickness of the gap without cutting) but for a little over $100 (with the widely available 20% off ad), it is hard to beat. Once cutting the "wobble" goes away. One suggestion-when setting it up, make sure there is a small visible gap between the upper and lower blades. If it can cut a piece of paper, you will nick the blade
MICHAEL Review from
May 30, 2021
Great for quick easy cuts on sheet metal
This shear cuts through 20 gauge sheet metal like butter. Love this for my projects. Quick and easy. Sure beats tin snips.
JC Review from
September 12, 2016
So Far So Good
Not a bad little shear. The only complaint I have is that it's a little sloppy at the connection points. I cut some 20 gauge sheet steel with it and didn't have a problem with it. Before I used it I made sure the bolts and everything were tight. And adjusted the cutting blade. It's definitely not a Beverly. For what I plan on using it for I think it will be fine until I can upgrade.
Longtime HF patron Review from
December 23, 2019
Bridge the gap between aircraft shears and the cutoff saw
This tool is a must-have if you do any sheet work. Like many of the big ticket metalworking items, Harbor Freight offers an option suitable for the hobbyist. It's not the same as an expensive setup in a pro shop, but it's well worth the money and a great addition to a home shop.
Tony Review from
January 26, 2021
Used once to test out
Had to tighten bolts right out of box. Tested, worked properly. I am concerned that pivot bolt will become loose and cause cutting issues. Time will tell.
dnear Review from
October 6, 2021
Pretty solid product
Was able to mount the shear, tweak the bite and get cutting in no time. Worked great for cutting along curves in thin aluminum sheet
nicch-meg4owa7 Review from
July 29, 2020
Overall it was not a bad product it did what I needed to do.
The share worked okay in my opinion it was pretty good in cutting. But at some point the bolts and nuts seems to come loose on their own. So in that respect it wasn't as good as I thought.
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