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    Default Need some help pricing a brake and shear

    I'm helping a family sell some tools their father had and need a ball park number for value.
    Not looking for the pie in the sky, wring every penny out of it, but not looking to give it away either.
    Consider they are in average usable condition. I know they are old.
    They have been sitting in an unheated shop for a few years.
    I also know different parts of the country will be different. I'll figure that variable out.
    And yes I know someone probably saw one go for $50 at an auction near them.
    I'm advising the family not to sell either for $50.
    Thanks for all the combined wisdom here.


    Chicago Brake - L5 60" wide, bends up to 12 ga.

    Niagara shear - 42" wide, shears up to 18 ga.






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    I would say pictures and details would help, but really those probably aren't worth a ton in nice shape and if they're ugly and needing work price is pretty low.

    I'd think a shear under 48" would be a harder sell than one that is 48" and wider.

    Maybe a grand for the shear and $1500 brake depending on options/condition? If they are rough, but functional $500 a piece is probably nearer to reality.

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    Go to Surplusrecord.com and look through their for sale pages or you can do what many used machinery dealers do. Under their "wanted" section and put the model numbers you have and ask for quotes on those models and average out those quotes.

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    That’s a ductwork shear, not worth much to anyone outside of HVAC due to the weird size blade and light gauge capacity.

    You didn’t say if it was powered or not, I’m assuming it’s a jump shear. I would say $500 is a fair number for that, maybe $800 if it is powered.

    That brake on the other hand is quite valuable. Being rated to bend 60” of 12 ga on a hand brake is pretty stout. Also not common. I’m assuming a solid apron brake, you could probably ask $1200 and get it pretty easily. If it is a box and pan brake or “finger brake” as they’re called sometimes, are worth a fair bit more. I’d say $1800-$2200 for a finger brake of that size.

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    Thanks guys. The family and I appreciate your thoughts.


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