How to Clean, Adjust, and Tune Up a Sheet Metal Brake
Now that roofing and siding season is here, it is time to dust the cobwebs off your brake and get it in top jobsite condition. Rich Wagner, from Tapco Tools shows how to adjust and clean your Tapco sheet brake.
How to do it:
- Cut a small piece of metal into 2 in x 4 in. cards.
- Place cards under each clamping station
- Use 3/16 wrench to tighten clamps (clockwise) at each card.
To clean and lubricate the brake, spray these critical joints with WD-40:
- Joint links
- Pivot arm so the bolt doesn't freeze up
- For PRO 14 or PRO 15 brakes, spray oil down the hinge, for thew PRO 50 featured here, you don't have to do that.
Second Video in Playlist: How to Tune up a Sheet Metal Brake
1. Remove rubber pin keepers
A 3/16 inch Allen wrench comes with both the kit and the brake. Use the Allen wrench along with a 7/16 inch open end wrench to loosen the bolt holding the knuckle.
2. Install the power links
3. Remove and replace the vinyl strip
4. Replace the handle
5. Adjust the brake
—This video is from Tapco Tools, one of ProTradeCraft's advertisers. Serving professional siding applicators since 1961, Tapco brakes and accessories bring measuring, mobility, decorative designs, and strengthening ribs to fascia, window trims, frieze boards, porch posts, and beams. See all of Tapco's content here.