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Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Dale Finch » Sun May 09, 2021 10:01 am

I have been making gaskets for my cubs for quite a while, and have the 2 more common hole punch sizes, but I recently needed an IH Carb gasket, and realized that, although I have one of those fine templates that Bob McCarty made a few years ago, I didn't have the sized hole punches needed for that gasket. I'm a firm believer, that, within reason, it is important to have the correct tools, so I am asking for recommendations for a "reasonably priced" set, and maybe someone (Bob?) could post a list of the needed sizes. The various sets I have looked at online, do not have the same assortment of sizes.

Thanks!

Note: If I can get the needed hole punches, maybe we can have a gasket making session at the BASH, and you can go home with some spare carb (or other) gaskets!!
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby TOOLMAKER » Sun May 09, 2021 10:13 am

Harbor Freight $9 they work fine

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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun May 09, 2021 10:28 am

TOOLMAKER wrote:Harbor Freight $9 they work fine

:Dito:

How to sharpen: viewtopic.php?f=150&t=67295
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Eugene » Sun May 09, 2021 11:03 am

Also look up rotary hole punch on the internet.

Have one and a punch set. Both work well. The rotary punch has smaller diameter punches.
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Bill Hudson » Sun May 09, 2021 11:18 am

Bob McCarty wrote:
TOOLMAKER wrote:Harbor Freight $9 they work fine

:Dito:



You betcha!

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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Barnyard » Sun May 09, 2021 11:27 am

Bob, is the the set you are referring to? https://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-h ... -3838.html
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Dale Finch » Sun May 09, 2021 11:30 am

Bob McCarty wrote:
TOOLMAKER wrote:Harbor Freight $9 they work fine

:Dito:

How to sharpen: viewtopic.php?f=150&t=67295

Oh, thanks, Bob! I now remember reading that post a while ago! I'll bring my 2 punches to the Bash, along with a fine triangular file. Gee, another little project! :D
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Bob McCarty » Sun May 09, 2021 12:55 pm

Barnyard wrote:Bob, is the the set you are referring to? https://www.harborfreight.com/9-piece-h ... -3838.html
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Mine are about 10 years old, but are similar if not the same as those.
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sun May 09, 2021 2:50 pm

These posts can come in handy, when I read it and saw Barnyards picture I remembered I have a set in a red plastic case. Somewhere. :oops: If i didn't loan them to someone.
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Gary Dotson » Mon May 10, 2021 7:04 am

I have a set very similar to those, shown. I got mine from a tool vender at one of the shows, probably Portland. I've abused some of mine and damaged them but they still work ok.

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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Dale Finch » Mon May 10, 2021 8:06 am

Last night, using the procedure Bob posted above, I successfully sharpened the smaller of the 2 punches I have. Really easy, and sharp & smooth!

Unfortunately, my larger punch won't fit in my 1/2" drill press...maybe at the Bash.
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Dale Finch » Tue May 11, 2021 9:26 am

I was near Harbor Freight yesterday, so went ahead and bought their ~$9.00 punch set. With the super success I had with that sharpening method above, I wasn't so worried about buying a "cheap" set!

Thanks, all, for your input! Oh, and I also bought their cutting board set (plastic) to replace the thin one I was currently using for cutting/punching gaskets.
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Re: Seeking a reasonable Hole Punch Set

Postby Mht » Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:43 pm

I have the harbor freight set and they do a good job if kept sharp but sometimes they “blow out” the side of a gasket if punching a hole near the edge of a gasket. I’m an avid shooter and reload my own ammo so I have plenty of spent brass in various sizes and a spent case sharpened with a chamfering tool make excellent hole punches if you can find the appropriate size. The thin walls of the cases tend to not blow out the sides of a gasket. My local hobby shop sells small brass tubing in various sizes that can also be used for punches. I’ll sharpen it with the same chamfering tool I use for reloading. If I have a bunch of holes to put in a gasket I’ve been known to chuck my punch in my drill press and drill my holes rather than punch them with a hammer. A lot of times this works better with holes near the edge of a gasket but the punch has to be very sharp.


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