What Are the Types of Shears and How to Choose?


Shearing machine is an indispensable tool in the sheet metal manufacturing process. There are many types of shears in the market, and they have different advantages and functions. Let us first understand what types of shears are available.

Classification of shears: mechanical shears, CNC shears, hydraulic shears, CNC swing shears, automatic feed shears, hydraulic swing shears, ultra-thick hydraulic swing shears , Hydraulic guillotine shears, deep throat shears, pedal shears, precision shears.

1. According to the Shape of the Shears

According to the shape of the scissors, the shearing machine is divided into a straight knife shearing machine and a disc knife shearing machine. Disc cutter shears are divided into disc shears, rolling shears, multiple disc shears and rotary trimming shears according to their structure.

2. According to the Type

According to the types that appear in the market, it can be divided into the following types.

Alligator shearing machines

This has a hinged jaw to cut metal and hence it is named as An alligator shear, also known as a crocodile shear or lever shear.It is powered by hydraulic cylinders and is mainly used to cut long metal blanks. This includes angle steel, iron, pipes, l-beams, etc. It is suitable for metal recycling and processing plants, scrap car dismantling plants, smelting and casting industries.

Bench shear

Bench shears are ideal for cutting rough shapes from medium-sized pieces of sheet metal. Bench shears are bench mounted and can be used for 90-degree angle cut and T-section cutting as well as cutting both round and square bars.

Metal guillotine

The guillotine is a desktop shearing machine that cuts the board by linearly moving one blade relative to the other. It can be mechanical or hydraulic, and can even be driven by feet. The shearing angle can be adjusted within a certain range, which can reduce the shear deformation of the metal plate and can cut thicker metal plates.

Power Shears

Power shears are either handheld, electrically or pneumatically powered. They are used for cutting straight lines or large radius curves.

Throatless Shear: Throatless shears are used for making straight, intricately curved or irregular cuts.


There is two type of snips; tinner snips and compound action snips. Tinner snips are used to cut low carbon tin or mild steel and compound action snips are used to cut aluminium, mild steel or stainless steel. Snips are the hand operated shear machine.


Nibblers are used to produce distortion free cuts and it functions like tin snips.

3.According to the Thickness of the Cut

  • Up to 5 mm
  • 5 - 15 mm
  • 15 - 25 mm
  • Above 25 mm 

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