Would someone please tell what this punch is and how to use it?

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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 09-02-2014 11:50 PM 1365 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2014 11:50 PM

It has been banging around in my little box of punches forever.

I think it came used with a bunch of other stuff I bought used cuz I never bought it.

It is obviously spring loaded and it looks like it can be used as a centering punch.

More than that, I do not know.

Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 09-02-2014 11:58 PM

I believe you are correct that it is a centering punch…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 09-03-2014 12:03 AM

don’t need a hammer to operate
just put it where you want
(like to dimple for a drill bit)
and push it in
it will hammer the tip for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 09-03-2014 12:08 AM

You guys are right on.

I was looking for something to pull back to set the spring

But all I need to do is push down on it at the desired location and it punches the little dimple just perfectly.

I was making it too complicated.

Thanks guys.


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#4 posted 09-03-2014 02:35 AM

They use those with sheet metal.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 02:52 AM

They are great with sheet metal but I have seen people use them on thicker steel too.

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 03:00 AM

We use those in the fire service to break windows out of cars before we use hydraulic spreaders(jaws of life) to open doors on wrecked vehicles. Push on it in the corner of the window and it shatters the tempered glass.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 05:54 PM

+1 on what Firefighterontheside said…
We used them too.

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#8 posted 09-04-2014 03:55 AM

It a centering punch for guys who can never find their hammer.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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