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Mechanical cutting methods are widely used by the metal fabrication industry. This article introduces the welding fabricator to some of the mechanical equipment used to shape or prepare metals for welding. The most prevalent equipment used for mechanical cutting includes shears, iron workers, nibblers, and band saws. The article provides details on each of these.

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ASM Committee on Mechanical Cutting for Welding Preparation , Lance R. Soisson, Chris Cable, Richard S. Cremisio, Chuck Dvorak, Jim Dvorak, Gerhard Laepple, John R. Whalen, Mechanical Cutting for Weld Preparation, Welding, Brazing and Soldering, Vol 6, ASM Handbook, Edited By David LeRoy Olson, Thomas A. Siewert, Stephen Liu, Glen R. Edwards, ASM International, 1993, p 1178–1186,

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