Malco SRC24A Channel Shear with Compound Leverage for Cutting 1-5/8 in. 2-1/2 in. and 3-5/8 in. Steel Studs and Channel

(10 customer reviews)


Color Multi
Material Vinyl
Brand Malco
Item Dimensions LxWxH 36 x 7.63 x 6 inches
Item Weight 1 Pounds

  • Clean, precise cuts
  • Powerful compound leverage
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Long, dependable service life
  • 3 channel sizes for cutting 1-5/8″, 2-1/2″, and 3-5/8″ (41, 64, 92 mm) studs and matching runners

SKU: B000E2422Q


Product Description

The Malco Channel Shear cuts completely through a drywall metal stud or runner in one easy stroke without deforming the channel shape. The SRC24A model features a single installed die assembly with 3 channel sizes for cutting 1-5/8″, 2-1/2″, and 3-5/8″ (41, 64, 92 mm) studs and matching runners. A unique die assembly surrounds the channel to ensure a clean, precise cut. The hollow-ground, guillotine style, hardened steel blade holds its cutting edge longer and is also easily re-sharpened or replaced. Compound head to handle linkage and a 36″ (91 cm) handle length provide additional leverage to make cutting almost effortless in galvanized steel 20 gage channel up to .040″ (1.02 mm). Thick vinyl handle grips complete this ergonomically correct operation. Lightweight and portable enough to go where you need it, when you need it, the Channel Shear also features a handle clamp for easy carrying or storage. Rugged all-steel construction offers long, dependable service life.

From the Manufacturer

Compound leverage shear cuts through 20 (1.0 mm) gauge metal studs and runner faster, easier and more economically than any other hand tool on the market. Shear completes cuts in one easy stroke without deforming the metal channel. Die assembly assures that cutting action is clean and precise. Hollow ground hardened steel blades can be re-sharpened or replaced. A 36″ long handle provides additional leverage making cutting with this shear almost effortless. Lightweight and portable enough to be where you want it, when you want it. No electricity needed. Cuts (3) basic channel sizes ~ 1 5/8″ , 2 1/2″ & 3 5/8″ studs and accommodating runners. Shear features rugged all steel and bolt construction. Handle has red vinyl comfortable grips.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 36 × 7.63 × 6 cm
Part Number


Item Weight

1 pounds

Product Dimensions

36 x 7.63 x 6 inches

Country of Origin


Item model number



1.625 2.5 3.625





Power Source

Hand Powered

Item Package Quantity


Batteries Included


Batteries Required


Warranty Description

Limited Lifetime



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Date First Available

December 30 2005



10 reviews for Malco SRC24A Channel Shear with Compound Leverage for Cutting 1-5/8 in. 2-1/2 in. and 3-5/8 in. Steel Studs and Channel

  1. Jon

    AWESOME!!!This thing save so much time it’s ridiculous! Great buy.

  2. Barry D. Adkins

    Will deform the studNothing I can find indicate size limits for the leg ht of stud. For 1 1/4 in. leg ht it will deform the curled part of the leg. If you can adjust the ht or put a spacer under the bottom of the stud when cutting it would not, and if the leg ht were another 1/8 to 1/4 in. it would not deform. I could find no info on adjustm nor does it appear to be adjustable. After using the tool a good bit, it is wayyyyy better than using a chop saw so I upped my rating 1 more star to 4. It was also quick and easy to cut the angle material we used around edges. The deformations as mentioned above, do not effect the performance of the product, at least for what we installed on the current project. I could see how the deformations may cause some consternation in some applications.

  3. RSTJA

    I had trouble with this shearI was so excited to get one of these after reading all the great reviews. Unfortunately, my experience was not like the others. The shear will not make a clean cut. I bought some 25 gauge steel studs to test it. I was ultimately wanting to cut 20 gauge studs, but they were more expensive to buy as a simple test. When I cut a stud, the shear will sometimes (about 1 out of 8 cuts) crush the side wall of the stud. Also, the shear always leaves a relatively large (see attached image) tab of metal sticking out that requires me to trim it with hand shears. It appears as though the shearing portion of the tool is not properly meshing or is out of tolerance.I tried to contact the manufacturer by email to see if there was something I could adjust, but after 5 days I did not yet receive any answer. Considering this shear is about twice as expensive as a relatively good abrasive chop saw, I am electing to return the shear and purchase a chop saw instead. An added bonus is that the chop saw will cut other things, whereas the shear is a single purpose tool.As a side note, this shear is indeed well constructed and durable. If it worked, I would have definitely kept it, but I can’t justify almost $400 for a tool that doesn’t perform.

  4. Kindle Customer

    Good for cheap 25 GA, small jobsI had one of these 25 years ago, and just bought another one. It’s well made.It’s good in a pinch where you can’t make loud noise with a chop saw. It works best with 25 GA which I never use. It’s OK with 20GA EQ (27 mil max), BUT 30 mil & thicker not so good, especially studs with a 1-5/8″ flange.Works well on track up to 30 mil, 33 mil maybe, but 1-1/2″ track leg max.Also studs with a wider flange lip (over 1/4″) like struct 20 for example, doesn’t fit well.Bottom line: if you’re using cheap 25 ga studs, and your doing a very small job where noise is a problem, this tool is for you.

  5. Ronald yammin

    Good toolTime saving tool to cut 3 5/8 metal studs and tracks.

  6. Amazon Customer

    Cuts like a dreamExactly what we have been looking for to make our metal stud projects a lot easier to frame!

  7. Mark P

    Well worth it!!In the time it takes you to measure and mark the stud the conventional way, you will have the stud cut. The cuts are cleaner than the factory ends. I built a long in-feed table with 1 inch increments.

  8. Thomas A. Smith

    Excellent equipmentThis tool is awesome for an area where using a chop saw is difficult because of the noise and sparks. Do a lot of commercial work and this is a great tool for renovation

  9. Simon

    Great tool!Did what they said it would. Only issue is if you cut too long, trimming off 1/8″ can cause the corner to sometimes crush. Way faster than cutting by hand.

  10. Sim

    Satisfait bon produitPour couper des colombages de métal

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