In 2006 accucutter® completely redesigned the Model 2001 12” Shear. The new design is the result of two years of systematically evaluating and field testing every component of the 2001. No part was left unchallenged. The result of the development effort is a new shear that is lighter, more compact, more durable, and easier to use. At first glance it may look the same as the old shear, but the shear table is the only part that remains the same as the original 2001. It is the complete evolution of the 12” table shear and is named the 2001EVO. Listed below are just some of the features that make the 2001EVO unique. Bronze Bushings Five oil impregnated bronze bushings have been added to reinforce pivot points and extend the usable life of the shear. The bushings take the abuse and protect the parts of the shear. When the bushings wear, they are inexpensive and easy to replace. Lighter & More Compact The 2001EVO is still a 12” shear. However, as a result of the redesign the weight has been reduced by five pounds and the overall height and length have been reduced by two inches. The shear now takes less bench space and is easier to move around the shop. Improved Drop-Off Gauge Most drop-off gauges are set by tightening a thumb screw or bolt on a rod. When this is done, it makes a mark on the rod. Eventually there are so many marks on the rod that they interfere with the adjustment of the drop-off gauge. accucutter®’s new drop-off gauge pinches the rod when it is tightened. There is no mark, and the drop-off gauge remains infinitely adjustable. Reduced Effort The operating geometry of the 2001 has been modified and bronze bushings added to improve its leverage. The result is a 35% reduction in the effort required to operate the shear. The improvement is noticeable regardless of the material being cut, and it is particularly dramatic when cutting hard materials like engravers brass and brass plated steel. “Blade Stabilizer”® A blade stabilizer or brace has been developed and added to the upper blade holder to improve the ability to shave or trim harder materials like brass plated steel. Step Ruler The typical ruler is a stamped piece of thin metal. The ruler from accucutter® is machined from a thick, solid piece of steel. There are six separate steps involved in its manufacture with the last being a precision grinding of the front edge to insure that the ruler is straight and true. Because of its thickness, it is very stable, and the edge will not lift or distort allowing material to slide underneath the ruler. Lastly, the ruler is stepped to place the measuring edge close to the work surface for easier reading. The ruler is graduated in 1/16th's of an inch. Glide Block There is a 2.5” square block on the 2001EVO and similar shears that is the connection between the handle and the upper blade holder. It has a slot in it. Every time the handle is moved, a pin moves in the slot. The slot is under great pressure and subject to wear, particularly if it is not lubricated regularly. Originally the glide block was made from aluminum, but accucutter® changed it to steel several years ago to improve the durability of the shear. An oil impregnated bronze bushing has also been added. Curved Power Blades The Curved Power Blade represents a substantial performance improvement for the scissors type shear. The new blade with its graceful curve or arc replaces the old style, straight edge blade. The new blade improves both the quality of the cut and ease of operation of the 2001 Shear. The Curved Power Blades were developed by accucutter® and are available for cutting metal or plastic. They are standard on the 2001 Shears and are also available as replacement blades for all 2001 Shears. The bottom blade remains unchanged. Operator's Manual A comprehensive Operator’s Manual is included with every 2001EVO Shear. The manual provides information and instructions concerning the set up and proper use of the 2001EVO Shear, installing and adjusting the shear blades, and proper maintenance and safety procedures. In addition, accucutter® is always available by telephone to provide the shear operator with advice and assistance. Availability & Ordering The 2001EVO is available for immediate shipping. At the time of ordering it is necessary to specify which type of blade you prefer. The choices are either for cutting metal, for cutting plastic or a combination blade. If you are unsure which blade will be best for you, call your Conde Account Manager to discuss your choice. After choosing the blade that comes with your shear, the other blades are available as optional accessories. Accessories For The 2001 Series Tru-Square When material is cut on a shear, it can creep or move from the cutting force of the shear. A Tru-Square helps prevent this. When installed, it forms a right angle with the ruler and is parallel to the blades. As the material is cut, the cutting force pushes it into the Tru-Square. The material can\'t move, and creep is eliminated. The Tru-Square also serves as a front gauge and is an invaluable aide for making accurate, repetitive plaques. Drop Off Bar The Drop Off Bar is an extension of the drop off gauge included with the 2001EVO Shear. It provides a right hand stop or back gauge that is the full length of the cutting area of the shear and is similar to the back gauge on many larger commercial shears. Its greater length compared to other back gauges makes it easier to use and more accurate for longer cuts. Like accucutter®’s new drop off gauge, the Drop Off Bar pinches the rod when it is tightened. There is no mark, and the Drop Off Bar remains infinitely adjustable. It is available as an accessory for any 2001 Shear regardless of age.