Product Reviews


Roof Like a Pro – US Metal Roofing

Roof Like a Pro – US Metal Roofing

US Metal Roofing out of Holyoke, MA is a family owned business since 1971. They specialize in mechanically locked, double seamed metal roofs in 24 or 26 gauge steel. The owner Keith understands that doing a successful roofing job is doing it once. This is why...
Why Is There Lead in Solder Bar Stock?

Why Is There Lead in Solder Bar Stock?

Generally speaking, solder is an alloy which contains tin and lead in varying proportions, occasionally with flux mixed in. While solder has a wide range of commercial and recreational applications, the solder bar stock we sell here is primarily used for sheet metal...
Uses for Sheet Metal Pliers

Uses for Sheet Metal Pliers

Sheet metal pliers are an essential part of any sheet metal roofer’s repertoire of tools, and even the most highly specialized pliers are still highly versatile tools that can be put to work for a wide range of different applications. In the hands of a skilled sheet...
How We Created a Better Shingle Remover

How We Created a Better Shingle Remover

Slate tile roofing does not simply lend an appeal of elegance to a building. Despite the advances that have been made in roofing technology, slate remains one of the premier roofing materials in the industry. It is not only visually appealing but remarkably resilient...
What Can a Tinner’s Hammer Be Used for?

What Can a Tinner’s Hammer Be Used for?

You know what a hammer is. It is the most basic of all striking implements and variants of it have been used since man’s discovery of simple machines. As a wedge provides the mechanical advantage to separate a medium, a hammer magnifies the force that can be applied...
How to Choose a Sheet Metal Hammer

How to Choose a Sheet Metal Hammer

Spend a little bit of time getting familiar with our collection of sheet metal hammers and you will quickly learn that no two hammers are the same in exactly every way. Truth be told, even two hammers used for sheet metal working or forming won’t be the same, and even...
Tin Snips: A Few Things You Need to Know

Tin Snips: A Few Things You Need to Know

Tin snips go by quite a few names, including aviation snips and shears. These are a class of sheet metal cutting tools that are highly useful for workers and craftsmen in a number of industries, including but not limited to roofing. So what exactly are they, and why...
Mission-Critical Sheet Metal Tools

Mission-Critical Sheet Metal Tools

In this article, we’ll give you a quick look into some of the broader categories of the most important sheet metal tools out there. There are others, but without the ability to finely mark, shape and cut sheet metal with some of these, you won’t have much ability to...
Metal Roll Bender Highlights

Metal Roll Bender Highlights

At some point or other, every sheet metal roofer is going to need the help of a quality metal roll bender to make perfect bends and alterations to the aforesaid medium. Just like slate hammers are to slate roofers and brick hammers are to masons, metal roll benders...
Metal Roof Snow Guards: Why They Matter

Metal Roof Snow Guards: Why They Matter

Metal snow roof guards are often part of a larger snow retention system, oftentimes for slate roofs in addition to metal roofs. Being called metal roof snow guards, the term “metal” may refer not only to the roofing material but also to the material of the type of...
A Breakdown of Metal Cutting Tools

A Breakdown of Metal Cutting Tools

At John Stortz & Son, we don’t just sell metal cutting tools – we offer the entire kit and kaboodle of carefully crafted, high quality tools for roofers, masons and many other craftsmen. Since 1853, tradesmen around the region and the country have turned to...
MASC NIBBLER: VERSION II

MASC NIBBLER: VERSION II

Masc Nibbler II: What’s new? Reinforced handles / Improved Leverage:  Overall stronger construction means easier cutting on 24ga steel (max .7mm) Contoured Nose:  Slimmer profile make it easier to make continous cuts   Have you ever struggled to clip your...
Finish Seamer 2.0 Upgrade

Finish Seamer 2.0 Upgrade

Our most popular Finish Seamer gets a makeover! The Biegetec PVC Finish Seamer has been one of the most popular locking tools year after year. Its unique design allows the user to lock the first stage and the second stage without needing a second tool. In addition,...
Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2019

Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2019

At every year end, we like to take a close look at the exceptional products that our customers had great things to say about. These are our most highly reveiwed products from year 2019. Each review is from a verified purchaser who took the time to tell us what they...
Bending Metal Without A Brake

Bending Metal Without A Brake

The “Uni” Bender If you are a first time buyer and not familiar with these types of roller benders, you’ll look to a “uni” bender.  The name uni comes from there being 1 main set of wheels, and 2 sets of guiding wheels, which will do the...
Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2018

Top Reviewed Metal Tools of 2018

Curious as to what our top sellers are for the metal roofing industry? In this post we review not only the most popular, but the highest rated metal roofing tools from 2018 in the Stortz catalog. Take a look below and find out what you’re missing! Biegetec...
Forever Snow Guard Installation

Forever Snow Guard Installation

The pictures below document the installation of a Sieger heavy duty snow guard on a slate roof. While retrofit hook snow guards are quick and simply installed, there is a case to be made regarding the fact that the nail is already serving a purpose of holding the...
Stortz Seaming Pliers

Stortz Seaming Pliers

How do these pliers differ from what you may find at your local roofing supply store? Strength – The size and weight of the pliers allow for ample leverage on any metal.  The heavy duty models allow for a particularly strong grip and the handles offer minimal...
RAU – Tools of the Trade

RAU – Tools of the Trade

Limited time COMBO DEALS Sale! Eaves Locking Bundle5/52 customer reviews $530.00 $495.00 Sale! Mechanical Lock Seaming Bundle5/51 customer reviews $580.00 $539.00 60 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS RAU Systems has been manufacturing German made sheet bending and...
Seam Locking Without Scratching Panels

Seam Locking Without Scratching Panels

Craig Hardin from Hardin Construction is no stranger to working with mechanical lock standing seam panels. Here he shows how he single and double locks 26ga painted steel panels using the same tool for both stages. The Biegetec Finish Seamer is ideal for any painted...
Top Products of 2017

Top Products of 2017

  Biegetec Finish Seamer “What took so long….This seamer is a must have for anyone who does painted Aluminum or steel double lock standing seam. I couldn’t be happier with it’s performance!“ -Walt Frisch Construction (verified owner)   “This is definitely...
6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

6 Tools Designed For Half Round Gutters

Half round gutters are a great way to increase the value of a home while adding a unique ageless look and feel.  There are many reasons why adding half round gutters is a good choice for a rainfall system on a home. Half-round gutters are low maintenance systems that...
The Insider’s Guide To Soldering Irons

The Insider’s Guide To Soldering Irons

How often do you find yourself needing a soldering iron for gutters or flashing? It’s a part of being a sheet metal worker and having the right equipment is a must. A clear sign that sub par work is on its way is using an open flame torch for a soldering job....
Products You Didn’t Know Existed

Products You Didn’t Know Existed

Biegetec Finish Hand Seamer A true finish hand seamer that will not scratch the paint coating on your standing seam panels. The Biegetec hand seamer has plastic, removable, insets that guarantee a clean, non-marring bend. The tool stands at 18″ which is an...
What’s Your Favorite Metal Roofing Tool?

What’s Your Favorite Metal Roofing Tool?

Craig Hardin of Hardin Construction Craig has done metal roofing work in the Frederick, MD area since 2004. He made the cover of the Metal Architecture Magazine-April 2015 edition. Here is his response of his favorite roofing tool. I would have to say that a must have...
Draco Tool Videos

Draco Tool Videos

Draco is a tool manufacturer in Germany that began in 1951. They produce a wide range of sheet metal cutting shears, bending / crimping hand tools, and larger pan formers and brakes. I was sent a disc with many product videos that I felt were educational and I wanted...
Product Reviews From Actual Customers

Product Reviews From Actual Customers

There is nothing more comforting when shopping online than customer reviews. It gives insight into what someone thought after using the product for an actual application instead of advertising jargon. This is one reason why Amazon has become such a juggernaut because...
What’s Your Favorite Soldering Iron?

What’s Your Favorite Soldering Iron?

If you work with metal, there is a good chance you’ve needed to solder. There are 5 main brands of Soldering Irons that we sell on a daily basis and they are Express, Sievert, Perkeo, Aero, and American Beauty. Below is a 2 question survey that asks which brand...
March’s New Products

March’s New Products

Elten Roofing Shoe You’ve tried Cougar Paws, Red Wing Work Boots, and now you are looking for a steel tip boot that provides strength and comfort. German company Elten has your answer. This is a pre-order and lead time will be ~3 weeks. If you see another shoe...
Introducing Draco Metal Shears

Introducing Draco Metal Shears

The Draco family of power shears has been producing quality cutting tools for various sheet metal trades since 1951.  They are a multi-national group doing business with more than 60 foreign agencies.  At Stortz Tools, we are adopting some of the Draco cutting shears...
Should I buy a Wuko 2202 or 3200?

Should I buy a Wuko 2202 or 3200?

These 2 tools have a similar function and subtleties that one should know before making a buying decision.  Here are the features of each. Wuko 2204 Uni-Bender One set of main rollers and two side rollers. Side rollers act as a support for the material and are close...

Wuko Tools to Improve Your Sheet Metal Work

Wuko Inc is an Austrian company who is an industry leader in bending, forming, and cutting sheet metal.  These long lasting tools will simplify work routines that used to take hours and save on labor immensely. Wuko tools are cutting edge technology and will help you...

Use What Hand Seamer Seams Right

At first glance a hand seamer serves one function, to bend sheet metal.  Like most other tools, something so simple can be broken down into targeted styles depending on the application.  This entry will look into the different attributes of hand seamers and what to...

5 Standing Seam Tools To Do Kick Ass Work

How often do you get in a roofing situation where you do not have the right tool for the job?  You end up using a makeshift item and end up doing more damage than good.  Standing seam roofs are not a type of roof any roofer can pull off.  It requires experience and...