Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 15
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by allpa Replaced my broken punch
Adjustable tension automatic center punch. General is an excellent company and they make a fine product. With HD would carry more of these quality products in the store. I rated this as average because of the "replaceable" tip. Mine originally had a tungsten screw on tip, while this one is hardened steel and has to be replaced by removing a "c" clip internally.
Will work on most materials except the hardest steels or alloys.
Good value for an economy punch but the 78 or 79 models would be preferred.
September 6, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by ATRT Not very precise
Only use this punch if accuracy isn't very important. The punch pin is loose in the case and the point is blunt. I sharpened mine to stay on the point when actuated. I have two of these and they are both the same. It will work very well for screw starter punch's on metal building construction using self tapping screws. I sharpened one of these for a punch to start drill bits for hinge screws. Sharpening the point allows the punch to stay in the center of the hinge hole and keeps your bits from wondering when you pre-drill for your screw.
December 11, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIY03038 Good automatic center punch
Bought this automatic center punch for use when drilling holes in steel to provide a reliable starting point indentation with the center punch to prevent small diameter pilot drill bits from wandering while drilling pilot or starting holes in steel and other hard materials.
This punch works reliably as the manufacturer advertises with being able to operate the punch with one hand without requiring a hammer which is convenient when one hand is required to hold a work piece.
This punch is easy to use and has a small diameter point which makes it easier to position on center marks on a work piece while providing an adequate indentation on a work piece to prevent small diameter pilot drill bits from wandering while drilling.
It takes a little effort to use this punch repeatedly because the punch has to be pressed down with enough force to compress and release an internal spring that releases the pin of the punch into the work piece. The force that the center pin of the punch strikes a work piece is adjustable through varying the spring stroke release length of the punch through rotating an adjustment on the top of the punch.
October 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by donrickles it has been improved
the last general I had had an aluminum casing and would not operate most of the time. This one is all steel and fires every time. The equivalent Starrett is 40+ dollars. Buy the general.
June 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Teeds perfect solution for the intended job
The punch easily marked the layout for installing door hardware on cabinet doors. I like using a punch because it keeps the drill bit from drifting.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Great
Used it a numerous times. Works great. Works great with all kinds of wood.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by trm2015 Good spring loaded center punch
Springs and construction better than the one available at Harbor Freight
March 1, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SuburbanSasquatch Not enough punch
I bought a cheap center punch at different store. It worked ok until it stopped working all the time. I thought that if I got an adjustable one that was more expensive it would be better. Man was I wrong this center punch was the worst yet, I can barely even tell where the mark is after I use it. Unless your are center punching wood, DO NOT BUY.
August 17, 2014