Swenson Shear’s Towable SnapTable Pro Cuts Time, Costs, and Metal

What’s the better deal: asphalt shingles or metal roofs?

While most potential customers believe asphalt shingles are the only inexpensive roofing choice available, many homeowners have discovered that due to their superior durability and reliability, the initial cost outlay for standing seam metal roofs will result in a greater pay off in the long run. After all, proper maintenance will keep metal roofs in great shape for 30 to 50 years. But when roofers invest in cutting-edge roofing equipment, installations can be made less expensive, and may bring them one step further to closing that metal roof deal.

The newest innovation in metal roofing:

Swenson Shear offers a variety of innovative tools designed to speed processes, improve quality, and ease the difficulty of metal panel preparation and installation. But there is nothing like Swenson Shear’s Towable SnapTable Pro, the all-in-one preparation system for standing seam metal roofing that provides roofers with an even more cost-effective way to install metal roofs.

The Towable SnapTable Pro is a fantastic investment for roofers. Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA and available only through Swenson Shear, the Towable SnapTable Pro provides the highest quality notching, slitting, and hemming for any commercial, industrial, or residential job, virtually paying for itself in 250 square cuts (25,000 sq. ft.) – and even faster with valley cuts! In addition, it will save you an average of 35% in labor costs. Because of the life of the machine, you’ll end up with a 25-40% return on investment. The Towable SnapTable Pro is the all-in-one panel preparation system for standing seam metal roofing you have been looking for to make your installations easier and more economical. You simply cannot afford not to have this cutting-edge metal-cutting machine.

The Towable Snap Table Pro not only ensures precision while accommodating panels between 12” and 24”, but it is also equipped to notch, slit, and hem up to 60” offsets for hip-valley roofing cuts. This metal roofing innovation is ideal for lite to 20-gauge panel thickness, including Cor-Ten (1”, 1½ “), Nail Strip (1”, 1½”, 1¾”), SnapLock (1”, 1½”, 2”), Mechanical Seam, and Zip-Rib, just to name a few. In addition, the towable option meets Department of Transportation standards, is powder-coated with a two-inch ball hitch, and weighs approximately 1,800 lbs.

So, the question is, would you prefer to continue doing everything by hand, or are you ready to have a competitive advantage? Improve quality, cut costs, save time, bid on more jobs, and bring in more customers. The choice is clear, bring in the Snap Table Pro form Swenson Shear!

To learn more about how Swenson Shear can help your roofing company save time and money, request a quote by clicking here, or contact Morgan via email at morgan@swensonshear.com or phone at (209) 417-1582.

A History Packed with Innovation

Knowing a business’s history helps consumers understand its values and motivation—the foundation of any successful organization. For nearly sixty years, Swenson Shear has been a leader in providing solutions to roofing and construction contractors. The company’s history is full of new products, new markets, and continuous growth. Since 1959, Swenson Shear has manufactured high-quality, heavy duty metal panel cutting tools and all-in-one finishing tables to valued customers.

Swenson Shear is committed to long-lasting business relationships based on 100% customer satisfaction and constant product innovation—and has been since 1959. Today, the business enjoys its position as the number one international provider of metal roof cutting tools. Below are a few highlights of Swenson Shear history:

  • 1959: The Original Swenson Shear was first manufactured in Ceres, California
  • 1968: The first Swenson Shear shipped internationally to Germany
  • 1997: Swenson Shear world headquarters was built in Ceres, California
  • 2001: Swenson Shear acquired Swift Cut and launched the new interchangeable blade shears
  • 2002: Swenson Shear launched the original SnapTable
  • 2005: Swenson Shear launched the Model 64 Hip/Valley Roofing Shear
  • 2007: Swenson Shear launched the Hemmer
  • 2009: Swenson Shear launched the Eave/Valley Hemmer
  • 2013: Swenson Shear launched the SnapTable HD
  • 2016: The Towable SnapTable Pro was officially launched. It has quickly grown to be Swenson Shear’s best-selling product, as it is the only tool like it on the market
  • 2017: The Eave Master, the perfect complement to its Towable SnapTable Pro, debuted

Continued innovation, consistent product updates, and completely new tools are the foundation of Swenson Shear’s long-standing work to increase quality, save money, and improve safety in the roofing industry. Swenson Shear is continually looking for ways to improve its products and provide the best service to its customers. Swenson Shear holds numerous patents, leaving competitors in the rear-view mirror.

Swenson Shear has faced its share of business challenges over the course of the company’s history. The learning curve in designing and manufacturing products can be difficult to climb when it comes to creating a new product for the first time—and communicating its benefits to the market. In the end, however, the hard work is worth it. Through various product iterations and tests, Swenson Shear has seen its offerings become the “go-to” for contractors. Roofers understand Swenson Shear products increase the quality of their finished metal roofs while also saving their time and money.

The CEO of Swenson Shear said it best: “As a company, we work as a team to grow our business and overcome these challenges. Our shop team works tirelessly to improve quality and ease of use. Our marketing and sales team diligently works on reaching out to customers and inform them of the capabilities of our machines—all while providing the best customer service before, during and after purchase.”

Swenson Shear is proud of its history. Innovative tools from Swenson Shear speed up the process and ease the difficulty of metal panel preparation and installation. To learn more, visit swensonshear.com today.

Proud to be American-Made

Since 1959, Swenson Shear has proudly produced its goods in America, using only the best materials. From conception—to design—to manufacturing, Swenson Shear understands the value of high-quality products that exceed the needs of the construction industry. Manufacturers who keep their production in-house provide higher quality products, produce more efficient goods, and experience higher customer satisfaction.

According to Consumer Reports, 78% of Americans would prefer to buy an American-made product when given a choice between an overseas-made product and an identical American-made one. Swenson Shear has handled all aspects of their tools in the Central Valley of California, since its inception. These products speed the process, improve the quality, and ease the difficulty of metal panel preparation and installation in building construction industries. 

80% of Americans who prefer American-made products cite keeping manufacturing jobs in the US as a strong reason for buying American. Outsourcing may appeal to companies for a variety of benefits, but those benefits don’t outweigh the costs in the long run. It creates business challenges regarding customer relationships, quality measures, and innovation. By producing all items in-house, Swenson Shear can quickly assist builders with most issues that could arise.

When you are on a job, do you want knock off tools sent here from overseas or do you want tools crafted with the highest American standards? Swenson Shear is the only maker of their tools, allowing roofers to have the very best. Competitors who create similar products lack the same perfectionism. Swenson Shear prides itself on its quality and its ability to quickly make product improvements.

See the time-saving benefits Prime Roofing has enjoyed from their Swenson Shear purchases. By leveraging the exceptional quality of their roofing supplies, Prime Roofing is providing its customers with the best materials in the business. Plus, the equipment enables them to provide superior installation while saving hours of labor costs.

Swenson Shear is proud to create American-made goods that speed up and simplify the process of metal panel preparation and installation. Roofers and building suppliers want to know where their products are made, and they prefer those made in the U.S.A. Swenson Shear is proud to be 100% American. They always manufacture high-quality, heavy-duty metal panel cutting tools and all-in-one finishing.

To learn more about Swenson Shear and its all-American approach to manufacturing and service, visit our website today!

Morgan Aue: Building the Business, One Partnership at a Time

In today’s fast-paced, high-octane marketplace, it’s easy to lose sight of the individual customer. Finding a leader passionate about customer service is a challenge—which is why Swenson Shear is thrilled to have Morgan Aue as Director of North American Sales.

Morgan took control of the sales department at the end of last year. By putting the focus on each client, answering his or her needs with a custom-fit solution, Morgan has successfully increased sales by 50%!

Morgan credits her success to a genuine interest in people—a desire to make a difference when and where she can. “I’ve always known that I wanted to help people in some way or another,” she says, when asked about her recent achievements. “While on the phone with roofing contractors, I get to listen to understand what types of projects they do, and from there provide a tool that will help them not only get the job done quicker, but more efficiently as well.” Her job, she explains, is to make other people’s jobs easier. According to Morgan, it’s a rewarding—not to mention, fun—line of work to be in.

The new sales director wouldn’t be capable of giving such individualized service, of course, if she didn’t know Swenson Shear’s product line forwards and backwards—a knowledge she’s gained by persistent study and effort. “Morgan’s work ethic separates her from any other sales person we have had at Swenson Shear,” says CEO Jonathan Dravecky. “She is the first in the door in the morning, and the last to leave every night. The effort that Morgan puts in to her work, and gaining knowledge on our industry, is contagious to the rest of our team.”

For Morgan, success in sales is all about building relationships, something that takes time as well as patience. “I enjoy taking care of my customers,” she says, “I enjoy the conversations.” The best conversations of all, in Morgan’s opinion, are those that occur after a customer has used a Swenson Shear product for the very first time. “We get a lot of, where has this tool been all of my life?” she says with a laugh, “or, I am SO happy with this product, I need one for each of my crews.”

With the entire Swenson Shear portfolio at her disposal, Morgan is literally changing the way contractors prep and install metal roofing, and they are thanking her for it.

As Director of North American Sales, Morgan sees big things on the horizon for Swenson Shear. “What I am looking forward to most is working alongside JD and the team as we take the company to the next level.” Such confidence stems from her belief in the company’s proven product line: “I know how easy the tools are to use, I have heard the testimonials. This is what keeps me going and pushes me even harder to contact as many people as possible to offer something that’s truly life changing.”

Prior to joining the Swenson Shear team in April of 2015, Morgan worked as the Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the City of Turlock, where she managed local information, merchandise, marketing, and sales. Before that, Morgan was based in Merced and a member of the Acosta Proctor and Gamble Sales and Marketing department, with responsibilities in third-party sales placements, customer service, and fulfillment in grocery chain stores throughout California. Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Human Services from California State University, Stanislaus. She earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Merced College and attended Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.

To learn more about Swenson Shear and its team of talented professionals, visit us online today!

Have You Heard? Swenson Shear is Now Offering Distributor Deals

Swenson Shear’s Distributor Program is live and running in full effect. We’re offering three full-service distributor partnership levels: Starter Level, Master Level, and Territory Champion. With these three options there is certainly a package that makes sense for everybody.

Have you heard? Our partners receive price breaks on our entire line of products. That’s right, the program level doesn’t matter here – all you have to do to benefit from this opportunity is become a member of our Distributor Program. We designed this partnership to fit the needs of your company, so whether you are looking to rent or sell our tools, Swenson Shear is behind you 100%.

Distributor Program Tools

Towable SnapTable Pro

  • All-in-one panel preparation system designed 
    to consistently notch, cut,
    and hem snap lock and standing seam profiles from 12”-24” and up to 60″ offsets
  • Powder coated with a two-inch ball hitch
  • Leveling jacks are include

Any manufacturers snap lock or standing seam profiles are compatible with the Towable SnapTable Pro or Eave Master!

Eave Master

  • Panel preparation system designed to notch and hem eave cuts on 12”-24” panel profiles 
  • Inch ruler on notchers allows for an easy-to-measure hem line
  • Quick change notching station for right and left panel runs
  • Pickup bed transportable, weighing just 125 lbs.
  • Perfect complement to the Towable SnapTable Pro

M42 Pivot Shear 

  • Used to cut light gauge exposed fastener panels
  • 42” blade length
  • Shears panels straight at 90 degrees and up to a 5/12 gable with additional blade sets
  • Powder coated for weather resistance
  • Offered exclusively for distributor partners

Our final question…what are you waiting for? To learn more about our products, check out our YouTube Channel and give our National Sales Manager a call at (877) 588-8748 or email sales@swensonshear.com.

New Product Alert! Introducing the Eave Master!

Swenson Shear is proud to introduce the Eave Master. This durable machine is the latest addition to the SnapTable collection and is designed to notch and hem eave cuts. The Eave Master provides a consistent cut on straight runs and is perfect for use in any commercial job.

Check out our video!

What makes the Eave Master an exceptional choice for contractors?

  • NOTCH AND HEM your panel eaves in seconds
  • Inch ruler on notchers allows for an easy-to-measure hem line
  • Quick change notching station for right and left panel runs
  • Lightweight machine can be manually lifted by two people
  • Perfect complement to the Towable SnapTable Pro

The Eave Master features an adjustable table to accommodate panel widths between 12”-24”. It is lightweight — a mere 125 pounds. Metal roof installers can easily transport the Eave Master in a pickup truck bed when traveling from one jobsite to another.

The Eave Master, proudly designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. To learn about financing options, please contact Swenson Shear’s National Sales Manager, Morgan at (877) 588-8748, email sales@swensonshear.com, or visit swensonshear.com.

Introducing the Swenson Shear Distributor Media Kit

Need materials to market Swenson Shears’ specialty roofing tools? We’re here to help. Our new Media Kit, now available to all members of our distributor program, is your one-stop marketing resource.

The Media Kit includes full-page flyers and postcards for our entire product line. As a bonus, we added a press release and distributor printing instructions. All collateral material is print-ready — all distributors have to do is contact their local printing vendors to work out the details.  

The media kit has three sections:

Distributor Postcards
Distributor Flyers
Distributor Downloading Instructions

“We’ve listened to our large-scale distribution customers. Whether you’re looking to rent or sell our products, we’re 100% behind your efforts to distribute to customers and help you sell them. It’s our pleasure to offer distributor price breaks on our pivot shears and snaptables.”

— Jonathan Dravecky, CEO 

Now is the time to become an official Swenson Shear distributor! For more information, please visit swensonshear.com, email sales@swensonshear.com, or contact our national sales manager at (877) 588-8748.

Swenson Shear Provides Solutions For Industry Wide Installations

At Swenson Shear, we don’t just sell tools, we provide solutions for industry wide installations. Whether you are looking to purchase a SnapTable or a Shear, our tools provide consistency across the board. Swenson Shears’ products allow your crew to complete metal roofing installations faster – all while improving the quality of the customer’s end product.

SnapTable Pro

  • Consistently notch, slit and hem your snap lock and standing seam profiles between 12″ and 24″ and up to a 60″ offset.
  • The SnapTable Pro with Towable Option has a GVW of 1,850 lbs., is 19 feet long, powder coated, includes a two-inch ball hitch and has room for additional storage
  • Leveling Jacks are included for adjustable height to accommodate any job site terrain
  • Any manufacturers snap lock or standing seam profile…one machine

Shear Collection

  • Swensons’ Shear Collection provides the cleanest cuts on panels up to 24 gauge and eliminates the risk of flying metal and burred edges
  • Blade lengths range from 20″-64″

Stone Coated Cutting Collection

Installer Benefits

No power needed

2 year manufactures warranty

Rust-resistant tools

Job site transportable

Easily notch for tab over feature

Panel preparation for multiple profiles

Effortless cuts guarantee consistency at every job site

Any manufacturers snap lock or standing seam profile…one machine

Metal roofing installers, now is the time to close the deal. Ask us about our training materials and check out our YouTube Channel to watch our videos. Give us a call at (877) 588-8748 or email sales@swensonshear.com or visitswensonshear.com.

Introducing The Tab Over Feature

Swenson Shear is here to help streamline your process for making a tab. Out in the field, roofing experts are utilizing the SnapTable to finish off the tab over for residential and commercial metal roofing projects. The SnapTable, in conjunction with the tab over, helps create a clean, closed aesthetic look at the end of the roof slope. If you don’t own one of our specialty metal cutting machines, now is the time to invest.

Tab Over Step 1: Notching Station

To start, set your angle and offset your notchers by one additional inch – this allows room to snip back when creating the tab. For example, for a 16” mitered offset angle, set your notchers at a 17” offset. Notch the panel, then remove the metal coupon from each notching station.

Tab Over Step 2: Slitting Station

Rotate the slitter to set your angle between notches. Slit the panel and grab a pair of tin snips to notch the female rib back to your 16” mitered offset. Create the tab, clean up the excess material and move panel to station three.

Tab Over Step 3: Hemming Station

Secure both sides of the standing seam by making sure the panel hits flush against the fencing inside the hemmer. Clamp down and hem over to complete your hem.

Just three painless steps and the tab over feature is done!

To learn more about the SnapTable Pro check out our blog post to learn how to Save 35% of Labor Cost With The SnapTable Pro. Need another reason? For a limited time, we are offering a special show pricing on our SnapTable collection – hurry and lock in your price before the sale ends!

Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for more videos and contact us to learn about our products and special pricing. Give us a call at (877) 588-8748 or email sales@swensonshear.com or visit swensonshear.com.

Introducing the Swenson Shear Distributor Program

Interested in becoming a Swenson Shear distributor? The timing’s never been better! Our distributor program offers remarkable deals and includes personalized marketing materials. The three levels – Starter, Master and Territory Champion, are designed to fit the needs of your company.

Distributor Partners Include:

Lumber Yards
Metal Panel Manufacturers 
Regional Metal Depots
Hardware Stores
Carport Companies
Tuff Shed Suppliers
Dairy Barn Builders
Metal Suppliers
Roll Forming Companies
Machine Rental Companies

Let Swenson Shear help you market the products by becoming an exclusive member of our distributor program today!

Distributor Sales Opportunities 

Starter Level
Joining our program is easy. Distributors can qualify for the Starter Level by purchasing five to fifteen M42 Pivot Shears or one machine from our SnapTable collection annually. Save money and gain access to our free Media Kit – which includes full page flyers and postcards designed to help distributors market the specialty metal roofing tools.

Master Level
Ready to take it to the next level? Purchase twenty to ninety-nine M42 Pivot Shears or two or more machines from our SnapTable collection annually to qualify for the Master Level. Distributors in this category have access to the Media Kit and a free customizable marketing postcard. Add your company logo, contact information and more – Swenson Shear will design the postcard for free. Another benefit? Monthly communication with our sales department will ensure you get the most bang for your buck. Participating companies will be identified as Official Swenson Shear Distributors. Feature Swenson Shear on your website and gain inclusion in our “Where to Buy” website guide.

Territory Champion
The ultimate level for any distributor – includes all of the Starter and Master Level benefits, plus many more. Purchase over one hundred M42 Pivot Shears or five or more machines from our SnapTable collection annually to gain regional exclusivity in our Where to Buy website guide. That’s right, you’ll become the sole distributor for an entire sector of land – and don’t worry, any customer calls from that area will be directed straight to you. Looking for tools to match your brand? Territory champions can take advantage of our optional private label branding. Additional benefits include distributor recognition in our monthly newsletter e-blast – dispersed to hundreds of national and international leads – and a free in-person training on the purchased tools.














Distributor Program Tools

M42 Pivot Shear

An industry best-seller used to cut light gauge exposed fastener panels that require up to a 42” cut length. The manually operated tool is lightweight, powder coated and weather and rust resistant. Includes one set of replaceable blade inserts.

SnapTable Pro

What used to take hours in panel preparation by hand is now dramatically cut thanks to the swift and precise cuts of the SnapTable Pro. The SnapTable PRO is fully operational from the trailer and manually powered by one person. This all-in-one tool is fully equipped to notch, shear and hem your snap lock and standing seam profiles.


For more information on becoming a Swenson Shear Distributor please visit swensonshear.com or email sales@swensonshear.com or contact our National Sales Manager.