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Basics of...Snips

Snips are available in a wide variety of models and versions for numerous industrial cutting and do-it-yourself applications. Snips are indispensable to maintenance specialists and industrial workers in the sheetmetal, appliance, aircraft, automotive, electrical and construction industries.

Compound Action Snips

Allows a margin of strength far above the limit of hand power that can be exerted. Originally developed for cutting the extremely tough alloys used in the aircraft industry (hence the nickname aviation snips), they are the favorite of most craftsmen who work with metal. Compound Action Snips are available in various versions:

Compound Action Snips
  • Bulldog: feature a shorter jaw design that withstands the strain of cutting heavy stock and tight curves
  • Left Cutting: cutting left from tight curves to straight
  • Right Cutting: cutting right from tight curves to straight
  • Offset Jaw: help keep the users hand up and clear of the material being cut
  • Pipe and Duct: for cutting any shape ducts, seams, sheet metal stock, vinyl tiles and plastic laminates
  • Straight Cutting: for cutting left or right and straight into light stock
  • Special Series: feature specially hardened jaws for cutting exotic metals

Tinners Snips

For cutting straight lines as well as curves, generally when cutting resistance is low. Traditional tools of the sheet metal, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and roofing trades. These snips are available in various versions:

Tinners Snips
  • Duckbill Pattern: for cutting tighter curves as well as straight
  • Offset/Bent Pattern: feature offset blades that help keep the users hand up and clear of the materialbeing cut
  • Straight Pattern: for cutting straight and wide curves as the flat face of the jaws guide the tool along a straight line