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  1. #1
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    Best sheetmetal cutting snips

    I am looking for the best sheetmetal cutting snips. I do install in addition to service, and I make my own plenums in the field. Not to mention all the duct modification I do in the field.

    None of my metal cutting tools seem to survive long. So any recommendations would be appreciated. Thank you.

  2. #2
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    Wiss. The only way to go.

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    yep... new pair every week.... ..
    it was working.... played with it.... now its broke.... whats the going hourly rate for HVAC repair

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    Wiss are definitely the standard, although I picked up some Milwaukee snips to try in the shop and they seem pretty good.

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    I tried many different brands when I did sheetmetal work, and I found the Malco AVs and Max2000s were the best anywhere. The AVs were nice because the offsets were very low profile and they had a smooth operation. The Max2000s stayed very sharp, and the larger grips allowed you to cut heavy gauge metal. They had a longer cutting edge = more cuts with fewer strokes = less hand fatigue.

    I never carried anything but a right and left offset and a pair of bulldogs for cutting slips and drives. I was doing large commercial sheetmetal installs, and I could get about 1-2 years out of my snips.
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    When I was doing a lot of duct work new construction and replacement installs I would get about 3 months out of Irwin right offsets, though comfortable and worked good just didn't last. I got a pair of Lennox right offsets and won't get anything else ever again. Get about 12 to 15 months out of a pair. It helps a lot to only cut tin with your snips and get a pair of bulldogs for cutting the seems, slips and drives.

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    1st of let me say I do not do install and rarely use snips.

    However I do have a set for the few times a year I might need them.
    They are just cheap ace hardware brand, but they just cut right
    Through the sheet metal no issue. I don't foresee any complaints if
    I did have to use them daily though.
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    I worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for 7 years, doing quite a bit of sheet metal in that time. I'm now a first year HVAC/R apprentice.

    In my opinion, having used many different types, I found that for overall quality and Longevity, nothing outperformed Wiss

  9. #9
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    Hands down midwest. They beat the hell out of wiss and I think all malco are are midwest snips with malco name on it.

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    Midwest are the best. Most comfortable to use.


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    +1 for Midwest.
    They were even better when they were sold under the Craftsman name and had the lifetime warranty

  12. #12
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    I used Midwest for a while and Malco for a while, then I got a pair of Lennox rights and left and will never go back to any other snips they are the best hands down IMO. For straight cutting I use Malco 12s

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnlyOneKeano View Post
    I worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for 7 years, doing quite a bit of sheet metal in that time. I'm now a first year HVAC/R apprentice.

    In my opinion, having used many different types, I found that for overall quality and Longevity, nothing outperformed Wiss
    I did A&P for a while back in the late 1970's... seemed the only real $$$ was graveyard at the airlines... something I did not like much.

    I used to buy Wiss at HD... then tried Malco and use them. Have not tried Midwest yet.

    One thing for sure; one gets a better price on tools online now-a-days. I tend to buy a bundle of stuff every few mos... rather than nickel and dime... usually get free shipping and sometimes a volume discount.
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