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  1. #1
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    Sheet metal tools

    Apart from snips have people had better luck with Malco or Klein sheet metal tools? Notchers, steamers, crimpers, etc.

    Starting to work with sheet metal more at my new job and need some basic sheet metal tools.


    Sorry if this is in the wrong section

  2. #2
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    Malco. I have been disappointed in klien as of late.

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  3. #3
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    Never liked malco sheet metal stuff. I have always been a fan of wiss. But my last 2 right hand snips have broken the tips off. I thought I heard they were not owned by crescent but who knows.


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  4. #4
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    Midwest snips and hand breaks, everything I usually use malco. I don't think you'd be disappointed in the offset right and left midwest aviators

  5. #5
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    I agree. Midwest snips are very good. Try the right angle left cut (red) snips. They will get into the tight places. I also like Lennox. I have had a few pairs of both in the last 5 or so years. The real trick is to get a new pair when you do something stupid like cut an s-slip or a stainless steel wire. The older fellas took care of their tools and never used them for something other than what they were designed for. I am too impatient and abuse my tools a little.
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  6. #6
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    If you want it to be made in America then go with Midwest. If you want the best quality there is look to Germany: either Bessey or my personal favorite, NWS (top notch German manufacturer of pliers, on par with Knipex).

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