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    Tin Snips

    What are the best tin snips that you guys like using?

    The supply houses around here only have Mid Western or Lennox.

    I am getting frustrated with some of the ones I have. Want to get some decent ones this time around.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    Malco makes great snips. You cannot go wrong with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al3x0017 View Post
    Malco makes great snips. You cannot go wrong with them

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    +1 I’ve got a set of Malco snips I’ve been using for over 8 years for service and residential install. Lost the bulldogs but they were still working great when I did.

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    I'm partial to Midwest snips. I have no experience with Malco, but there other duct tools are good.

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    I've never had a problem with any of them, as long as you are using them properly, which most people don't. I wasn't either until a saw a really good YouTube video (I think it was posted on this site, I'll look for it) showing you the proper way, the limitations, etc.

    Edit: I think it's this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAOQfUaRZyw&t=149s
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    I don't use aviation snips very often, usually use the offsets and I found whee they make the offsets in a mini that come in really handy. As to brand, good question. I use to like Wiss but the last ones I have had the lock nut comes loose after a while and then they don't cut, you tighten the nut and they are fine for a while then the nut gets loose and they don't cut, eventually one bite and the nut is loose. I have a set of lennox, they don't cut well, distorts the good side and the discard side.

    The best snips I have ever used are glennville snips, they had orange and black handles and they don't make them any more. With very little practice you could cut a 90° corner in the middle of the sheet, so cutting a hole for a humidifier or square tap collar was cake. You didn't have to cut into the corner one way then into the corner from the other. Who ever bought the company didn't keep them very long and they were gone.

    I have a set a Klien aviation that work well and I love, but can't find them in an offset.

    Maybe I need to go back to Wiss and put a drop of locktite on the nut.

    One other thing, the guy in the video didn't show how you can run them backwards also, as in having the tip pointed toward you instead of away.

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    Thanks. Good info.
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BNME8EZ View Post
    I don't use aviation snips very often, usually use the offsets and I found whee they make the offsets in a mini that come in really handy. As to brand, good question. I use to like Wiss but the last ones I have had the lock nut comes loose after a while and then they don't cut, you tighten the nut and they are fine for a while then the nut gets loose and they don't cut, eventually one bite and the nut is loose. I have a set of lennox, they don't cut well, distorts the good side and the discard side.

    The best snips I have ever used are glennville snips, they had orange and black handles and they don't make them any more. With very little practice you could cut a 90° corner in the middle of the sheet, so cutting a hole for a humidifier or square tap collar was cake. You didn't have to cut into the corner one way then into the corner from the other. Who ever bought the company didn't keep them very long and they were gone.

    I have a set a Klien aviation that work well and I love, but can't find them in an offset.

    Maybe I need to go back to Wiss and put a drop of locktite on the nut.

    One other thing, the guy in the video didn't show how you can run them backwards also, as in having the tip pointed toward you instead of away.
    You can cut 90 turns with most any offset snips. You just cut to the corner, then move the snip forward as if to continue a strait cut, then turn to the left with reds, or right with greens, while while just starting to close down the jaws.

    To the OP,

    Im not too picky for brands, but for performance I like the design and hand feel of Midwest, Wiss, and some of the Klenks products. Craftsmen use to have a decent set also, but I always figured Midwest made them.

    I dont like the modern Malco aviation snips and never cared for Lennox.

    and never, ever, ever use snips to cut wire. They will cut, but the cutting edge will become un even and produce jagged cuts.


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    I get the ones with the red handle. And those other ones with the green handle. And the other red and greens that cut the opposite. Takes four snippers to be able to cut properly.

    Then there are the big snippers for making long straight cuts in flat stock. Let me know if you want photo's.
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    Yeah I know, some just do it much better than others. I have not found one that does it as well as the Genville which is no longer made. Lenox are bad at this.

    Quote Originally Posted by heatingman View Post
    You can cut 90 turns with most any offset snips. You just cut to the corner, then move the snip forward as if to continue a strait cut, then turn to the left with reds, or right with greens, while while just starting to close down the jaws.

    To the OP,

    Im not too picky for brands, but for performance I like the design and hand feel of Midwest, Wiss, and some of the Klenks products. Craftsmen use to have a decent set also, but I always figured Midwest made them.

    I dont like the modern Malco aviation snips and never cared for Lennox.

    and never, ever, ever use snips to cut wire. They will cut, but the cutting edge will become un even and produce jagged cuts.


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    Thanks for all the input guys. In my original post I said I had Midwestern - should have said Midwest (seems to be popular here). Is there a way to sharpen or adjust them? seems like the 2 jaws are too far apart. I will have to look at them closer and see what can be done when it slows down a little. I don't use them often, but when I do I want them to work properly.

    Is there a time when you throw them out and start over or are they repairable?
    Can someone please explain to me -
    Why is there never enough time to do it right the first time, but plenty of time to do it twice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by heatingman View Post

    and never, ever, ever use snips to cut wire. They will cut, but the cutting edge will become un even and produce jagged cuts.


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    Years ago on my first day of hvac I was tasked to install some flex duct. Having no tools and no idea what I was doing, I was trying to figure out the best way to cut the inner spiral wire. A random electrician was walking by and before I could respond he used his wire strippers to cut the spiral and walked off. About 2 mins later he walked back and asked me what the @&$! the wire was made out of. His strippers were buggered.

    I apologized to him and bought him lunch. I also learned tonever use my own wire strippers or snips to cut the spiral.


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