Tin snips

  1. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    I’m after some new tins snips as mine have seen better days and are only cheap ones

    Any recommendations?

    Straight cut too please on ally and thin mild
     
  2. optima21 Forum Supporter

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    Im using Wiss or Stanley fatmax offset avaiation snips for thin metal 0.9 or 1.2mm steel, the offset handles keep your hands out of the way if you're cutting deep into a panel. I already had the stanley snips but wiss are supposed to be better, but I cant say there is much difference, I think the stanleys need slightly less force to use and the wiss can cut slightly tighter radius. Im only working at home, but the professionals may say others are better.
    For 1.5mm steel I'll use gilbow snips then for thicker sizes I'll use something powered or a plasma cutter. some people will say they prefer gilbows and you can use them for 2.0mm and thicker. and say aviation snips are a waste of space.
     
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  3. MCKDAVID Member

    Gilbows or Wiss.. no comparisons..
     
  4. AndersK Member

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    I use Wiss and a set of small Cocraft
    for aviation snips
    Bacho and some German brand for offset snips
     
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  5. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Will order a set on the gilbows

    Where I used to work there was a set of dewalt ones for opening metal banding straps. They were really bad for the money
     
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  6. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    Best ones I have are an old pair of Gilbows I found on ebay....those aviation snips I find are a bit useless.
     
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  7. MCKDAVID Member

    Just look in a sheet metal shop, and see what the tin bashers are using, almost certainly gilbows.... well all the ones I've been in anyway.. can't get a better recommendation than that..
     
  8. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Most sheet metal shops Iv worked in they’ve all had them for donkeys years
     
  9. keithski122 Member

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    I've got snap on and midwest aviation shears, both work well.
     
  10. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    The Midwest ones are what I currently have
     
  11. premmington

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    I have loads of Gilbow ones (blue painted handles) A set of three Wiss ones - with rubber coated handles.

    One rouge Facom pair - really thin profile jaws - you can make long cuts with these and not bend the time too much.
     
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  12. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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  13. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    I did think about a bench mounted sheer but I wanted something to save picking a grinder up if I was just taking say a slither off of faffing at home in the shed
     
  14. premmington

    premmington Member

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    I gave up with a rotary shear - they only cut 1.6mm

    I killed mine with slightly thicker stuff (2mm).

    Grinder will cut any sheet metal...
     
  15. Pigeon_Droppings2 Member

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    For thicker stuff I have a bench cutter....that gets through most stuff especially if I hang off the handle!

    Best of all it came free on an old bench I bought years ago on fleabay....cant believe how lucky that was. I generally use it first and tidy up with hand shears....grinder is a last resort because of all the mess it makes!
     
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  16. mechman Member

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    The guys offshore used Gilbow and Wiss.
     
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  17. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    The cheap chit Wiss aviation copies will do the job if you use them correctly as aviation snips one handed.

    Better quality real McCoy aviation snips will do the job longer, Gilbow’s are a different breed.
     
  18. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    What’s the difference, apart from being assisted in the aviation snips
     
  19. MCKDAVID Member

    Bench shears are handy theres no doubt, but can't replace snips, different applications with some crossover, even with a shear you'll still need snips.
     
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  20. daedalusminos Member

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