Tin Snips are cutting tools used to cut and shape sections of sheet metal and duct materials. They are also commonly referred to as Aviation Snips.
Tin Snips are available in several varieties, each one suited to a specific cut. Because of the awkward and unforgiving nature of the material, cutting curved lines into sheet metal can be difficult, which is why variations of the standard aviation snip exist to suit each job. It is also important to keep in mind that the material being cut will be extremely sharp, which is why we recommend using leather gloves and protective eye wear for this application.
Angled Aviation snips are also often referred to as offset snips. Left Cut Tin Snips are distinguished by having a red handle. They are best used to cut straight and counterclockwise curves. Right Cut Metal Snips have a green handle and are used to cut straight and clockwise curves. Yellow handled Tin Snips are most common and used for straight cuts and are available in long cut and notch cut varieties. The blades on each type of aviation snips are slanted towards their indicated direction.
All Metal Snips from Albany County Fasteners feature drop forged, chrome-molybdenum serrated steel blades for maximum durability and performance.
Trade Names: Compound Snips, Aviation Snips, Off Set Snips
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