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Tin Snips
#1102270 Tue May 12 2015 03:31 PM
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....and their proper use. I've been using tin snips off and on for going on 30 years now, and after watching this video learned a thing or two of how I've been doing things wrong...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAOQfUaRZyw&feature=related

Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102428 Wed May 13 2015 04:39 AM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 15,311
Boltergeist
.....as you cut the "filings" will fill up the teeth on the snips. Back when I did ceiling work I got many nice pairs of snips that were thrown away simply because they would not cut. I'd pick them up, run my finger/thumb through the teeth and they would be like new. I hardly ever had to buy a new pair.
Nice video by the way.


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Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102498 Wed May 13 2015 05:02 PM
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Extreme Gabster
You got that right Alvin, thought that was my own discovery.
Whenever I cut, I run my thumb over the jaws and a few times
if I'm making a long cut. And, same as you, they cut like new.
I always credited it to the fact that there is a little oil
left on the jaw by my thumb and that was why they cut so nice
afterward.
I still use my first set of Malco snips that I got the first
day of my apprenticeship. The boss took me with him to G. W. Berkheimer's
when he was picking up a furnace and fittings that morning. He
filled up a cardboard box with what tools I would need and
said he'd take a little out of each pay envelope till they
were paid for. I stopped at the local Sears & Roebuck store in
Downers Grove that evening and got a tin box to keep them in.
Still got the box and the original tools also. I have added
some Wiss snipps and other stuff over the years:
http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/160048749/large

dg

Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102592 Thu May 14 2015 03:10 AM
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I have never felt so dumb about something which I thought I knew something about. Thanks for sharing it.
Carl

Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102611 Thu May 14 2015 04:49 AM
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Shop Shark
I really haven't used snips on about 30 years. We have several of these around the shop. They are quite inexpensive for what they do.

http://www.kett-tool.com/products/detail.php?product_model=KD-440

We use them mostly for cutting .040 tempered aluminum sheets, but they will cut 14 Gauge mild steel easily.

Re: Tin Snips
52Carl #1102622 Thu May 14 2015 06:21 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Originally Posted by 52Carl
I have never felt so dumb about something which I thought I knew something about. Thanks for sharing it.
Carl


I think learning something new makes you quite smart!

Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102628 Thu May 14 2015 11:42 AM
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Shop Shark
Ken- again, thanks for linking to a tool; y'all have some good equipment! (I'm still looking for the MBX wheel to be (that can be) modified for a bench grinder- something called the 'Berry Amendment' gets in the way sometimes with one of my parts sources ordering one to try out)

Recently -in my particular situation- those electric shears wouldn't have worked due to the radius of the cut out on an fender panel. They'd have been awful nice, but a set of offset left-hand snips did the trick. I do need to watch this video again to make sure it was actually 'left-hand' snips that I used...

Brad


Wrench Fetcher, PhD
Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102645 Thu May 14 2015 02:36 PM
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Extreme Gabster
Had one of these on the truck that belonged to the boss when I
was in the trade. My partner used it all the time, I found
that when cutting only a few holes, by the time he ran the
colds and such, it was dang near as fast to use the hand
tools.
http://www.boschtools.com/Products/Tools/Pages/BoschProductDetail.aspx?pid=1500c
The drill motors converted to shears always seemed kind of
clumsy to me. Might be ok for a straight cut but the geometry
always felt off when cutting shapes.

dg

Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102724 Thu May 14 2015 09:47 PM
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Posts: 3,543
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Gas Pumper
I have the drill motor type like Ken. Use it for many things on these trucks. It turns corners okay, but when I really need a tight radius, I just get out the old Beverly Shear. That is really about the best tool for cutting sheetmetal (sizes less than 3 feet square). That Bosch unit looks interesting. If I didnt have this issue covered so well, I would look into that.

This is the inferior off shoot of an actual Beverly Shear. Yet it works really well! http://www.harborfreight.com/throatless-shear-38413.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3X_4gaZdlM


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Re: Tin Snips
MPandC #1102745 Fri May 15 2015 12:52 AM
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Denny, Kett makes a shear like Bosch. I bought a used one on eBay several years ago, but its not very often that we use it. I prefer the Kett over the Bosch because so much of the Bosch stuff is made in China these days. Even when you look around at Bosch stuff in Germany, it says made in PRC. Something that I am really proud of is a Fein nibbler that I bought used on eBay. It is like new at 1/3 of the cost of a new one. And it puts our old Miketa nibblers to shame.

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