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11-22-2010 08:51 PM
MARTINSR That is what I don't get Frank, with the offset snips as I displayed in my photo there is NO distorted side!

Brian
11-22-2010 10:25 AM
farna If you cut with the aviation snips you'll notice this:

1. Straight cut (yellow handles) will "push" the metal on one side up, the other side down.

2. Left and Right cut (read or green, don't know right off which is which) will only "push" the cut metal up on one side (the left or right) and the other side will remain straight. That's what the left and right cut means. Easier to cut curves with the metal only going "up" on the waste side.

3. In some cases you might need to cut upside down so the metal you need to not be distorted is on the flat side.
11-21-2010 08:27 PM
deadbodyman Something I learned from an old timer (along time ago) was never us your good sharp snips on rusted metal,have a seperate pair just for that...
11-21-2010 02:11 PM
daveismissing Midwest are pretty rare here.
WISS are a long established brand of aviation snips with good quality.
Occasionally tried others and always regretting it.
11-21-2010 10:57 AM
MARTINSR I am with you, but again, the snips may be easier to use upside down because you have the wrong one. I am just saying that if you are holding the "left hand" snips (red handle) in your right hand and cutting you can see the line perfectly well and it is "ergonomically correct" so there should be no reason it would feel any better any other way.

Just something to think about, not saying you are wrong but it may be problem.

Brian

11-21-2010 10:48 AM
timothale
all three

I've got all three regular , red, yellow and green and the red off set and about 4 tinsnips in the drawer
11-21-2010 10:25 AM
MARTINSR
Quote:
Originally Posted by timothale
I'm working on putting a new furnace in the 100 year old farm house and we have snow this morning. a lot of times it's easier to turn the snip over and cut from the bottom. it;s easier to see your line and the angle of the handles makes it easier to squeeze. I have a U shaped 3 sided guard rail . 3 ft X 3 ft X 3 ft. made from 1 in sq tube I drag into the shop . I lay the sheet on top and have good access to reach under to work.
This may be working for you because you have the wrong snips, what color are the handles?

Brian
11-21-2010 08:21 AM
timothale
Snip Tip

I'm working on putting a new furnace in the 100 year old farm house and we have snow this morning. a lot of times it's easier to turn the snip over and cut from the bottom. it;s easier to see your line and the angle of the handles makes it easier to squeeze. I have a U shaped 3 sided guard rail . 3 ft X 3 ft X 3 ft. made from 1 in sq tube I drag into the shop . I lay the sheet on top and have good access to reach under to work.
11-19-2010 08:33 AM
MARTINSR
Quote:
Originally Posted by deadbodyman
Theres a snip that uses the throatless shear desigh that wont make those curly Qs or want to bend one side the steel up or down,I want to say pro shear but I'm not sure...
Glad to see ya workin on that rambler Brian
Thanks DBM, I have been getting out there and working on it every single day, sometimes even before I go to work in the morning. This time change SUCKS with it stone dark when I come home from work. The car is out side you know, garage full of other projects.
It is getting close to rain and I need to get this sucker done NOW.

Besides, I love this stuff, I don't work on any old stuff at all anymore at work so at home is my only time to play. Last night I re-engineered the upper tie bar to be removable. That was one thing where AMC had their head up their butt. The motor had to be dropped out the bottom (after removing the suspension lower crossmember) and the removal of the radiator required the removal of the front bumper and grille panel with hood latch and what not! So not it is like a normal car and I can simply unbolt the tie bar and get it all out. It's nice having a parts car so I got the tie bar out of it cutting it longer and overlapped it over the "subs" from the original.

In the second photo I am holding the tie bar so you can see how it fits onto the portion of the original.

"I love creating something that didn't exist yesterday"
Brian Martin

Brian
11-19-2010 07:54 AM
MARTINSR Dave, I have one of those, and the electric shear Tim, both have their place that is for sure. I forget I have that darn electric shear, traded the MAC dealer for a used tool box I had and I forget I own the shear, darn thing is like new! I need to put it out where I can see it. The little blind snips you posted Dave are killer if you are working in a small area. Cutting a hole out for a tail lamp or something where you need a 2" oval or something, they are REALLY hard to beat.

Brian
11-19-2010 07:24 AM
timothale
metal shears

I bought a good used Black and Decker model 3210 # 12 elecrical shear, I was helping my son and a piece of flat stock had a tab on the back I didn't see and I broke the bottom edge cutter, They wanted $ 75 for the little 1/2 square cutter die, I bought the HF tool they copied for $ 30. and it works just fine I use the hand snips to start a cut then finish with the Elect shear, I have clamped a piece cut straight with a shear for a guide.
11-19-2010 07:06 AM
Irelands child .....ahhh my favorite tin snips. I have all three - straight, left and right. Had 'em for probably well over 20 years. The straight ones are dull, so I do need to cough up some bucks for some new ones.

I also have these and they do an even better job of cutting a straight line without distortion, but do leave a 1/16" curly cue.
http://www.jilson.com/shears.htm

Dave W
11-19-2010 06:33 AM
deadbodyman Theres a snip that uses the throatless shear desigh that wont make those curly Qs or want to bend one side the steel up or down,I want to say pro shear but I'm not sure...
Glad to see ya workin on that rambler Brian
11-15-2010 10:31 PM
MARTINSR Thanks, I'll be trying a pair of those Midwest snips.

Brian
11-15-2010 09:15 PM
TubeTek Left hand offset snips are made to cut straight and cut curves to the left. Rights cut straight and cut curves to the right.

Snips marked as straight cut are only good for making short cuts from an edge, like cutting a notch in sheet metal.

I've owned about every major brand of offset snips on the market, and my favorite brand is Midwest. http://www.midwestsnips.com/products...id=45&cat_id=1
A lot of the snips on the market with other names are made by Midwest with private branding. At one time Snap On was selling Midwest, but don't know if thats still the case or not.

The pic Brian posted is of a Proto branded snip, but I'm pretty sure its actually made by Midwest based on overall appearance.

Wiss offset snips are decent, but not as good as Midwest IMO. The Wiss offsets are shorter and more stubby, and just don't feel as good in use.

Klenk is another big brand of snips, but I've never run into anyone who likes their offsets. I had one set of them, given to me in near new condition by a buddy who said he hated them. Later, I gave 'em away too

Don't know if they're still made or not, but Wiss used to make a pair of snips that cut out a narrow strip of metal by using 2 upper blades with a lower blade between the two uppers. They're really handy in some applications because they'll cut with the least distortion of any type snip.
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