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Old 11-19-2010, 07:54 AM
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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.

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Old 11-19-2010, 08:33 AM
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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.

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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.
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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?

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I've got all three regular , red, yellow and green and the red off set and about 4 tinsnips in the drawer
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Old 11-21-2010, 10:57 AM
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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.

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Midwest are pretty rare here.
WISS are a long established brand of aviation snips with good quality.
Occasionally tried others and always regretting it.
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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...
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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.
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That is what I don't get Frank, with the offset snips as I displayed in my photo there is NO distorted side!

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