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Tinner's snips, also known as tinner snips or tin snips, are one of the most popular type of snips. They are defined by their long handles and short blades. They usually have extra wide jaws and are made of drop forged carbon steel. Depending on the size of the blade, tin snips can cut between 24 and 16 gauge cold rolled low-carbon tin. They can be ranged in length from 7 to 14 in (180 to 360 mm) long.

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There are two main types: straight-pattern and duckbill-pattern. Straight-pattern are best for straight cuts, but can handle gentle curves. Duckbill-pattern snips, also known as trojan-pattern snips, have blades that taper down from the pivot to the tip of the blades. The blade edges are also bevelled to more easily cut curves and circles or shapes. They are a lighter duty snip that can only cut up to 25 gauge mild steel.

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Other common blade patterns include the circle pattern or curved pattern and the hawk's-bill pattern. Circle pattern snips have a curved blade and are used to cut circles. Hawk's-bill snips are used to cut small radii on the inside and outside of a circle. The shape of the blades allow for sharp turns without buckling the sheet metal. A common use is cutting holes in pipes.

Aviation Snips Features:
• Serrated blade grips material for a smoother cut on thin material. Ideal for heating, air conditioning, gutter work and general industrial use.
• ProTouchTM over-moulded, non-slip grips provide superior comfort and resist twisting
• Smaller hand span allows greater control and less fatigue
• Hot drop-forged, chrome molybdenum steel blades for strength and durability
• High torsion, double overwind spring designed for longer life
• Compound leverage for faster and easier cutting
• Easy push-up safety latch for one-handed operation
• Extra strong 2.66mm alloy steel spines provide increased rigidity and less flexing


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Items # Description Replaces Size Cutting Pattern
2073111 Aviation Snips 2073101 250mm (10”) Left Straight Cut
2073112 Aviation Snips 2073102 250mm (10”) Right Straight Cut
2073113 Aviation Snips 2073103 250mm (10”) Right Straight Cut