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These are great nippers but not good for longer cuts.
on July 28, 2013
I was installing steel siding, both horizontal and vertical board & batten style, and these snips were great for starting a cut in the thicker overlapping edges because of the additional cutting leverage these provide. However, I was disappointed that making a longer cut was pretty difficult... these snips only cut 3/4"... and I ended up using my yellow handled aviation snips which cut about 1-1/2". You can use these for cutting across a siding piece but for the vertical sheets I had some long cuts for windows and these will not work for that type of cut because the bills are too short. I had hoped to make quick work of all my cutting with these but I guess my expectations were too high and, once again, it's pretty much a given one pair of snips will never be all you need. The description states "Shorter blades designed especially for notching and trimming heavy stock" and that pretty much sums up how these are best used to cut. Also, I paid about thirteen bucks for these with free shipping and I don't think going much beyond that is warranted. The best part of using these is when you're cutting the edges... which is usually the part that overlaps another piece to lock them together... these snips didn't crush the pieces together like a standard snip. Get some long handled snips like the 3-piece tin snip set, with more cutting capacity, for making longer cuts or you will be cutting your thumb. They are well made, the handles are good but I went with 4-stars because it's difficult to make the second cut no matter what I was cutting... and often the second cut had to be done with another pair of snips.