Snips or shears hand tools
are used for cutting tough, flexible, long, and thin materials such as sheet metal, paper, plastic film, wire, and foil. Snips have two broad categories, which are tinner's snips that are used for cutting low-carbon tin, and compound-action snips that increase the mechanical advantage by using a compound handle system. Tinner’s snips can be identified by their long handles, short blades, and wide jaws that are mostly made of carbon steel. Tinner’s snips have several design patterns, including straight pattern, duckbill pattern, circle pattern, and hawksbill pattern. Compound-action snips were initially invented for cutting aluminum in the aviation industry. They feature linkages that minimize the length of the snip while increasing the mechanical advantage. Compound action snips have several cutting styles, such as straight cutting snips, which cut in wide curves and straight lines, left cutting snips, which cut in tight and straight curves to the left and right cutting snips that cut in tight and straight curves to the right. Some snips are designed to be fitted with replaceable cutting blades.Get the best choice of snips available in the market today. Shop at MRO Supply for the finest selection of snips in various styles and sizes for various applications.