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What is the best snips have dewalt ones don't care for them some of my guys have fat max don't really like them
 

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What are you using them for? Malco 12's are my go to for most things, unless it is long rip cuts, then just a normal pair of offsets.

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I use the Malco Andy snips. I cut up a lot of scrap gutter with them. Only thing I don't like is they tighten up every so often. Not sure if it's because I'm a lefty


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What are you using them for mainly? I use duckbill tinner snips most of the time especially for long and smooth cut, Midwest ones too. Aviation green or red for detail cuts. Two or three sets of them a year ,just flat wear them out.
 

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It seems that the yellow red green selections from even the same manufacturer can be hit or miss.

I bought a pair of C&R Roofer's Choice yellow a couple years ago that were fantastic. Smooth cutting the full length all the way to the tip.

Unfortunately the C&R no longer give me the same satisfyingly consistent cut. They are worn.

The Wiss M1R, M2R and M3R are usually decent, but they still have performance variation from pair to pair.

I tried the FatMax a couple years ago and returned them. I thought they were terrible.

I have MidWest left and right offset...they are reasonably good. I like them better than Malco snip of the same configuration.

I have a pair of FatMax yellow I paid $4. I wouldn't return them at that price, but they are strictly bench warmers, second string. I use them when they are a handy grab and won't complain much.

As far as shears, the Malco Andy M14 are my go to for longer and cleaner cuts. I don't think you can consistently get smooth, distortion free cuts with aviators when the cut is longer than 3" or 4"

Back to the basic aviators, L,R and straight....aside from comfort and jaw action, I think cutting performance is very hit and miss even within the same brand. IDK, I guess at around $12 we can't expect too much.

There are $40- $65ish pairs from some European makers here STORZ

I would hope at these prices their QC was more of a priority. I haven't tested the water.
 

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Erdi by Bessey branded snips. Best snips I have used hand down.

I like them better than Midwest as the cutting head is not so bulky and gets in the way. Offset as well because I can't cut crap any more with non offsets it seems.

https://www.amazon.com/Bessey-D29AS...8&qid=1512865932&sr=8-9&keywords=bessey+snips left cutting

https://www.amazon.com/Bessey-D29AS...rd_wg=SWoyn&psc=1&refRID=XRVFJNKQNHCK0DG17C62 right cutting
Those look like some pretty nice snips. I like the fact that they have a smooth cutting edge. Just might have to try a set.
 

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Those look like some pretty nice snips. I like the fact that they have a smooth cutting edge. Just might have to try a set.
They are not serrated so don't leave the "ripple" effect.

They make a even better version but I am no longer in commercial metal work so no need for them. Never used them but do know the ones I did post are incredible for steel and aluminum.

Do like they are not made in China so that is a big plus for me. Made in Germany
 

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I have several larger pair for long straight cuts but use the little red lift/straight snips for most all aluminum work or j channel. Anything with small cuts and bends.
 

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Used a lot of different brands of aviation snips over the years. Worked on a snap on dealers kitchen and picked up a pair of reds and greens from him. Little pricey even at cost but when they dull I’ll send them back for a new set. Best I’ve used to date. IIRC 35 bucks a pair.
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wiss snips - tho it's only for small work, got an 18v 165mm metal saw and it's so damn handy

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