Tin snips, also known as aviation snips, are specialised hand tools designed for cutting sheet metal and other thin materials. These versatile cutters are a must-have for electricians, HVAC technicians, and metalworkers. The blades of tin snips are made from hardened steel, allowing them to slice through materials such as aluminium, copper, and galvanised steel with ease. At 

Sparky Tools, we offer a wide range of tin snips to suit every need, from straight-cut to left and right-cutting models. Our tin snips are built to last and provide clean, precise cuts every time, making them an essential addition to any toolbox.

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If you're in need of a reliable and high-quality set of tin snips, look no further than Sparky Tools. Our online store offers a range of durable and precise tin snips designed to tackle a variety of cutting tasks. Whether you're a professional electrician or a DIY enthusiast, our range of tin snips is built to provide precise and clean cuts on materials such as sheet metal, aluminium, and more. 

With a variety of sizes and styles available, you're sure to find the perfect pair of tin cutters to meet your needs. Plus, our easy online ordering process and fast shipping ensure that you'll have your new tin snips in your hands and ready to use in no time. Don't settle for inferior cutting tools - choose Sparky Tools for all your cutting needs.

Tin Cutters FAQ

What are tin snips used for?

Tin snips are cutting tools commonly used for cutting various types of sheet metals, such as copper, stainless steel, and tin. They are versatile and can make both straight and curved cuts. The name "tin snips" comes from their traditional use for cutting tin, but they have since been adapted for use with other metals as well. They are a valuable tool for anyone who needs to cut sheet metal in their line of work or during DIY projects.

What are the three types of tin snips?

There are three main varieties of tin snips, straight-cut, offset, and vertical tin snips. Straight-cut tin snips feature straight blades that are slightly shorter than the length of typical scissor blades. However, their blades are heavier and thicker than scissor blades to allow for cutting through sheet metal. Offset tin cutters have angled blades that help keep your hands clear of the material being cut, and they can cut in tight curves. Lastly, vertical tin snips have vertical blades that allow for easier access to tight spaces, making them ideal for HVAC and roofing applications.

What is the difference between left and right tin snips?

Right-handed tin snips are designed to cut straight lines and make cuts in an anti-clockwise direction, making them ideal for right-handed individuals. On the other hand, left-handed tin snips are engineered for making cuts in a clockwise direction and straight lines, which makes them a perfect choice for left-handed individuals.

Do tin snips cut metal?

Tin snips are an incredibly useful tool, allowing for easy cutting of sheet metal with similar ease to how a pair of scissors cut through paper. This makes them ideal for a range of DIY and professional applications. The sharp, precise blades of tin cutters make it possible to cut through even the toughest of metals with ease, resulting in clean, smooth edges that require minimal finishing or smoothing. 

Additionally, tin snips typically feature long blades that allow for greater control and precision when cutting, ensuring that you can achieve the exact shape or design that you"re looking for. 

Why are tin snips different colours?

Tin snips handles are usually painted in different colours such as red, yellow, or green, and this is not just for aesthetic purposes. Each colour indicates a specific cutting direction that the tin cutters are designed for. The red tin snips are intended to cut to the left, while the yellow ones can cut straight or left and right. And green tin snips cut left.

How thick can tin snips cut?

Tin snips can cut steel of varying thicknesses depending on their design. The straight pattern snips are capable of cutting materials ranging from 24 to 16 gauge, which is between 0.5mm to 1.4mm in thickness. However, duckbilled patterns may have difficulty cutting material over 0.508mm or 25 gauge. One of the reasons tin snips are an economical option is due to their uncomplicated and sturdy construction, which requires the user to apply pressure to cut through the material.

What is the difference between tin snips and aviation snips?

The main distinction between aviation snips and tin snips is that aviation snips, also known as compound snips, feature two pivot points, while tin snips have only one. This allows aviation snips to require less force to make precise cuts compared to tin snips. Aviation snips are often used for specialised tasks, as opposed to making long, straight cuts like tin snips.

Crescent Wiss Straight Tin Snips M3RAU

$34.95 inc. GST

Wiss Snips
Product Features
. Non slip serrated jaws of Wiss Metalmaster® Snips are made of extra tough wear resistant molybdenum
. Jaws provide extra service demanded by the compound lever action
. Jaws have self-opening action for fast, effortless feed
. Handles formed from high strength steel, provide a margin of strength far above the limit of the han
. Grips are non-slip and textured for superior control, safety and comfort
. Straight Cutting – 18 gauge (1.2mm) – Yellow grips