The 10 Best Tin Snips

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in August of 2019. It’s not just sheet metal workers who value a nice set of tin snips: plenty of professionals — from plumbers and HVAC specialists to auto mechanics — use them regularly for cutting different types of thin metal and other materials. These tools also come in handy for do-it-yourself projects around the house, such as roofing, assembling furniture, repairing fencing, or installing carpet. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Midwest MWT-6510C

2. DeWalt Shears

3. Malco Max2000

Editor's Notes

August 19, 2019:

In building the list, we made sure to include snips with straight blades as well as offset blades to provide a diverse range of options. Both styles are effective; users may prefer one over the other depending on their cutting strategy (straight versus curved, long strokes versus compact ones, etc.).

Reports suggest that the expertly designed handles on the Midwest MWT-6510C really do make a difference in terms of comfort, minimizing hand fatigue and allowing the user to maintain a high level of control. Sheet metal and HVAC workers seem satisfied with this model as a professional-grade tool.

Even though it’s an attachment for a power drill or impact driver, the DeWalt Shears function very similarly to a pair of manual snips. They will cut straight lines or curves into sheet metal, ducts, vinyl siding, steel mesh or asphalt shingles, and their swivel feature comes in handy when trying to access hard-to-reach areas.

The Tekton 35103 is available in three different sizes, which is nice, though we did note that they require a bit of strength to operate.

Special Honors

RoadPro 10 They’re nothing fancy, but these snips from RoadPro — made from tempered carbon steel — will make quick work of sheet metal. In addition to adding comfort, their cushioned grips will protect the user from electrical shock, which is nice to know if you’ll be working near wiring.

MicroMark Snips At seven inches long, these are a slim, compact option, making them quite useful for delicate tasks that still require significant cutting power. The edges are razor-sharp, allowing you to slice through copper, soft brass and tin sheets without a problem.

4. Irwin 22012

5. Finder Aviation

6. Midwest Bulldog

7. DeWalt DWHT14676

8. Irwin 21304

9. Wiss MetalMaster

10. Tekton 35103

Sam Kraft
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In addition to his corporate career as a marketing and communications professional in Chicago, Sam runs a popular blog that focuses on the city’s flourishing craft beer and brewery scene. He received his degree in journalism from DePaul University (which spurred his interest in freelance writing) and has since spent years developing expertise in copywriting, digital marketing and public relations. A lifetime of fishing, hiking and camping trips has left him well-versed in just about any outdoors-related topic, and over several years spent working in the trades during his youth, he accumulated a wealth of knowledge about tools and machinery. He’s a travel junkie, a health and fitness enthusiast, and an avid biker.

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