Best Tin Snips

Looking at getting some tin snips and not sure which ones will be the best tin snips for you… and of course, it does depend on what your intentions are.

As a trade plumber and roofer for over 20 years, I only use two brands of snips.

Wiss and Gilbow. You want quality at a reasonable price then they are it.

Aviation tin snips are also what Wiss snips often are called so don’t be confused same tin snips in shape and style just maybe different brand as well.

Crescent Wiss Snips Color Handle System Guide

When buying Crescent Wiss snips you’ll notice they have different color handle grips. Red, yellow and green.

This color is a code to tell you which way the snips will cut. Below I will explain the differences and types you can get

Crescent Wiss Red Handle Snips

Crescent Wiss Red handle snips are a left cut snip.

They are ideal for cutting around left tight curves and cutting straight.

What I mean by the left cut is with each cut the metal as you are looking at the snips left-hand side curls up as you close the jaws to enable you to keep cutting.

They are designed to cut light gauge low carbon cold rolled steel.

Very accurate, precisely and easily does it.

With non-slip serrated jaws made from molybdenum steel and a compound lever action, they deliver extra power when you need it most.

They also feature a safety latch for added protection.

  • Non-slip serrated jaws are made of wear-resistant molybdenum steel
  • Provides extra service demanded by the compound lever action
  • Self-opening action for fast, effortless feed
  • Vibrant red handles for easy identification


Crescent Wiss Green Handle Snips

Crescent Wiss Green handle snips have yep you guessed it opposite to the reds they have a right cut.

They are ideal for cutting around right tight curves and cutting straight.

What I mean by the right cut is with each cut of the metal as you are looking at the snips the right-hand side lifts up as you close the jaws to enable you to keep cutting.

They are designed to cut light gauge low carbon cold rolled steel.

Very accurate, precisely and easily does it.

With non-slip serrated jaws made from molybdenum steel and a compound lever action, they deliver extra power when you need it most. They also feature a safety latch for added protection.

  • Non-slip serrated jaws are made of wear-resistant molybdenum steel
  • Provides extra service demanded by the compound lever action
  • Self-opening action for fast, effortless feed
  • Vibrant green handles for easy identification


Yellow Handle: 

The Crescent Wiss yellow handle snips are made to cut straight or can be used for slight curves and corners.

Wiss Aviation Compound Action Tin Snips are designed to cut low carbon cold rolled steel precisely and easily.

With non-slip serrated jaws made from molybdenum steel and a compound lever action, they deliver extra power when you need it most.

For added protection, these snips also feature a safety latch.

  • Cuts straight left or right in light stock
  • Non-slip serrated jaws are made of wear-resistant molybdenum steel
  • Provides extra service demanded by the compound lever action
  • Self-opening action for fast, effortless feed
  • Vibrant yellow handles for easy identification


Most plumbers have red and greens but not really needing the yellows as when we want to cut straight it’s in long lengths so this is where the Gilbows coming into it.

Aviation snips are good for trimming and cutting out little sections, not for long straight cuts due to there small jaw size.

Irwin Gilbow G245 Straight Tinsnip

Crafted from drop forged carbon steel Gilbow tin snips feature a non-slip joint set and safety stops to prevent trapped fingers, making them great general-purpose snips.

  • Drop forged carbon steel handles and blades.
  • Double hollow ground blades reduce friction for easier cutting.
  • The unique non-slip joint set and tested for a perfect cut.

These tin snips come straight cut as in the picture and able to buy them to cut either right or left just like the Wiss snips do.

There dearer to buy as there bigger. A person who does roofing and metal ducting work will require these snips for doing those long straight cuts.


Conclusion

As you can see there are a few different types and brands of tin snips on the market and I have covered only a few different 1’s.

There are bulldog snips, left and right offset snips, curved blades snips just keeps going and going.

For the plumber these are the main snips you need to have in your tool kit are red and green handle Wiss snips and a straight cut Gilbow snips for those long cuts.

Another good thing about Wiss snips and can get new springs if need be.

One little thing with Wiss aviation snips is that over time when using the nut tightens ups where the jaws are.

Just loosen off when does it a common thing with them.