A pair of tin snips are a small but useful hand tool - a bit like the smaller, more refined version of bolt cutters, and they're designed for cutting through sheet metal. They operate similar to a pair of normal cutting shears - and are sometimes referred to as tin shears or metal cutting shears.
They're available in three standard types - left, right and and straight cutting and each one delivers a different method of cutting and results according to the design. Despite the quality of the manufacture, it's advisable to wear gloves when using a pair of snips, simply because the effort involved usually involves exposing the hand to a lot of sharp edges left behind in the cutting process.
The five best pairs of tin snips are featured below. They're all high on quality, ratings and value for money - and every one can be found the the best sellers list in their category.
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