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|AVIATION SNIPS (COMPOUND ACTION SNIPS)|
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|Aviation snips are a modern version of tradition tinsnips. They were originally designed to cut softer metals such as aluminium (up to a maximum of 18 gauge), a material often used in the aviation industry (hence their name). They are also useful when cutting metals such as copper, low carbon steels and brass (up to 24 gauge). Annealing the metal to be cut is recommended. They are perfect for use with car bodies, jewellery manufacture and similar practical work.
Aviation snips are capable of applying more pressure along the cutting edge of the jaws, due to having two pivot points.
|When not in use, aviation snips should be closed, with the locking latch ‘hooked’ round the locking screw.|
|Aviation snips being used to cut / shape copper sheet|
|The colour of the handle, identifies the ‘direction’ of cut. For instance, yellow means that the aviation snips cut in a straight line, red means the direction of cut is left and green mean right.|
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