If you’ve been meaning to buy a new pair of general purpose scissors, these Milwaukee jobsite scissors are fantastic and should serve you well. Buy them! I could end things here, making this my shortest review ever, but I’ll throw in some more words about these heavy duty scissors.
I don’t remember when Milwaukee sent me both styles for testing and review, but it was some time ago. I have since used then to cut paper, thin plastic, cardboard, rubber, foam, and many other varied types of scissor-cuttable materials.
I have mostly used these in place of the snips I’d use for general purpose cuts, although I still use snips on tougher materials.
Milwaukee offers two different styles of heavy duty scissors, straight cutters (48-22-4041) and offset ones (48-22-4040). The straight cutters cost around $15, and the offset ones around $20.
The difference is not just in handle shape and ergonomics; the straight scissors have plain cutting edges, the offset scissors has a serrated blade, which makes them better suited for gripping certain materials while they’re being cut.
I can’t say I have experienced slippage with Milwaukee’s straight heavy duty scissors, but the offset scissors should work better on smoother or slicker materials.
I like that these scissors have full-metal handles, but that’s pretty much expected for this type of product. I wouldn’t expect them to be like paper scissors from the office supply store, with their metal blades and plastic handles.
The grips are quite comfortable.
According to Milwaukee, you should choose the straight scissors for their smaller, smooth blades for burr-free cuts and better control when cutting tight corners, and the offset scissors for their serrated blade and offset handles for gripping materials at a comfortable angle.
I tend to use whichever pair of scissors I can find, or is closest to me.
I have yet to have any trouble with these scissors, and anticipate using them for years to come. If I had to buy just one, it would likely be the offset scissors, for the more ergonomic hand grip when cutting into larger sheets of materials, and serrated lower blade. The straight scissors are a little smaller, and according to Milwaukee should result in cleaner cuts.
Thank you to Milwaukee Tool for providing the review sample unconditionally.