Milwaukee Tool has updated their jobsite scissors.
After looking into it, it seems that the changes are only cosmetic.
A reader alerted me to the change in a comment to my post on Milwaukee’s Iron Carbide cutting edge treatment. Håvard (thank you!) wrote:
Milwaukee recently refreshed these scissors (the Jobsite series, 48-22-4041 and 48-22-4040) with a new series that doesn’t seem to have iron carbide edges anymore (48-22-4046 and 48-22-4047). Do you have any contacts in Milwaukee who could tell you why they moved away from that?
I checked, and the newer scissors’ product listings indeed do not make any mention of an iron carbide cutting edge treatment. The handle grips have also changed from a red and black color scheme to all-red.
I asked Milwaukee Tool for more information, and they said (with emphasis my own):
I’m happy to report we have gotten an answer to your scissor question. This product went through an update in 2022, where we changed the handle design but kept the blades the same. Packaging was actually updated in 2017 to show messaging that resonated better with our users. You can safely tell your reader that the blades have not changed!
The handle grip color change isn’t a big deal, and this is something the brand has done before, such as with their locking pliers and other hand tools.
While not the same exact style, shown here is how Milwaukee changed their locking pliers handle grips over the years.
I came across the new style at my local Home Depot store.
Both the straight and offset jobsite scissors have been updated with the new all-red handle grips.
I have the older style jobsite scissors, and have had nothing but great experiences with them. I expect the same from these updated models.
Straight Scissors – 48-22-4046
Offset Scissors – 48-22-4047