We recently posted about all of the new Milwaukee pliers that the red team is bringing to market in 2015. In addition to all those hand tools, Milwaukee is also coming out with a bunch of new HVAC, sheet metal, and tinner tools.
The new offerings greatly expand upon Milwaukee’s compound-action sheet metal cutters and snips, which I don’t think I’ve mentioned since they were announced in 2011.
Milwaukee says that the new products allow them to provide a complete metalworking solution for the user.
To start off, there will be a new compound-offset tinner snip, which Milwaukee says is the industry’s first tool of its kind. The offset tinner is said to deliver 2x more force than the competition. As is often the case, the compound action mechanism amplifies the user’s force to provide greater tool force. This translates to easier cuts in tougher metal materials, will less effort.
The offset tinner snip also has a 45° angle to help keep users’ hands well clear of the material that’s being cut. This typically means more comfort and faster work.
The handle and blades are held together with Bolt-Lock technology that ensures the blades will not loosen over time.
Milwaukee will also offer classic straight tinner snips in 10″, 12″, and 16″ lengths, and a duckbill model for tight radius cuts. These tinner snips will also feature Milwaukee’s Bolt-Lock pivot hardware.
The snips feature forged blades and larger handle loops for easy use, even with gloves on.
There will also be a new 13″ lightweight tinner snips, which features 3-1/3″ blades that provide “best-in-class” cutting length, and an aluminum-bodied handle. User-replaceable blades will also be available.
One other feature you might have noticed in the above photo are finger loops, which should provide for a better grip.
In addition to all of the new snips, there will be a new 3″ Speed Seamer, and a 5-blade HVAC crimper. Common features include a forged metal head and comfortable overmolded handles.
The Speed Seamer has 3/8″ and 1″ markings to quickly measure common HVAC folding widths.
The 5-blade HVAC crimper has reinforced crimper ribs that are meant to provide greater stability, which should in turn prolong tool life up to twice as long as usual.
Milwaukee says that both the Speed Seamer and crimper are designed to be comfortable for both overhand and underhand use. This also means that the heads are straight and not offset as with some other tools on the market.
List of New Tinner Snips and Forming Tools
- Compound- Offset Tinner Snips, $25 (48-22-4005)
- 10″ Classic Tinner Snips, $17 (48-22-4003)
- 12″ Classic Tinner Snips, $20 (48-22-4002)
- 16″ Bulldog Classic Tinner Snips (48-22-4001)
- 10″ Duckbill Classic Tinner Snips, $17 (48-22-4004)
- 13″ Lightweight Tinner Snips, $33 (48-22-4006)
- Lightweight Tinner Snips Replacement Blades, $10 (48-22-4007)
- 3″ SPEED SEAMER, $55 (48-22-6000)
- 5-Blade HVAC Crimper, $35 (48-22-6001)
I don’t have much experience with tinner snips or HVAC tools, although I have used snips here and there and a sheet metal seamer. Some of the features seem really appealing (and I suppose that was the point), and I like the look of the compound offset tinner snips and lightweight tinner snips especially.
Compound action is usually a good thing, and I could definitely see the appeal of using the compound offset snips on aluminum and steel sheet materials, and even on non-metallic sheet materials such as rubber sheeting or even thin plastic.
Most of the offerings, at least those that I’ve seen retailer listings for, seem reasonably and competitively priced, although some of the tools are a little pricier than comparable Malco and Midwest offerings.