ToughBuilt, a brand I have not seen or heard much about ever since discovering them at Sears years ago, has come out with a new line of aviation snips.
I have been having a hard time getting in touch with ToughBuilt to learn more, but they’re working to connect me with team members for more information. They also confirmed that these new tools are exclusive to Lowe’s.
After an email chat with a reader – I didn’t know that ToughBuilt is a publicly-traded company! – I came across an investor press release that says:
We believe our new pro quality Shear, Knives and Aviation Snip lines will be a positive addition to the Lowe’s wide offering in the cutting hand tool categories.
I know ToughBuilt for some older tool storage pouches from years ago, and folding bolt cutters (discontinued a few years ago but available from another brand), and also wrote about their zippered pouches, which have some differentiating features.
But, I can’t tell you anything interesting about these new ToughBuilt tin snips.
There’s something about them, though…
Or maybe it’s the fact that they’re looking to cut their way into a rather mature market.
The new ToughBuilt snips are said to be PRO quality. They’re said to have ergonomic handles, and forged blades with induction hardened cutting edges for 10X more cuts.
Now here’s an important part:
They are built for long life and durability and backed by a Full Lifetime Warranty.
It looks like there will be 6 different models of snips, plus a 3″ hand seamer.
Styles and Models
- Straight Cut Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-S): $18 via Lowe’s
- Right Cut Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-R): $18 via Lowe’s
- Left Cut Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-L): $18 via Lowe’s
- Bulldog Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-B): $20 via Lowe’s
- Straight Long Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-SL): $20 via Lowe’s
- Straight Offset Long Cut Aviation Snips (TB-H4-60-SOL): $20 via Lowe’s
- 3″ Seamer (TB-H4-61-S3): $33 via Lowe’s
Here’s what I find especially interesting. Over at Lowe’s, they have Lenox and now Craftman tools populating the hand tools section. It seems that Craftsman tools have replaced Stanley FatMax, and Lenox is there (mainly online it seems) for the more pro-focused options.
Now, these new ToughBuilt aviation snips are entering the scene, and they are also said to be aimed at pro users.
I haven’t seen these in any Lowe’s stores yet, but they are likely to be rolling out shortly.
Over at Home Depot, they have Crescent Wiss aviation snips (made in USA and at lower pricing then these), and also Milwaukee snips. These are all some very strong brands. How will ToughBuilt stand out?
That’s a serious question – why should a user purchase these ToughBuilt aviation snips over Lenox, Wiss, Milwaukee, Midwest, and other popular brands? ToughBuilt and Lowe’s have their work cut out for them.
In addition to ToughBuilt now making hand tools, they have a brand new “OUR NAME SAYS IT ALL” slogan. And, there’s also the new Lifetime Warranty.
I can’t tell you anything about these new ToughBuilt snips, but I’m glad to see greater selection and more competition in the hand tools department. A larger selection of options, not to mention new competition, is great for users.
What else do you think ToughBuilt might come out with in 2021? Aviation snips are a big leap away from tool bags. However, ToughBuilt has registered their trademark to apply for a wide range of product categories, from tape measures and carpenter levels, to LED worklights and power tools.
Maybe we’ll be in for some more surprises? But, some brands will occasionally seek to register trademarks in broad categories so as to allow for future protections. Meaning, just because a product category is indicated in a trademark application, that doesn’t mean we’ll actually see those types of tools on the brand’s roadmap.
Hey Lowe’s – I think I see what you’re doing, with this just being part of it. *Thumbs up*