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Snips maintenance and care

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Store tool safely Looking after your tools will prolong their life.

You should ensure that you use your snips correctly, keep them clean and store them safely. This should help keep them working for as long as possible.

Some blades of tin snips can be sharpened, you can't sharpen aviation snips Some tin snips have blades which can be resharpened if they become blunt but aviation snips and some tin snips do not. If snips become blunt or damaged and can’t be resharpened, they will need to be replaced.

For more information see:  How to sharpen tin snips

Wonkee Donkee says "The greatest hazards posed by hand-held tools are from misuse or not properly maintaining them"

Correct use

Use aviation snips only with materials they are intended to be used with or they may need replacing The materials your snips can cut should be stated in the product specifications.
Use snips correctly Be careful not to strain the tool or it may break or become damaged. If you find that you need to use two hands, or that the snips are not cutting smoothly, you may need to use a larger or stronger tool, such as a bench shear or electric metal cutter.

Using snips with materials other than those they are designed for can stretch the pivot bolt and make them useless.

Aviation snips are designed to cut flat materials not wire Snips are designed for cutting flat materials, rather than rounded ones. Though the snips may be able to cut through other materials, this is likely to wear them quickly or damage them.
Snips should not be used at high temperatures as this may soften the metal Snips should not be used in high temperatures as this can affect the tempering process they went through during manufacture, therefore, they could lose strength.

Cleaning

Keep aviation snips clean and dry Like other snips and shears, aviation snips should be kept clean and dry as moisture and dirt on metal parts can cause corrosion. Wiping the blade with an oiled cloth after use should help clean them and keep them rust-free.

Preventing rust

Oiling some of the parts of aviation shears will keep then free from rust Occasionally, the joining bolt and blades should be oiled to prevent rust and keep them moving smoothly. Also, the area underneath the joint where the blades cross one another, can be oiled so that the blades continue to pass each other smoothly.

Keeping the blades aligned

The blade may bee to be aligned if the cut is no longer as clean as it was The pivot bolt and nut hold the blades in place and are aligned in a way that should produce a clean cut. Some snips have pivot bolts which can be adjusted.
The blade may bee to be aligned if the cut is no longer as clean as it was If the material begins to bunch up in the blades, or bends instead of cutting, it could be that the bolt has become loose or has stretched. If the bolt has stretched, it can not be realigned, however, if the bolt is loose, the nut can be tightened to keep the blades aligned correctly.
Snips are used for cutting sheets of metal and other tough materials The bolt should be tight enough to keep the tool cutting smoothly, but not so tight that blades will no longer open.

Storage

The jaws of aviation snips can be locked shut for safety. Some snips have a safety lock, which can be used when they are not in use. The blades are closed and the lock is simply pushed to secure them. This keeps the blades together so they don’t become damaged or cause injury.
Wonkee Donkee stores his tools in his tool box, and that's where he keeps his tin snips and aviation snips They should be stored somewhere safe, such as in a toolbox or hung up in a workshop.

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