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“Soliciting Shears Advice”


Description from Eeka Mouse: I'm going shopping for a pair of metal shears, to cut sheet metal for jewelry applications. What are your suggestions? I value your experienced input...
1st stop may be Harbor Freight tools...


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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I don’t know if I would go the Harbor Freight route here. Lowe’s and Sears both have lifetime guarantees on hand tools. Lowe’s would be the Kobalt brand. Sears is Craftsman of course. Lowe’s also carries Wiss which is a very good brand of shears/scissors/snips. I cant remember specifics on their warranty. Seriously the warranty for Kobalt is lifetime. If they don’t have the specific product you bought you get one of equal value. I’ve done it.plenty of times for Kobalt tape measures

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    What I meant there was I have done the actual product exchange for customers when I was the tool girl. I have seen tape measures that looked beat to h**l but because it was the mechanical part that broke they got a new one.

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Deb, isn’t there a Lowes where you are now? cuz you really need to be working for these people! :) You are so knowledgeable you put several males I know to shame! ;) I have one from Michaels—I thought it would be a starter shears, like with training wheels. Turns out it is a piece of crap. Go for the good stuff with the warranties. Like a metal saw with exchangeable blades. That’s gonna be my next big purchase.

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    There are 2 Lowes here..I used to work at 1 of them. Before I took the job that shall remain nameless.

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Its been 2 years since I worked there & I only worked there 3, but I still remember almost everything. Because I care about tools. Tools make things, without tools well…yoi don’t have much.

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    The tools must be calling you ~~come back, Deb~~~ We miss you and your pearls~~

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Have no idea, but I will stick to a well known brand, it will pay in the long run :D

  8. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Deb, that’s why I asked…. do you have any specific recommendations? How are they rated for the thickness of metal they cut? Are some designs easier on the hands? I wish you were closer we could go shopping together…

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    The backs of the packages give specifics on what they will cut and how thick. The handles are outside of the package so you can get a feel for them. They have left and right hand. If you’re lucky a knowledgeable person might be at work. There is a gauge measurement on the tool package. That would be about all I remember. Good luck. Good scissors, shears are really key to any cutting job, whether its hair, material, plants, metal. It pays not to buy cheap. I had a great pair of OXO scissors…unfortunatley my puppy like them also.

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