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varuscelli
12-11-2006, 07:09 PM
I was wandering around the Home Depot today and saw these Fiskars titanium nitride 8-inch shop snips and thought they might make good string bed cutters. (That based on their look, comfortable feel, and description.) I had never seen these particular shop snips before, but noticed them today (priced at just under $14). I believe they're a relatively new product (?)

What do you think?


http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/078484079263_4.jpg

Here's part of the the Home Depot description:

High carbon, serrated stainless steel blades coated with Titanium Nitride
Spring action handles open automatically after each cut to reduce fatigue
Built-in wire notch
Snips: leather, rope, vinyl, thin wire, twine, light plastics, paper and moreFiskars describes them: Titanium Nitride Multi Shop Snip—Most versatile. Cuts cables to cans and everything in between.

They're described in more detail here on the Home Depot site:

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/diy_main/pg_diy.jsp?prod_id=100098788&cm_mmc=1hd.com2froogle-_-product_feed-_-D25X-_-100098788

and on another site, here, as a kind of "mini review":

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001032.php

theace21
12-11-2006, 08:21 PM
Might be a little over kill for me - but congratulations on 1000 posts!!

Young Pete
12-11-2006, 08:25 PM
i believe just a generic narrow wire cutting pliers (not the long nose) would work just as fine.

varuscelli
12-11-2006, 08:45 PM
Might be a little over kill for me - but congratulations on 1000 posts!!

Dang! I thought it was my millionth post, but I guess it must only seem that way in the "Stringing Machines" section. ;)

theace21
12-11-2006, 08:47 PM
Dang! I thought it was my millionth post, but I guess it must only seem that way in the "Stringing Machines" section. ;)
You are the hardest working man on the TW board. I have to check out your site daily it changes so much!

varuscelli
12-11-2006, 09:02 PM
You are the hardest working man on the TW board. I have to check out your site daily it changes so much!

I'll take that as a compliment, although it might be construed as a simple acknowledgment of my near obsessive/compulsive effort on the photo library. :)

But, in reality, the site is just one of my ways of attempting to avoid real work. Unfortunately, I'm doing the real work, too, so all I'm avoiding is the average person's recommended amount of sleep per night.

Once I'm past the holidays (and the initial push on the photo library), I'm gonna sleep for a week straight just to try and catch up.

jj300
12-12-2006, 06:28 AM
the cutters will work fine. Personally I just bought the ones that alpha and gss sells, the last time I ordered strings from alpha. They work well and cut any string with ease.

Mike Cottrill
12-12-2006, 08:23 AM
Those will work. But if your are looking for the econo route, you can use these rubbermade ones. I think you can get them from walmart for 6.99 or 7.99??

http://media.incomsupply.com/products/307732.gif

I use ones similar to the ones JJ uses

diredesire
12-12-2006, 11:33 AM
i prefer these garden type cutters/shop snips for cutting strings. I have cheapo dollar store ones, they work great! Just make sure the steel is strong, as the strings (as they're separating) can start to warp the steel after a while.

Koz
12-12-2006, 02:24 PM
I just use something like these:

http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1105497/2/istockphoto_1105497_small_wire_cutters.jpg

chrisplchs
12-12-2006, 02:25 PM
home depot and wal mart both sell one of those garden shears that are better and won't cost you 14. it should be about 6 and it is also made by fiskars. i use them because i like that you can close them with one hand and the locking mechanism won't accidentally catch the handle

tennis-skater
12-12-2006, 05:43 PM
i use those garden shear things, i just found them in my dads toolbox and they work really well. i improvise on all the tools

snoflewis
12-12-2006, 06:47 PM
i like nail clippers. small, sharp, convenient

Redflea
12-12-2006, 08:58 PM
What do you think?

http://www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/078484079263_4.jpg

Don't listen to anyone else who says you don't need these...any self-respecting, gear collecting, over-doing-it guy NEEDS those! :D

I think we all need to order two pairs, one for the garage, and one for the kitchen tool drawer, just in case.

I currently use my trusty JA Henckels scissors...not nearly manly enough!

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00004RFMG.01._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_V65696413_.jpg

varuscelli
12-12-2006, 10:22 PM
Don't listen to anyone else who says you don't need these...any self-respecting, gear collecting, over-doing-it guy NEEDS those! :D

I think we all need to order two pairs, one for the garage, and one for the kitchen tool drawer, just in case.

I currently use my trusty JA Henckels scissors...not nearly manly enough!

http://ec1.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00004RFMG.01._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_V65696413_.jpg

We've got the Henckels already, but I don't think my wife will allow me to try them on Kevlar. :mad:

The other ones, on the other hand, might double up for racquet stringing and to help me repair the barb wire fence and keep the cattle from escaping.

its_me_leon
12-13-2006, 02:23 AM
I use these Fiskars scissors. They are very sharp and don't leave any sharp or rough edges on strings.

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/4561/fiskarsscissorsxn6.jpg

Redflea
12-13-2006, 06:28 AM
We've got the Henckels already, but I don't think my wife will allow me to try them on Kevlar. :mad:

The other ones, on the other hand, might double up for racquet stringing and to help me repair the barb wire fence and keep the cattle from escaping.

Well exactly. Since you're stringing w/strips of bullet-proof vests, you need the heavy-duty snips. Since I'm only stringing with wimpy stuff like gut and multis, I could probably use these... ;)

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00006IFNT.01-A1921S276TP630._AA150_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

tguru
12-13-2006, 06:34 AM
VMan, I did the same thing about a year ago(walking through the Depot). I stay on the lookout for better tools and purchased this one. Ergonomic, pointed jaws give easy insertion, fat handles that aid cutting, not too small or too large. I would get one. 20 year certified stringer.

varuscelli
12-13-2006, 09:25 AM
Well exactly. Since you're stringing w/strips of bullet-proof vests, you need the heavy-duty snips. Since I'm only stringing with wimpy stuff like gut and multis, I could probably use these... ;)

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/P/B00006IFNT.01-A1921S276TP630._AA150_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Oh, puh-leeze, Redflea. I have much whimpier looking scissors than those lying around the house. Don't make me post them. :p

barry
12-13-2006, 09:42 AM
For that really tough poly, you could get serious about a shear!
http://www.skid-steer-solutions.com/Photos/SKID_STEER_TREE_SHEAR_1_500.jpg

varuscelli
12-13-2006, 09:56 AM
For that really tough poly, you could get serious about a shear!
http://www.skid-steer-solutions.com/Photos/SKID_STEER_TREE_SHEAR_1_500.jpg

Ha! Glad to see no one's going over-the-top with this concept. :p

(Tempting, though, as much as I hate to admit it.)

Give a stringer one of those and a set of barb wire snips and there'd be nothing left standing between him and racquet stringing immortality. Nothing left standing at all. ;)

hadoken
12-13-2006, 06:37 PM
I'm another nailclipper user...heck I keep a pair on my keychain. Simple and effective

varuscelli
12-13-2006, 07:23 PM
VMan, I did the same thing about a year ago(walking through the Depot). I stay on the lookout for better tools and purchased this one. Ergonomic, pointed jaws give easy insertion, fat handles that aid cutting, not too small or too large. I would get one. 20 year certified stringer.

Thank you! I was waiting for someone to prompt me with an excuse to buy, so I got them. I'm in your debt. :)

Fortunately for me, I think they'll come in handy for a lot of things, but if my wife tries to borrow them, it'll be, "No, not the string bed cutters!"

And since the manufacturer stock photo makes them look crummy and lends no sense of perspective, I did my own photos. (And, yeah, I know I get carried away by things that interest me. It'll likely be my downfall one day, but in the mean time, what the heck?)

http://www.photostringer.com/images/fiskars_shop_snip-01a.jpg

http://www.photostringer.com/images/fiskars_shop_snip-02a.jpg

http://www.photostringer.com/images/fiskars_shop_snip-05a.jpg

tguru
12-14-2006, 07:35 AM
I would not let them leave the confines of your stringing room!

varuscelli
12-14-2006, 08:13 AM
I would not let them leave the confines of your stringing room!

Yes, and the best idea would be to tell even myself "no" if I want to use them for anything else. ;)

They'll get a little tag that says, "If Found Elsewhere, Please Contact Stringing Dept. Immediately."

Sixpointone
07-29-2007, 09:35 AM
Hi Varuscelli,

I was searching the Forums, and I just wanted to post to say both that Fiskars looks to be a great tool, as well as Thanks for sharing your website with incredible Tennis Stringing Related pictures with us.

All My Best,
John