Power snips by Peter Staples

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Power Snips - POWERSNIP 43C scriber-suits dewalt xrp or240v drills

  • POWERSNIPS are double action.  Both blades of the machine act as anvil and blade simultaneously. This action produces a closed cut on the resultant material, leaving a smoother edge. On tight left and where the waste allows right curves.
  • POWER SNIPS leave minimal kerf or curl damage to the job, not only resulting in a better look ,but making the material easier and safer to handle, and also leaves a closed cut on the sheetmetal, reducing the rate it rusts.
  • Almost none of these features are achieved by an experienced roofer, using a pair of hand snips,with such speed due to pain of the forearm.
  • Within weeks you can be scribing hips and ridges four times faster, and get even faster.
  • Cuts other sheet materials as well.
  • Available in Left and Right Handed.
  • Blades are replaceable, and can be re-sharpened several times.


  1. Cuts hip rakes.
  2. Valleys and penetrations.
  3. Straight across the profile.
  4. Scribes ridges, hips and apron flashings.

Ripper; For speed cutting.

  1. Hip rakes,
  2. Valleys.
  3. Rips,penetrations and straight across the profile.

snips on a makita
Power Snips - Fixed to a Makita cordless drill, a MAK 43mc POWERSNIPS RIPPER

Peter has his own website and you can get more information and contact him there.

Bill's Comments

I've had some power shears for years, but they are fairly slow and definitely just for straight cuts.
I like these power snips, apart from the obvious reasons above, because they are adapted to standard, well tested tradesman quality tools, with the option of cords or cordless.  So if I was doing roofing again I would pick my favourite brand Makita. (Not just because we have a great Makita service agent in town, but because I can use batteries and chargers from my existing line up).
I may be wrong but I can't see the power nibblers on the market that some roofers use for scribing being anything like as quick as these power snips.  A lot of roofers still scribe by hand because the nibblers are fairy slow.
The only downside that I can see is that they are probably too expensive for non professionals.
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