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Old 08-09-2007, 12:17 PM
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Greetings
Can anyone find some info for me on Wiss tinsnips?
The company was started as J.W. Wiss & Co. ( or Sons?)
I would like to know how old the company is and any other info you can get .
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:59 AM
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I cant answer your question but have one of my own and Im looking for a Wiss Scroll Pivoter 9X snip. Any information on buying one of these? Thanks Rick :?:
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I have one but it cuts right instead of left like most bench shears you see nowadays. Mine needs sharpening as it is worn. I guess it would clean up well with a carefully placed jig and belt sander. It's like a very large offset snip. Looks like it could handle 12 gauge but You'd have to use a hand sledge on it. I have seen one modified into a beverly type shear with a foot pedal.
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I have one but it cuts right instead of left like most bench shears you see nowadays. Mine needs sharpening as it is worn. I guess it would clean up well with a carefully placed jig and belt sander. It's like a very large offset snip. Looks like it could handle 12 gauge but You'd have to use a hand sledge on it. I have seen one modified into a beverly type shear with a foot pedal.
what does the tool you are referring to look like?
the Wiss scroll pivitor 9x is about the same length as a wiss-9 hand snips and in my opinion 22 ga would really be pushing it to the limit
i really like the old wiss snips
it is difficult sometimes to find a good old unsprung set but if one surfaces i would recommend grabbing it
steve

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Welcome to the site Steve.

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Welcome to the site Steve.

Adding images - when you reply or add a new post scroll down a bit and you'll see a button "manage attachments" click on that and you'll see where you browse your images to add them. Let me know if you have any problems.

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thanks for the welcome bud
i have a mac computor
i don't know how to get my photos from my iphoto library onto a url
if i knew i would post a few good images
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I found a wiss price list. Wiss history is easy enough to search.
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I cant answer your question but have one of my own and Im looking for a Wiss Scroll Pivoter 9X snip. Any information on buying one of these? Thanks Rick :?:
i have about a dozen wiss snips in exc condition from the 30's and the 40's
i use them every day
i have 3 scroll pivitors which are hand held and are for 24-28 GA
ithought i would let you know that they are are great tools
maybe i can post a picture but this is my first time on here
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:34 PM
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i have about a dozen wiss snips in exc condition from the 30's and the 40's
i use them every day
i have 3 scroll pivitors which are hand held and are for 24-28 GA
ithought i would let you know that they are are great tools
maybe i can post a picture but this is my first time on here
steve
This is rickey and I am going to try and help out a new friend Steve.Steve has sent me some great pictures that I hope I can get posted here on the forum for all you serious Metal heads can appreciate. Steve has been in Roofing and Architectural Sheet metal most of his life. When I looked at these pictures it set me in state of dreaming, dreaming of what I had searched for years. A set of the Wiss Scroll Pivoter, not only 4 or 5 pairs but also a great
collection of long gone but not forgotten Wiss table snips. I need to start a new thread on this great new friend and a good and resourceful person known to me as Steve from North dakota. I will stop here for now and renew my search on how to start this new Thread. Thanks for taking the time to read a few words.
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This is rickey and I am going to try and help out a new friend Steve.Steve has sent me some great pictures that I hope I can get posted here on the forum for all you serious Metal heads can appreciate. Steve has been in Roofing and Architectural Sheet metal most of his life. When I looked at these pictures it set me in state of dreaming, dreaming of what I had searched for years. A set of the Wiss Scroll Pivoter, not only 4 or 5 pairs but also a great
collection of long gone but not forgotten Wiss table snips. I need to start a new thread on this great new friend and a good and resourceful person known to me as Steve from North dakota. I will stop here for now and renew my search on how to start this new Thread. Thanks for taking the time to read a few words.
hey hey rickey
thanks for trying to help
the Wiss collection is from mostly 1930's
i am excited to se if you can post them
steve
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