FCT-M-C5 Crimper blades are 13 gauge cold-rolled steel heat-treated to a hardness of 45-50Rc. Crimps round and square duct, downspouts, etc. Compound leverage action. Heavy duty plastic grips for user comfort. FCT-M-C5S is a smaller version FCT-M-C5.
Nominal Length: 10" - 254mm
Throat Depth: 1.75" - 44.5mm
Crimping Length: 1.625" - 41mm
Hot drop-forged of molybdenum alloy steel (not cast or stamped) and heat treated for excepitonal strength, durability and sharpness. Blade serrations (40 per inch) grip material for even cutting.
A smaller 5 1/2" spread provides strong cutting pressure and is easier to grip. Strong half hardened steel handles can'y bend or collapse from excessive hand pressure. Individually ground stops keep them from "bottoming" and control the tip "crossover" to prevent sideways tearing of material being cut.
Unbreakable Return Spring
A heavy-duty double over-wind design that survives 120,000 cutting cycles in tests--twice as long as the coil springs in compettitive brand snips. Unconditionally guaranteed for the life of the snips.
Center Pivot Adjustment Bolt
The bolt is threaded into the bottom blade to keep blades in adjustment for 30,000 cuts, the ANSI/ASME Standard.
Softer Copolymer Grips
The grips are contoured and lightly textured for comort and a strong, positive grip. They are extra thick to prevent turning or wear-through, contain no PVC and are recyclable.
If you care about the quality of the tools you use, you'll appreciate a company that cares about the quality of the tools it makes. At Midwest Tool And Cutlery Company, we take the time and effort to manufacture the very best aviation snips you can buy. You'll find that our snips will perform better and last longer -- from tips to grips -- than any other brand.
Now we don't expect you to take our word for it, so we went out and asked for some second opinions. A leading university study found our snips to have a superior ergonomic design compared to other brands. And, at an independent testing laboratory, our Midwest SnipsŪ brand beat the competition on every key performance test.
Hands Above The Rest
In test with two other competitors' brands, the Midwest SnipsŪ aviation snips require significantly less hand pressure to complete a cut in 18 gauge cold-rolled sheet steel. One competitive brand uses cast blades while the other stamped blades. This test does more than just demonstrate our edge -- it shows what we're made of. The performance difference that our quality makes is obvious.
This Spring's Eternal
In tests of return springs used by some other brands, the springs of all Midwest SnipsŪ aviation snips exceeded 120,000 compressions without failure. No wonder -- they're a heavy-duty double-overwind spring that's unconditionally guaranteed forever. The other snips use single coil springs that both gave out at around 60,000 compressions. So our springs last a minimum of twice as long as others.
Forged Like Excalibur
Blacksmiths have known it since the Middle Ages -- when you forge and fold metal to "flow" its grain in a desired direction or shape, you get a stronger, sharper blade. A Midwest SnipsŪ aviation snips uses the same principle. In a unique, hot drop-forging process, the flow of the metal grain is directed to the shape of each blade, which is forged from molybdenum alloy steel. The result is cutting blades that are virtually unbreakable. Other brands of snips may have "stamped" blades, made from sheet steel, or cast blades made in a mold from molten steel. In either instance, the metal does not have its grain flow matched to shape, and so doesn't have the strength of a Midwest SnipsŪ blade.
Setting And Meeting Standards
A tradesman can make more cuts in a day than the home handyman makes in a lifetime -- and Midwest SnipsŪ are made for tradesmen. Our aviation snips have the center pivot bolt threaded into the bottom blade. This keeps the blades in adjustment longer -- 30,000 cuts can be made in 18 gauge cold-rolled steel (the ANSI/ASME Standard) before they need readjustment. Most snips manufacturers don't bother with either standards or adjustment -- but we do. Because, at Midwest SnipsŪ we care about quality tools.