July 29, 2010

ZipSnip Multi-Function Cutting Tool

ZipSnip.jpgThe Skil Power Cutter (our review here) is an interesting little tool. Released about two years ago, it seemed to fill a little void in the cutting world, but we never had the impression it really caught on. We use ours from time to time, but instincts or habit (whichever we feel like blaming at the time) usually have us reaching for regular old tin snips or construction scissors rather than the Cutter. That's not to say anything about the functionality of the tool, just our little monkey-brain and the obstacles that tool companies face when they create something that replaces a tried and true hand tool.

So there's now a new tool called the ZipSnip that is essentially the same thing (but a whisker less expensive) than the Skil Cutter. It doesn't seem to have any new features. In fact without the fuel light, it has less. This may account for the $10 difference in price. The ZipSnip has a slightly different handle configuration with a larger paddle switch and the safety switch on the top of the tool, rather than the side. Other than that, it has the same self-sharpening blade and plug-in charger.

Our guess is that it works just as well.

The Power Cutter is about $40 at Amazon.com and the ZipSnip is $30 (at zipsnipcutter.com)

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at July 29, 2010 5:50 AM
Recent Comments

Gentlemen: When i purchased my Zip-Nip i also received a flashlight. I have misplaced it and i used it very often, where can i purchase another one?
Bill Freck

Posted by: william Freck at March 27, 2014 2:21 PM

Ah, yes. It does look like there are two versions available...one that is li-ion and one that is not. They cost $40 and $30 respectively.

Posted by: Tool Snob at July 30, 2010 5:02 AM

The $30 ZipSnip is not lithium-ion. That is the reason for the price difference.

Posted by: Rob at July 29, 2010 11:33 AM
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