ZipSnip Multi-Function Cutting Tool
The 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