Shears & Nibblers

Shears and nibblers are two most common types of hand tools used by professionals and DIYers for metalworking, electronics, industrial, and other applications and are a great multi-purpose hand tool.

What are nibblers?

A nibbler is a tool that is often used in the metalworking or fabrication industry that cuts sheet metal cleanly without bending or distortion.

A nibbler works by ’nibbling’ a small section on the sheet metal, then being removed, and ’nibbling’ another section until a complete shape has been achieved. They are used for:

  • Trimming
  • Creating access areas
  • Instrument holes
  • Cutting slots, rectangles, circles or other irregular shapes or patterns
  • Applications:

  • Bodyshops
  • Fabricators
  • Industrial and creative metalworkers
  • Some nibblers have spring-loaded handles and slip guards for additional safety to reduce the risk of injury while in use

    What are shears?

    Shears are very similar to scissors but can work harder across a variety of applications. They can cleanly and precisely cut a straight edge or long gradual curves into multiple materials, however they are limited to being able to easily turn corners when cutting.

    There are different variations of shears:

  • Cable Shears – these shears are like cutters in the sense that they can be used for electrical applications, cutting metal cables and more
  • Tin Snips – these are often used to cut through thin but tough material like metal sheeting
  • Straight cut, left cut and right cut – the most common type of shear available and act similarly to a pair of scissors for more robust, heavy-duty materials. The direction does not refer to which hand they are best suited to, but to what side the waste material will be on
  • Shears are suitable for cutting a large range of materials like:

  • Plastic
  • Packaging straps
  • Sheet metal
  • Nylon
  • Leather
  • Rubber
  • Cardboard
  • Electric cables
  • Some shears feature a serrated edge that is suited to cutting textiles, working in a kitchen or a garden. The serrated edges keep the blades secure whilst in use and reducing the risk of slipping and injury.

    Note:

    If you are working with live or energised currents, ensure your shears or nibblers are VDE approved to ensure user safety


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    RS Stock No. 314-2466
    Mfr. Part No.M1RS1
    £42.19
    Each
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    Left 250 mm 18 SWG Stainless Steel -
    RS Stock No. 768-7405
    Mfr. Part No.M1R
    BrandWiss
    £28.96
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    Straight; Left 250 mm 18 AWG Low Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 125-3786
    Mfr. Part No.D16L
    BrandBessey
    £16.66
    Each
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    Straight 240 mm 18 AWG Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 125-3779
    Mfr. Part No.D159-250
    BrandBessey
    £13.12
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    Straight 250 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 125-3778
    Mfr. Part No.D159-200
    BrandBessey
    £10.61
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    Straight 200 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 768-7411
    Mfr. Part No.WS4
    BrandWiss
    £60.12
    Each
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    Left; Right 228.6 mm - Sheet Metal -
    RS Stock No. 125-3783
    Mfr. Part No.D15A
    BrandBessey
    £17.62
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    Straight 180 mm 18 AWG Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 707-3020
    Mfr. Part No.3760G-10
    £44.77
    Each
    Units
    - 10 in - Fibreglass Xylan Coated
    RS Stock No. 125-3781
    Mfr. Part No.D159-350
    BrandBessey
    £19.33
    Each
    Units
    Straight 350 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 768-7409
    Mfr. Part No.M2R
    BrandWiss
    £28.96
    Each
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    Straight; Right 9.75 in 18 AWG Low Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 125-3780
    Mfr. Part No.D159-300
    BrandBessey
    £16.54
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    Straight 300 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 125-3782
    Mfr. Part No.D123S
    BrandBessey
    £96.75
    Each
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    Straight 260 mm 32 x 1 mm - -
    RS Stock No. 258-1034
    Mfr. Part No.73800327
    BrandWeller
    £21.84
    Each
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    Left; Right 245 mm 18 SWG Low Carbon Cold Rolled Steel -
    RS Stock No. 707-3033
    Mfr. Part No.3770C-10
    £44.77
    Each
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    - 10 in - Carbon Fibre Xylan Coated
    RS Stock No. 125-3795
    Mfr. Part No.D50
    BrandBessey
    £16.16
    Each
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    Straight 190 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 125-3784
    Mfr. Part No.D15AL
    BrandBessey
    £17.93
    Each
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    Straight 180 mm 18 AWG Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 258-1028
    Mfr. Part No.73800227
    BrandCAL
    £31.93
    Each
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    Right 248 mm 18 SWG Low Carbon Cold Rolled Steel -
    RS Stock No. 125-3803
    Mfr. Part No.DSET16
    BrandBessey
    £35.33
    Each
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    Both, Straight 240 (D16) mm, 240 (D16L) mm, 240 (D16S) mm 18 AWG Carbon Steel -
    RS Stock No. 125-3791
    Mfr. Part No.D47-2
    BrandBessey
    £11.43
    Each
    Units
    Straight 140 mm - - -
    RS Stock No. 125-3796
    Mfr. Part No.D51A
    BrandBessey
    £13.76
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    Straight 235 mm - - -
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