The red-handled snips shown on this month’s cover is from MetalForming Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., which last year added the lineup of Rau and Stubai hand tools. This particular one is a Stubai compound action snips with special steel cutting heads for straight continuous cuts and exact curve cutting, reducing the strength required, and plastic coated handles with safety grip. Call MetalForming at 770-631-0002 for more information.

Another company that continues to add to its already large line of tools for the contractor is Klenk Industries in Wilmington, Del. Since 1934, the company has manufactured snips and other hand tools for contractors. It has 27 different varieties of snips, all made from scratch. At the AHR Expo, Jan. 12-16 In Atlantic City, N.J., Klenk was showing off its new 4-in. adjustable wrench, 3-in. hand seamer, 3-in. tong, 3-in. tong with grips and 3/4-in. notcher.

For more information on Klenk products, call Klenk Industries at 302-652-0996.

Another company that continues to expand its product line is American Tool Co. Inc. The Illinois-based company makes more than a dozen snips, including aviation, utility, offset and tinner models. All snips feature comfortable, textured grips and many have EZ-close latches, which allow for one-handed operation.

Klein Tools has several new pliers available. The wire-twisting pliers are available in right hand and reversible styles, and in 6- and 9-in. versions. Features include spring return twist rods, convenient reversing collars, secure holding slide locks and more.

Contact American Tool Co. at 800-866-5740.

Midwest Tool and Cutlery in Sturgis, Mich. offers a wide variety of snips and hand tools for the hvac contractor. The company’s “Kush-n-Kote” all-purpose tinner snips are made from hot forged high carbon steel to guarantee strength and durability. Blade surfaces are ground smooth and polished. Vinyl plastic coated handles made the snips comfortable to use. The new M1200 replaceable blade snip offers a 3.5-in. cut length. Lightweight, the snips are made of super-strong cast magnesium handles.

From the company’s special hvac tools line, Midwest’s FCT-M-N1 notcher blade is cuts 31˚ V notches, without slippage. The tool also uses heavy-duty plastic grips for comfort.

For more information, contact Midwest Tool and Cutlery at 800-782-4659.