Wheeled Nipper Help

ItsmeChickadeeNovember 1, 2012

I sure could use some help/advice! I am teaching a mosaic class and got wheeled glass nippers for my three students. I thought I was buying Leponitt brand nippers, but got Diamond Tech ones instead. I figured, no problem, they're wheeled nippers. Unfortunately, they don't work as well as my Leponitt ones. The wheels are loose and don't tighten with an allen wrench. The wheels are tight on my nippers. Also, the diamond tech ones have a bigger gap between the wheels and don't cut thin glass very well. Does anyone have any experience with this? Did I just get the wrong nippers? Inquiring minds need to know!

Thanks,

Becky

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Shades_of_idaho

I bought wheeled nippers from Harbor freight. Do not remember the brand. I had to send them back. The problems were exactly as you described and they will never work that way.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 3:01PM
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silvamae

The only thing I can think of to say is, chalk it up to experience and buy some Leponitt wheeled nippers. Take the other ones back if you can, and if you can't maybe you can reserve them for thicker items only.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 3:53PM
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Shades_of_idaho

I had a pair of nippers the wheels were tight on which is good. They also did not want to cut the 1/8 inch thick glass. I took a file to the two stops on the handles and filed them down. It worked. I had to fiddle with it quite awhile. I think I used my Dremel to do this.

But the wheels being loose makes the cuts shatter and unpredictable verses nip. I wanted to try putting shims behind the wheels but it turned out the screws were rusted on one pair and they are also tapered. So my husband said. Like you I was bummed because they were smaller=lighter and felt good in my hands.

They were not Leponitt either. I want to get a pair. My nippers are about worn out and not worth buying new wheels for. The screws do not stay tight for very long.

Open to suggestions on the best place to get the Leponitt.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 5:52PM
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wackyweeder

I use the HF nippers and love them, what I do is get a small washer and put on the screw that holds the blade, up next to the blade and they tighten up just fine. The HF ones cost 7 dollars, cut way better than the Diamond tech ones, and the wheels come closer together.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 5:54PM
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ItsmeChickadee

Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to play with a washer tonight and also am going to contact Delphi to see if they'll take them back. Unfortunately, they're opened, so probably not, but it's worth a shot. I love my Leponitts. Lesson learned!
Shades, I got my Leponitts from Opus Mosaics. I love that company!
Becky

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 6:53PM
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ItsmeChickadee

Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to play with a washer tonight and also am going to contact Delphi to see if they'll take them back. Unfortunately, they're opened, so probably not, but it's worth a shot. I love my Leponitts. Lesson learned!
Shades, I got my Leponitts from Opus Mosaics. I love that company!
Becky

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 7:50PM
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texaswild

The washer idea is brilliant - gonna try that. I have a couple pairs of off-brand knippers that won't stay tight. Bought them at Hobby Lobby. Have one pair from there that no way w/the screw loosen to change blades. Didn't know Harbor F. carried them. Home Depot also has them - $12.00. I quit buying from Delphi cuz of their ridiculously high shipping.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:13AM
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wackyweeder

Been using them that way for several years with out a problem. Love my cheapo nippers. Not afraid to break em, LOL

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:05PM
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nanatricia

I have been using them also and I take the screw out and put in another one with a Philips end easier to tighten.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2012 at 8:43PM
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nicethyme

I'm with WW, my husband bought me a pair of those HF 9 dollar jobs and I like how light they are. I switch back and forth between those and my lepps - whatevers closest

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 12:02AM
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Calamity_J

Hmmm, maybe I can get Slow to buy a set and send em up here to me!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:38AM
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