CARE OF SHEARS AND NIPPERS
USING CUTTING NIPPERS - Continued
Keep tools clean at all times. Lubricate the
pivot screw or bolt with a drop of light oil.
Remove rust with a fine aluminum-oxide
Apply a thin film of oil on tools to prevent rust,
and hang tools on hooks or place them on a
shelf when not in use.
Do not throw cutting tools together in a box
where the cutting edges may be damaged.
Do not use the shearing machine table as a
storage place for other tools and work.
Do not attempt to cut material heavier than the
tools or machines are designed to handle.
Do not use shears or nippers as hammers or pry
bars, as they are easily damaged.
Place the cutting edge (1) of the nippers over
the nail, wire, rivet, or bolt (2) that is to be cut
flush with the surface.
Squeeze the handles (3) together slowly,
exerting enough pressure to cut the materials.
File cut edge smooth to prevent injury.
Dull shears can usually be sharpened on an
oilstone or with a file.
Do not grind shears if sharpening is
all that is necessary. Most shears
become useless after two or three
Grind the shears and nippers only if the cutting
edges become nicked, damaged, or distorted
from improper sharpening or prolonged use.
For long-term storage, coat tools with a rust-
preventive compound and store in a dry place
where the cutting edges will not come in contact
with other metal objects.