When it comes to tools, every good roofer knows that the quality of what you work with is one of the key elements of good work. There’s no point buying a cheap, poorly made product for it to break shortly afterwards, or even worse, affect the quality of your craft.
That’s why at Midland Lead, we’re always adding to our ancillaries range with high quality tools frequently used in the roofing industry. Our most recent addition is the professional roofers set, offering two fantastic products in one deal: a slate cutter with hole punch and a tinsnip. These two tools work hand in hand to make sure roofers have everything they need to resize and shape slate and metal sheets.
When slate arrives on site, we all know it’s rarely the correct size for a job, but by using the plier action roof slate cutter, roofers can trim and shape slate up to 7mm without any dust or crumbling. What’s more, thanks to its built-in hole punch, which is operated using spring-loaded handles, this convenient tool doubles as a slate hole punch for nails. Punch diameter is 3.2mm, cutting length per single pressure is 35mm, and cutting width is 2.8mm.
Now onto the tinsnip, another great multi-purpose tool you’ll soon find you can’t live without. With a maximum cutting length of 75mm, it can be used to shape metal sheet of various sizes, shapes and thickness such as lead, tin, copper and steal. With a serrated edge that leaves a natural finish on the metal, tinsnips can also be used on other tasks such as tidying up edges of other cut products or cutting wire. Although easy to use, it is important to make sure you do not cut all the way down with tinsnips until the very end of your task, as you will risk dimpling the metal.
Both of these tools are vital within the roofer’s toolkit and will help you create great quality work to be proud of.