ZipSnip All Purpose Cutter

By Robert Robillard on Tool Reviews

ZipSnip All Purpose Cutter

ZipSnip All Purpose Cordless Cutter

Say goodbye to your scissors!

The folks at ZipSnip recently sent me a ZipSnip Lithium cutter to review and is also offering one to one of my readers. Give away offered later this week.

ZipSnip is a 3.6V Lithium-ion cordless cutter that can cut through all types of materials.

First Impression:

The ZipSnip felt comfortable in my hand, it’s light, weighing on ly one pound. The top mounted safety / power switch and lower trigger offer safety protection and are easily reached by using your thumb and forefinger and a cinch to use.

After charging the ZipSnip for 5 hours I tested it out in my shop and around the house.

I tested the ZipSnip on aluminum and nylon window screen, old t-shirts, leather, plastic packaging, corrugated board, rubber roofing, 14 ga. wire, a magazine and bamboo screening. [see video below]

The tool cut everything easily leaving a clean cut line. It also cut curves well.
One neat thing that I noticed is that you can cut up close to an obstruction or corner where ordinary scissor can not.

ZipSnip Specifications:

  • Cutter is 1½-in.-diameter, hardened steel blade is self-sharpening and replaceable.
  • A built-in cutting guide ensures precise straight or curved cuts.
  • The blade operates at 260 rpm (no load). Its maximum cutting thickness is ¼ in.
  • 3.6-volt, cordless cutter is powered by a 1.4 Ah LithiumTechTM battery. An indicator light on the back of the handle shows when the battery is fully charged. Lithium technology enables the cutter to hold a charge for up to 24 months.
  • 3-5 hour charger is included.

Overall Impression:

I was impressed with the Zip Snip cutter, it works exactly as advertised. Having the cordless tool is a nice touch as is the fact that the batteries are Lithium -ion.

My only comment to the company would be to make this tools safety switch a bit more challenging to operate. I could see a youngster operating this tool without much fuss. Although my kids are older, I tested this theory with both my 10 and 12 year old. Both kids picked the Zip Snip up and operated it with out instruction.

Where To Buy:

ZipSnip 3.6V Lithium-ion Self-Sharpening Cordless Cutter (#RC2602, $39.99) is available at Menards, and regional hardware and home centers, and online at

This review contains my opinion of a product. I take pride in providing my readers with an honest and objective information as well as a practical approach to using a product. I never accept payment in exchange for a positive review. Many of the tools and products are provided to for free by a manufacturer for review.

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

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Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at:

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